FAST FIXES FOR FLAKES

Nat­u­ral, non-toxic so­lu­tions for dan­druff

Amazing Wellness - - REMEDY 411 - By Jen­nifer Martin Jen­nifer Martin is a free­lance writer re­sid­ing in Los An­ge­les.

It’s

not like you to be fl aky. So turn to these nat­u­ral home reme­dies for dan­dru in­stead of drug­store reme­dies. ey’re as e ec­tive as con­ven­tional dan­dru sham­poos, with­out the worry of po­ten­tially harm­ful chem­i­cals. To name a few com­mon in­gre­di­ents found in many drug-store prod­ucts: Coal tar, used in OTC dan­dru sham­poos in the United States, is a known car­cino­gen, ranked a 10 on a scale of 1–10 on

e En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group’s cos­metic safety data­base ( 10 be­ing the most haz­ardous to your health). Coal tar is banned in Canada and some parts of Europe. Re­sor­ci­nol is an­other in­gre­di­ent to watch out for; it may ir­ri­tate mu­cous mem­branes, and if it gets into an open wound, it can cause a blood disease called methemo- globine­mia. And an an­ti­fun­gal agent called ke­to­cona­zole can re­sult in itch­ing, rashes, and even hives.

Here are some bet­ter ways to elim­i­nate those akes and scalp itch—and they’re as close as your kitchen cab­i­net and medicine chest.

CO­CONUT OIL

Since one of the causes of dan­dru is dry skin, co­conut oil can ease dan­dru by mois­tur­iz­ing the scalp. “Dan­dru is a pesky prob­lem and is of­ten due to dry skin,” says Emily Kane, ND, LAc, a natur­o­pathic doc­tor with a pri­vate prac­tice in Juneau, Alaska, and au­thor of two books on nat­u­ral health, in­clud­ing Man­ag­ing Menopause Nat­u­rally. “For those who have dry hair as well, co­conut oil and tea tree oil can be blended to­gether (1 Tbs.

co­conut oil to 1 tsp. tea tree oil, de­pend­ing on how much hair you have). It’s best to ap­ply this mix twice a week 30 min­utes be­fore wash­ing hair, and wrap hair with a thin, wrung-out towel that has been dipped in hot wa­ter.”

TEA TREE OIL

Find­ing the right treat­ment for dan­dru can be tricky. Just as dry skin can cause dan­dru , con­versely, ir­ri­tated, oily skin

(se­b­or­rheic der­mati­tis) is a po­ten­tial cause. An­other cul­prit is a yeast­like fun­gus known as malassezia. Tea tree oil works well in these cases, as it has both dry­ing and an­ti­fun­gal prop­er­ties. “Rub a few drops of tea tree oil in the palm of the hand and ap­ply to clean hair af­ter get­ting out of the shower,” says Kane. “Gen­tly mas­sage into scalp and dis­trib­ute with ngers to ends.”

AP­PLE CIDER VINE­GAR

Ap­ple cider vine­gar makes it dif­fi­cult for yeast fun­gus to grow on your scalp. “It can be used as a rinse to help get hair ‘squeaky clean’ af­ter wash­ing, but in gen­eral, vine­gar is go­ing to be a bit harsh for hair, so it should not be left on—al­ways rinsed out,” ad­vises Kane.

BAK­ING SODA

This home rem­edy can ban­ish flakes with­out overdry­ing. “Some folks will fare well by al­ka­lin­iz­ing their scalp with a bak­ing soda slurry left on for 5 min­utes, then sham­pooed, twice a week,” says Kane.

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