Theterm dandruff refers to the silvery and shinny scales that separate from scalpand gets collected in the hair. The condition becomes severe when the skin alsogets infected. The scalp forms skin cells and hence, shredding the dead skincells is a natural phenomenon. However, in case of dandruff, the skin cellsshred at a faster rate than usual. As per the dermatologists, the main causesof dandruff are blood impurities, poor health conditions, bad hair hygiene andwrong food habits. Skin conditions like Psorasis, Seborrhic Dermatitis orEczema are responsible for dandruff.
InAyurvedic healing system, Dandruff is also known as “Darunak”. It is classifiedas Shudra Roga and occurs when there’s an imbalance in three doshas namely,Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The doshas primarily responsible for dandruff are Vata,dry and rough in nature, and Kapha, an oily susbstance. In severe cases, boththese doshas cause accumulation of impurities in deep tissues, resulting initchiness and dryness in scalp. This accumulation of impurities in deep tissuesis called Ama, which is heating and drying in nature. Aggravated Vata-Kapha,alongwith contamination of tissues resulting in shredding of dead epidermalskin cells is known as dandruff.
WithAyurveda, you can adopt a few simple ways to get rid of dandruff in this season–
DIY techniques for dandruff remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar & Almond Oil hair rinse
1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon of Almond Oil
10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle and pourit in a spray bottle. Shake well andspray it on your scalp and leave for at least two hours. Then, cleanse yourhair with a sulfate-free hair cleanser. Don’t forget to condition your hair.
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of applecider vinegar help to inhibit bacterial growth in scalp and balances scalp pH.The goodness of Almond oil helps to prevent dryness and brittleness of hairfollicles. The Tea Tree essential oil helps to stimulate blood circulation andhair growth.
Try Mantra Herbal’s Roghan Badam cold-pressed Almond oilwhich is made with one of the best quality of Almonds from the bounties ofKashmir valley. The cold-pressed oil extraction process helps to preservenutrition value in oil and doesn’t use any toxic chemicals usually incorporatedin refined oil extraction process.
- Banana & Avocado hair mask
Mash two bananas and add avocado to make a smooth paste.Apply this on scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash hair with a sulfate-freehair cleanser.
Avocado is known for its ability to add moisture and nourishhair follicles. It also adds shine and luster to hair. Banana hasanti-microbial properties which help to control bacterial growth onto scalp.Bananas also helps to repair hair follicles damaged due to environmentalstress.
- Bhringaraj leaves/powder and Fenugreek Seeds scalp treatment
3 – 4 Bhringaraj leaves
1 cup of Coconut oil
1 teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds
Grind bhringraj leaves into a thick paste and boil it withcoconut oil. Add fenugreek seeds and boil the mioxture. Allow it to cool andstrain the oil. Apply this mixture twice in a week.
The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of bhrigarajoil helps to control dandruff flakes. The soothing effect of coconut oil helpsto calm itchy scalp. Moreoever, the conditioning property of fenugreek seedshelps to treat damaged hair follicles.
Alternatively, you may also use Mantra’s Mahabhringaraj Oilinstead of bhringaraj leaves. The toxic chemical free formulation of the oilmakes it ideal for complete hair treatment.
About Mantra Herbal
Mantra Herbal, an initiative ofBaidyanath Ayurveda is a natural skincare brand with its research & development done in BaidyanathResearch Foundation (BRF). At Mantra Herbal, we believe in the following ethos-
ü Clean beauty
ü 100% vegetarian
ü 100% natural ingredients
ü Eco-friendly packaging
ü Transparent labeling policy
ü All formulations chosenbased on Dosha types.
Ourrange of hair oils are 100% free from mineral oils, parabens and other toxicchemicals. Made with powerful anti-bacterial bio-actives such as neem, rosemaryand tea tree oil, Mantra’s Rosemary Neem & Tea Tree Clarifying Hair Oilhelps to inhibit fungal growth in scalp while keeping hair folliclesmoisturized and hairfall under check. Another anti-dandruff remedial haircareproduct, our Neem & Tea Tree Anti-dandruff Hair Cleanser is a sulfate-freeand mild-foaming with a potent formulation of anti-microbial ingredients helpsto gently cleanse away dandruff flakes, excess sebum and dirt from hair. Thiscombination of oil and hair cleanser can also be used on children who face dandruff-relatedconcerns during puberty.
Thesimple steps suggested above can work wonders on dandruff. And, the best part,its all natural.