A yeast-like fungus (malassezia) - Malassezia lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. But sometimes it grows out of control, feeding on the oils secreted by your hair follicles. This can
irritate the skin on your scalp and cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, clumping together with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white, flaky and visible in your hair or
on your clothes. Exactly what causes an overgrowth of malassezia isn't known, although having too much oil on your scalp; changes in your hormones; stress; illness; neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease;
a suppressed immune system; not shampooing often enough; and extra sensitivity to the malassezia fungus may contribute to the development of dandruff.
Home Remedies for Dandruff
Soak 2-tablespoon fenugreek seeds in water over night. In the morning grind into a fine paste. Apply all over the scalp and leave for Ĺ an hour to control on dandruff and hair loss. Fenugreek is a Mediterranean herb
used for flavor enhancement and that is purported to treat many different conditions.
Boil a hand full of neem leaves in 4 teacups of water. After cooling and filtering use for rinsing hair for dandruff. Neem leaves come from the Neem tree which is in the mahogany family and is indigenous to India and
several other tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Massage warm oil on to the scalp well and allow remaining for an hour. Then rub limejuice mixed with vinegar (1:2) onto the scalp and leave on for another hour for dandruff removal. The oil helps to emolliate the
skin of the scalp combating dry skin, while the acidity of the limejuice and vinegar will help to strip off the oils and help reduce the prevalence of any fungus.
Vitamin B deficiencies and biotin may bring about early greying of hair. If copper is lacking in your diet, it can also result in early hair greying since it is involved in the hair pigmentation. A wholesome
diet with nuts, and fish should meet your requirements. If you have to resort to dyes prefer to use henna or those extracted from vegetables since the chemical dyes have been linked to cancer and could do you
more serious harm. One must remember that grooming and using styling products alone does not solve hair problems, protein vitamin, minerals rich diet enhances and maintains the health and luster of the hair.
Home remedies for Grey hair:
Itís of course, never been proven that ANY home remedy can prevent or eliminate grey hair, except as a cover-up or cosmetic solution. However, it is widely thought that making sure to eat a nutritious diet and keep
your levels of stress managed can help to prevent the development of prematurely grey hair. The fact that these tips are part of growing healthy hair is probably why they are so widely relied upon.
However, there are some home remedies that are touted:
Massaging amla juice and lime juice into the hair is found to be effective for grey hair.
Eat protein rich foods. Proteins - Sources: sprouted whole grains, cereals, meat and soy in your diet.
Eat foods rich in iron, minerals and vitamin A and B. Vitamin A - Sources: dark green vegetables & yellow fruits. Vitamin B - Sources: fresh green leafy vegetables, bananas, tomatoes, cauliflower, cereals, liver kidney,
yogurt, yeast and wheat germ.
You also should eat food containing minerals like zinc, iron and copper - sources: zinc - red meat, chicken & green vegetables
iron - beef, dried apricots, red meat, parsley, eggs, wheat & sunflower seeds (Iron Rich Foods),
copper - sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, crabs and oysters, egg yolk & whole grains.
Eat foods rich in iodine such as banana, carrots and fish.
Drinking buttermilk with 2 teaspoons each of yeast and wheat germ will prevent and cure premature greying of hair.