10 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Dandruff


Dandruff, if left untreated can be extremely annoying. Although you can find many products that claim to treat and prevent this condition, only a few of them are effective. However, there are several home remedies that can give equally good results! So, if you are thinking of buying chemical loaded shampoos, we recommend trying these DIY remedies that can help in treating Dandruff.

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common skin condition that results in dry, itchy and flaky scalp.White flakes often fall from the scalp and rest on shoulders. While dandruff is not a harmful condition, is unpleasant and a confidence slayer.

Causes of Dandruff-

Dandruff can be caused by several conditions like:-

1)Dandruff is caused by fungus Malassezia globosa. It resides on everyone’s scalp, well, yes it’s on your scalp too! This fungus feeds on sebum and breaks it down. However, if you have sensitive scalp then it can cause irritation and dandruff.

2)Sensitive Scalp.

3)Weather conditions mainly winter season.

4)Infrequent Shampooing or Over Shampooing.

5)Improper Brushing of Hair

6)Stress and Illness

Symptoms of Dandruff

1)Dry Scalp



Home Remedies To Treat Dandruff

There are many home remedies that can help in treating Dandruff. Before you shell out money on expensive treatments, try these simple home remedies to treat dandruff.

Coconut Oil and Lemon-Coconut Oil moisturizes the skin and soothes itchy scalp. Lemon has antifungal properties and contains citric acid which makes it an effective agent to fight dandruff. Its acidic nature helps in balancing the pH level of dry scalp and calming irritation.

What you’ll need

4 tbsp. Coconut Oil

2 tbsp. Lemon Juice

Mix four tablespoon warm coconut oil and two tablespoons lemon juice. Massage on your scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Wash with a hydrating shampoo.

This home remedy can be done twice a week for a month to treat dandruff.

Camphor (Karpur)and Coconut OilCamphor(Karpur) mixed with Coconut oil is a well-known home remedy to treat dandruff. Camphor cools the scalp and coconut oil conditions it.

What you’ll need

4 gms Camphor

100 ml Coconut Oil

Mix four grams camphor(1 teaspoon) in around 100 ml. Coconut Oil and store in an airtight container. Use this blend on the scalp for treating dandruff.

FenugreekFenugreek seeds are used in a number of DIY hair treatments.These seeds help in preventing premature graying, controlling hair fall and treating dandruff.

What you’ll need-

2 tbsp. Fenugreek Seeds

Soak two tablespoon fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind into a fine paste in the morning. Apply this paste on the scalp and hair for 30 minutes before washing with plain water.

Use this treatment twice a week for one month.

NeemNeem is a common tree found in India and is almost available everywhere. It is known for treating multiple skin and hair issues. It purifies the blood, has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. There are many products in the market that claim to contain neem. However, you can use fresh neem leaves for treating dandruff. Leaves of this medicinal plant are convenient to use and you will be amazed by the results of this effective treatment.

What you’ll need

Few Neem Leaves

Soak few Neem leaves in warm water overnight.In the morning make a paste of the soaked leaves in a blender and apply on the scalp.Leave for 20-30 minutes.Rinse off with water.You can use the same water to rinse your hair that was used to soak the leaves overnight.


What you’ll need

Paste of neem leaves

Half Cup Yogurt

Make a paste of neem leaves by soaking in warm water overnight (The method has been mentioned above).Add this paste to half cup yogurt and apply on the scalp for 20 minutes.Rinse with water and wash with a mild shampoo.

Tea Tree Oil-Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial properties which make it one of the most effective home remedies to treat dandruff. It gets easily absorbed by the scalp and helps in treating itchy scalp and dandruff.

What you’ll need

Few drops of Tea Tree Oil

Olive Oil

Mix few drops of tea tree oil in Olive Oil and apply on the scalp. Leave this overnight for better absorption and wash in the morning.Repeated massage with tea tree oil help in treating and eliminating dandruff.

Tea tree oil is strong and can be harsh for the scalp. Hence, it is mixed with olive oil which makes it suitable for use on the scalp.

Alternatively, you can mix few drops Tea Tree Oil with a mild shampoo every time you wash your hair.

Aloe Vera-Aloe Vera gel reduces inflammation and heals itchy and flaky scalp.It has antifungal properties and helps in preventing dandruff from occurring again. The composition of aloe vera gel is such that it helps in getting rid of dead cells and normalizing the scalp.

What you’ll need

3-4  tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel

Massage few tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel into the scalp and leave for 15 minutes.Wash with a mild shampoo.When used regularly, it helps in getting rid of dandruff.

YogurtYogurt is a natural cleanser that has anti-fungal properties.When used as a hair mask, it conditions, repairs dry hair and treats dandruff.Yogurt has a cooling effect and soothes the scalp.

What you’ll need

1/2 cup yogurt

Massage half cup yogurt into the scalp and let it rest for 20 minutes.Wash with a mild shampoo and follow with a conditioner.

Castor Oil-Castor Oil is an intense moisturizer which helps in treating dry and flaky scalp. Its antimicrobial properties make it ideal for curing dandruff.

What you’ll need

5 tbsp. Castor Oil

Massage your scalp with five tablespoons warm castor oil.Let it rest for 20 minutes and wash with a hydrating shampoo.

Olive OilOlive Oil protects the scalp from dryness and is considered to be an effective remedy for dandruff.

What you’ll need

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbsp. honey

Warm half cup olive oil and mix with two tablespoons honey.Massage on your scalp and leave for twenty minutes.Wash with a mild shampoo.

HennaHenna is commonly used as a natural coloring agent and as a deep conditioning hair mask.It helps in restoring the natural balance of the scalp and also helps in preventing dandruff.Henna has a drying effect on the hair and should be used only twice a month.Use of Henna should be avoided in case you are suffering from cold or fever.

What you’ll need

Henna Powder

1 tbsp. Fenugreek (Methi) Seed Powder

2 tbsp. Lemon Juice

Tea Leaves

Boil tea leaves in enough water and pass it through a strainer. Mix enough Henna Powder in cooled tea water to make a thick paste. Add one tablespoon Fenugreek(Methi) Powder and two tablespoons lemon juice. Apply this paste on hair and wash after an hour. This pack not only conditions hair but is one of the amazing home remedies for treating dandruff.

Try these home remedies to get rid of dandruff and share your experiences in the comments section below!


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