Dandruff is the menace that sprinkles on glossy dark hair and snows down on that lovely black dress. The causes for dandruff vary from dry scalp to skin conditions such as eczema and overgrowth of fungus. Stress could also contribute to the onset of dandruff. Result would be an itchy scalp and hair loss. There are few precautions that could be taken the first time the scalp starts itching. This includes, using separate towels for hair and body, washing towels, pillowcases and bed sheets, each time the hair is washed. Also, remember to clean out hairbrushes and combs. Try out following home remedies for a clean, healthy scalp.

Aloe Vera
This mineral rich herb with cooling properties would soothe the itching scalp. Do not follow this remedy if you are susceptible to phlegm. Take about two inch piece of aloe and carefully extract the gel. Remove the yellow colored parts from it and apply all over the scalp after washing the hair. Leave on for five minutes and follow with the usual shampoo. Repeat once a week until dandruff is cured.aloe-vera-health-beauty-benefits2Yoghurt and pepper
Take two teaspoons of black pepper and grind it into fine powder. Add this to one cup of fresh yoghurt and mix well. Pepper has anti-fungal properties while yoghurt has friendly bacteria. Apply this thoroughly on the scalp before shower, leave on for an hour and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat daily.

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This acts as an all rounder when it comes to dandruff treatment. It acts as a mild exfoliate and gets rid of dead skin on the scalp. It also acts as a fungicide against the dandruff causing fungus on the scalp. In addition, it gets rids of the flakes that sticks on hair. All you have to do is to mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of warm water and use it instead of shampoo when taking a shower. Stir the mixture well before applying to hair. In the beginning, hair will tend to dry out, but after a while the scalp will restore the natural oil. Repeat daily for best results.

The acidic properties of lime helps balance the pH of the scalp and minimize dandruff. Take a fresh lime and squeeze out the juice. Mix one tea spoon of lime with one cup of cold water. Extract two tablespoons of lime juice separately to another cup. In the shower, first massage your scalp with the two tablespoons of pure lime juice. Rinse with water. Then rinse your hair with the lime and water mixture. Wash off with water and repeat daily.

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This protein rich spice helps get rid of dandruff and leaves your hair stronger, healthier and silkier in the process. Take two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and soak them overnight in two cups of water. Next morning, grind them into a thick paste. Apply a thick layer on the  scalp before a shower, leave on for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water and shampoo. Repeat once a week for best results.