For certain periods of time, my head is turned into a portable snowmaking machine. I just shake my head back and forth and small white specks rain down. Unfortunately, it is not as cool as it sounds with flakes of dead skin spotting throughout my hair and on every item of clothing I own. The dreaded dandruff also comes with its discomforts from an itchy, red scalp. Dandruff remedies come either in the form of douncing your hair in chemicals, or, if going the natural route, having a greasy mop of hair on the top of your head. Along my dandruff journey, I have come across a few natural methods that I find actually do work without costing your pockets or the environment.
This might sound like a copout, but it actually works. My hairdresser told me about this remedy. Every day comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb, combing through only a few strands at a time and focusing on your problems areas.
Before I transitioned to a plant-based diet, I used to take fish oils. I noticed that when I forgot to take them, my dandruff would come back. Now I take flaxseed capsules. Liquid flaxseed is better than the capsules as it is more concentrated but I prefer the capsules as I end up gagging with the liquid. Another tip is to try incorporating other foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Examples are walnuts, chia seeds and soy beans.
- Coconut oil
Rub 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil through your hair and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash your hair by shampooing it twice and then conditioning it. Do this once or twice a week.
- Apple cider vinegar
This is my favourite remedy. It has worked wonders and also stops any irritation. Mix equals parts apple cider vinegar and water. Spray through hair using a spray bottle. Leave it in your hair for 30minutes to 1 hour for full effectiveness but I usually do it in the shower. Follow by shampooing your hair twice and then conditioning it.