There are many chemical laden shampoos and hair treatments available today that claim get rid of dandruff and restore soft, shiny, flake-free hair in just one shampoo! However, the truth is these toxic shampoos and treatments, containing synthetic and known harmful ingredients not only damage your hair further, but they can also cause systemic toxicity if used for long periods of time.
Frizz and Dandruff can actually be related, bu the good news is that each can be successfully managed with the following list of nourishing and effective Ayurvedic hair care treatment options:
Frizz Control with Ayurvedic Hair Care
Two Major Reasons for Frizzy Hair: Dryness and Damage. Frizz can be the result of a a harsh, petrochemical hair care regimen,especially for people with curly hair or other natural texture that is frizz prone. Lack of moistured/hydration to the external hair cuticles, product build up, and lack of nourishment via natural oils can make your hair frizzy and lifeless.
Instead of spending tons of money on expensive salon treatments, here are some of the best botanicals for a frizz free hair the year round:
- Almond Oil – It is a natural hair emollient and conditioner that repairs damaged hair shafts.
- Avocado – The high Vitamin B and Vitamin E content in Avocado makes it an excellent anti-frizz remedy.
“Did you know? Vitamin E or Alpha-Tocopherol (in almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, etc..) is rich in antioxidants and can bring life back to your dull, damaged and frizz prone hair. Vitamin E balances out oil production on the scalp and moisturizes the scalp. A Vitamin E enriched organic hair conditioner or natural hair serum reduces hair frizz and dryness, adjusts pH, improves circulation and makes your hair strong, smooth and shiny.”
- Jojoba Oil – Jojoba oil contains B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, copper, zinc and antioxidants. It imparts moisture to your hair follicles to prevent dryness, split ends and reduce hair breakage.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – With a pH of around 5, rinsing your hair with diluted apple cider can nicely shut down the cuticle of your hair shafts (which become lifted or raised via damage, causing tangling, dullness and dry appearing hair. It is also great for deep scalp cleansing, is anti-bacterial in nature and controls excess sebum, thus is a great remedy for dandruff.
Dandruff Treatment with Ayurvedic Hair Care
Dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) is a scalp disorder wherein dead skin cells appear on the scalp in the form of white flakes. This flaky layer can be due to improper skin cell shedding or can be triggered by an infection or irritation on the scalp which can even stifle oxygen update to the hair follicles, resulting in damaging at the follicular level, making hair susceptible to hair loss. Dandruff can be aggravated due to frequent exposure to cold and hot weather, petroleum based hair styling products, as well as stress and pollution.
Before you start feeling self-conscious about dandruff this winter, here are some of the best botanicals to treat dandruff naturally:
- Lemon – The acidity and high Vitamin C content of lemon helps maintain pH balance and control overgrowth of fungal infection on your scalp. It also helps shed dead skin cells, and it’s healing properties reduce irritation and itching.
- Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera gel is a wonderful remedy for treating dandruff. The high polysaccharide content of Aloe Vera provides analgesic and moisturizing benefits to your scalp, which in turn helps calming irritated skin. It also thoroughly deep cleanses the scalp to eliminate accumulated debris in the hair follicles and balance pH. This follicular refreshing effect as well as the enzymes in Aloe Vera stimulate hair growth, making it stronger and healthier.
- Coconut Oil – Coconut hair can treat dandruff and over-processed hair with its deep conditioning, and the ability inhibit the spread of the dandruff causing microbe Malassezia globose. It replenishes scalp health, detangles hair, reduces skin irritation and flaking due to it’s high vitamin E, K, proteins, lauric acid and capric acid content.
- Neem – Neem extract is reknowned for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Neem in Ayurveda has proven to be very beneficial in treating dandruff due to its therapeutic active constituents such as nimbin, quercitin, terpenoids, tannic acid and other anti-oxidants.