Dandruff: an unpleasant word that evokes an itchy, unclean feeling. For some, it’s a year-round affliction; for others, it’s seasonal. Dandruff can occur due to skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or it can be a direct result of dry scalp skin. Either way, dandruff is horrible, and if left unchecked, it can lead to the dreaded ‘backne’!
Fortunately, we at the beauty desk are all about the fix and we have compiled a list of treatments that involve a trip to the pantry. Read on for our five favourite dandruff hair masks that will leave you (flake) free to don the LBD this winter.
Yogurt and Olive Oil
Mix equal parts yogurt and olive oil and apply to your scalp; leave on for 20 minutes. The lactose in the yogurt breaks down the loose flakes, while the oil hydrates the scalp. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Coconut Oil and Sugar
This scrub forces the flakes out in one speedy session. Use equal parts oil and sugar and work the mix into your scalp. It is recommended that you do this standing in the shower and then wrap your hair up in cling film or wear a shower cap. The sugar granules will definitely fall out and may lead to a mini ant attack. Leave the mask in for 20 minutes before washing out.
Take half a lemon and massage it into your scalp. The citric acid helps eradicate the fungus that is causing the dandruff. You can do this right in the shower! Just be sure to leave in the lemon juice for five minutes to do its thing before rinsing it out.
Tea Tree Oil
Most anti-dandruff shampoos contain at least 5 per cent tea tree oil. That is because the enzymes in the oil fight against the fungus that dries out the skin, causing it to flake. It also combats itching like a pro! So add two drops to your favorite shampoo and massage it into your hair. Rinse and condition as usual.
Hailed as the daddy of all-purpose use, this bad boy also works wonders on your hair. Wet your hair, grab a handful of baking soda, and work it into your scalp. Rinse it out, skip the shampoo and move directly onto the conditioning. Not only does it rid you of dandruff, it will also chew through any product buildup that may have been causing the itching and leaving your hair feeling icky, even after a wash.
Armed with these masks, there is no reason you should fear black this winter. Go ahead, wear your dark colours and flip that fabulous hair!
7 ways to make damaged hair look healthier
Limp, fine hair bringing your spirits down? If the answer is yes, it’s time to give these age-old volume boosting techniques a shot.
Use a light oil or shine serum
A serum or light oil such as Jojoba Oil can fake the shine your hair is otherwise lacking. Moreover, most of these serums and oils are packed with nutrients your damaged hair will appreciate and love in the long run.
Toss it in a bun
An up-do is the best trick to give the illusion of thicker hair. Put your hair down and brush your roots from the neck up. Then collect your hair and twist it into a fuller bun. Accessorize with fancy clips to add some bling to your hair do.
Go for a trim
A good trim brings life and bounce back into your hair, making it seem healthier. If you’ve been delaying a trim, now is the time to bid farewell to those split ends!
Tease the roots
Backcombing is an age-old technique to make hair seem fuller and voluminous. Tease your hair around the crown area to make it look big and healthier.
Use a moisturizing shampoo
Damaged hair needs extra care and extra oiling which is why it’s better to switch to a moisturizing shampoo like Dove Intense Repair that gives your hair that extra hit of moisture it’s craving without stripping off the natural oils from root to tip.
Wash with cold water
Cold water seals in the natural oils while hot water strips it away. If you’re someone who enjoys hot showers, end your hot shower with one last cold blast of water to seal cuticles and pores.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Cotton pillowcases tug at your hair and absorb all the moisture from your hair in the night, making it weak and brittle. Switch to a silk pillow for a luxurious napping experience and a happier head of hair.
If you have more tips to add to our list, let us know in the comments below!
DIYs to save you from hair fall horrors
Heat, dandruff, straightening, curling – is there anything that doesn’t lead to hair fall? What if we told you these DIY masks can rescue your luscious locks?
Fenugreek, a common spice in every Pakistani kitchen, is packed with protein and nicotinic acid. Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Blend it in the morning with a little bit of water and add 4 tablespoons of yogurt to the mix for a paste-like consistency. Apply this on your hair and scalp, and leave in for half an hour. Wash off thoroughly with Sunsilk Hairfall Solution.
Egg white mask
High protein and Omega 3 content make egg whites a lifesaver for dull, brittle hair. Separate the yolk from the egg white. Mix the egg white thoroughly till you get a thick and even consistency. Apply the egg white to your scalp and hair using a dye brush (this is going to get messy so make sure you change into clothes you don’t mind ruining). Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse with cool water followed by Sunsilk Hairfall Solution.
Known for its cooling and hydrating benefits, Aloe Vera nourishes your hair from root to tip. Wash your hair with Sunsilk Hairfall Solution. Extract the pulp content from the leaf or stalk and rub into your hair. Massage the pulp into the scalp in circular motions. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water.
Did these tips get your hair fall under control? Tell us in the comments below.