Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff leads to yellow or white flakes of skin, which can be annoying, and also make the face and ears itchy and red.

In most cases a proper hair care routine helps avoid most issues with this condition. Plus, there are plenty of home remedies for dandruff that are effective at treating the scalp.

How can I remove dandruff from my hair at home?

Here are 10 easy-to-follow home remedies for dandruff:

1 – Aloe Vera

Use fresh aloe Vera (sourced from the plant leaves) to help ease the discomfort of dandruff. Aloe is reported to be effective at treating skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis which is common in those with a skin condition such as dandruff. Alternatively, a store-bought product can be effective at treating the scaly and itching skin.

Dandruff is caused by a buildup of healthy, normal fungus that is common to the scalp, but has got out of control.

2 – Baking soda

Baking soda can have a lot of useful functions, and one of those includes treating dandruff. Use the baking soda by rubbing onto the already wet hair. This application should be repeated 2-3 times per week. Also, signs of improvement might not be noticed for at least 3-4 weeks.

3 – Fish oil capsules

Fish oil capsules are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can improve the outbreak of dandruff because of the ability to lower inflammation.

Regular shampooing is one of the most effective and easiest solutions to prevent dandruff.

4 – Lemon juice

Lemon juice is an effective remedy to treat the flakes of dandruff. Before taking a shower, massage a good amount of juice into the scalp and leave in place for 15-20 minutes. This application should be repeated on a daily basis to achieve the most desirable results.

5 – Multivitamin

Multivitamins rich in B12 (biotin) and B6 (folate) can have a positive impact on the health of the skin and lessen the appearance of dandruff. Plus, minerals like selenium and zinc are common ingredients in store-bought shampoos, so taking them in supplement form might help with this condition.

Stress is common trigger that leads to the more noticeable dandruff outbreak.

6 – Neem

Neem is rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties which are certain to help improve skin ailments. A diluted version of this extract is the most useful remedy and can be highly effective at treating the scalp.

7 – Olive oil

A short-term solution to remove the signs of dandruff flakes is to apply the versatile olive oil. This should be applied to the scaly skin patches and brush through the hair to help remove the flakes. But, the olive oil should be kept to a minimum to avoid leaving the hair too oily. Other natural remedies to massage the scalp include almond oil and coconut oil.

Light colored clothing is your best friend when experiencing a dandruff outbreak (it helps to minimize the tell-tale white flakes).

8 – Relax

Chronic stress, anxiety, or depression can result in a variety of health complaints, including skin problems like dandruff. Try to find a solution to release the stress (therapist, UV light, natural supplements, etc.) which can help with outbreaks of dandruff and all-round well being.

9 – Tea tree oil

A small application of tea tree oil can be effective at treating the more noticeable signs of scaly skin. But, this strong-smelling oil should only be used for a short period because of the risk of triggering an allergy.

10 – Vinegar

Vinegar is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of situations. Using on the scalp can minimize issues with flakiness. Use apple cider vinegar to help rinse the hair after giving it a regular shampoo.


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Further reading:

  1. Dandruff
  2. Dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis)
  3. Dandruff: Learn the Basics