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By Sunila Karir

In a world of perfectly glowing tresses, there is nothing more annoying than the ungainly appearance of the dreaded dandruff. But surprisingly, this pesky hair annoyance can be controlled… and the easy remedies lie right under your nose, around your house.

1. Beat it with beetroot
While very few people actually relish it in their salad, beet root has been found to be an effective treatment for dandruff. Boil beetroot in water and cool this concoction. Massage this water into your hair with the fingertips every night and rinse it with a gentle shampoo the next day.

2. Fenugreek your hair
Fenugreek seeds (methi daana) are a fantastic remedy for dandruff. Soak 2 tablespoons of these seeds in water in the night and grind the seeds into a fine paste the next day. Apply this sticky paste to your hair and leave it in for at least 30 minutes. You can wash your hair with soap nut (ritha) solution next morning.

3. Throw in some lemons
Our hair welcomes a teaspoon of lime juice with the same enthusiasm as our bodies accept a tall, cold glass of lemonade. Rub 1 or 2 teaspoons of lime juice over your scalp and rinse with warm water to make your hair lustrous and free from dandruff flakes.

4. Aloha Aloe
Aloe Vera has emerged as the popular elixir that works its wonder on the scalp and skin infections as well. Rub a bit of pure Aloe Vera gel on your scalp in the night and wash it off the next day. It is an excellent moisturiser and works magically to make your hair dandruff free.

5. Curd cure
Curd (dahi) is known to be an excellent conditioner but do you know that it is also an excellent remedy for dandruff? Add a couple of spoons of green gram powder to curd which has been fermented for 2 – 3 days in the open. Massage it gently into your scalp and leave it for 1 hour before you rinse it off.

The above remedies are tried and tested home remedies and are harmless with no side effects. But in case you have a persistent case of dandruff accompanied with severe itching and flaking, you should approach an expert to deal with your condition.


• Dandruff weakens the roots, and consequently hair starts falling off.
• Dandruff sticks on to the skin of the scalp in a cake form and blocks free flow of air to the roots.
• As a result, hair becomes weak at the roots and loosen their hold.


Studies indicate that 50% of adults are affected by dandruff at some time or the other in their lives. More often than not, it is the result of a disturbance in the body’s metabolic process. Your scalp, like the rest of your skin, is constantly renewing and shedding itself. Old cells die out and give way to new ones. And when the natural balance in the metabolic process is upset, the new cells form faster than the old cells can be shed off. These then accumulate on the scalp in the form of flakes. The metabolic process can be disturbed by
• Drugs
• The onset of puberty
• Emotional stress and strain
• Sudden changes in the climate or your diet.
• It is also believed that dandruff is caused by a fungal infection of the scalp.


Before you start treating your hair for dandruff, make sure you really have dandruff. Sometimes a flaky scalp may be caused by too much sun, or excessive use of hair dryers. It can also be caused by the use of soaps on the hair, or harsh shampoos which do not wash out easily. But if you use a gentle shampoo plus conditioner like Sunsilk, you needn’t worry. Avoid home remedies as many of them can do more harm than good.


Never use the brush or comb of the person suffering from dandruff as it is dangerous and contagious. Likewise, make sure that you wash your comb/brush after every shampoo if you have dandruff yourself! Many medicines, medicated soaps and shampoos are available to counter dandruff, but the most effective is cleanliness of hair. Brush your hair thrice a day and shampoo at least once a week. While washing your hair, take care the water does not trickle down your face. There are chances that you may get pimples.


• Add six spoonfuls water, two spoonfuls pure vinegar and apply it on the scalp with cotton wool before going to bed. Tie a towel around your head to protect the pillow. Wash your hair next morning. After shampooing, rinse again with vinegar water. Continue this once a week for at least three months.
• Mix a spoonful of lemon juice with two spoonfuls of vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo after this.
• Soak fenugreek (methi) seeds in yogurt overnight and apply the curd on your scalp for half an hour before washing in the morning.
• Hair washed with methi seed paste prevents dandruff, falling hair, baldness and dandruff keeping the hair long, healthy and black. Just soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in water to soften the seeds and grind in the morning to make paste. Before hairwash, apply this paste on scalp and hair and leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with shampoo later.

Beat two eggs and add two tablespoons of water to it. Wet the hair and apply the egg mixture over the hair. Now massage your scalp and let the mixture on for ten minutes to fifteen minutes. Then rinse the hair with lukewarm water. This will keep both dandruff and hairfall problem away from you.

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Q: I have lots of dandruff. Can you recommend a natural hair pack or home remedy for dandruff?
Sheela Sampat, Calcutta
A: Make a paste of methi with rose water apply for half an hour.

Q: My hair is thin, what haircut do I have?
Janice Diniz, Muscat
A: The haircut for thin hair has to be short as it can’t hold bounce or shape if they are long. So they should be below shoulder.

Q: Is it possible to align hair length without the use of a scissor?
Ameesha Singh, Delhi
A: Yes you could go for some hair extension.

Q: I have dandruff due to which I am getting small pimples on face. Also my hair has become very rough. Except for shampoo what else could be applied in order to make them soft & straight? Also does streaking the hair spoil texture of hair?
Shashikala, U.S.A
A: You may have oily dandruff. You can use henna every fortnight for half an hour’s time, and on top of it use serum on the hair. You could go ahead with streaks as it does not spoil the texture of hair.

Q: I had highlighted my hair six or seven months back. My hair has become dry and dull. I've tried all brands of shampoo but none of them suits me and after washing it becomes very rough.
Maya Sinha , Nashik
A: After highlighting the hair becomes slightly dry and dull. You need to regularly use conditioner or leave on conditioner like serum after every wash.
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