Home Remedies for Dandruff
No more flakes on your shoulders

Yep it's dandruff and you have more than enough of all the "snow" jokes. These home remedies for dandruff will help you to get rid of that "flaky" image you never asked for to begin with

And you are not alone. It is the single most common scalp complaint most people have. Ask your hair dresser he will have a story or two. Dermatologists also noticed that almost everyone has this problem at some point in their life

home remedies for dandruff

Trouble getting the "flakes" under control?

these home remedies for dandruff can!

These very effective and proven home remedies have helped millions of people like you…and us as well. And you too will be "snow" free. The only two things you need are one of our home remedies for dandruff and the will to do something about it. And we know you have the last one

Most ingredients for these dandruff treatments you probably already have at home somewhere in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. They are easy to apply and very powerful. And if you don't have them, most are very affordable or downright cheap

So nothing will stop you from fighting and beating this condition. This will get you flake free and basic black will be back in your wardrobe

Let's get started then, first a short explanation and then

This to make sure it won’t snow no more

What is dandruff?

home remedies for dandruff

It is actually no more than dead skin cells from the scalp. When skin cells die they flake off, this is a normal human process and happens on everybody's head. These flakes are normally too small to see by the naked eye

But in some people much more dead skin cells are shed in large, oily clumps, these we see on the head and clothes. It can be accompanied by redness and irritation of your scalp

Unfortunately there is no real medical cure yet; this means for most people a life long problem. You can however fight the flakes and keep them under control, but probably never definitely cure it

What are the symptoms of dandruff?

White flakes

We think the most obvious symptom is of course the "snow flake decoration" on your head but also on the back and shoulders of that basic black shirt. For most it's just annoying but for some this can range from slightly to seriously embarrassing

Dry, Itchy and scaling scalp

The flakes may be accompanied by a dry, itchy and scaling scalp

What causes dandruff?

This excess flaking from your scalp, can be caused by a few things

A yeast like fungus

A yeast like fungus called Malassezia to be precise. This fungus normally lives on every healthy scalp without causing any problems. But sometimes it gets out of control and cause it. Exactly what causes the grow explosion of malassezia isn't known, although having too much oil on your scalp, hormonal changes, stress, illness and other more serious conditions may help this process

Dry skin

Simply put, it's the dry skin we know from winter. The cold windy weather and overheated rooms cause the skin to flake quicker

home remedies for dandruff

Unhygienic hair condition

Not cleaning your hair often enough withshampoo or other natural cleansers. This causes a build up of oils and skin cells from your scalp which causes this condition

Synthetic shampoos

Especially 1 ingredient called ammonium lauryl sulfate causes a lot of dandruff cases

Excessive skin oil

The oil glands in your scalp start to secrete too much oil. This oil keeps the cells together on the scalp, but now they start to over produce

Indigestion and Constipation

This is connected to an unbalanced diet

Underlying disease

Excessive flaking can be a symptom of underlying ailments like seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infection or exzema

And almost everybody can get it. There are however factors that can make you more susceptible:


Young adults and people of middle age seem to suffer more from it


Men suffer more from it than women. Male hormones might play a role

Oil secretion

When you have an excessive oily skin and oily hair you are more likely to get it

Unbalanced diet

Studies have shown that food and especially sugar and yeast can cause outbreaks. Also if you don't get enough zinc, vitamins B or certain types of fats, you may be more likely to get it

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Home treatments

For some people who get it it can cause social or self-esteem problems. You may also know how embarrassing it can be to constantly wipe those flakes off your shoulder

Fortunately it is relatively easy to treat and most people successfully fought the flakes with one of these dandruff treatments

Home remedies for dandruff

Tea tree oil

home remedies for dandruff tea tree

The medicinal use of the Malaleuca tree has been known for thousands of years by Australian aboriginals. They started to make a curing tea from the leaves which earned the tree the name "tea tree"

Since then we discovered that tea tree oil is a very strong natural antiseptic and a very potent fungicide

  • You can buy shampoos that contain 5% tea tree oil; this already has proven to get rid of it in some cases
  • Or you can drop tea tree oil in your shampoo (preferably a natural, organic one.) Mix 1 drop of tea tree oil on every oz. (0.03 l) of shampoo
  • Another option is to mix the tea tree oil with a carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil. For every 10 drops of tea tree oil take 1 teaspoon of almond or olive oil, mix it and massage it into the hair and on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and then wash twice to get everything out and then condition


Tea tree oil is a very strong and powerful substance and this exactly why it works so well. However when you use tea tree oil you'll have to be very careful, DON'T put it in the mouth or swallow it! Even when you ingest a small amount it can do a lot of harm. It may cause allergic reactions in some people

Keep it away from children and if you are pregnant or a nursing mom, don't use tea tree oil

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White vinegar

home remedies for dandruff white vinegar

When you ask people to make a shortlist of home remedies for dandruff, white vinegar will be on top of many lists. That has a reason; it has worked miracles on a lot of people suffering from this condition

Vinegar is 4 to 5% acetic acid and this can create an environment that yeasts and fungi do not really "appreciate"

There are many variations on the vinegar theme we will give you a few

  • Vinegar & water - Take 1 part vinegar and 3 to 4 parts water, mix it and wash your hair with this for about 3 to 4 minutes. It will take away an eventual itch and gets rid of the flakes. Then wash it out with plain water
  • A slight variation on this is to mix 6 tablespoons of hot water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Apply this on your scalp and hair and wrap it with a towel. Leave it overnight and in the morning wash your hair only with plain water. Do this twice a week
  • Straight Vinegar - Apply the vinegar straight to your hair, put a towel around it and leave it for the night. In the morning wash your hair. Experts say you won't smell like vinegar after it

All these home remedies for dandruff using vinegar have been very helpful for a lot of people who were fighting it

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Olive oil

home remedies for dandruff olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil keeps your head greased so to speak, it keeps your scalp from drying and flaking

  • Straight Olive oil - Heat up some extra virgin olive oil, not too hot, we assume you don't want a fried scalp. Heat it until it is comfortably warm. Apply it generously to your hair and massage it on the scalp. It is a bit greasy we admit but stay with it and it will get rid of the flakes. Leave it in your hair for 30 minutes with a towel wrapped around your head. Then thoroughly brush your hair with a natural bristle hairbrush to get the scales out and wash it twice until everything is out and finally condition it
  • Olive oil & Almond oil - You can also mix equal parts of olive oil and almond oil. Massage it on the scalp and apply it to your hair. Leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes until you feel a burning sensation. Then rinse and wash to get everything out and finally condition

Keep these treatments up until it is totally gone, this can take a few days

  • Organic olive oil shampoo - The simplest way however is to use an organic olive oil shampoo you can buy almost everywhere. Don't over do it because olive oil shampoo can over-condition your hair after a while, so use another sort every once in a while

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Baby oil

This home remedy works on the same principle as the olive oil one. In this case you massage some baby oil on your scalp and apply to your hair. Wrap a towel around it and let it stay for the night. Then rinse and wash to get everything out and finally condition

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Lemon or lime juice

home remedies for dandruff lemon and lime

Lemon and lime juice both contain acids which are very helpful when a yeast or fungal outbreak is causing the dandruff

  • Fresh Lemon juice - Use fresh lemon or lime juice or the squeeze bottles you buy in stores. Massage the juice on your scalp and in your hair, leave it there for 15 minutes and wash it out and finally condition your hair

A slight variation on this is to apply the lemon or lime juice after you washed your hair and leave it in

Besides fighting off the flakes this also makes your hair shine

You might need a few treatments before all of it is gone

  • Lemon juice & olive oil - Mixing 1 teaspoon of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice is yet another combination. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp, wrap a towel around it and leave it overnight. The next morning rinse and wash everything out and finally condition

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Powerful Super mix

For a very effective super mix you can combine the warm oil, lemon juice and vinegar treatment together

Massage the hot oil (not too hot, remember…) into your scalp before you go to bed. When you get up the next morning, before you take a shower, rub a mix of lemon juice and vinegar in your hair. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wash everything out. To finish it all off the last rinse you should do with pure lemon juice

If you use this treatment only use it 2 times a week maximum until at least a week after the flakes have gone

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home remedies for dandruff listerine

This one is a bit of an off beat amongst the home remedies for dandruff. It has not been in use for that long as a dandruff treatment but it already has a fantastic track record

The alcohol and the herbal oils in Listerine make it a very powerful partner in your fight against these flakes. For this treatment you should use the original Listerine (amber color)

  • Rinse and saturate your hair with Listerine. Leave it for about 10 minutes or until it starts to sting. Then rinse and wash
  • Or rinse your hair with Listerine after you washed your hair. Do this for 3 to 4 minutes

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home remedies for dandruff thyme

On our list of herbal home remedies for dandruff, thyme is on the very top. Thyme has been known to have medicinal powers even since the Egyptians. It has antiseptic and anti fungal properties which can make it very useful as a dandruff treatment

This very common herb has already found its way into many kitchens for culinary reasons already. But from now you'd have to keep some in your medicine cabinet or bathroom

Because thyme has proven to be a very effective dandruff treatment to so many people it is certainly worth a try to see if it works for you too

First boil 4 tablespoons of dried thyme in 2 cups of water. Let it boil for 10 minutes to get the active ingredients out. Then strain it and let it cool down

Wet your hair with warm water and apply half of the thyme water on your hair and massage your scalp with it. Leave it in and wait for 5 minutes then repeat with the other half of the thyme water. Do not rinse it out and leave it in your hair

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Fenugreek seeds

Another one of the herbal home remedies for dandruff and a very effective one as well

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning mash them and make a paste. Apply this paste on the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. After that wash it out

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Vicks VapoRub

home remedies for dandruff Vicks VapoRub

Vicks VapoRub is known for its anti fungal properties and this is exactly why people started using it against this condition. It's also one of the more recent home remedies for dandruff but has already proven to be very useful

Simply apply the Vicks VapoRub on your hair and scalp, leave it for about 30 minutes and then the fun begins. Because of the petroleum jelly in the rub it is very difficult to get it out of your hair. So before you use this one think if you would like to spend the better part of the day trying to wash out the vapo rub

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Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera is one of those miracle ingredients that seem to have helped many people with many different ailments. It is so versatile that you'd already start planting a few in your garden as a natural medicine cabinet

It is also one of the natural home remedies for dandruff, adding yet another condition to aloe vera's list of treatable ailments

Take some aloe vera gel or fresh juice and apply it to your hair about 10 minutes before you take a shower. Then wash your hair with an aloe vera shampoo, there are many these days so it wouldn't be difficult to find one. We prefer an organic shampoo, not too synthetic anyway

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Baking soda

home remedies for dandruff

Since it is most of the times caused by overactive fungi it can be fought with baking soda. Baking soda shifts the pH level which eliminates our fungi friends

  • Mix some baking soda with the shampoo you are about to put on you hair. Wash your hair and rinse
  • Another option is to wet your hair and apply a handful of baking soda to it. Massage it on the scalp as well and rinse

Use these treatments until the flakes disappears

See that even in your kitchen you sometimes have stored useful ingredients for home remedies for dandruff

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home remedies for dandruff

Aspirin contains some type of salicylic acid (acetylsalicylic acid, to be precise, just for those who want to brag at parties that you know why it works), and this salicylic acid is often used as one of the active ingredients in some anti dandruff treatments

This acid is actually used in many skin care products. It effectively helps skin cells to shed quicker so to give room for new cell to grow

  • What you do is crush 2 aspirins and mix them with the amount of shampoo you use to wash your hair. Wash your hair with this mixture and also massage the scalp with it. Leave it in for about 2 minutes and then rinse it all out. Make sure everything comes out because when left behind parts of the aspirin can burn your skin later on

  • A second method is a combination. First wash your hair as normal. Thencrush 3 aspirins and mix this with a tablespoon of vinegar (depending on how much you need for your hair length.) Apply this to your hair and massage the scalp with it. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it out carefully to make sure everything came out

This is one of those unexpected home remedies for dandruff that is directly available to almost everybody through their medicine cabinet

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Although its origins are not really known but beets and beet juice have been effectively used as a dandruff treatment for a very long time

  • White beets - White beets seem to work best for this purpose. You cut the beets in cubes and especially the top and roots should be kept to boil. Boil some water and put the beet cubes and the tops and roots in it. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Then let the water cool down a bit and wash your hair and massage your scalp with this

  • Beetroot juice. You can of course also use beetroot juice straight up or mix it with some vinegar for extra anti power. Aplly to the hair and scalp put a towel around it and leave it for the night. The next morning wash it out

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Milk of magnesia

home remedies for dandruff

For the more serious types of dandruff i.e. the one caused by sebhorrheic dermatitis, which by the way can also affect the facial area, we suggest milk of magnesia

Apply the milk of magnesia to your scalp, nape of your neck. Leave it for 20 to 25 minutes, then rinse and wash

This is one of the more powerful home remedies for dandruff but like you can see it is more focused on the sebhorreic dermatitis variety

home remedies for dandruff

Home Remedies for dandruff

These preventative home remedies for dandruff will lower the chance of you getting dandruff

home remedies for dandruff
  • Regularly shampoo you hair, preferably with an organic or well balanced natural homemade shampoo
  • Stress management - Stress makes you vulnerable to many conditions and even this one. So relax, think of nice and happy thoughts, put on your most sincere smile and enjoy life
  • Eat a healthy diet - Besides that it is generally useful it also helps you reduce the chances of getting this condition. Eat products with zinc, B vitamins and some healthy fat
  • Spend some time in the sun, it not only relaxes but sunlight is not the preferred surroundings for fungi
  • Comb or brush your hair every day it stimulates the blood flow in your scalp
  • Massage your scalp every day with your finger tips making circular movements to stimulate the blood flow even more
  • When you buy an anti dandruff shampoo that works for you don't use it too long at a time. Switch every 3 weeks to another shampoo because if you use it too long it will loose effectiveness
  • Avoid styling products as much as possible. Styling gels, Hair sprays, mousses and hair waxes can make your head more oily which helps the build up of flakes
  • Don’t use hair color and hair dye if you have excessive flaking because this will worsen the condition
  • Avoid tea, coffee, and sweet soda's, try to cut back on meat, sugar and chocolates. All these can contribute to getting it

Final note:

Dandruff is not a too serious condition and can simply be treated with all kinds of home remedies for dandruff or shampoos which are developed to fight it

If however even after using some home remedies it does not go away; or it even turns into a bigger "blizzard" and is accompanied by scalp irritation or yellowish crusting or red patches along your neck line, then you might actually be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis or another more serious condition. Contact your doctor or a dermatologist because you might need a stronger treatment

And always remember that all people are individuals and all dandruff cases are different. What works for one person in one situation might not work for another. So don't despair if one home remedy doesn't immediately work for you, you can try another one probably with more success

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