Dry, itchy scalp and dandruff are common and annoying, especially during the winter months. Aside from being uncomfortable, the flakes are unsightly and embarrassing. There are a number of reasons you may have flakes, itchiness and dryness, including overuse of hair care products, the weather, oily scalp and fungus. Some people struggle with this problem year-round, while for others, it’s more of a seasonal problem.
If you are suffering from dandruff and itchy scalp but don’t want to use chemical products to treat it, there are luckily many natural options. There are quite a few natural ingredients you can use to get relief from this problem. What’s great is that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money, either!
Treat Dandruff And Itchy Scalp With Lemon Juice
It may surprise you to learn that lemon juice is an excellent remedy for dry, itchy scalp. This is partly because lemon juice has naturally-occurring antibacterial properties. It also has natural oils. You can use lemon juice alone, diluted or undiluted. Apply it to the scalp with a spray bottle, work it in with your fingertips and leave in for several minutes. Be aware that lemon juice can lighten your hair slightly, in fact, some people use it for natural highlights!
Another solution that works well is adding baking soda to the lemon juice to make a scalp mask. Baking soda is another natural remedy for itchy scalp. It helps to balance pH levels and leaves your scalp squeaky clean and refreshed. For an all-natural way to freshen, cleanse and relieve your scalp of itchiness and flakes, try this simple mask:
You just need a few tablespoons of baking soda and fresh lemon juice. You can use the lemon juice in a bottle, too, but fresh-squeezed juice is preferable. Two to three medium-size lemons should do the trick. This is more than enough for your hair, but that’s okay, you’ll use the excess, too!
In a small cup, add the lemon juice to the baking soda. Add it in slowly, mixing as you go. Continue adding lemon juice until you get a nice, pasty consistency. You want it to stick together.
Once you get the desired effect, apply to your scalp, gently working it in. Don’t rub too hard. Baking soda has a grainy, exfoliating texture and if you scrub too hard you’ll irritate your scalp. Once you get the desired coverage, leave the mixture in your hair for at least five minutes, then rinse your hair thoroughly. You may wish to cover hair with a shower cap or towel, or just put it up.
As an added bonus, you can apply the leftover mixture to your face. The lemon and baking soda mix is also a great natural remedy for acne, oily skin and clogged pores. The baking soda gently exfoliates and helps restore pH levels to the skin on your face as well as your scalp!
Some people like to add a couple drops of tea tree oil to the mixture. Also, if you find the lemon too harsh, you can dilute the mask with a little water. Play with the ingredients and the ratio to see what works best for you. Natural ingredients are often a much better and more effective alternative to the harsh, expensive products found in drugstores.
Also check our this article for further interesting household uses of lemon.