Easy Homemade Dandruff Treatments

Most of us change our hair to match our mood. We put our long locks up in a ponytail when we’re in the mood to do something active. During special occasions or even a night out in the city, we put down our locks and let it bounce freely as we roam the town. But what if you have dandruff?

Our hair is an important accessory and it’s difficult to flaunt it when it’s being bombarded by dandruff. That said, don’t be sad! We compiled a few easy homemade dandruff treatments that will help you gain your confidence back!

But before we proceed with these treatments, it’s important to be aware of what it actually is and what causes it.

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What is Dandruff?

So what is dandruff? Dandruff is characterized by flakiness and itchiness on the scalp. It targets people of different ages and can lead to other skin conditions such as pimples and acne.

So what causes it? There are several reasons why you’re experiencing dandruff. Some of these reasons include seborrheic dermatitis, dry skin, poor hair brushing and shampooing, sensitivity to hair products, and stress to name a few.

Homemade Dandruff Treatments

Now that you have an idea of the condition you’re dealing with and the factors that can cause it, here’s a list of several homemade dandruff treatments you can try.

Baking Soda

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If you’re into home remedies, you’ve probably encountered this product before. But did you know that you can also use baking soda to counter dandruff?

Baking soda exfoliates the scalp which is an important process because it helps remove the buildup of flakes. It acts as a scrub without being too harsh on the scalp.

To use baking soda as a treatment for your dandruff, just follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Mix baking soda and water until it creates a paste.
  • Step 2. Part your hair in sections, apply olive oil, and then slather the paste into the sections. Leave this on for 5-10 minutes.
  • Step 3. Rinse your hair thoroughly and make sure that the paste is not there anymore. Try doing this at least twice a week and if it works for you, gauge how many times you will need to do this every week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’re into the topic of skincare, you’ve probably heard of the Aztec Healing Clay Mask which is usually used alongside apple cider vinegar. But we won’t be using it to mix with a mask. Instead, we will be using it as a treatment for your dandruff!

  • Step 1. Mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar.
  • Step 2. Apply the mixture on your hair after you wash your hair in the shower.
  • Step 3. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly.

Quick and easy, right?

Garlic

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We all want our hair to smell great that’s why we invest in shampoos and conditioners that almost smell like a garden filled with lavenders and roses. But are you willing to trade the smell of gardens for the smell of a garlic clove in order to get rid of your dandruff? We’re guessing you are.

Aside from being a great addition to your food, garlic contains a lot of antifungal properties which can be used to treat dandruff.

To use garlic as a dandruff treatment:

  • Step 1. Pound a clove or two of garlic.
  • Step 2. Mix the pounded garlic with water and honey until it turns into a paste consistency. We’re adding honey to help mask the smell.
  • Step 3. Massage the paste into your scalp.
  • Step 4. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly. Make sure to use shampoo!

Egg Yolk

It seems like we are seeing a pattern here, don’t you think? These food items are cheap, easily accessible, and best of all: easy ingredients for your dandruff treatments! An addition to that list is a commonly used ingredient: the egg yolk. Just like garlic, it contains an ingredient that is great for our hair. Egg yolks contain biotin which is a vitamin that helps treat dandruff.

To use egg yolk as a dandruff treatment:

  • Step 1. Separate the egg white from the egg yolks.
  • Step 2. Before a shower, massage the egg yolk into your scalp.
  • Step 3. Place a cap to seal in the yolk in your hair. Leave this on for an hour.
  • Step 4. Thoroughly rinse your hair and make sure to follow it up with a good smelling shampoo.

If this treatment works for you, don’t get too excited! Remember to only use this at most three times a week.

Coconut Oil and Lemon

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Ah, the most famous ingredient for homemade hair treatments: coconut oil. And yes, not only is it great for making your hair shiny but it can also help your flakey situation! To create a great homemade dandruff treatment, we will add in lemon to help in the exfoliation process.

To use coconut oil and lemon as treatments for dandruff:

  • Step 1. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Step 2. Mix equal parts of the heated coconut oil and lemon juice.
  • Step 3. Massage your scalp with the mixture. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4. Thoroughly rinse your hair and make sure to follow it up with a good smelling shampoo.

Dandruff can be a really irritating skin and hair condition to have but thankfully, our kitchen items are here to help us! We’re hoping that you will try out these easy treatments soon. Have fun with it and trust the process!

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PUBLISHED 30TH AUGUST 2020

How To Find The Perfect Salon For You

Did you just move away from home? Did you have a bad experience with your previous stylist? Are you simply looking for a new place to go to for hair concerns?

If you’re feeling lost, then don’t worry, today’s your lucky day! In this article, we’ve provided 5 tips on how to find the perfect salon for you.

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Ask people you trust

The easiest step for finding the perfect salon for you is to ask people you trust. This includes your family, your friends, your acquaintances – anyone who can give you an unbiased opinion. While you can’t know for sure if what works for them will also work on you, it might be worth a shot. For instance, if you see your sister donning an amazing hairstyle, you might want to ask them where they got it so that you can see for yourself.

Read online reviews

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If your friends and family can’t point you to any specific salon, online reviews can be a great way to find the perfect salon for you. That said, you shouldn’t rely too much on them either, especially if the reviews are from the salon’s own page. Make sure to check on third-party websites or trusted bloggers for unbiased reviews.

Review their offered services

Many salons offer different services to their customers, not just hair care. Some salons even offer mani-pedis and even foot spas, for instance. Others also offer beauty services like eyebrow threading, massages, waxing, etc. But of course, there are some salons that specialize in just a few things. Some salons specialize in blowouts or rebonding, for example. If you’d like to get those treatments done, you’re better off going to salons like those.

Find an expert in your style

There are good and bad hairstylists everywhere. When trying to find the perfect hair salon for you, it’s important to take a look at their stylists as well. If you have curly hair, you probably shouldn’t go to your straight-haired friend’s favorite stylist who typically works on straight-haired people. Make sure that there are experts in your preferred style in those salons that you’ll be checking out. Of course, you want someone who is especially qualified to work on your specific hair type and hair concern.

Don’t experiment on your first time

Once you already have a salon in mind, you should call in for your first appointment. It’s extremely important that you don’t experiment on your first time in the salon. Be as detailed as possible when telling them about your preferred procedure, just to see if you will vibe with the place and the stylist. After all, this is the time for you to check if they can match your expectations sufficiently.

Did you like these tips? What did you do to find your perfect salon? Let us know in the comments below!

For more hairstyling tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 12TH JULY 2020

5 Hair Product Ingredients You Should Try

Are you still working for the perfect hair products for you? You know, your holy grail, go-to products that will instantly tame your wild mane and banish your frizzes forever?

Well, we’ve got a couple of ideas that may help. In today’s article, we’ve listed down 5 hair product ingredients you should try!

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Rosemary

I know what you’re thinking: who puts rosemary in their hair? Is it reserved for spicing up various dishes?

Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), Rosemary can be really beneficial for the hair. It can help stimulate hair growth, prevent early hair loss, slow down greying hair, and keep the scalp free from dandruff.

You can easily make your own Rosemary Leave-In Conditioner just by mixing rosemary leaves or essential oil , water, and tea infuser in a spray bottle. Simply add the three ingredients together in a pot and boil it before putting it in the bottle.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract that comes from the jojoba plant, an endemic shrub in the Southwestern area of the United States.

It offers a whole slew of benefits from the hair, which is why it’s no surprise that this ingredient is being used in plenty of commercial hair products. Jojoba oil can not only repair damaged ends, but it can also be used to balance the oil production happening on your scalp.

This effectively reduces oily hair and provides your hair with much-needed moisture and shine.

Avocado Oil

Avocado was already an all-around superfood, to begin with, but did you know that you can use it to improve your crowning glory’s condition too?

It contains plenty of vitamin B and E which can help make your hair look healthier than ever. Thanks to its high levels of fat, avocado oil also has the ability to retain your hair’s moisture, therefore making it softer and shinier. It even helps you avoid further damage in the future by strengthening your strands’ bonds!

Castor Seed Oil

Castor seed oil didn’t use to be a common ingredient when it comes to hair products, but for the last few years, it’s been making waves in the hair community for its amazing properties.

For one, it has anti-fungal properties, which means your scalp will remain clean with your pores unclogged. Many people have also reported seeing great hair growth while using castor oil.

If you want to try it yourself, you can do a ‘patch’ test by applying it on your temple area first. If it does work, you’ll see your hair in that area get thicker than the previous day. However, if it still doesn’t work, better luck next time.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable glycerin is often found in natural hair products. This hair product ingredient is good at binding moisture to the shafts and absorbing humidity from the hair.

Not to mention, vegetable glycerin can actually coat your entire shaft and protect it from possible damages. By doing so, it’s making your hair a lot less prone to breakages.

Have you tried any of these hair product ingredients? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

And of course, for more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check the rest of our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 28TH MAY 2020

How To Fix Damaged Hair After Rebonding

So you did push through with your hair rebond. Congratulations on the new shiny and smooth–oh wait, what’s that? It didn’t go so well, you say?

Fret not, ZALA’s here to the rescue! Here are some helpful tips on how to fix damaged hair after rebonding. Hopefully, you can restore the 

Cut off your strands

Alright, we know, this sounds too cruel to all hair lovers out there. Unfortunately, it’s something that needs to be said. If your hair is damaged beyond repair, it makes sense to get a quick trim first before trying any reviving treatments on it. This way, you will get rid of all the damaged ends. This cannot be repaired by any means, so by cutting them off, you can finally start concentrating on the strands that you can still restore and repair.

Deep-moisturize your strands often

Damaged hair after rebonding can usually be identified by dry, limp strands. So obviously in this case, the best course of action would be to deeply moisturize your hair in order to restore much needed moisture. You can use both commercial hair masks as well as DIY hair masks for this, though of course, the latter would always be much cheaper. 

Always apply hair serum and sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must-have since rebonded hair, especially the damaged kind, is extremely vulnerable to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Not only can too much exposure to the sun strip off your hair’s natural oils, it can also further worsen the damage caused by all the chemicals in a rebonding treatment.

Go for regular smoothing treatments

Keratin treatments work very well if you want to smoothen your hair. Since our hair consists mainly of keratin, it only makes sense that bringing back keratin to our strands can greatly improve things, right? If your hair was damaged after rebonding, it’s especially important that you get regular smoothing treatments in order to make your hair more beautiful and lively.

Use hair extensions

Last but not the least, you can also hair extensions to improve the appearance of your hair. After all, there’s never a need to endure bad hair, not when you have amazing products at your disposal. We recommend some from our own collection, all guaranteed to be 100% human Remy hair extensions. You can use these hair extensions to cover up all the damaged parts too until your hair has finally grown back to its former glory.

For more hair articles, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 7TH DECEMBER 2019

Alternatives To Hair Rebonding

Although hair rebonding is a great way to get silky straight hair, it also has some downsides. And understandably, not everyone is ready to deal with those, no matter how slim the chances are.

Are you one of those people? Here are three alternatives to hair rebonding that you may want to get smooth and silky locks but you don’t want to risk it!

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Why do people rebond their hair?

There are many reasons why someone may want to rebond their hair. Some people have extremely thick, curly hair. You know, the kind of hair that Mia Thermopolis has on The Princess Diaries? Although gorgeous on its own, this kind of hair is often unmanageable and hard to style, which is why some people may prefer to get them straightened.

Other people may have unruly or frizzy hair that simply refuses to be tamed. Having frizzy hair is a good–or maybe not-so-good–way to look stressed and haggard so it’s obvious that not a lot of people want to keep their hair that way.

Meanwhile, some people may already have straight hair, but it simply isn’t straight enough. Or maybe they want to improve the texture. Maybe they want to make their hair softer, smoother, and easier to style. Hair rebonding can fix all these issues and more, making it no surprise that many people are opting for this treatment despite the costs and the possible risks. 

Alternatives to Hair Rebonding

If you’re only after the effects but you don’t want to deal with the possible downsides of undergoing this chemical treatment, perhaps you’d like to check out these alternatives to hair rebonding.

Keratin treatment

Keratin hair treatments actually have almost exactly the same results as regular hair rebonding treatments. Your hair, as well as your skin and nails, consists mainly of keratin, a type of protein. Undergoing this treatment can tame frizzy hair and make hair much smoother and softer. These treatments are also generally more gentle than a typical hair rebond. 

The biggest downside is that the effects are not as prominent as a hair rebond. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy its effects for at least a couple of months.

Hair smoothening

Hair smoothening is also a kind of hair treatment that aims to, as the name implies, make your hair smoother than ever. It’s a lot similar to a keratin treatment, except keratin hair treatments use different chemicals. The chemicals in a hair smoothening treatment are still quite gentle though, especially when compared to all the chemicals used in hair rebonding.

But of course, just like keratin treatments, hair smoothening treatments also can’t be expected to last more than just a few months. That’s the price that needs to be paid in exchange for less harsh chemicals.

Styling products

The easiest way to get lovely hair without going to the salon? Why, using styling products at home, of course. You can achieve pretty much the same effect using a flat iron , hairdryer , and some good hair products like serums and sprays. Obviously though, the effect is only temporary. As soon as you wash your hair, or well, go to sleep, it’s pretty much gone.
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PUBLISHED 5TH DECEMBER 2019