Q: Grandma, I’m suffering from a dandruff problem affecting my scalp and hair. I used to have healthy and thick hair. Now, my thinning hair makes me even more embarrassed as I need to deal with it together in finding a solution for my dandruff. Can you recommend something to treat my scalp problem?
A: Dear S, Flaking of the scalp in the form of dandruff is known as Seborrheic Dermatitis. Although it usually manifests in the skin of the head, the condition can also affect other body parts such as the face, arms and legs. Aside from the dandruff, thinning hair can also result due to the inflammatory condition of the scalp. A number of home remedies can be used to treat or provide relief from this itchy problem effectively.
HOME REMEDIES FOR SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS
1. Essential oils – Mix equal parts of lavender oil, eucalyptus oil and chamomile oil. Add a little amount of water then massage the scalp with the mixture to relieve itchiness.
2. Olive oil – Combine olive oil and almond. Use the mixture in massaging the itchy scalp.
3. Rosemary – Boil chopped rosemary and three bags of chamomile tea. Let cool before straining the mixture. Use it to rinse the hair.
4. Lemon – Rub lemon juice on the scalp. Wait for a few minutes before rinsing the hair with plain water.
5. Peppermint oil – In a cup of water, add two drops of peppermint oil. Use the mixture to massage the scalp affected by seborrheic dermatitis. Leave on for some minutes before washing off with water.
6. Apple cider vinegar – Mix one part of apple cider vinegar and four parts of warm water. Use the mixture to massage the itchy scalp.
7. Baking soda – Make a paste out of baking soda and a little amount of water. Add a few drops of extra virgin oil. Massage the scalp and hair with the paste and leave on for 30 minutes before finally washing off with tap water.
8. Tea tree oil – Dilute half a teaspoon of tea tree oil in 100 ml of aloe vera gel. Mix thoroughly until the ingredients completely blend together. Apply on the itchy scalp and leave on for 30 minutes before washing off with water.
9. Fenugreek – Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next morning, grind the paste until paste is formed. Rub the paste on the scalp for 30 minutes then rinse with plain water.
10. Thyme – Boil two cups of water then add four tablespoons of dry thyme. Let boil for ten minutes before straining the mixture. Once it gets cool, use half of the mixture to shampoo the hair. Gently massage on the hair and scalp. Do not rinse. Use the other half of the mixture on the next shampoo day.
11. Shampoo the hair regularly – If possible, shampoo the hair every day to treat seborrheic dermatitis. Massage and gently rub the scalp to loosen flakes. Avoid scratching the scalp to prevent abrasions and sores. Switch shampoo as necessary to prevent the dandruff from being getting immune to the shampoo ingredients. Always rinse off thoroughly.