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10 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dandruff

Over 50% of the world population has dandruff, and that is over 3.6 billion people. If you are one of them, these remedies should help. *

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10 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dandruff Hyderabd040-395603080 November 12, 2019

Do you always find flakes of dandruff on your shoulders? Does the constant itching of your scalp cause you constant embarrassment? We know what you must be going through. You may already have made multiple trips to the drugstore to find the perfect ‘solution,’ but you probably were only disappointed.

What do you do now? Well, you can take a leap of faith and allow us to lead the way. In this article, we will discuss age-old remedies that can help relieve dandruff. Keep reading!

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common, chronic condition characterized by a flaky scalp. But it can be controlled in most cases. Mild dandruff can be treated by using regular shampoos. Serious cases of dandruff need specialized medicated shampoos.

But even before starting treatment, we must know what exactly causes dandruff.

What Causes Dandruff?

The following factors can increase your chances of having dandruff:

  • Oily Skin Or Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is one of the more common causes of dandruff. It is characterized by redness of skin covered with flakes or scales. This condition usually affects areas rich in oil glands.

  • Inadequate Use Of Shampoo

Irregular washing of hair and scalp can cause a build-up of oils and dead skin cells, leading to dandruff.

  • Malassezia

Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that lives on our scalp. This can cause skin irritation and can make skin cells dry and flaky.

  • Dry Skin

This is the most obvious cause of dandruff. Dry skin causes flakes to form that eventually become dandruff. Typically, these flakes are smaller and less oily than those caused by other ways.

Dandruff can also be more than what it seems to be. In such cases, you must go for immediate treatment.

When Does Dandruff Need Immediate Treatment?

In most cases, dandruff has no complications. However, in some cases, it can be a sign of an underlying ailment:

  • Your skin or scalp shows signs of redness, swelling, and tenderness.
  • Dandruff persists despite mild medical treatments.
  • You also see signs of psoriasis or eczema, conditions that can aggravate an itchy scalp.

If you notice these signs, it is time to start treatment. While medical treatments can help, home remedies can offer added relief.

10 Home Remedies For Dandruff

1. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil is used for its antifungal properties (1). It can be used topically on your skin or scalp to mitigate any fungal infection that leads to flaky skin and dandruff.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2-3 drops of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Dab a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil on a cotton pad.
  2. Apply this mixture to the scalp.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 3-4 times a week.

2. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil may combat fungal infections that can cause malassezia (2). This, in turn, may reduce the occurrence of dandruff and flaky skin.

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Massage the coconut oil into your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for about an hour before you wash it off with a mild shampoo.
How Often You Should Do This

You must repeat this 2 times a week.

3. Onion Juice

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Research has shown that onions are rich in phytochemical compounds that can help combat dandruff. Their topical application can eliminate the flaking of skin and reduce the occurrence of dandruff (3).

You Will Need
  • ½ onion
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend an onion to extract its juice.
  2. Strain it and apply generously to your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for an hour and wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this juice on your scalp 2 times a week.

4. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a rich source of bioactive compounds that can be used to treat skin disorders. Extracts of aloe vera are known to exhibit antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can help fight any fungal infection, including that causing dandruff (4).

You Will Need

Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Massage some aloe vera gel into your scalp.
  2. Massage in circular motions, ensuring the gel is absorbed into the scalp.
  3. Wash off after 1 hour.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply the gel at least 2 times a week.

5. Probiotics

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Probiotic foods, such as yogurt, contain Lactobacillus paracasei that can help reduce dandruff (5). Research shows that Lactobacillus paracasei can help restore the normal balance of your scalp’s microbiome, thereby eliminating dandruff.

You Will Need

1 cup of probiotic yogurt

What You Have To Do

Consume a cup of probiotic yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day.

6. Lemongrass Oil

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Lemongrass oil is rich in bioactive compounds that exhibit antifungal properties (6). This property can help combat Malassezia furfur, a type of yeast that is associated with dandruff.

You Will Need

2-3 drops of lemongrass oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of lemongrass oil to your shampoo and massage generously into your scalp.
  2. Wash off thoroughly with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Wash your hair with lemongrass oil 2 times a week.

7. Eucalyptus Oil

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A scalp that has low levels of ceramide may be susceptible to dandruff. Eucalyptus oil is rich in bioactive compounds that can increase the ceramide content of your scalp, thereby reducing dandruff (7).

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 2-3 drops of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Wash off thoroughly with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can follow this remedy 2-3 times a week.

8. Garlic

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The primary bioactive constituents of garlic are ajoene and allicin. Their antifungal properties can be effective in alleviating the fungal infection that can cause dandruff (8).

You Will Need
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel and crush the garlic cloves.
  2. Add this powder to a heated saucepan with olive oil.
  3. Heat the mixture for 5 minutes and strain.
  4. Cool it down and apply to your scalp.
  5. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes before rinsing with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply this oil 2 times a week.

9. Neem Oil

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Neem extracts are widely used to combat fungal infections (9). Their antifungal properties may help reduce flaking of skin and irritation.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of neem oil
  • 2-3 drops of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a few drops of neem oil with coconut oil.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Wash off thoroughly with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can follow this remedy 2-3 times a week.

10. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is commonly used as an antifungal agent (10). Hence, it may aid the treatment of dandruff.

You Will Need

2-3 tablespoons of baking soda

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a few tablespoons of baking soda and apply directly to wet hair.
  2. Leave it on for about 2 minutes and wash off thoroughly.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 times a week.

These remedies can help you get relief from dandruff. They are natural and can take some time to show results. But if your dandruff persists, we suggest you consult a doctor right away.

Do let us know how these remedies have helped you. Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment in the box below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can dandruff cause hair loss?

Dandruff does not directly cause hair loss. It may cause injury to your hair follicles that can lead to temporary hair loss.

Should I wash my hair every day if I have dandruff?

Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of the natural oils, making it dry. This can aggravate dandruff. Washing/shampooing your hair once in two days should be fine.

Can dandruff cause gray hair?

Dandruff is usually caused by scalp dryness. The graying of hair is attributed to a loss in hair pigmentation. It is not related to dandruff.

Is dandruff a sign of any vitamin deficiency?

In some cases, dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis may be a result of a nutrient-deficient diet. This could also mean a deficiency of vitamins B6 and B12.

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