How to Rid of Dandruff: This is going to be a short post. This treatment is so very simple that there’s not much to say! It goes like this: start with a head full of dandruff, apply coconut oil and lemon juice, and say hello to a dandruff-free scalp.
Or at least, that was my friend’s experience. He tried this treatment and it worked so well it was too good not to share. He first read about it here.
My friend suffered from ongoing dandruff for many years. One five-minute treatment was enough to get rid of his dandruff for three weeks. At that point, he noticed a recurrence of dandruff, but nowhere near what he had before. I can’t promise, of course, that this treatment will be as effective for everyone – it depends on what’s causing your dandruff – but it’s one of those things that it totally worth trying.
I hope you have coconut oil in the house. It’s terrific for cooking and so many other uses (read more about that here).
How to Rid of Dandruff in the First Place
According to the Mayo Clinic, dandruff can be caused by dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, not shampooing often enough, malassezia (a yeast-like fungus), or sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis).
If the cause of your dandruff is sensitivity to hair care products, the real cure is switching to a more natural shampoo and conditioner. And if the cause of your dandruff is not shampooing often enough… I guess you can figure out what to do.
I believe that the coconut oil and lemon combo will be effective when the cause is malassezia, the yeast-like fungus since both coconut oil and lemon are anti-fungal.
How to Rid of Dandruff and get Dandruff Free Hair
- Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and lemon (about 2 tablespoons coconut oil and the juice of half a lemon).
- Apply it to a dry scalp (careful not to drip into your eyes) and let it sit for five minutes.
- Rinse with water but no shampoo.
My friend has very short hair so this worked fine for him. If you have longer hair, not washing with shampoo after application might not the best fashion statement – you don’t want to walk don’t the street with your hair looking oily and clumpy.
I’d suggest applying the coconut-lemon mixture to your scalp at some time when you know you won’t be out in public, leaving it for an hour or more, and then shampooing it out.
Tip: From my experience with coconut oil or olive oil masks, I know that it’s easier to get oil out of your hair when you put the shampoo in before you wet your hair. Yes, it feels very weird, but it’s effective.
Note: Coconut oil is commonly used as a moisturizer or a hair mask in India and elsewhere, however, some people do react to topical applications. I’m not sure whether this is an actual allergy/sensitivity or, as some people claim, a temporary reaction to toxins being killed off. Either way, there’s a small possibility that there will be a reaction, but it should clear away after a short time since you won’t be applying the coconut oil daily.
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