12 Natural Remedies and Treatments for Dandruff

Dandruff may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia. Drugstore remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole, which also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away.

For top 13 natural remedies for your dandruff, read on.

1. Lemon

Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and let it sit for a minute. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until no longer needed.


2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix together the warm water and vinegar in a cup. The total amount may be varied to be more or less depending on how much hair you have. Pour the mixture over your hair, scrub it around gently for several minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with water (only water!) Wait about 8-12 hours before taking a normal shower. Repeat once every week or two weeks, depending on how often you feel you need it.

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3. Oil

Apply a small amount of this strong-smelling olive oil to especially scaly patches on your scalp, to temporarily remove dandruff flakes, apply a little bit of olive oil to scaly patches, then use a comb or brush on the area after an hour. Don’t overdo it, or you’ll have oily hair to deal with.  Coconut oilhelps 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 and wash your hair after at least 20 minutes.  Follow this remedy two to three times a week.


4. Baking Soda

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to every one cup of warm water. If you’re using an old (clean) shampoo or soap bottle, shake up the mixture and apply generously. Otherwise, stir it before you use it. Do this in place of shampoo, daily if possible. Your hair may feel quite dry in the beginning, but its natural oils will restore themselves soon, and they will be much more balanced than when using some commercial shampoo. If you feel you absolutely must use shampoo (and really try the baking soda alone first if you can) you can add a teaspoon of baking to a handful of shampoo and use that instead. The rosemary oil is optional, but some people find rosemary helps dandruff and think it has a pleasant scent.


5. Aloe Vera

Apply Aloe Vera gel to the scalp 15 minutes prior to washing your hair. After 15 minutes, shampoo and wash it as normal.


6. Fenugreek Seeds

Soak the seeds in 1-2 cups of water overnight. The next morning, grind them into a fine paste and apply to your scalp. Leave it applied for 30-45 minutes, then wash with mild shampoo or water.


7. Salt

Gently massage 3 tablespoons of salt into your dry or slightly dampened scalp for 2-3 minutes. Shampoo immediately afterwards.


8. Mouthwash

Mix 2 parts water with 1 part Listerine. After you shampoo, spray or pour the solution onto your scalp, massage in well, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with water.


9. Indian Lilac / Neem Leaves

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.

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10. Beetroot and ginger paste

Take some ginger and beetroot and grind them to make a fine paste.  Apply this paste on your scalp every night and make sure to massage them well.  Wash it off in the morning.


11. Tulsi and amla paste

Tusli (commonly called Basil) is known for its healing properties.  Take a few tulsi leaves and make a paste then mix in amla powder.  Apply this paste for 3minutes on your scalp and wash hair afterward.


12. Reetha

This reetha is a wonder home remedy as it is also effective in treating dandruff not only washing your hair.  Either you use reetha soap or one can alos make a paste using reetha powder and apply to scalp.  After 2 hours, wash thoroughly with soap.



source: healthdigezt.com