Dandruff or thinning hair can be an irritating and embarrassing situation for many people. The good news is self-treatment can be very effective. These three natural treatments address those pesky white flakes and boost hair growth. Not only are they all natural, but they can easily be made at home with ingredients you probably have on hand.
1. Tea Tree Shampoo for Dandruff
What is dandruff? Dandruff can be caused by many factors which include dry skin, lack of hair combing or brushing, excessive shampooing or a type of fungus that lives on everyone’s scalp but can get out of control and lead to excess skin cells.
Tea tree is both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, so the fungus that causes excess skin cells can be naturally treated.
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
- 2 teaspoons almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bottle, and be sure to shake before each use.
2. Coconut Milk Mask for thinning hair
Coconut milk contains healthy proteins and essential fats, both of which boost hair growth.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- hot water as needed
Combine the olive oil and coconut milk, apply the mixture to your scalp and then work the mask through your hair. Massage the mask into your scalp and through the ends of your hair. Wear a shower cap to allow heat to help with deeper penetration. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then follow with shampoo to rinse the mask off.
3. Mint Spray to Boost Hair Growth
Mint cleanses the scalp and helps shed the build up of dead skin in the hair follicles, while stimulating them and encouraging hair growth.
- 4 cups of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dry rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
- french press or loose leaf tea infuser
You can use a french press or loose leaf tea infuser to steep the leaves until the boiling water has reached room temperature. Transfer to a spray bottle, and after you’ve shampooed your hair, spray the scalp and hair until it is evenly soaked through. Leave on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Have you had success with any homemade treatments for dandruff or thinning hair?2