Got flakes? Are you sick of using expensive shampoos, creams and lotions to rid your head of embarrassing dandruff? It’s even more frustrating when you spend all that money for mediocre results. What can you do? You have to keep trying. You can’t very well wear that salt and pepper suit every day, hoping the flakes will blend in. Luckily, I have a better solution for you that costs just pennies to use. In fact, I have 5.
1. Get physical
One reason many people have dandruff flakes is that they’re not aggressive enough in the shower. Giving yourself a good scalp massage while shampooing can take care of flakes. You see, what many people think of as dandruff may simply be soap residue or dry skin. Massaging your scalp with a scalp brush improves circulation to moisten skin, while loosening stubborn flakes so the shower can wash them away.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there anything vinegar can’t do? It even works on athletes foot! Some dandruff is fungus related too. Try using an apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair, in place of your regular conditioner. It’ll kill any fungus, as well as stripping excess oil from your hair. Best of all, it leaves your hair nice and shiny, without the cost of expensive salon treatment. Just be sure to rinse it thoroughly to avoid smelling like a salad all day.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is an astringent and a disinfectant. If your dandruff is actually an infection, either the lemon juice or the apple cider vinegar will kick those nasty germs to the curb. You can use them together for super dandruff fighting power. Just mix a cup of vinegar with a cup of lemon juice. Spray, massage and rinse. Caution: Rinse thoroughly to keep the mixture from lightening your hair in the sun.
Avocado is a wonderful moisturizer. People have been using it on skin and hair for many years. Sometimes dandruff flakes are caused by dry scalp. Chemical hair products can worsen the problem. Avocado moisturizes without leaving chemical residue behind. Simply massage it into hair and scalp after shampooing. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a well known cure for “cradle cap”, dandruff’s infant cousin. Many newborn babies have this issue, through no fault of the parents. Birth is a messy process that leaves baby’s scalp vulnerable. Of course, this dandruff cure isn’t just for babies. If you have a case of dandruff that just won’t go away, why not give it a try? Massage olive oil into the scalp. Then, use a fine tooth comb to loosen flakes. Wash hair thoroughly after the treatment to avoid looking like 50’s “greaser” all day.
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