Home Remedies for Dandruff

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Dandruff is a kind of skin disorder of the scalp. This occurs due to growth of bacteria and fungus on the scalp, and it is an infectious condition. It causes itchiness along with excessive formation of dry skin flakes on the scalp.

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.


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Here are the top 10 home remedies for dandruff.

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.

  • Boil a handful of neem leaves in four cups of water.
  • Cool and strain the solution.
  • 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.

  • Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it.
  • Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes.
  • Wash your hair after at least 20 minutes.
  • 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.

  • Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Add an equal amount of water and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it.
  • Apply it onto your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes.
  • 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.
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  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 (:

  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

  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.


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