Picture this. You are all ready for party in your black dress. Your make up is perfect, your hair is dazzling and there is nothing that can go wrong at this point of time. Suddenly, your head feels itchy, you scratch and there you go, there's some dandruff finds its way on your shoulders. Your pitch black dress now has tiny flakes of your scalp and your hair is one dull and frizzy mess. Dandruff are portions of your scalp that chip off gradually upon drying. Research suggests that dandruff is actually due to cells underneath the skin that have a very short life. The scalp condition is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (the oily secretions from our scalp) and the dead skin cells which occur naturally due to formation of new skin. While the phenomenon is natural, the problem occurs when the fungus starts eating too much into the scalp.
The good news is that dandruff can be controlled by a host of things available right in front of you, in your kitchen pantry. Lemon has been known to be an effective remedy against dandruff. Yes, you heard us.The citric acid present in lemon helps fight dandruff from at the level of roots. Alternatively, the strong antimicrobial properties of lemon also curbs the fungal activity happening on your scalp.
From adding the flavourful zest to our food to being a solid companion to our beauty and hair care rituals, is there anything you can't do, dear lemon? These natural remedies are much more safer than the chemical-based ones you find in the market. Also, if you feel none of the products that you are using are quite as effective, you can perhaps give these inexpensive remedies a try and see if it benefits you too. It is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist or expert if you spot anything odd, at any point of time.
Here are some ways you can use lemon to control dandruff.
1. Lemon with Amla
Lemon with amla or Indian gooseberry is one lethal combination for your flaky woes. The citrus nature of both lemon and amla helps reduce dead cell formation. In addition to this, they also provide nourishment to the roots and infuse your dull locks with natural shine. Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice and two table spoons of amla juice. Now using a cotton ball dab it on your scalp gently. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and rinse it gently with water.
(Also Read: Losing Hair? Eat These 9 Foods to Prevent Hair Fall)
Lemon in combination with amla can help fight dandruff naturally | Photo credit: Istock
2. Lemon with Yogurt
For the dual action of removing dandruff and strong hair- the combination of lemon and yogurt is ideal. The natural enzymes and acids of the combination helps eliminate dandruff completely. Mix about 2 tablespoons of yogurt or curd, with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture onto the scalp gently. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with mild shampoo.
(Also Read:Onions for Hair Fall: An Inexpensive Way to Promote Hair Growth)
Lemons with yogurt can help fight dandruff and also nourish hair naturally| Photo Credit: I stock
3. Lemon and Honey
The combination of lemon and honey can prove to be the ultimate answer to several of your hair woes. Honey's anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds helps keep the fungal activity beneath the skin at bay. The humectant keeps the scalp hydrated, thereby putting an end to problems like dryness and itchiness caused due to dandruff. To the citric juice of lemon ( 1 tbsp), add about 3 tablespoon of honey. Mix them well and apply it on to your scalp for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with mild shampoo. For best result, repeat the hair care ritual once in every 3-4 days.
Honey's anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds helps keep the fungal activity at bay | Photo Credit: I stock
4. Lemon and Egg
Egg masks for hair are something our grandmothers can't stop raving about. And they have their reasons. An egg with a tablespoon of lemon juice can in fact do wonders for not just your flaky scalp but your hair in general. Egg is a natural conditioner and helps exfoliate skin from within. The combination also curbs dead cell production. To a whipped egg, mix the lemon juice. Apply on the scalp and let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash it off with mild shampoo and see the results for yourself.
An egg with a tablespoon of lemon juice can do wonders for hair care ritual | Photo Credit: Istock
5. Lemon and Tea
Tea and lemon's potent antimicrobial, and antioxidants properties make for a great remedy to get rid off dandruff and rejuvenate inflamed skin. All you need are two teaspoon of tea powder or chai patti, add them to half a cup of hot water. And let it steep. Strain the decoction and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Use this decoction and apply it on the scalp. Make sure the temperature is not boiling hot. You don't want to burn your scalp. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Try these amazing home remedies and keep the nasty dandruff at bay. And flaunt your tresses in style.
(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)