Sitting by a cozy fire, wrapped in your favorite blanket. Hot cocoa, building snowmen, sledding and wearing your favorite sweaters are all lovely things that come with the Winter season. Unfortunately, those cold winter months also bring with them lots of cold, dry air (especially here in Colorado) which often leads to dry, flaky skin and scalp. Dandruff is the worst and we seem to always be in a relentless war against it in my family during the cold season.
Over the years, we have tried everything the beauty stores have to offer- including Rx shampoos. None of it was working and all of those chemicals were only temporarily masking the problem and creating new issues. It wasn’t until I began researching natural home remedies for dandruff that I found several awesome and super easy options that have worked like a charm as they supplement your skin and hair with vitamins and minerals without stripping away the natural oils your scalp needs! Here are my 12 favorite.
BAKING SODA. Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood. It acts as a wonderful exfoliator for the skin. Sprinkle baking soda onto your scalp in the place of your shampoo. Be sure to massage it into your scalp well. I like to let it sit for 5 minutes or so before rinsing it out completely. Do this for 1-2 weeks or until the problem clears up.
SEA SALT SCRUB. Massage about a handful of sea salt into your scalp for 5-10 minutes to exfoliate the skin and get rid of existing flakes. Rinse thoroughly and wash as usual.
LEMON JUICE RINSE. Lemon juice is great for fighting a dry, flaky and itchy scalp. In a small glass bottle, mix about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon squeezed) and 1 teaspoon of water. After shampooing, pour the mixture directly onto your scalp in the shower and massage it in well before rinsing.
LEMON JIUCE AND OLIVE OIL PRE- WASH SOAK. This mixture is a great way to give your hair and scalp an intense moisturizing treatment before shampooing. In a glass bottle, mix 2 teaspoons of each: water, lemon juice (about 1 whole lemon squeezed) and olive oil. Apply the mixture to wet hair and massage into scalp for about 5 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
TEA TREE OIL. Mix a few drops of tea tree essential oil into your shampoo, or place 2-3 drops of tea tree oil directly onto your scalp and massage well before shampooing.
JOJOBA OIL. Much like olive oil, jojoba oil is an excellent natural moisturizer that offers your skin, hair and scalp several vitamins and minerals. Add a few teaspoons of jojoba oil to your shampoo for a daily dose of moisture.
SUGAR SCRUB. Much like sea salt, sugar is a great exfoliator helping to get rid of existing flakes and dry skin when massaged into your scalp before shampooing.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar after shampooing does wonders for not only your scalp but the health and manageability of your hair as well. ACV is great for your skin as it helps balance out ph levels. I always keep a bottle in my shower. The smell is a little rough, but you get used to it, and it dies off pretty quickly. If the smell is just too much, mix come ACV in a bottle with some lavender essential oil.
YOGURT AND OIL. Massage a spoonful or two of organic yogurt into your scalp for 2-5 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual. Add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil for added benefit.
COCONUT OIL. The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities. Massaging 1-2 tablespoons into your scalp before shampooing is my personal favorite remedy for dry, itching scalp. For a wonderful intense treatment, let the oil remain on your scalp for an hour before rinsing and washing. Applying the oil before a nice relaxing detox bath before bed has the added benefit of allowing the warm bath to open up your pores as the coconut oil is absorbed. Check out our article on the Ultimate Detox Bath.
ALOE VERA. Massaging a dollop of Aloe Vera into your scalp before shampooing helps to calm dry and irritated skin and it provides a cooling effect that provides relief from itching.
RAW EGGS. Allowing raw eggs to sit on your scalp for several minutes before shampooing is a great way to condition your scalp and hair. The eggs also help provide several wonderful nutrients to your skin that work to prevent dryness and flakes.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL. Lavender oil has antibacterial qualities that help maintain a naturally clean scalp. It also promotes hair growth and can improve the circulation of blood. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to your shampoo or massaging 2-3 drops into your scalp is a great way to keep the dryness and flakiness away. Lavender oil is a perfect topical ointment for most skin irritations, making it my go to choice to help soothe an already irritated scalp in the winter time. Check out our post on the uses of lavender oil.
All of these completely natural remedies can be used alone or can be combined for added benefit. Many times what works well for one person may not be the answer for someone else. I recommend experimenting until you find what works for you. These twelve ideas should give you a great start.
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