How to Get Rid of Dandruff Fast

How to Get Rid of Dandruff Fast

If you want to know how to get rid of dandruff fast, I would be lying if I told you it can be resolved overnight. Unfortunately, it is just not possible. There are ways to get rid of the visible flakes and itching quickly, but getting rid of dandruff takes time and consistency, especially if you want to get rid of it for good. In this article, we will look at ways to reduce dandruff using products that you can find around your house. Hopefully, you will find something that works for you.


Aspirin

Aspirin, a type of painkiller, is a staple in most households, but who would have thought that it would make a handy remedy for dandruff. Aspirin is a salicylate drug and its main active ingredient is a form of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid, a substance originally obtained from the bark of the willow tree, has long been used as a remedy for dandruff and can typically be seen as an active in ingredient in many of the popular anti-dandruff shampoos. Salicylic acid sort of works in the same way as an exfoliator, when applied to the scalp it works by loosening excess dead skin cells and this prevents the build-up of flakes which we most commonly associate with dandruff.

How to Apply

Requires:

  • 2 uncoated aspirin tablets
  • Shampoo

What do you need to do?

  1. Crush the aspirin tablets until you are left with a fine powder.
  2. Next, pour out a small quantity of shampoo (ideally a cup full).
  3. Add the aspirin to the shampoo you have poured out, give it a swirl with your fingers – or anything else you can find – and make sure it is blended.
  4. Add the mixture to your hair, massage, and then leave for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Thoroughly rinse off the mixture.

Tea Tree Oil 

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Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is produced by the leaves of the Melaclecua alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Due to its antifungal and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil has long been used for medicinal purposes, including acne and fungal infections, which is probably why it is used in so many different cosmetics.

As some causes of dandruff are caused by the fungus Malassezia, the antifungal properties in tea tree oil make it a perfect natural remedy for dandruff as it can help to reduce flakes and itching. A lot of anti-dandruff shampoos already contain tea tree oil but are often expensive and, not as effective. It is better to buy tea tree oil, which is relatively inexpensive, and make your own solution.

How to Apply

Requires:

  • Tea Tree oil
  • Favorite Shampoo

What do you need to do?

  1. Add 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil for every 8 oz (228ml) of shampoo.
  2. Add the mixture to hair and massage with fingertips.
  3. Rinse
  4. Repeat step 2
  5. Leave in for three to five minutes.
  6. Rinse
  7. Use this method every time you wash your hair until dandruff has gone

Fenugreek Hair Mask

Fenugreek seeds come from the fenugreek plant and are generally associated with South Asian cuisine. Fenugreek is used in many cultures as a natural remedy for various complaints from diabetes to boils and while there hasn’t been a great deal of scientific research on the effectiveness of fenugreek as a natural remedy, a lot of people swear by it. Fenugreek makes a good treatment for dandruff as it contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that work against the bacteria and fungus associated with dandruff.

How to Apply

Requires:

  • 1/2 Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • Strainer
  • Bowl

What do you need to do?

  1. Soak the fenugreek seeds in the warm water overnight, this should soften the seeds, allowing you to make a paste.
  2. Use a strainer to get rid of any excess water.
  3. Grind the seeds until they resemble a fine paste.
  4. Apply the hair mask to the scalp and leave for at least an hour, the longer the better.
  5. Wash the mixture out.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil, produced by extracting the flesh of a matured coconut, has been hailed by many as an amazing superfood, with loads of impressive benefits. As well as being a superfood, coconut oil can be used for many other things, including stretch mark prevention, a diaper cream, a moisturizer and, of course, an anti-dandruff treatment.

The reason coconut oil is an effective treatment for dandruff and other skin problems is because it contains nearly 50 percent Lauric acid, a saturated fat with antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. So, if you want to know how to get rid of dandruff fast, you should use coconut oil (preferably organic) on your scalp, its antifungal properties will help to get rid of the fungus that causes dandruff and, therefore, prevent it from reoccurring. Additionally, using coconut oil will relieve itching associated with dandruff and work wonders on very dry and brittle hair.

How to Apply

Requires:

  • Virgin coconut oil

What do you need to do?

  1. Rub a small amount of coconut oil in your hands
  2. Apply the coconut oil to your scalp and massage with your fingertips, not your nails (as tempting as this may be).
  3. Leave in for at least 20 minutes, but preferably overnight and then wash out.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apples. It is becoming increasingly popular due to its health benefits. From weight loss to high blood pressure it is being praised in the natural health community as a great remedy. Vinegar has been used as an effective solution to dandruff for many generations, which makes apple cider vinegar an even more powerful treatment.

Apple cider vinegar restores the pH balance of the scalp preventing the yeast-like fungus Malassezia, a common cause of dandruff, from thriving. The vinegar also kills the microorganisms that are responsible for clogged hair follicles, an itchy scalp, and flakes; with continued use you can expect a noticeable improvement and healthy, shiny hair.

How to Apply

Requires:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar, ideally organic
  • Water

For mild dandruff:

  1. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water (lukewarm)
  2. Pour onto scalp and massage for a few minutes
  3. Rinse out

For severe dandruff:

  1. Massage apple cider vinegar straight onto scalp
  2. Leave for a five minutes, ideally with a warm towel wrapped around your head
  3. Rinse
  4. Repeat twice a week until symptoms have improved

Final Thoughts…

As you can see, there are various methods for you to try out and, hopefully, at least one of them should be an effective treatment for you. Remember, while you may see a noticeable improvement, dandruff is unlikely to disappear overnight.