Indians love their hair oil and view it as a cure all for hair problems especially hair loss. We even use hair oil to give us relief from an itchy flaky scalp. Dr. Vijay Singhal, Dermatologist at Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute sets the facts straight about whether hair oil is a dandruff cure.
Hair oil may soothe an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff flakes, but Dr. Vijay explains, "Hair oil has been used in our country as a continuance of our age-old traditional way of moisturising our hair. However, the truth is that the hair oil forms a layer on the scalp that prevents moisture from entering the skin naturally. This leads to the formation of flakes and dandruff because of the choked pores. So, I do not recommend applying hair oil."
Applying hair oil on a scalp, which is already infected with dandruff intensifies the process of hair fall. When hair oil remains on the hair for a long time, is loses it shine and turns dull. So, it is important to avoid applying hair oil on your scalp if you are struggling with dandruff.
Try these home remedies to reduce itchy-flaky dandruff:
1. Lemon Juice solution:
Massage lemon juice on your scalp before taking a shower. Wash your hair thoroughly after 15-20 minutes. This treatment helps to remove stickiness, prevents dandruff and makes your hair look radiant.
2. Aloe Vera rub:
20 minutes before you take a shower rub aloe vera gel on your scalp. Leave it on for a full 20 minutes, and then wash your hair with a shampoo.
3. Curd/yoghurt remedy:
Apply some curd on your hair and scalp and keep it on for at least one hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo thoroughly. Do this at least twice a week.