Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff, also known as Seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp disorder. It can occur due to dry skin, irritated oily skin, growth of bacteria and fungus on the scalp, inflammatory skin conditions and other such factors. It causes itchiness along with excessive formation of dry skin flakes on the scalp.

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Dandruff can be controlled by following healthy hair care routine. However, it can even be controlled with easy to follow natural remedies. It is true that natural remedies take time to show results but they can effectively treat the problem completely.


Here are the top 10 home remedies for dandruff.

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(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

1. Indian Lilac

The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties of Indian lilac, also known as neem, help to treat dandruff as well as many other hair problems like scalp acne, itchy scalp, and hair fall efficiently.

dandruff home remedy

  1. Boil a handful of neem leaves in four cups of water.
  2. Cool and strain the solution.
  3. Use this decoction as a hair rinse twice or three times a week.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps eliminate dandruff due to its anti-fungal properties. It also moisturizes dry scalp and provides relief from itching.

Natural Cure for dandruff

  1. Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it.
  2. Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes.
  3. Wash your hair after at least 20 minutes.
  4. Follow this remedy two to three times a week.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Scalp treatment with apple cider vinegar is effective in getting rid of dandruff. It restores the pH balance of the scalp, thereby inhibiting the growth of yeast. It also helps works a natural clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles.

apple cider vinegar dandruff remedy

  1. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Add an equal amount of water and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it.
  3. Apply it onto your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes.
  4. Follow this natural treatment twice or three times a week.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda can help reduce the overactive fungi that causes dandruff. With repeated use, it also helps restore production of natural oils that keep your scalp from becoming dry and flaky.

  • Wet your hair and rub some baking soda onto your scalp. After some time, rinse your hair well with water. Do not shampoo your hair for a while after this treatment.
  • Alternatively, you can add some baking soda to your shampoo when you wash your hair.

5. White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the best home treatments for dandruff. Vinegar has acetic acid that prevents growth of bacteria and fungi on your scalp.

  • Mix one part vinegar with three parts water. Use the mixture to wash your hair and then rinse it out with water.
  • You can also apply vinegar directly onto your hair, wrap it with a towel and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair.

6. Olive Oil

Scalp dryness can be cured with regular use of extra virgin olive oil, an effective natural moisturizer.

  1. Simply heat some extra virgin olive oil until it is slightly warm. Massage it onto your scalp and then wrap your hair in a towel for half an hour.
  2. Brush your hair thoroughly to remove the dry flakes and then wash your hair.




  1. suffering from dandruff..really helpfull..thnx

  2. suffering from dandruff..really helpfull..thnx

  3. Tshidi Matsoso April 26, 2013, 9:06 pm

    I have tried 1liter warm water with 3 disprins plus 1/2 cup of vinegar on my scalp then applied olive oil afterwards, this really work.Thanks a lot.

  4. I’m african american with a bad dandruff problem. Before washing my hair i put two parts of vinegar, 3 parts of water, 1 part of olive oil and a couple drops of lemon juice. I stirred it up real good and I parted my hair and applied the formula all over. Than I massaged my scalp. After 5-10 minutes I rinsed and shampooed. Worked pretty well (:

    • Thank you so much for posting this information. I am African Jamaican residing in the UK. My disabled daughter is plagued with itchy scalp and reoccurring dandruff and her lovely thick hair is now thinning. I have tried just about everything recommended on the market, some not suitable for her hair type at all. I was just about to wash her hair today when I decided to Goggled “home remedy for dandruff ” and sighted your posting. How often do you recommend I use this natural remedy and how long will it take to see result? Can you also recommend a product to keep her natural hair moisturised in between washes. Most of the hair care products USA are also now available in the UK.
      Kind regards

  5. suffering from hairloss due to dandruff… tried these rdmedees specialy lemon and its working on damdruff…. thanx

  6. Lots of pimples..m…all overmy cheeks…help me

    • just apply lemon juice on your pimples and allow it to dry …………….. do it daily …. it has worked for me …………..

    • Try cutting all dairy products from your diet for a few weeks. Skin problems can be due to dairy sensitivity as it’s not natural for non-infants to consume dairy (and we’re not baby cows).

    • good evening……………
      mix kasturi turmeric powder+2 teaspoons of milk+ rose water+ 1teaspoon of honey+ multani mitti+ sandal powder and make a thin paste and apply ,,,,
      it will decrease pimple

    • Try using multani mitti , mix with neem powder,it will help to control oil secretion and infection ALTERNATELY use Pernox gel 2.5 or 5.

  7. i stay away from home and i do not have so much time for praparation of such ingredients so suggest me a good ready made shamppo and oil which which i can cross this dandruff and hair fall problems

  8. you can also use camphor mixed with warm coconut oil 2 or 3 hours before shampoo…it works wonders aftr 1 or few uses

  9. i am suffering from hair loss, plz tell me how to get healthy and thick hair. and also dark spot on my face how to reduce it plz help.

  10. Suffering from dry dandruff, and some grey hairs also, if I use lemon juice in oil will it be effect on my grey hairs also.

    Please advise

    • Hi
      I have tried every possible thing on this universal for dandruff control.
      Accidentally I cured it to most extent by practicing the following , take a Body Moisturizer *( I took Nivea’s Moisturizer for very very dry skin) apply a thick layer of it on you scalp , wash of the next morning with a mild shampoo for 5 conservative days and then buys a natural aloe vera gel start applying this on your scalp every night and trust me you will see the results , I had layers of dandruff covering the entire length of my scalp , Now its all clear and Touch Wood i sighted re-growth.
      My scalp skin type is Oily , yes its strange that a very very dry skin moisturizer worked initially and the Aloe Vera Gel (Natural) Killed my dandruff all of it.
      I had tried all the tricks from Oil to Spices , Chemicals to Yoga , Tea tree oil to Onion Juices , everything ……. and the solution I got was Aloe Vera Gel …… Try it, will not have a side effect anyways its natural….. Hope you get it controlled Like I did …… I Know The Pain …… I have been through ….. All the Best Friends.

  11. I think the pro naturals argan oil will help tons too!

  12. very very ill of my dandruff ….

  13. simple solution try DNILLPOWDER .you will get rid of dandruff from first application itself.

  14. Very well worked for me.thnx

  15. throat spray the best way for hair dandruff ı live in turkey and ı found the way by accident. ı use klodamin spray and oroheks spay. but that sprays can make hair loss you must careful

  16. for pimples cure take two to three basil leaves(tulasi) and boil them. then take the water of basil leaves and keep on pimples. this treatment should be done daily upto they cure

  17. Thank you so much for putting the information

  18. Cure for dandruff that worked on my hair is 1. Wash hair with soap in cold water do not leave on hair to soak,rinse straight away.2 dry chair naturally not with hair dryer.3 apply hand sanitiser to hair massaging into scalp let dry do not wash out. After scalp no itch and a lot less dandruff.

  19. very nic………i hav a dandruff problem definetly i ll try the method of lemon juice nd coconut oil………thank u very much

  20. good home made product

  21. Any reason why you have to add water to the baking soda? What about just powdering your head with it and leaving it on and not thinking of it as a shampoo? Or powdering head and then covering it with vaseline?

  22. Hello Everybody

    Y u guys worry about hair or spend time to care

    i have a idea

    just cut your hairs and be a happy bald person ….

  23. I tried curds and pepper mix to my dandruff problem….! It was an awesome remedy.
    All dandruff. Vanished. In 1 single wash wow..

    Suggession : along with pepper you can add fengue seads also

  24. Dry black pepper,and curd is something like yogurt


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