Dandruff is often caused by skin irritation from chemical hair care, hair dyes, or product buildup on the scalp. Hair fall can be related to intense stress, severe illness with fever, pregnancy and child birth, skin cancer etc. Both dandruff and hair fall are also caused by internal imbalances in the body due to a poor diet and processed foods.
With this information in mind, eating clean and allowing the body to properly detox will completely improve your hair and scalp health. You can read more on whole food nutrition and why it is so important here. “Any disease that impairs the vitality of the body has an effect upon the hair… A poisoned or impure bloodstream carries little or no nourishment to the hair… The real treatment for diseases of the hair and scalp lies not in the many tonics that are used, but in the attention to the foods that are eaten, many of which cause diseases of the body, thereby affecting the hair and scalp.” ~Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss
As for being chemically irritated by hair products, there are a TON of incredible natural hair care options shared on Minimalist Beauty. Definitely start with this series for more on that! Here are some simple natural remedies with herbal hair rinses and vinegar rinses as well as herbal infused oils for dandruff and hair fall. We will start with a list of herbs used to treat dandruff and hair fall that can be incorporated in three different remedies described below.
Herbs Specifically For Dandruff
Herbs Specifically For Hair Fall
Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar rinses create the perfect pH balance of your hair and scalp also giving hair a healthy shine. This simple rinse will clear away scalp debris, dirt, and kill bacteria. I’ve used apple cider vinegar rinses in place of shampoo completely and my hair and scalp couldn’t have been happier. I have also found that using raw organic apple cider vinegar was most effective.
You can easily make an apple cider vinegar hair rinse by diluting 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. First adding herbs to your vinegar prior to creating your rinse will create a super potent cleansing hair treatment. To infuse your vinegar, simply add 3 tablespoons of dried herbs to 1 cup of vinegar in a clean and dry glass jar, and allow the properties from the herbs to slowly seep into the vinegar for 3-6 weeks. Shake the jar daily. You can read more on herbal vinegar infusions here.
To use your herbal infused apple cider vinegar hair rinse, apply your mixture to your hair and scalp using a spray bottle or hair color applicator bottle. I prefer to apply this rinse to damp hair and scalp prior to washing and give it some time to marinate. I sometimes follow up with a deep conditioning treatment on top of the rinse (only on the hair strands not the scalp) before thoroughly rinsing and proceeding to style my hair.
You can also use your rinse after washing your hair. Just make sure that you massage your scalp well after applying the diluted vinegar mix before you do your final rinse. The smell from the vinegar will not linger in your hair. Infusing herbs can create a wonderful scent depending upon the herbs used.
Herbal Hair Rinses
Herbal hair rinses are a wonderful way to condition and treat hair. They can also be used as a leave-in treatment depending upon your hair needs. What I love most about herbal hair rinses is that they are as easy to make as a cup of tea. All you must do is boil water then steep 1/8-1/4 cup of dried herbs to 2 cups of water. Double this recipe for extra long or thick hair.
You can use your herbal hair rinse in a few different ways. You can apply your rinse in a spray bottle to damp/wet hair then rinse or leave-in. You can also use what I will call “The Double Bowl Method” in a bath tub. With this method you pour the herbal hair rinse over your head in a way which the second bowl is able to catch any remaining hair treatment, then repeat as long as desired. You can also simply pour the rinse over your hair and scalp literally as your final hair rinse in the shower. Read more ideas for herbal hair rinses here.
Herbal Oil Infusions
Infusing herbs into a carrier oil is a wonderful way to incorporate these herbs into your hair regimen. I prefer to slowly infuse herbs into oil as heat can sometimes affect the final outcome. Fill your chosen herbs 1/4-1/2 of the way into a clean and dry glass jar and pour oil to the very top. Seal the jar and place it in the sun for at least 2-4 weeks. Shake the jar daily.
As your herbs infuse, you will notice a change in the color of your oil. The longer the herbs infuse, the more potent the oil. Once the herbs have infused to your liking, strain out the oil into another clean and dry glass bottle for use.
You can now use your infused oil as a hair and scalp treatment prior to washing. Massage the oil throughly into the scalp and hair and cover for at least 30 minutes before washing. You can also use this oil as a daily conditioning oil in small amounts. Olive, coconut, jojoba, almond, sesame, and grapeseed oil all make wonderful bases for your herbal infusion. You can find more ideas on herbal infused oils here as well as high quality organic carrier oils here.
Incorporating all natural remedies into your hair care regimen can greatly improve the health, strength, and beauty of your hair. Using commercial products filled with chemicals often create a fall sense of hair health. I have learned over the years that less is more with beauty, and simple potent ingredients are the BEST.
Don’t forget to do daily scalp massages as this will greatly improve your hair health and relax you after a long day! Peace <3
Important Note… Please research new herbs to ensure there is no conflict with pregnancy or medical conditions before using.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)