5 Cheap Dandruff Remedies You Can Find at Home

Suffering from an itchy scalp? Do your fingers gather white flakes when you brush them through your hair?

Check yourself: you might have a dandruff problem.

Dandruff plagues the most of us; even the shampoo-loving Modern Filipina cannot escape the claws of stubborn white flakes. After a long day outside, your head just feels oily and unpleasant to touch. When you do touch it, you’re greeted by dead skin cells that cause itching and irritation.

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Photo from Lip Jin Lee via Flickr Creative Commons

Although dandruff is not a serious and contagious condition, it can be embarrassing and annoying for some. However, Modern Filipinas with a flaking issue need not worry further. While mild cases of dandruff can be remedied with a shampoo fix, other cases might require special help. Specialized shampoos and hair treatments can help eradicate your current dandruff problem. But, you could also take the DIY route and alleviate dandruff on your own. Below are five cheap and easy dandruff remedies you could readily find at home.

1. Baking Soda

Apart from serving your baking needs, baking soda also serves a remedy for itchy and dandruff-filled scalp. Baking soda serves as an effective exfoliant that reduces oil on the scalp and removes dead skin, which reduces dandruff occurrences.

First, rinse your hair with warm water. Mix baking soda with a few drops of water, and apply on your scalp. Rinse and apply your favorite conditioner afterward.

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Image from Michael via Flickr Creative Commons

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil acts as an anti-fungal property that kills bacteria. It also possesses a natural antiseptic that reduces germs on your scalp and hair.

To use tea tree oil, simply add a few drops to your favorite shampoo as you wash your hair. Don’t rinse immediately and allow the oil to settle for a few minutes.

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Image from .angels. via Flickr Creative Commons

3. Mouthwash

The most effective dandruff treatments are those with antifungal medications, which prevent the development of yeast that leads to flaking and dry scalp. Interestingly, your mouthwash contains components that possess antifungal properties, which are capable of reducing dandruff.

Before you use your mouthwash, wash your hair with regular shampoo then rinse using your mouth freshener. Use regular conditioner afterward.

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Image from Charmaine Chiu via Flickr Creative Commons

4. Lemons

Lemons possess natural benefits that help contain your stubborn dandruff problem. This citrus fruit could balance your scalp’s (pH) levels and limit excessive oils. A mild lemon rinse is enough to eradicate factors that cause itching and flaking on your scalp.

Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on your scalp and rinse with water. Make sure you cover every inch of your scalp with the lemon mixture. Afterward, stir a teaspoon of lemon juice into a cup of water and use it for rinsing. You could do this every day until dandruff disappears.

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Image from Chiot’s Run via Flickr Creative Commons

5. Aspirin

Aspirin is a handy remedy for headache and dandruff alike. This medicine contains salicylic acid, which could keep dandruff at bay.

Simply crush two aspirins tablets into powder and add them to your favorite shampoo. Massage your hair thoroughly and leave the mixture on for a minute or two. Rinse well and wash your hair again with shampoo.

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Image from SimonQ錫濛譙 via Flickr Creative Commons

Dandruff does not have to interrupt your sense of style or daily routine. With these natural remedies easily available, you can bid dandruff adieu anytime.

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