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How to Control Dandruff?
How to Get Rid of Dandruff
Most people opt for the first line of treatment is buying an anti-dandruff shampoo, but sometimes this doesn’t work, especially if your scalp is sensitive. The chemicals in your hair care product can be pretty harsh, leading to dryness and irritation that leads to dandruff. Therefore, looking for natural dandruff remedies is the way to go. Ayurvedic treatment for dandruff is a widely accepted approach because it offers a natural and permanent treatment for this problem.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Dandruff
In Ayurveda, dandruff is termed Darunaka. It is categorized as a minor disease due to an imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas.
Vata hair type usually has a dry scalp with scaly dandruff as it lacks adequate moisture and sebum in the scalp tissues.
Pitta dominant Prakriti, the scalp texture can be greasy and often prone to boils and itchy dandruff.
You may observe normal scalp texture with adequate moisture levels in a well-balanced Kapha hair type. But, aggravation in Kapha dosha results in an oily scalp with dandruff.
Kapha and Vata doshas
Kapha and Vata doshas play a crucial role in dandruff. Excess of Kapha leads to oily skin, while Vata imbalance leads to dry skin.
◉ When you have dry dandruff, it is due to the aggravated state of Pitta and Vata doshas.
◉ when you have wet/oily dandruff, it is caused by the imbalance in Kapha-Vata doshas, predominantly Kapha dosha, that causes excess sebum production.
Binomial name: Azadirachta indica
Neem is best known for its antifungal and antiviral properties, which help you fight dandruff. Ayurveda describes the neem tree as ‘Sarva roga nivarini,’ which translates to curer of all ailments. The antifungal properties of neem help fight dandruff by killing bacteria and fungi and detoxifying the scalp to relieve itchiness and irritation. Neem revitalizes and restores dry, undernourished, or rough hair to a smooth, silky texture due to its moisturizing effects.
Binomial name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Methi seeds are one of the top remedies to control dandruff naturally. In general, anyone can benefit from the protein and anti-inflammatory properties found in Methi powder. Methi seeds, as it is more commonly known, are one of the best ayurvedic treatments for dandruff. The antibacterial properties of methi seeds help combat dandruff, nourish the scalp to fight flakes, and give you a clear and healthy scalp.
HOW TO GET RID OF DANDRUFF
You may think dryness is the primary cause of dandruff. A fungus known as Malassezia is responsible for dandruff. Neem leaf or methi seed powder is effectively-known to be an antifungal and antiviral, in addition to being anti-inflammatory. Here's how to use neem leaf or methi seed powder to eliminate dandruff and get beautiful, shiny hair.
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5-6 tsp of neem leaf or methi seed powder with water to form a consistent paste. Apply this mask to your scalp and hair thoroughly and leave it for about half an hour. Then, wash your hair with an Ayurvedic shampoo.
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