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How To Use Hair Oils To Cure Dandruff?

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How To Use Hair Oils To Cure Dandruff? September 26, 2017

Dandruff is the worst! I mean, what’s worse than a bunch of dead skin cells sitting on your scalp, clogging up your hair follicles, and making you itch like no tomorrow. Nothing I can think of. And for something that sounds so gross, it is also annoyingly widespread. I’m sure almost all of us have had to deal with dandruff at some point in our lives. If that’s not bad enough, there are those of us who can’t seem to get rid of it no matter what we try. But have you really tried everything?

Oiling your hair, believe it or not, is one of the best ways to tackle dandruff. This grandmother’s remedy for dandruff is extremely underrated. Not only is it efficient, but oiling your hair is also the healthier and cheaper alternative to expensive chemical-laden treatments. The best part is you can do it yourself and use oils that suit your scalp and hair because we know that everyone’s hair is different. And that’s exactly why I’ve put together this list of hair oils you can use to treat dandruff.

10 Best Hair Oils For Dandruff Treatment

While you can use most of these oils by themselves to treat dandruff, you can also combine them with other ingredients to improve their efficiency. Following are 10 oil remedies for treating dandruff.

1. Coconut Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Hot Towel
Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the coconut oil and the lemon juice. Optionally, you can heat the mixture for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm as heat allows for deeper penetration.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp, massaging it in with your fingertips.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  4. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Coconut oil has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that soothe the scalp and help treat dandruff. Lemon juice is an astringent which helps balance oil production and restore pH balance. This helps keep the scalp healthy, and the follicles unclogged, minimizing dandruff.

[ Read: How To Use Coconut Oil For Dandruff ]

2. Olive Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Shower Cap
Processing Time

1-3 hours

Process
  1. In a bowl, mix a teaspoon of turmeric with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Wear an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind getting stained and start applying the olive oil-turmeric mixture to your scalp.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, work the remaining oil into your hair.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid a mess and wait for 1-3 hours.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Olive oil and turmeric are both rich in antioxidants which help restore scalp health by fighting away damage-causing free radicals. Turmeric has exceptionally high antimicrobial properties which help kill any dandruff causing fungus while soothing inflammations.

[ Read: How To Use Olive Oil To Treat Dandruff ]

3. Tea Tree Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 1 tsp Tea Tree Oil
  • 250 mL Shampoo
Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. Add a teaspoon of pure tea tree oil to 250 mLs of your favorite shampoo.
  2. Rinse your hair and use the tea tree oil and shampoo condition to wash your hair.
  3. Leave the shampoo on for a couple of minutes while massaging your scalp.
  4. Rinse it out with cool/lukewarm water and condition your hair.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is a common natural alternative for treating a host of hair and scalp problems such as a dry, itchy scalp, dull or brittle hair, and even dandruff. Its anti-fungal, antibacterial and moisturizing properties have for long been put to good use for managing and controlling acute dandruff.

4. Jojoba Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need

2 tbsp Jojoba Oil

Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. Take 2 tbsp of jojoba oil and start massaging it into your scalp with your fingertips.
  2. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  3. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

If you have a dandruff problem because of oily hair, this is one of the best solutions. Jojoba oil is similar to the natural oils secreted by your scalp. It helps dissolve the sebum and dirt clogging your follicles, and this greatly helps reduce dandruff. Dermatologists, cosmetologists, and massage therapists are all known to use jojoba oil for treating hair and skin problems including dandruff.

5. Rosemary Essential Oil For Dandruff Treatment

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You Will Need
  • 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 tbsp Carrier Oil
Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the rosemary essential oil and the carrier oil. Optionally, you can heat the mixture for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm as heat allows for deeper penetration.
  2.  Apply the mixture to your scalp, massaging it in with your fingertips.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  4. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Rosemary essential oil has rich antimicrobial properties that help maintain scalp health while treating dandruff.

6. Neem Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 1 tsp Neem Oil
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the coconut and neem oil. Optionally, you can heat the mixture for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm as heat allows for deeper penetration.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp, massaging it in with your fingertips.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes.
  4. Leave the oil in for an additional 25 minutes. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Neem has strong antifungal properties that can fight dandruff while its antiseptic properties help soothe scalp inflammation and redness.

7. Mustard Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 1 tsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Castor Oil
Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients to get an oil blend. Optionally, you can heat the mixture for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm as heat allows for deeper penetration.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp, massaging it in with your fingertips.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  4. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Mustard oil boosts blood circulation which helps flush out toxins. It also has strong antioxidant properties which help keep the scalp healthy.

8. Sesame Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need

2 tbsp Sesame Oil

Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. Take 2 tbsp of sesame oil and start massaging it into your scalp with your fingertips.
  2. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  3. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Sesame oil helps soothe the scalp and relieve aggravation and itching. Not only does it help treat dandruff, but also prevents premature graying and keeps your hair dark.

9. Avocado Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need

2 tbsp Avocado Oil

Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. Take 2 tbsp of avocado oil and start massaging it into your scalp with your fingertips.
  2. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  3. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour. You can wrap your hair in a warm towel for added heat.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2-3 times week.

Why This Works?

If your dandruff problem is stemming from dry scalp issues, this is one of the best solutions you can use. Avocado oil helps deeply condition your scalp and hair. It is also rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals to prevent damage.

10. Grapeseed Oil For Treating Dandruff

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You Will Need

1 tsp Grapeseed Oil

Processing Time

Overnight

Process
  1. Take 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil and start massaging it into your scalp with your fingertips.
  2. Once your scalp is fully covered, continue massaging it for about 5 minutes. After this, work the remaining oil through the rest of your hair.
  3. Leave the oil in overnight.
  4. In the morning, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

2 times a week.

Why This Works

Grapeseed oil has potent antiseptic properties which help relieve the scalp of aggravation, itching, inflammation, and redness.

Dealing with dandruff can be tough and, sometimes, embarrassing. But with the right hair care routine and regular oiling in place, it can be dealt with. Have you ever used any of these hair oils for dandruff cure? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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