Since dandruff as a problem is as old as our obsession with beautiful hair, home remedies are more popular than modern medical treatments. Also, at times, they are more benign on the skin too as sometime dandruff recurs after one stops using medicated products.
As a lasting beauty solution, there are no substitutes for home remedies. Here are some to keep your tresses looking and feeling gorgeous.
To achieve a clean scalp, mix equal quantities of lemon juice and white vinegar. Apply on scalp and wash with egg shampoo after 15 minutes.*
Use a fenugreek paste: Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind it into a fine paste the following morning. Leave this paste applied on the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes and then wash it with a mild shampoo.
Another alternative therapy that seems to reduce dandruff is daily shampooing with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, which comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. Mix 1 teaspoon tea tree oil in some hot water and massage your scalp with this. Wash your hair with lemon water followed by plain water. Wrap a hot, wet towel around your head for some time. Caution: The oil may cause allergic reactions in some people.
Mix some camphor in coconut oil. Heat this oil and massage scalp with this twice a week.
* Egg shampoo can be prepared by beating 2 eggs with a little water in it. Wet hair, apply and massage the scalp for some time. Let this remain for a while. Wash.
Hair care needs change with the season and so a standard cosmetic or hair product can never nourish your tresses like they must be and so goes during the monsoons, too. Hence, here are some monsoon hair care home remedies. Though messy, monsoon hair care home remedies are easy to whip up, 100% natural and give great results in this rainy season. Even the best of cosmetics can have side effects, but never an au natural monsoon hair care home remedy!
This monsoon, to ensure your hair don’t become weak try egg-honey pack and rinse with vinegar.
For normal hair: Eggs-honey-curd pack: Mix two eggs and two tablespoon of curd, spread it evenly, starting from root to tip. Wash it off after half-an-hour to get a smooth and manageable texture.
For dry, frizzy monsoon hair, apply a paste of three bananas and honey and leave it for 50 minutes. It takes away the dryness and makes the hair softer.
Rinse with vinegar to sooth an itchy scalp. : Mix two tablespoons of vinegar in a cup of lukewarm water and rinse hair with it.This acts as a disinfectant and helps to relieve the itching.
For oily hair: Mix juice of half in 1 cup water and rinse.
Lastly, since hair is the weakest when wet, try to ensure they remain as dry as possible; never sleep immediately after taking a head bath. If they are moist, leave them open and don’t tie them back in a pony or bun
Dandruff is perhaps one of the most annoying conditions in today’s world. Thanks to those ‘flowing, flawless hair advertisements that appear almost every day on our television screens, dandruff has become a thing of ridicule and scorn. If you have white flakes falling on your shoulders and an itchy scalp, people might just cringe away from you. This may even impact your self-esteem and of course, we all know loneliness is not good for your overall wellbeing.
So having established the fact that dandruff is indeed a kill-joy, as far as your social life is concerned, we need to now look at the reasons for dandruff. Why causes it? There are a plethora of reasons for dandruff, which range from fungus to poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance and stress. Harsh shampoos can impact the production of natural oils or sebum in skin of your scalp, which in turn can promote the growth of Melessezia furfur, a fungus which is one of the reasons for dandruff.
People who eat in a rush or don’t like eating healthy or indulge excessively in fast foods are likely to miss out on essential nutrients like zinc, the lack of which can cause dandruff. Stress is also one of the major reasons for dandruff. Stress can cause hormonal imbalance, lack of sleep and an impaired immune system, which leaves the body susceptible to fungi and bacteria.
So, if you are grappling with this wide-spread problem, then it would be a good idea to take care of these reasons for dandruff for a start.
Hair has a natural bond/weave. This usually results in hair which is less than straight.
When clients started seeking a permanent way to have straight hair- hair rebonding was born.
In Hair rebonding the natural chemical bonds in the hair are broken, they are then re-arranged and finally bonded back (kind of permanently) with strong chemicals. The softening of the hair and dis-integration of natural bonds is done by using perming lotions. Then an electric hair styling machine is used to heat the hair and straighten it out. Finally a chemical is used again to reset the broken bonds.
Warning: Many feel that hair-rebonding actually damages the hair.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your hair. During the winter months, many people have dry, dull, brittle, or hair. The tips below will help you keep your hair more healthy during winter months.
Do not shampoo your hair too often.One of the most common mistakes people make is shampooing their hair too often. In cold weather, both the hair and scalp dry out more easily. Washing your hair every day does more damage than good, so wash your hair every third day or every other day if you must.
Use the right type of products. The type of products you use on your hair will make a big difference in the overall health of your hair. Ask your hair stylist which type of product is best for your hair type.
Dealing with Static. An easy way to combat static is to spray a small amount of hair spray on your hairbrush when you are done styling and brush it through from top to bottom.
Do not overuse your hairdryer. Overusing your hairdryer will contribute to dry damaged hair. Try to blow dry your hair as little as possible. When you use your hairdryer, try using the ‘cool’ setting. Drying your hair with cool air may take a little longer but it will do less damage to your hair.
Wear a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair from the cold and wind. Make sure the scarf, hat or cap is not so tight that it will restrict circulation in your scalp. Wear caps with care. Continually wearing hats can lead to overworked sebaceous glands, resulting in limp, greasy locks.
Lock in hair moisture by running your hair through cold water.
Hair loss is something which is very common between men and women these days.Everybody desired healthy hair, but mostly people have either damaged hair or slow growing hair.
Why does Hair Loss Occur
Hair loss can be caused by hormonal changes, lack of vitamins, thyroid,cancer, lack of iron and it can be hereditary.There can be a lot’s of reason for hair loss.Androgenetic Alopecia or Baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men.Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness whereas women may develop baldness in the form of hair loss that can become thin over the entire scalp. Total baldness is rarely seen in women.
Can hair loss be prevented?
Many companies and doctors offers medical treatment to stop loss of hairs and improve the conditions but this may have side effects. Check with doctors about the side effects.
A single strand of Hair usually lives for around 5 years and a fresh one grows in its place,once this is lost. But in many cases (usually after a certain age), the fresh strand might not come back. This leaves the area exposed as scalp due to the hair loss.
In many cases hair fall follows a systematic pattern. Such patterns of hair fall, which usually affect men are collectively called as Male pattern baldness.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness is caused by an increased levels of 5(alpha)-reductase- a hormone which transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT in turn has an adverse affect on the hair follicles. It acts on the hair follicle, slows down hair production and produces weak, shorter hair. Gradually, over a period of time, hair growth stops completely. In medical terms this is called – androgenic alopecia – and is hereditary.
Hair Care is fine, but what does one do, when the male pattern baldness has left its permanent mark on one’s head. The answer might be either in sporting a Kanchha (of Agneepath fame) look or in the Hair Transplant technology.
Hair Transplant involves a surgical process where individual hair follicles are taken from a donor site and transplanted on to the balding head. The key element is that here grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding are transplanted to bald scalp.
The typical cost of the treatment varies mainly basis how many individual grafts are needed. E.g.
Dr Divyas(http://drdivyas.co.in) – charges Rs 30-45 per graft
Berkowits portal has a neat calculator to identify how many grafts are needed depending on the area to be attacked.