You are in deep conversation with a hot looking guy, but you noticed that instead of being mesmerized by your eyes, he keeps looking on your shoulder.
You discreetly made a sideways glance and you saw white specks on your shoulder.
Oh no. What are those flaky white particles on your shoulder?
Dandruff is a common scalp problem and generally can be treated. But it can cause you major embarrassment.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff is not a contagious disease. It is usually a by-product of improper hair care and treatment.
Some of the most common causes of dandruff include:
- Improper washing of hair. The hair, like the body needs proper wash and requires hydration. You need to wash and shampoo your hair regularly to remove dead skin cells and oils. Dead skins build up in your scalp causing dandruff.
- You are suffering from seborrheic dermatitis. Symptoms include greasy red scalp with white flakes or yellow scales. This usually affects areas rich in oil glands like the scalp.
- Malassezia is innate in warm-blooded creatures like animals and humans. It feeds on warm oil on your scalp then turns it into byproducts like dandruff.
- Medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease and HIV can cause seborrheic dermatitis that leads to dandruff.
How to treat and control dandruff?
Severe causes of dandruff can result to skin problems thus, you need to seek the help of dermatologist.
If you are showing early signs of dandruff, you can take steps to treat and prevent it.
Here are some tips you can follow to treat and prevent dandruff:
- Hydration is the key. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
Use your nail and scratch your leg. If a white line appears, it means your skin is dry. It works the same way with your scalp. When your scalp is dry, it gets itchy and irritated. Flaking starts due to the shedding of dead skin cells.
- Avoid excessive styling or using curling iron, straightening iron, hair dryer, and other heat-induced tools that is can cause your scalp to dry.
The scalp is part of your skin. It may be tougher and coarser than the skin on your body but it is still skin. Just like the skin on your body, you need to keep it moisturize.
Using heat-induced equipment to style your hair is like exposing your body under the sun to sunbath.
- Keep your scalp clean. The body produces a natural oil called sebum. The sebum acts as a natural moisturizer and hydrant of the skin.
Too much sebum can turn your scalp greasy and when this builds-up would lead to dandruff.
You can avoid this by washing your hair with shampoo and rinsing your scalp thoroughly. Regular shampoo can wash away oil build-up that causes dandruff.
- If you already have a dandruff, you can use anti-dandruff shampoo to wash your hair.
This is the easiest solution to solve dandruff because these types of shampoo are readily available in the market.
However, do take caution because shampoos contain chemicals that can do more harm to your hair.
- Use natural home remedies or try products with natural organic ingredients.
You may not know it but your kitchen is an arsenal of homemade remedies.
Fruits like banana and avocado are good sources of nutrients that can help treat your hair.
Spices like rosemary and sage can also be a remedy.
Olive oil, Jojoba oil and particularly coconut oil are good moisturizing products for your hair.
Coconut oil and its benefits to your hair
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the flesh of the coconut fruit. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals that is beneficial to your skin.
Some of the benefits of coconut oil on your hair include:
- Repairs hair damage
- Prevents hair loss
- Keeps your hair and scalp moisturized
- Conditions your hair
- Helps protect your hair from lice
- Acts as hair toner and styling aid
- Reduces early signs of baldness and graying of hair
- Prevents dandruff
Coconut oil and dandruff – how it works
What makes coconut oil a good remedy for dandruff? The coconut oil has many properties:
- Coconut oil has Vitamin E that aids in keeping hair smooth and silky.
- Coconut oil is rich in moisture. This moisture property keeps your hair and scalp hydrated.
- Among its medicinal properties, the saturated fats in the coconut oil act as antioxidant and anti-aging agents. This helps reduce graying of hair.
- The antimicrobial properties of the coconut oil can protect you against conditions like dermatitis.
DIY Hair Masks Recipe for Dandruff
If you are a big fan of organic recipes, you can prepare you own hair mask recipe to help control dandruff. Preparing your own treatment will ensure the quality and safety of the ingredients you are using.
The best part, preparing your own treatment recipe is much cheaper than if you buy ready to use treatments.
Here are three recipes of coconut oil dandruff treatments that you can try:
Natural Cedar wood-Rosemary in Coconut Oil Dandruff Hair Mask
Rosemary gives many benefits to your hair. Rosemary has organic compounds that can help stimulate your scalp and hair growth.
Cedar wood stimulates the hair follicles and treat many types of alopecia.
The tea tree oil removes dead skin cells build up and help increases the supply of nutrient and oxygen to your hair follicles.
- 8 drops of cedar wood essential oil
- 8 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 4 ounces coconut oil
- In a container, mix all the essential oils with coconut oil.
- Add the teaspoon of honey.
- Mix the ingredients well.
- Makes 2 to 3 applications
- Transfer to an airtight container and store up to 10 days.
- Massage the mixture from on your scalp.
- Leave it on for about 20-30 minutes. If you have a severe condition, leave it on overnight.
- Shampoo and rinse after.
Avocado-Banana in Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Avocado is rich in vitamins that help in hair growth and damage hair repair. The natural oil in avocado can help moisturize and rejuvenate the scalp.
Bananas are rich in natural oils, potassium, and vitamins that help soften and protect hair. The nutrient compound of bananas help control and prevent dandruff.
- 1 Banana, ripe
- 1 Avocado, ripe
- 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Mix banana and avocado in a blender until it thickens.
- Add the two tablespoons of coconut oil then blend again until the mixture softens. If you have thin hair, just add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Yields two to three applications.
- Transfer in a lid-covered container and store inside the refrigerator where you store vegetables.
- Pour mixture through a sieve to remove grainy elements that didn't dissolve
- Massage the mixture on your scalp and spread it over your hair strands.
- Allow it to set for 20-30 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly and apply shampoo and conditioner.
Egg yolk and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Egg yolks has an abundance source of nutrients and proteins to feed your hair.
Feeding on these nutrients, your hair becomes healthy and helps prevent dryness, split ends, hair loss. It gives your hair enough elasticity to resist damage.
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- Sift the egg to separate the white from the yolk.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolk and the coconut oil together until it becomes smooth.
- Yields one application.
- Apply the mixture to your hair. Massage on the scalp and roots of your hair then work your way down to the tips.
- Once the mixture thoroughly covers your scalp and hair, let it set for an hour.
- Wash your hair using a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool water to rinse. Do not use hot water because it can cook the egg on your hair.
- Do this 1 to 2x a week.
These three DIY recipes are easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available either at home or in the supermarket.
Not everyone is into DIY projects. With family and career to worry about, who has time to make these homemade recipes? You can buy ready to use hair masks in the market without the stress of preparing one.
You can try any of these brands as an alternative solution:
- Paraben-free and sulfate-free hair loss prevention formula.
- Intense moisturizer for dry and itchy scalp.
- Helps restore the vitality, shine and body of your hair follicles.
- Nurtures the scalp, repairing damage cells from dirt that causes dandruff.
- Clinically tested to help reduce hair loss for both men and women.
- Suited for all hair types.
- Apply Amplixin Hydrating Hair Mask by massaging to your wet hair.
- Focus your application on roots down to the end of your hair.
- Use a comb to comb through your hair.
- Leave on for 3-5 minutes.
- Rinse and shampoo thoroughly.
- Made from combination of coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil.
- Paraben and sulfate free, no animal testing done.
- Fragrance free.
- Helps reduce thinning hair and stops DHT activity.
- Improves the circulation of vitamins and nutrients to your scalp.
- Reduces scalp redness and inflammation that causes dandruff.
- Reduces build-up of excess oil and dirt.
- Keeps your hair smooth and shiny
- Apply a generous amount to wet hair.
- Apply and massage from roots to tips of hair.
- Leave in for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- No sulfate, parabens, sodium chloride, gluten, phthalates, phosphates, and drying alcohol
- The combination of quinoa protein and avocado helps transform dull, dry hair to shiny, soft and manageable hair.
- Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Certified Organic Fair Trade Shea Butter.
- Enhanced by Marshmallow Root Extract to relieve and sooth dry scalp and effectively control dandruff.
- Relieves itchy and red scalp.
- Shampoo and rinse your hair before use.
- Towel dry your hair to remove excess water then apply the hair mask.
- Comb your hair from end going up to the root using a wide-tooth comb.
- Leave it on for 5 minutes. You can leave it on a bit longer but do not leave it on overnight.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Apply once a week.
- Sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and gluten-free
- 100% vegan
- The coconut oil deeply penetrates hair follicles leaving the scalp healthy.
- Shea butter and essence of fig helps detangle and moisturize hair without heavy build-up.
- Has linseed to give your hair extra shine and soft texture.
- Argan oil helps to tame frizz.
- Rinse and shampoo your hair using sulfate-free shampoo.
- Towel dry your hair.
- Apply a generous amount of hair masque on your hair. Make sure it coats your hair evenly.
- Brush your hair with a detangle brush
- Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- If you have dry hair, apply 2 to 3 times a week, for oily hair, apply just once a week, and for normal hair apply 1 to 2 times a week.
- 100% organic and unrefined coconut oil.
- Multi-functional product
- Serve as a hair mask for hair hydration, body moisturizing lotion, make-up remover, dry shaving oil, bath boost, eye circles remover, baby cream, and stretch mark remover.
- Contains protein and Vitamin E to help protect and moisturize your hair and skin.
- Sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and non GMO.
- Comes with a spoon to help you scoop out the oil.
- As hair mask, simply apply mixture on your head and massage from your scalp to the end of your hair.
- Leave on for an hour or overnight.
- Rinse with shampoo and water thoroughly.
You can still maintain quality and safety of your treatment products even if you if it not a DIY recipe.
Choose products that has natural organic ingredients and are chemical free.
Not just an empty nut
The coconut has been touted an “empty nut” because there is very little that you will find edible in the fruit.
However, it brings many benefits not just to your body but your hair as well.
Because of this, it is no big surprise to find coconut oil sitting inside every home.