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Home Remedies for Dandruff

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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 a healthy hair care routine. You can also try some simple natural home remedies. It is true that natural remedies take time to show results but they can effectively treat the problem completely.

home remedies for dandruff

Here are the top 10 home remedies for dandruff.


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

1. Indian Lilac

The antifungal and antibacterial properties of Indian lilac, also known as neem, help 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 two or three times a week.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps eliminate dandruff due to its antifungal 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 works as a natural hair clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles.


apple cider vinegar dandruff remedy

  1. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Mix 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 two or three times a week.

4. Baking Soda

Being a mild exfoliant, baking soda helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil. It can also help balance pH levels on the scalp and reduce the growth of fungi that cause dandruff.

  1. Wet your hair and rub a handful of baking soda onto your scalp.
  2. After a couple of minutes, rinse your hair well with warm water.
  3. Repeat once or twice a week for a few weeks.

Note: Do not shampoo your hair after this treatment.

5. White Vinegar

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

white vinegar for dandruff

  • Add one-half cup of vinegar to two cups of water. Rinse your hair with this mixture after shampooing your hair.
  • Another option is massage your scalp with a mixture of two parts white vinegar, one part olive oil and three parts water. After 10 minutes, rinse it off and shampoo your hair using a mild shampoo.

Follow either of these remedies once or twice a week.

6. Olive Oil

apply olive oil to treat dandruff

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

  1. Heat some extra virgin olive oil until it is slightly warm.
  2. Massage it onto your scalp and then wrap your hair in a warm towel.
  3. Leave it on for at least 45 minutes or overnight and then shampoo and condition your hair.
  4. Repeat this remedy a few times a week.

Home Remedies for Dandruff was last modified: August 10th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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116 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Dandruff”

  1. hi,thanks for the this dandruff therapy,i have been having problems with itchy scarf and dandruff for as long i can remember,i will start this treatment as soon as i log off,i intend to mix lemon juice with apple cider vinegar.hope it works for me.

  2. I don’t have true dandruff, but I do have dry scalp that causes itching and flaking. Lately its been worse than usual, so last night I made a paste with baking soda and regular vinegar and massaged it into my scalp really well. I got my hair wet first so the paste could reach my scalp more easily. It was so messy! I let it dry and actually left it on overnight. I looked totally crazy! I washed my hair this morning and was amazed…there were absolutely NO flakes at all, and believe me, I looked. I ALWAYS have little flakes after I wash my hair, so I’m extremely pleased. I could smell the vinegar on my hair while it was still wet, but it faded to almost nothing as my hair dried. My hair also felt a LOT cleaner than it has in awhile. The mixture is extremely messy, and as it dries, the baking soda tends to fall all over, so I recommend using a shower cap. Despite the mess, it was totally worth it to not have flakes. I really encourage anyone with this problem to try it.

  3. Try ground coriander, green chilli, finely chopped tomatoes, onion, salt and dash of lime. Works wonders. Also, you can eat the remaining as chatni with pakoras.

  4. What kind of ” Baking Soda ” ? is the one that clean microwave, stoves and bathroom etc. Is it chemical powder that kill your skin and pass through . I am not certainly sure if it is safe to put on my hair and skin.

  5. These remedies really do work. I use a shampoo with natural ingredients, along with these home remedies. Thanks to these my dandruff has been in control!!!

  6. Simply stop washing your hair frequently. I was plagued with dandruff for years-tried all the proprietery products but to no avail. Then about two years ago, I took to washing my hair every two weeks or so and the problem has disappeared.

  7. The given home remedies are helpful to find a holistic treatment in traditional medicinal history also helps to live a little longer.

  8. Kind of found the remedies helpful. Will surely try them out just wanted to know about the side-effects of applying two to three remedies once or twice a week together. Will be waiting for your suggestions. Thank you all.

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