As a young girl, I had ashort pixie hair cut, and dandruff didn’t seem to be much of a problem then. I washed my hair everyday and got head oil massages regularly. Whenever my head itched, I washed it with shampoo and felt some sort of temporary relief. However, when I grew my hair, dandruff flared up. Working in New Delhi, a busy metropolitan city, coupled with irregular eating habits took a heavy toll on the overall health of my hair.
My hair began falling out, my scalp always itched, and the texture of my hair became brittle and dull. I visited a renowned trichologist and she suggested medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole, an anti-fungal drug used extensively by cosmetic companies. According to her, dandruff was the root cause of all my hair problems. I used Ketoconazole shampoos regularly for months, and while it helped temporarily, the dandruff returned sooner than later. With longer uses of the chemical, my hair became rougher and frizzier.
To top it off, my scalp always looked oily and dirty, while the hair below my shoulder was dry and unmanageable. I decided to take matters into my own hands and research natural ways to treat my scalp. I tried lemon juice and baking soda on my scalp, experimented with homemade essential oil blends, and here's what I found worked: