We get plenty of dandruff shampoos in the markets to treat dandruff but we can easily make our own anti dandruff shampoo that treats dandruff very effectively without any of the harmful chemicals. The ingredients given for the recipes below can be easily got here in India and they work perfectly for Indian hair.
What Is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a skin condition that causes flakiness of the scalp resulting in white flakes falling off on our dress. It can affect young and old and though it is not a serious condition, it can be uncomfortable as it causes itching and severe flakiness. Dandruff if left untreated can lead to hair fall too. If you like to get to know all the amazing home remedies for dandruff, you can read it here.
The most common symptoms of dandruff are appearance of excessive amount of white flakes in the scalp and extreme itchiness. You can read about all the causes and treatments available for dandruff here.
Since one of the most common reasons for getting dandruff is a fungal infection, most of the shampoos contain ingredients that contain anti fungal properties.
Store Bought Anti Dandruff Shampoos:
Some of the common ingredients used in anti dandruff shampoos are zinc pyrithione for mild dandruff, ketoconazole for severe dandruff, coal tar but it smells bad and selenium sulfide. But almost all of the anti dandruff shampoos available in the markets comes with a long list of chemicals that we can’t even pronounce along with synthetic fragrance and colors.
Homemade Anti Dandruff Shampoos:
All we need is a powerful anti fungal to treat the dandruff and we can easily do it by including fresh neem leaf or rosemary or poduthalai extract. I also love to add tea tree essential oil as it has powerful anti fungal properties. I use liquid Castile soap as a base for making the shampoo.
What Is Liquid Castile Soap?
Castile soap is natural bio degradable soap made with olive oil as a base, you can easily order it online. When it is available in liquid form it is called liquid castile soap. Try to make small batches of this shampoo and use it with a week, if you want to improve the shelf life you can also refrigerate it. Though this shampoo might look a bit runny compared to commercial shampoos, it foams and cleans well. It also helps get rid of dandruff very quickly and permanently.
ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO RECIPE BASE:
1. Take equal quantities of liquid Castile soap and your choice of herb extract (choose any one of the five herb extracts given below) in a bowl and mix well. I used 1/4 cup each of both Castile soap and the herb extract.
2. Add 5 to 6 drops of tea tree essential oil and mix well together and your anti dandruff shampoo is ready! Store it in a bottle and use it to wash your hair.
5 ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO RECIPES YOU SHOULD TRY:
1. NEEM ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO:
Neem has wonderful anti fungal properties that makes it very effective for treating dandruff. Boil a handful of neem leaves in 1/2 cup water till it reaches 1/4 cup and strain. Use it to make the shampoo.
2. PODUTHALAI ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO:
Poduthalai is a famous herb in Tamil Nadu used in Tamil Nadu to treat dandruff. You can read about poduthalai in detail here. Boil a handful of neem leaves in 1/2 cup water till it reaches 1/4 cup and strain. Use it to make the shampoo.
3. ROSEMARY ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO:
Rosemary is very very effective for dandruff. You can use either fresh or dried rosemary for the infusion. You can read about rosemary in detail here. Boil a handful of rosemary leaves in 1/2 cup water till it reaches 1/4 cup and strain. Use it to make the shampoo.
4. BRAHMI LEAVES ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO:
Brahmi has been used in India for hair growth for many years and it is very effective in treating dandruff too. You can read about brahmi here. Boil a handful of brahmi leaves in 1/2 cup water till it reaches 1/4 cup and strain. Use it to make the shampoo.
5. SAGE ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO:
Sage is an another herb very effective for treating dandruff. We get both fresh and dried sabge here in India, you can read about sage in detail here. Boil a handful of sage leaves in 1/2 cup water till it reduces to 1/4 cup and strain. Let cool completely and use it to make the shampoo.