Dandruff is a condition that affects millions of people every day. There are many causes of dandruff including a fungal infection known as seborrheic dermatitis, dry skin caused either by a biological condition or by shampooing too often, or by microorganisms such as yeast. Dry skin is the most common cause of dandruff and is the easiest to address, but there are great home remedies for dandruff that can help treat almost all causes.
These remedies are often cheaper & more effective than OTC remedies or special shampoos. Most of these home remedies for dandruff can be applied in the shower or while relaxing and reading or watching TV.
Lemon Juice is a great way to fight dandruff that is caused by yeast, fungus, or seborrheic dermatitis. The acids in the lemon juice can fight the fungus or, in the case of seborrheic dermatitis, they can help to break down the oils that lead to the flaking. The natural soothing properties of lemon juice can also help prevent itching. While it is best to use fresh squeezed lemon juice, bottled can be used.
-2 tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
-2 tablespoons of water
Mix the lemon juice with the water and apply it to your scalp. Adjust the amounts as needed to accommodate your coverage needs. Apply to the scalp, not to the hair, as lemon juice can fade even natural hair color. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse well with cool water. Repeat usage everyday till dandruff is gone.
2. Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant that is perfect for breaking away flakes on your scalp to allow them to be washed out of your hair. It will also help to stimulate your scalp to produce more of its own natural oils and balance the pH levels in your scalp skin. It is important to not use shampoo after this treatment.
½ cup of pure baking soda
2-4 tablespoons of water (enough to make a medium paste)
Mix the baking soda and the water together and massage into your scalp for one of the most effective home remedies for dandruff. Leave the paste on your scalp for a few minutes (no longer than 10) and then rinse with plain warm water. Again, do not use any shampoo during or after you perform this treatment or you will neutralize the effectiveness.
3. White Vinegar
White vinegar is a great way to get dandruff under control and like lemon juice, it has been used for years to combat the condition. The acetic acid that is present in vinegar is key to the prevention of fungus growth and to help balance out of range pH in your scalp. The White vinegar is also an anti-inflammatory so it helps to stop itching, and thus alleviate the urge to scratch which can make the condition worse.
-1/2 cup of white vinegar
-2 cups of lukewarm water.
Combine the water and the vinegar into a solution. Shampoo your hair as usual using your favorite moisturizing shampoo. After rinsing with plain water rinse your hair again with the vinegar solution. Do not re-rinse with plain water, since this is one of the leave-in home remedies for dandruff. Use this once a week to keep dandruff at bay and promote shiny, full bodied hair.
Most of us know the many benefits of aspirin, also called the miracle drug for over a century, and indeed it very well might be. The funny thing is that aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is the same compound found in the more powerful over the counter medicated dandruff shampoos. Why waste money on expensive shampoos when you can make a solution yourself that is just as effective?
-2 plain uncoated aspirin
-1/4 cup of your favorite regular clarifying shampoo
Crush the pills into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle if you have one, or a rolling pin and a couple of sheets of wax paper. Mix the crushed aspirin into the shampoo and stir well to evenly distribute the powder. Shampoo as normal, but leave the shampoo on your hair for at least 2 minutes (the longer the better) making sure to massage into your scalp well. Rinse very well and then wash again with regular non-aspirin shampoo. Use three times a week.
5. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek has been used as one of the most effective home remedies for dandruff since ancient times. The anti-fungal and skin soothing properties of fenugreek make it perfect to use in a home remedy to get the symptoms of dandruff under control and help you have great looking, flake free hair.
Make sure that you are using fenugreek seeds that are fresh and not dried, as dried seeds will not work. You should also check to make sure that you are not sensitive to fenugreek by placing a small amount on the back of your hand before using it on your scalp.
-2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds
-mortar & pestle
Soak the seeds in distilled water overnight. In the morning strain, them out, reserving the water, and then use the pestle to grind them into a paste. Once the paste is ready apply it to your scalp and leave on for half an hour. Rise out and then apply a herbal shampoo – which, by the way, can be one of the best home remedies for dandruff by itself. Use the water that you soaked the seeds in as a post shampoo hair tonic. Use this remedy twice a week for 2 weeks and then continue using once a week to increase shine and keep hair soft and flake free.
In Ayurveda medicine Neem is a well-known and widely used herb for a wide variety of skin conditions. The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of Neem make it ideal for treating dandruff as well as many other hair and scalp problems in addition to conditions such as jock itch, athletes foot and other skin disorders. Neem will also stop itching of the scalp.
Be careful with Neem however, and test a small amount of the solution on the back of your hand as some people may find they have a mild sensitivity to it. You can find fresh Neem leaves at most health food retailers in the herbs section of the produce department.
-2 large handfuls of Neem leaves
Bring the water to a boil and then remove from heat. After it has cooled down to a hot temperature, add two handfuls of Neem leaves and allow them to soak overnight or longer (the longer they soak the more powerful the solution, up to 24 hours). Strain the leaves out and use the solution as a final rinse for your hair, skipping conditioner.
7. Tea Tree Oil
One of the oldest and most effective home remedies for dandruff and other scalp problems is tea tree oil. Known for more than a century as an antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-fungal ingredient, tea tree oil is a highly effective remedy for itching, flaking and inflammation related to dandruff and dry scalp. Tea tree oil can be found at most major pharmacies, health food retailers and holistic healing shops. Tea tree oil is non-allergenic so this is an effective remedy for everyone.
-tea tree oil
Place enough tea tree oil into the palm of your hand to adequately cover the scalp fully and lightly moisten the hair. Let the oil warm with your body temperature to make applying easier. Work the oil into the hair and massage into the scalp. Using a large tooth comb, comb the oil through hair all the way to the ends.
Allow the treatment to sit on the hair overnight and wash out with herbal shampoo in the morning. Repeat twice a week. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo and use it regularly to keep dandruff under control.
8. Mouth Wash
Mouthwash is a great way to get intense dandruff under control. Mouthwash, especially antiseptic mouthwash, has anti-fungal properties that can also kill yeast, which is a cause of some dandruff.
It’s important to avoid this is you have an inflamed scalp from heavy scratching as it will burn when the mouthwash is applied. Any basic alcohol based mouthwash will work.
-1 cup of alcohol based mouthwash
Shampoo your hair as usual with your regular high quality shampoo, preferably an herbal one. After rinsing with warm plain water, squeeze the water out and then rise with the mouthwash. Don’t rise the mouthwash out, let it sit on at least overnight. Repeat this treatment at least one a week.
9. Coconut Oil
Increasingly the many benefits of coconut oil are being discovered every day, and one of the most valuable of them is its anti-fungal properties and its ability to reduce inflammation and stop skin irritation. Coconut oil is also an effective moisturizer for the skin, especially for the scalp and can help prevent future issues with dandruff arising from dry skin in the future.
When it comes to home remedies for dandruff, coconut oil is beyond compare. Like many of the other home remedies for dandruff listed here its non-allergenic so it’s a great solution to try for everyone. You can find it in your grocery store baking aisle.
-100% coconut oil
-fresh squeezed lemon juice
Mix 2 parts coconut oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply to the hair and massage into the scalp about an hour before showering. Wash out with a high quality herbal shampoo. Repeat 2-3 times a week to stay flake free.
It may sound like a crazy concept, but salt is actually a great way to get rid of potential future flakes before they even happen. The roughness of the salt is a great scrub for your scalp and can exfoliate it very effectively. Regular table salt works just fine, so no need to get anything fancy. The best part is that this can be done at every washing even before most of the other remedies that have been listed here so it’s a nice additional layer of treatment.
-1/8 cup of regular table salt
About half an hour before shampooing, apply the salt to your dry hair and start working it into the scalp. Make sure that you use a gentle massage action and that you work all parts of the scalp. Now shampoo as you normally would using a moisturizing herbal product and any other home remedy that you would like to use.
Garlic is well known for its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. It is used all over the world for a wide variety of medical treatments. For this reason, it is very effective in killing dandruff causing bacteria. Don’t worry as the garlic will not be on your scalp long enough to leave behind an odor. Suing this treatment once a week will not only rid you of flakes, but will give you shinier hair with more body.
-3-4 fresh garlic cloves
-Mortar & pestle
Crush the garlic with the pestle until it is a fine paste and then apply to the scalp. Make sure that you rub it in well and let it sit for about 10 minutes before shampooing. Wash out with your regular shampoo, making sure to rinse well afterwards. Repeat twice a week to control dandruff and increase body and shine.
12. Olive Oil
One of the most effective moisturizers around is without a doubt pure olive oil. It’s great for improving the quality of skin all over your body, but it is especially effective on the scalp. A simple overnight application can leave you with not only a healthy and flake free scalp, but also great hair that is naturally shiny, strong, and full of body.
-1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Warm the olive oil till just a bit above body temperature and massage into the scalp and out to the ends of your hair. Wrap a warm towel around your hair and allow the oil to sit for at least 45 minutes. Remove the towel and sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as normal. Repeat a couple of times a week for great looking hair.
These home remedies for dandruff can help you get the condition under control for far less than the cost of using over the counter remedies that promise results, but only if you continue to use their products indefinitely. These great home remedies are more effective and get results in a fraction of the time and a lot lower cost.
They are also all natural so you know what you are suing and don’t have to worry about chemicals or dangerous ingredients. Try them out today and get ready to once again see your shiny, beautiful hair with no flakes.