How to use Lemon for Dandruff? Dandruff is an itchy and scaly skin condition that happens mostly on the scalp. It sometimes happens in the other parts of the body including face, beard, groin, etc. It has been seen that dandruff particles that we see on the spots of our itchy scalp are nothing but the flakes of dead skin coming out of the uppermost layer of our head skin or scalp. The skin on our scalp has a mechanism of secreting oily substances to keep the skin moist and to coat the skin from environmental harshness. However, this oily sebum is food for many bacteria and fungi including Malassezia. Malassezia builds its colony in the oily scalp and creates dandruff in the form of Seborrheic dermatitis. Sometimes, the chilly weather causes lack of humidity, the skin on scalp gets deprived of its water content so they shed at a higher rate causing dandruff flakes. Though there are multiple over-the-counter medicinal remedies available for dandruff, it is best to opt for side-effect-free natural remedies. Lemon, being a citrus fruit, come with a huge amount of Citric Acid. This skin-friendly acid has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and that makes lemon a great ingredient for homemade dandruff treatments. Here are some easy to do DIY home remedies for dandruff using lemon.
# Lemon-Aloe Clay Mask for Oily Scalp
The use of clay mask for face and body is quite popular but the concept of clay-based scalp masks are totally a new concept. Clay masks not only make the scalp oil-free but also provides a means to control the pH balance of the scalp. This mask washes off superficial impurities, accumulated sebum, oily residues of product build-up from the scalp and gives bouncy free-flowing hair. To prepare this mask to take the juice from one lemon, 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel and mix them with 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay or Multani mitti. Add more aloe vera gel if required. Apply this pack all over the scalp but avoid ends of hair. Keep for 30 minutes and wash off with a mild herbal shampoo. Do this once a month.
# Lemon-Honey Hair Cleanser with Soap-nuts
This is a 100% herbal hair cleanser free from all kinds of chemicals, parabens, and sulfates. Ditch your regular shampoo for this and your hair will thank you later. This cleanser not only deep cleanses the scalp but also keep dandruff and fungal scalp infections at bay. To make this cleanser take 15 soap nuts and boil them in plain water until the water reduces to half. Now keep the water aside for 6-7 hour and then stain it. In the stained water add 1 freshly juiced lemon and 3 tablespoons of honey. Use the concoction for washing your hair.
# Mayonnaise-Lemon Pre-wash Pack
If you are suffering from dandruff due to dry scalp then this is the power pack for you. Mayonnaise is an awesome ingredient to boost up the moisture level of the hair and scalp. When mixed with lemon, it clears away fungal growths causing dandruff. Take 3-4 tablespoon mayonnaise in a bowl and add fresh juice from a whole lemon. Mix them and use as a pre-shampoo deep conditioner for the scalp and hair.
# Lemon Zest Scalp Scrub
Light scrubbing is a good way of instant dandruff removal. Some home remedies suggest applying lemon directly on the scalp but it can seriously damage your delicate scalp skin. To make a gentle dandruff removal scalp exfoliator use small flakes of lemon zest in the base of aloe vera gel. This way the anti-microbial benefits of lemon will remain intact while aloe vera will soothe the scalp.