Five effective ways to rid you of your dandruff problem

Dandruff falling on your clothes can be embarrassing. Get rid of it by using these simple tips.

Fahad Khan October 29, 2013
Our skin constantly sheds dead cells without us even knowing. Usually these cells are not visible to us, as they are very minute. However, there are some dead cells which are annoyingly visible and we see them in the form of dandruff.

As you know, dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp at an excessively fast rate. Many of us have faced issues with regards to this natural nuisance.

So, how can one effectively eradicate dandruff? Here are a few tips:

Getting the right shampoo

Just because Kareena Kapoor endorses a particular brand, does not mean that shampoo will work for you too. While mild dandruff may be controlled by regularly shampooing the scalp with a mild shampoo, suitable for regular use; washing your scalp with a strong shampoo can cause it to dry up and this can in turn, make the condition even worse. Hence, choosing the right shampoo is the most significant task and you are likely to have to go through a trial-and-error process until you find a shampoo that  suits your hair the most.

Right way of shampooing

While shampooing, remember to wash your scalp twice. The first wash will clean the dandruff present in your hair and the second will help medicate the scalp and prevent scaling. Moreover, after using an anti-dandruff shampoo, which may contain harmful chemicals that tend to leave the scalp dry, always make sure that you use a conditioning shampoo. Also, remember to condition your hair with a strong conditioner in order to nourish and moisturise the scalp.

Natural modes of treatment

Having said that, regular shampooing may not always help. In such cases you can try natural treatments, which might not give  immediate results, but will prove to be beneficial in the long run. Moreover, unlike most chemical based anti-dandruff shampoos, home remedies do not affect the scalp harshly.

  • Mix some camphor in coconut oil. Apply this oil to your scalp everyday, making sure to massage the roots with your fingertips. This can show remarkable results.

  • You can also apply lemon juice mixed with sugar on to your scalp. Then, expose your hair to the sun for five to six hours and let the juice dry. When this is done, wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Although this may sound difficult, it can efficiently solve your dandruff problem to a great extent.

  • Another home remedy is to mix lemon juice in coconut oil. Apply this mixture on your hair and massage it deep into the scalp. Continue this regularly for a few days. It will help reduce the dandruff and will add shine to your hair!

Consult a professional

However, if neither frequent shampooing nor natural remedies help reduce dandruff, it would be advisable to consult a dermatologist. Proper hygiene, the right intake of food, and adequate sleep can also play a role in controlling dandruff; and a physician will be better able to give advice in this regard.

Hence, with some care and precaution, you can effectively take care of your dandruff problem.
Fahad Khan A BBA Student at Iqra University loves to write and a hobbyist photographer. He has a passion for business and tweets as @MrFahadKhan (
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Dante | 7 years ago | Reply None of these tips work. It's not about "getting the right shampoo" kind of a deal. The way to eliminate dandruff is to use the shampoos that contain "selenium sulfide". If you can find the "Selsun Brown" shampoo in Pakistan, that's the best available option although it is more expensive and less in quantity compared to others, including Pantene and Hair-and-shoulders. After several uses (typically greater than 5), you'd notice a considerable difference. The only problem is the excessive dryness of hair. Using a good conditioner should help avert this. Everything else you do with your hair is homeopathy.
dodo | 7 years ago | Reply lollllllllllllllls
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