29 Simple Tips to Get Rid Of Dandruff Permanently September 9, 2016

Dandruff is not a petty problem that can be ignored. At the same time, it is not so big a problem that it can’t be solved. Before going any further with this post, consider this –
You are all set for your friend’s birthday party. New pants, perfume, a trendy hairstyle, a pair of Jimmy Choos, a Prada handbag, and makeup that makes you look stunning – everything is perfectly fine.

Until you stand before the mirror one last time and run a comb through your hair. That’s it! Little flakes of dandruff fall on your shoulder, and sap both your energy and mood.
Does this strike a note? We bet it does! Dandruff is one of the most commonest (we are using double superlative here) problems in the world, and one of the most simplest (double superlative again!) issues that can be treated with amazing ease.

You don’t have to go to a hair specialist or resort to expensive treatments. All that is required is a bit of patience. And you can bid adieu to dandruff.

There are many products available in the market that can help you get rid of dandruff. But, most are not really effective in keeping the scalp dandruff-free on a long term basis. Some might or might not help; some might suit a particular scalp type while some might not be of the right quality or may be highly priced.

Here are the top 10 remedies –

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How To Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally?

  1. Neem And Olive Oil
  2. Coconut And Honey Scalp Scrub
  3. Aspirin
  4. Baking Soda And Lemon
  5. Mouthwash
  6. Banana And Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Yogurt
  8. Fuller’s Earth
  9. Orange Peel Pack
  10. Lemon Juice And Yogurt
  11. Baking Soda
  12. Coconut Oil
  13. Apple Cider Vinegar
  14. Tea Tree Oil
  15. Cedarwood Oil
  16. Fenugreek Seeds
  17. Egg Yolks
  18. Olive Oil
  19. Egg Oil
  20. Garlic
  21. Salt
  22. Baby Oil
  23. Vinegar
  24. Lemon Juice (With Coconut Oil)
  25. Aloe Vera
  26. Apples
  27. Ginger
  28. Henna
  29. Basil Leaves

1. Neem And Olive Oil

What You Need

  • A few neem leaves
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Crush the neem leaves till they turn into powder.
  2. Add the powder to a bowl, and then add the olive oil.
  3. Mix well, and apply the paste to your scalp.
  4. Let the paste stay on for about an hour, after which you can wash your hair with shampoo and apply conditioner.

Alternate Method

  1. This method required only the neem leaves.
  2. Boil neem leaves for about half an hour. Make a paste and apply to your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash off with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before taking a bath. You can also apply the paste in the night, and shampoo your hair in the morning.

Why This Works

Neem leaves (and especially their extract) have excellent anti-fungal properties that can be used in the treatment of dandruff (1). It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (2).

Caution

Your scalp might itch as you apply the paste. This sensation is normal, and hence, there is nothing to worry about it.

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2. Coconut And Honey Scalp Scrub

What You Need

  • 2 teaspoons each of coconut oil, olive oil, and honey
  • 3 teaspoons of yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl in such a way that you get a paste of medium consistency. In case the paste is still runny, you can add a little more of yogurt or honey to thicken it.
  2. Apply the paste to your scalp and gently massage it. Rub it from the roots to the tips of your hair. Continue massaging for about 10 minutes – this opens up the pores and promotes circulation.
  3. Let the mask stay undisturbed for about 30-45 minutes, after which you can rinse it out using shampoo.
  4. Once done, pat your hair dry with a soft towel and apply a few drops of coconut oil to your hair and scalp.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before taking a bath.

Why This Works

Coconut helps in preserving the hair’s natural proteins and is also known to eliminate dandruff (3). And according to an Italian study, honey is a suitable ingredient for treating dandruff, owing to its antimicrobial properties (4).

Caution

Remember not to rinse your hair with the shampoo more than twice. Doing so can strip your scalp of the moisture provided by the mask.

Also, if you generally use a hair dryer to dry your hair, ensure you do it on a low setting. Applying too much heat directly to your scalp can damage the hair roots.

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3. Aspirin

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What You Need

  • 2 aspirin tablets

What You Need To Do

  1. Crush the aspirin tablets (you can place them beneath a clean napkin and gently hammer on it) and add the powder to a bowl.
  2. Take a little amount of your regular shampoo and add it to the powder. Mix well.
  3. Shampoo as usual using this mixture. Leave the shampoo on your hair for two minutes, after which you can rinse with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Aspirin contains salicylates that exfoliate the scalp and help treat dandruff (5).

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4. Baking Soda And Lemon

What You Need

  • 3 tablespoons each of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and baking soda
  • A bowl of apple cider vinegar

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply the paste to your scalp.
  2. Leave it as it is for about 10 minutes, or until the scalp starts to itch.
  3. Wash your hair with water.
  4. You can use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before taking a bath.

Why This Works

Baking soda works by reducing the overactive fungi that are responsible for dandruff (6).

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5. Mouthwash

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of an alcohol-based mouthwash
  • 9 tablespoons of water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the mouthwash with the water in a bowl.
  2. Wash your hair with regular shampoo, after which you can rinse your hair with the mouthwash mixture.
  3. You can leave the mixture as it is and style your hair as normal.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before taking a bath.

Why This Works

Mouthwash possesses antifungal properties that fight the dandruff-causing yeast and prevent it from growing (7).

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6. Banana And Apple Cider Vinegar

What You Need

  • 1 whole banana
  • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar

What You Need To Do

  1. Peel the banana and put it in a tumbler. To this, add the apple cider vinegar.
  2. Stir thoroughly till you get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair for about five to ten minutes. Properly massage the mixture into your scalp and ensure it completely covers your hair.
  4. Leave it as it is for about 20 minutes, after which you can rinse your hair completely with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, every day for a week. Post that, you can follow this remedy once every week.

Why This Works

Bananas are excellent sources of B vitamins, the nutrients that improve circulation and keep skin healthy. Apple cider vinegar is a known fungicide and germ killer, and helps treat dandruff (8).

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7. Yogurt

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What You Need

  • A cup of plain yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Shampoo your hair and rinse. Post that, apply the yogurt to your scalp and leave it as it is for about 15 minutes.
  2. Rinse your hair, and wash again using a small amount of shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

The yeast within our bodies triggers inflammation. This results in the build-up of yeast on the skin. Boosting friendly bacteria inside our digestive systems can reduce the yeast within our bodies. Yogurt is one of the best sources of friendly bacteria, and it prevents scaling of the scalp (9). According to one study, probiotics can help treat dandruff condition. Yogurt being a good source of probiotics could be one of the ideal remedies for dandruff.

Alternative Method

You can add two spoons of freshly ground black pepper to the yogurt. Pepper has antifungal properties (10).

Caution

Ensure that you use fresh yogurt and pepper. Otherwise, you might not get the desired results.

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8. Fuller’s Earth

What You Need

  • A cup of Fuller’s earth
  • A few tablespoons of water and lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the Fuller’s earth and water till you get a smooth paste, and add the lemon juice.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp.
  3. Leave it undisturbed for about 20 minutes, after which you can wash it off with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before you take a bath.

Why This Works

Fuller’s earth absorbs the oil, grease, and dirt – all of which cause dandruff. It also improves blood circulation to the scalp, thereby keeping the scalp clean and free from dandruff.

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9. Orange Peel Pack

What You Need

  • A few dry orange peels
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons of lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Put the orange peels and lemon juice into a food processor. Blend the ingredients till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Gently apply the paste to your scalp and leave it as it is for about 30 minutes.
  3. Post that, rinse it off with your usual shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while you take a bath. You can follow this remedy twice to thrice every week.

Why This Works

The orange peel has acidic properties that help reduce excess oil and condition the scalp. This eventually helps treat dandruff.

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10. Lemon Juice And Yogurt

What You Need

  • A bowl of curd
  • A half-cut lemon

What You Need To Do

  1. Squeeze the lemon into the curd and mix well.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair. You can use the lemon peel for this purpose.
  3. You can also massage your scalp with the inside of the lemon peel.
  4. Let the mixture stay on for about 10 minutes, post which you can wash your hair as usual with shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath. You can repeat this remedy three to four times a week.

Why This Works

As we know, lemon juice is rich in citric acid, which plays a major role in eliminating dandruff from the roots of the hair.

Caution

Don’t forget to shampoo your hair after this remedy, as curd has a tendency to leave a very undesirable odor.

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11. Baking Soda

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What You Need

  • A tablespoon of baking soda

What You Need To Do

  1. Wet your hair, and rub the baking soda into your hair and scalp.
  2. Leave it as it is for a minute, after which you can wash your hair thoroughly with water.
  3. You could also mix it with your shampoo and use it to wash your hair.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath. Do this for two to three times a week.

Why This Works

The baking soda scrub is a mild exfoliant that helps remove dead skin. Excess oil on the scalp (another reason for dandruff) can also be reduced with the help of baking soda (11). It also reduces the dandruff-causing overactive fungi. Though your hair might get dried initially, within two weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils to combat the dryness. Baking soda is known to reduce overactive fungi that can cause dandruff.

Caution

Remember not to leave baking soda on your hair for a long time. Doing so might dry out your hair.

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12. Coconut Oil

What You Need

  • A few tablespoons of coconut oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Simply wash your hair with shampoo and let your hair dry completely. Do not use a conditioner.
  2. Apply the coconut oil directly to your scalp and leave it undisturbed for a few minutes.
  3. Wash your hair thoroughly with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, after taking a bath. Perform the remedy once a week till your dandruff is gone.

Why This Works

Coconut oil penetrates deep into the epidermis and works from within. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, which have regeneration properties that can help treat dandruff (12).

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13. Apple Cider Vinegar

What You Need

  • 8 to 10 tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl.
  2. Wash your hair as usual, and then pour the vinegar-water mixture onto your hair and scrub it into your scalp.
  3. Leave it that way for about 15 minutes, after which you can wash it off with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath. You can repeat the remedy daily for about a week.

Why This Works

The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH levels of your scalp, thereby hampering the growth of yeast.

Caution

Ensure the mixture doesn’t get into your eyes. Also, any unhealed scratch or scab might burn when you use this remedy. In that case, rinse the affected area thoroughly with water.

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14. Tea Tree Oil

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What You Need

  • A few drops of tea tree oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Take a little amount of your shampoo in a cup, and to this, add a few drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Mix well and rub the shampoo into your scalp. Let it stay as it is for about 5 minutes, after which you can rinse it out.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath. You can repeat this remedy once a day every day for about a week.

Why This Works

Different studies have supported the efficacy of a tea tree oil shampoo in treating dandruff (13). Tea tree oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and a higher rate of dermal penetration, which makes it one of the best remedies for dandruff (14). Tea tree oil originates from an Australian tree, and is known for its antifungal properties. In one study, participants who used five percent tea tree oil shampoo for four weeks saw a 41 percent reduction in dandruff, whereas those who used shampoo alone showed a 11 percent reduction (15). Tea tree oil has also been found to work as an antiseptic.

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[ Read: How Does Fenugreek Help Cure Dandruff ]

15. Cedarwood Oil

What You Need

  • 7 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops each of cypress and juniper essential oils
  • 50 ml of carrier oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and rub the mixture into your scalp.
  2. Leave it undisturbed for about an hour.
  3. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse with warm water.
  4. Mix the same quantities of the oils in 600 ml of water, and use this solution as a final rinse.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Cedarwood oil has anti-seborrheic properties that treat dandruff and other inflammatory scalp conditions (16).

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16. Fenugreek Seeds

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What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds

What You Need To Do

  1. Crush the fenugreek seeds using a pestle (or something of that sort).
  2. Take two cups of hot water and soak the seeds in the water overnight.
  3. Strain the mixture, and use the water to rinse your hair in the morning.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before taking a bath.

Why This Works

The presence of several vitamins and minerals makes fenugreek seeds one of the ideal home remedies for dandruff (17).

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17. Egg Yolks

What You Need

  • The yolks of 1 or 2 eggs

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the yolks of the eggs in a bowl.
  2. Ensure your hair is dry, then apply the yolks to the scalp.
  3. Once done, cover your hair with a plastic bag and leave it undisturbed for about an hour.
  4. Wash your hair thoroughly with a good shampoo. You might need to wash your hair twice to remove the odor.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Biotin is one of those vitamins that can help treat dandruff (18). Egg yolks, being great sources of biotin, can be a great remedy in this case. Another advantage of egg yolks is they condition your hair and make it healthier (19).

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18. Olive Oil

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What You Need

  • A few drops of olive oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Apply the olive oil to your scalp. Do this about 10 minutes before you wash your hair.
  2. Post that, you can wash your hair normally with shampoo.
  3. You can also apply olive oil before going to bed. Wrap your head in a towel for the extra oil to be absorbed. You can wash your hair as usual in the morning.

When You Need To This

In the morning before taking a bath, or in the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

There are two ways in which olive oil can cure dandruff. One, olive oil moisturizes the dry areas of the scalp and prevents them from flaking. A little amount of olive oil can help loosen those stubborn dandruff scales (20). They will eventually fall off from your scalp, leaving it healthy and rejuvenated. Two, olive oil can soak into the thick and scaly areas of the scalp that cause continuous dandruff issues. Due to this, the scaly areas fall away as one large piece instead of separate flakes. This helps put an end to dandruff as the affected spot can finally heal (21).

Caution

Make sure you cover your head with a cotton wrap (to prevent your oily hair from attracting dust). Also, ensure the olive oil is just warm and not too hot.

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19. Egg Oil

What You Need

A few drops of egg oil (Eyova)

What You Need To Do

  1. Massage the egg oil into your scalp, and leave it as it is overnight.
  2. In the morning, shampoo as usual using a mild herbal shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the night before going to bed. Follow the remedy twice to thrice a week for about 12 weeks.

Why This Works

Egg oil is rich in long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen the hair follicles. The oil also contains cholesterol that can eliminate dandruff.

Caution

Shampoo your hair only once, as repeated shampooing can wash out the natural hair lipids, making it dry and weak.

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20. Garlic

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What You Need

  • A few garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What You Need To Do

  1. Crush the garlic cloves till you get a powder, and mix it with the honey till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Massage this paste into your scalp and leave it as it is for about 15 minutes.
  3. Shampoo your hair as usual.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Garlic has excellent anti-fungal properties that can eliminate the bacteria that cause dandruff (22).

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21. Salt

What You Need

A saltshaker or 2 – 3 tablespoons of table salt

What You Need To Do

  1. Shake (or rub) the salt onto your scalp (ensure your scalp is dry when you do this).
  2. Work the salt through your hair, giving your scalp a good massage.
  3. Do this for about 10 minutes, or until you have worked out the dry and flaky skin.
  4. Shampoo your hair as usual.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before you take a bath.

Why This Works

The abrasive nature of table salt plays a great role in scrubbing off the dandruff flakes before you shampoo your hair.

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22. Baby Oil

What You Need

  • A few drops of baby oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Massage your scalp with the baby oil.
  2. Cover your hair with a towel and leave it as it is overnight.
  3. In the morning, wash your hair with a good anti-dandruff shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

The baby oil that you get from your nearest drugstore doesn’t contain fats that can be consumed by the fungi and hence, helps in its elimination.

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23. Vinegar

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What You Need

  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

What You Need To Do

  1. Boil the two cups of vinegar and let it cool. Mix one-eighth of it with a cup of water.
  2. You can then use this mixture to massage your scalp.
  3. Shampoo your hair.
  4. You can also add one tablespoon of vinegar in the last mug of water while washing your hair.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, before shampooing your hair.

Why This Works

Vinegar is capable of killing scalp fungus and bacteria. It also helps in treating dry skin and reducing dandruff not caused by fungus (23). The acid content in vinegar reduces the itchiness of the scalp and drastically brings down flaking.

Caution

Ensure the vinegar doesn’t get into your eyes as it is acidic and might irritate your eyes.

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24. Lemon Juice (With Coconut Oil)

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What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 teaspoons coconut oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix one part lemon juice with five parts coconut oil.
  2. Apply the mixture gently to your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour.
  3. Wash using a mild shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

One cause of dandruff is the imbalance in the pH levels of the scalp. The acidity of lemon juice helps in balancing the pH levels of the scalp, thereby keeping dandruff at bay. Coconut oil contains conditioning agents and antibacterial properties, and these can make your hair stronger.

Caution

If you have any minor cuts or wounds on your scalp, refrain from trying this remedy. Lemon juice is acidic in nature and can aggravate them. Also, make it a point to use only fresh lemon juice. Bottled lemon juice can have artificial ingredients that might not give you the desired results (or cause harm).

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[ Read: How To Use Lemon To Get Rid Of Dandruff ]

25. Aloe Vera

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What You Need

A small amount of aloe vera gel

What You Need To Do

  1. Collect the aloe vera gel that is directly obtained from the plant and apply it on your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse using a mild shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath. Do this regularly for best results.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has natural antibacterial and fungicidal properties. It also has proteolytic enzyme characteristics, which means it can break down proteins, including dead skin cells. This quality of aloe vera helps it to act as an exfoliant and removes the dead skin so that it doesn’t appear later as dandruff (24).

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26. Apples

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What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons of water

What You Need To Do

  1. Add two tablespoons of apple juice to an equal amount of water and apply the mixture to your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, after which you can wash your scalp with a mild shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Unripe apples contain Procyanidin B-2, a natural compound that has been found to promote hair growth (25). Since untreated dandruff ultimately leads to hair fall, apples do play a role in keeping your hair healthy.

Caution

Ensure you don’t add too much of water to the apple juice. This can reduce the concentration of the juice, and you might not get the desired results.

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[ Read: Ayurvedic Cures For Dandruff ]

27. Ginger

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What You Need

  • A small amount of ginger
  • 4 ounces of sesame oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Peel the ginger and grate it.
  2. Transfer the sesame oil into a small cup.
  3. Squeeze the ginger in a cheesecloth to get the oil.
  4. Mix the ginger oil and sesame oil.
  5. Massage your scalp gently with the mixture.
  6. Leave it on for some time, and then wash it with a mild shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

You can try this in the morning while taking a bath.

Why This Works

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can also stimulate hair growth. The active components of ginger, like volatile oils, help prevent dandruff (26).

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28. Henna

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What You Need

A teaspoon each of henna, amla powder, tea powder, lemon juice, and hair oil (preferably coconut oil)

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a cup till you get a paste.
  2. Apply the paste thoroughly to the scalp and leave it on for a few minutes.
  3. Wash with a mild shampoo.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning while taking a bath.

Why This Works

The dried leaves of henna are extensively used in treating many hair conditions, including dandruff. Active constituents of henna like tannic and gallic acid, lawsone, and mucilage play a major role in henna’s dyeing effect (27).

Henna has the ability to bind to the keratin in the hair, which creates a protective layer and relieves one from scalp irritation. It also reduces oiliness of the scalp and acts as a conditioner. This property of henna helps reduce dandruff (28).

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29. Basil Leaves

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What You Need

  • A few basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of amla powder
  • 2 teaspoons of water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste meticulously to your scalp and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your hair with fresh water.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning before taking a bath.

Why This Works

Basil leaves are one of the many natural ingredients that can cure dandruff. Known for their extensive antibacterial and antifungal properties, they help treat dandruff and also improve the strength of the scalp (29).

As already stated, dandruff is not an unsolvable problem. The simple and natural ingredients found in our homes are very effective in curing dandruff, and stopping it from recurring.

We don’t think you would be worried about dandruff anymore, would you?

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What Causes Dandruff

Dandruff is caused when a fungus called Malassezia grows on your scalp. This results in shedding of the scalp skin. There are two types of dandruff – one occurs due to the dryness of the scalp, while the other occurs due to the production of excessive oil on the scalp. Some of the known causes of dandruff are:

  • Improper and irregular brushing of hair
  • Infrequent shampooing
  • Improper diet
  • Stress and certain illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis

A Few Precautionary Measures

1. Use The Right Shampoo

Having a clean scalp and hair is important to prevent dandruff. There are many anti-dandruff shampoos that work wonders. It is best to choose something mild unless your case is severe. Dead cells need to be prevented from getting accumulated, and the best way to do this is to keep your hair and scalp immaculately clean.

2. Hair Brushing

Brushing out an oily, dandruff-affected scalp before a hair wash can also help you reduce dandruff. This has to be followed by a rinse using a mixture of malt vinegar and water (4 teaspoons vinegar in one mug of water).

3. Water And Food

  • One also must drink lots of water to flush out the toxins from the body.
  • Foods that are rich in vitamin B, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids are great for preventing dandruff.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are also a must. Eat protein-rich foods including eggs, pulses, and other supplements.
  • Junk foods such as burgers, pizzas, pasta, and fried items should be avoided. Consuming unhealthy drinks such as colas, soda, hard drinks, and soft drinks can lead to dandruff.

4. Adequate Rest

  • Lack of proper sleep and stress can increase the chances of dandruff.
  • Unhygienic living conditions, hormonal imbalances, and few other factors such as sharing combs, and lack of hair maintenance can also cause dandruff.

5. Traveling

Ensure that you always cover your hair while traveling. This will help you reduce the risk of dandruff as the hair would not get exposed to the harsh, polluted environment.

6. Swimming

While swimming, make sure to oil your hair and wear a shower cap. This will help reduce the risk of chlorine in the water spoiling your hair.

7. Sunrays

Do not expose your hair to the harsh sun rays, especially because the harmful UVA and UVB rays can dry the hair out.

8. Chemicals

Make sure that you use herbal products to remove dandruff, as most products contain harmful parabens, sulfates, and silicones.

However, ingredients such as ZPT and Pro-V Complex help reduce dandruff to a great extent.

Important Points To Remember

  1. Never share your combs and hair brushes. Clean them regularly and keep them in a neat and tidy place.
  2. If you see the first symptom of dandruff, immediately use a dandruff relief shampoo and conditioner. Switch over to different shampoos to see what suits you the best.
  3. Some of the remedies might prove to be a little drying on the hair. Follow up with a good conditioner and make sure to keep the moisture locked in.

Kiss dandruff goodbye with these time-tested and effective home remedies. Do share your experiences with us in the comments section below!

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    well if this really helpful iam gonna try this tips thanks Namitha !!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/namita/ Namita

      Hey thank you Aavani :) Yes, at least one article should help you :)

      • para

        Which type of olive oil need to be used like virgin, extra virgin…

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/kalpanamalhotra/ KalpanaMalhotra

    very good article namitha :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/namita/ Namita

      Thank you Kalpana :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/manya/ Manya

    very nice :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/namita/ Namita

      yea Manya :) Thank you!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Dia_Sahai/ Dia

    A good shampoo works best here. HairX Anti-Dandruff Shampoo will be a great deal for you.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/namita/ Namita

      I don’t suffer from dandruff :) I hope it helps my readers :) Thanks!

  • http://gmail shyloo

    very nice

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/babitharao/ Babitha

    Love olive oil, its amazing in food and for hair!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/nehaa/ nehaa

    Wow namita! it is unbelievable that we have so many natural and chemical free ways to treat and reduce dandruff. Any idea how effective these treatments are? Have tried any of them yourself? I don’t personally suffer from dandruff but i do have a few good friends who might benefit from this article.

  • Aavani

    Good one namita:) This is very helpful and your post has lot of options, Olive oil works amazing on hair and smoothens the hair, conditioning the hair leaving it smooth and silky.

  • sh123

    I tried yogurt and lemon. Now I have don’t have any dandruff.

    But experience a lot of itching on the head.I don’t know why.

  • manjunath

    Nice article. Really help to me. Keep share with us this kind of natural beauty secrete ;)

  • manisha sachwani

    I really found the remedies helpful. I have also tried the aloevera gel on the scalp and after use it reallly softened my hair

  • Giaana

    i really liked your remedies for dandruff I am going to try them . Apart from fenugreek pack, can u suggest me some more effective packs for treating dandruff? please help me out with it. thanks

  • Janette Holder

    useful information that can be tried

  • Vinay T P

    I am using Aloevera gel from quite some time, its working great for me especially in this winter.After head bath apply it to scalp.

  • vanathi

    Hi

    I am in germany. i have severe dandruff like white flakes in head. i have also severe hairfall. pls tell how to control hair fall and which shampoo n hair oil to be use in germany. pls reply.

    • Ahmed

      hi vanathi
      I also had severe hairfall ,and i thought that it was because of genetics but when i shaved my head fully there was bunch of dandruff that came out and that was the real reason and now after shaving the head my hair are not falling,I think you are female ,so it would be hard to shave your head but i don’t know any other remedy,
      Hope this Help
      Source:Experience

      • Keerthi

        Before trying homemade methods it’s better to consult a dermatologist in case of severe dandruff (seborrhoeic dermatitis). Treating the scalp alone won’t help it, antifungal drugs(ketoconazole,fluconazole) has to be taken along with it.

  • Single

    I am a school going child !! I cannot oil my hair at nights as next day i have to go to school ! Can u pls tell me any other remedy for dandruff n hair fall ?!??

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi, applying oil to hair on a daily basis can be cumbersome. Hence you can try neem leaves treatment twice or thrice in a week. Neem leaves water rinse will not take up much of your time and easy to do. Alternatively vinegar rinse can also be a rescue to you. Do try these methods to get rid of your dandruff !

  • Aisha

    How many days are use aloe Vera gel

  • shareef

    If we apply oilve oil in which shampoo use to wash in the morning. please tell me

  • saima aleem

    Hi
    I am a teenager . I suffer from premature greying , dandruff , frzziness , dryness . Please give me some effective and easy tips for healthy hair . Thanks

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Saima, grey hair could occur due to ill health or a bad lifestyle or maybe it is heredity. There are various remedies to treat white hair. Few of them are: application of curry leaves hair oil. Apply curry leaf hair oil on your scalp and hair, once or twice in a week. Curry leaves oil eventually darkens the premature grey hair at home and will give you a dark beautiful hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Bhanupratap, shampooing hair on a daily basis may harm your hair. You can try using mild anti dandruff shampoos such as Matrix Biolage Scalp Therapie Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo, Avon Naturals Tea Tree and Thyme Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and VLCC Rosemary Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. You can also pamper your hair by giving hot oil massage or apply aloevera mask to get rid of dandruff naturally.

  • Karn

    Hi Bhanu
    I have a suggestion for you. Do not use Head & Shoulder because it is too harsh and long term use can lead to extreme dry and damaged scalp, thinning of hair. It then takes time to heel what you have already lost. I tell everyone who use H&S Shampoo. Try a sulfate free shampoo or a shampoo with zinc or coal tar.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shikha, some of the ingredients that help to get rid of dandruff, will also help to get thick hair. Some of the home remedies are: massaging the scalp with warm olive oil/ castor oil or both. Apply hair mask or protein mask for healthy hair growth. For more tips and remedies, you can check the article given below:
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/how-to-get-thick-long-hair/

  • Ankit Shah

    HI
    I have very very much dandruff problem please ask me what i do bcz my hair loss every day

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Ankit, dandruff is a very common hair problem and they are caused by reasons like improper diet, shampoo, stress or irregular brushing of hair. Some of the simple remedies to get rid of dandruff are:
      1. Massage olive oil – Regular use of olive oil is said to reduce dandruff. Olive oil moisturizes the scalp and it contains natural clarifying properties. Massage your scalp with some olive oil and leave the oil overnight for desired results.
      2. Coconut oil and lemon juice – Warm coconut oil and squeeze in lemon juice such that for one part lemon juice, you have added five parts coconut oil. Mix well and massage on to your scalp. Use this regularly to eliminate dandruff. You can leave this mixture overnight on the scalp or wash it off with a shampoo after a couple of hours.
      Make sure to use an anti-dandruff shampoo of a good brand that suits your hair type.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Leena, dandruff can be a nightmare as it leads to hairfall, acne and an itchy scalp. One of the ways to get rid of dandruff is by using baking soda. Add two to three tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of luke warm water. Mix until there are no lumps. Apply this paste onto your scalp and gently massage. Leave it on for no more than 2-3 seconds, and rinse off. You can also use baking soda in conjunction with your shampoo. Start with making a shift to a herbal shampoo that is softer on your hair and scalp. Pour some shampoo onto your palm once you step into the shower. Now add half a teaspoon of baking soda into the shampoo on your palm. Mix together and use the mixture like regular shampoo it cleanses your hair. For more tips and remedies you can check out our other articles on dandruff.
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/ways-to-fight-severe-dandruff/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-ways-to-get-rid-of-dandruff-fast/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shruti, applying curry leaves paste mixed with yogurt on the hair once a week or applying curry leaves hair tonic will help you to combat premature graying of hair and reduce hair fall. Some of the mild shampoos that you can try are: Auravedic Harmonising Hair Cleanser, Kaya Nourishing Shampoo, Aromaz Rose & Khus Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Remzo, it is effective and beneficial to use fresh lemons instead of lemon concentrate. Lemon concentrate may contain preservatives and may harm the scalp, so use fresh lemon juice to combat dandruff.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Carol, dandruff can be tough to get rid of. The first step you need to take is to consult a dermatologist. Along with the advice of your doctor…you can follow few tips, apply vitamin E oil directly to your scalp, massaging into the roots of your hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Take supplements of biotin, vitamin A and vitamin B12 daily. Follow the directions on each label to take the recommended dosage. Most importantly do not pick or scratch your scalp, as this may make the dandruff worse.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Anubaka, olive oil and lemon is a remedy that works well to remove dandruff. Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice. 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 your hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Dipasha, dandruff can be a nightmare as it leads to hair fall, acne and an itchy scalp. One of the ways to get rid of dandruff is by using baking soda. Add two to three tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of luke warm water. Mix until there are no lumps. Apply this paste onto your scalp and gently massage. Leave it on for no more than 2-3 seconds, and rinse off. You can also use baking soda in conjunction with your shampoo. Start with making a shift to a herbal shampoo that is softer on your hair and scalp. Pour some shampoo onto your palm once you step into the shower. Now add half a teaspoon of baking soda into the shampoo on your palm. Mix together and use the mixture like regular shampoo it cleanses your hair. For more tips and remedies you can check out our other articles on dandruff.

    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/ways-to-fight-severe-dandruff/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-ways-to-get-rid-of-dandruff-fast/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Bhawna, dandruff can be a nightmare as it leads to hairfall, acne and an itchy scalp. One of the ways to get rid of dandruff is by using baking soda. Add two to three tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of luke warm water. Mix until there are no lumps. Apply this paste onto your scalp and gently massage. Leave it on for no more than 2-3 seconds, and rinse off. You can also use baking soda in conjunction with your shampoo. Start with making a shift to a herbal shampoo that is softer on your hair and scalp. Pour some shampoo onto your palm once you step into the shower. Now add half a teaspoon of baking soda into the shampoo on your palm. Mix together and use the mixture like regular shampoo it cleanses your hair. For more tips and remedies you can check out our other articles on dandruff.
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/ways-to-fight-severe-dandruff/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-ways-to-get-rid-of-dandruff-fast/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Alishba, dandruff can be caused due to dry scalp, sebaceous cysts, excessive anxiety, poor hair care, fungus and viral infections, and poor diet. Some of the remedies that you can follow to treat dandruff are:
    1. Apple Cidar Vinegar – First rinse your hair and scalp with water and allow it to dry.Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Apply this mixture directly onto your scalp with the help of cotton balls. Spray it on your scalp.After few minutes, shampoo with normal water.
    2. Aloe vera gel – Spread some fresh aloe vera gel onto your scalp using your fingers. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
    Follow any of the remedies regularly for a couple of weeks for good results till your scalp is dandruff free.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Glad to help you Alishba :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Gowri, the dot at the end of your hair and the division of your hair is called as split ends. Split ends can cause due to various reasons like over washing, excessive use of hair styling products, exposure to heat, not oiling hair properly etc. Few remedies to prevent split ends are:
    1. Egg – apply an egg mixed with olive oil/almond oil and honey as a hair mask, and wash off after 30-45 minutes.
    2. Banana – Mash a ripe banana. Add an egg, some honey and a little milk into mashed banana and apply it as a hair mask. Wash and rinse after half an hour.
    Follow any of the remedies regularly for a couple of weeks to see the difference.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Bindu, dandruff can be prevented by combining some effective home remedies and a good anti-dandruff shampoo. Massage your scalp with some warm coconut oil or olive oil, once or twice in week. Leave it overnight. Wash of your hair with an anti dandruff shampoo and condition as usual. Coconut oil/olive oil will not only help to get rid of dandruff but also the massaging will improve blood circulation of the scalp and promote hair growth.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sindhuja, covering the hair with hot towel after the application of a hair mask, enables the scalp to absorb the nutrients well, thus giving maximum results. So, it might not be necessary but it would be good for the hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Baber, glad to be of help to you !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi John, Here are few of our posts that shows how to make your own natural shampoos and conditioners. Choose the ingredients that are best for your hair type – http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/diy-shampoo/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/homemade-coconut-oil-shampoo-recipes-for-beautiful-hair/

  • Rachel Murphy

    Great article, I found some interesting content