Dandruff is one of the most common hair problems and can lead to greasy patches and tingling on the scalp. It may even cause acne and hair fall issues. So, it is very important to take the proper steps to get rid of dandruff ASAP. There are various products available on the market to help you out. However, they can be very costly and loaded with chemicals.
The good news is there are some effective, natural home remedies that can help you get the same results. And today, we will tell you what they are. From aloe vera, lemon juice, egg yolk, orange peels to fenugreek seeds and more…
1. Baking soda
Baking soda can go to work combating your dandruff in two ways. First, as a gentle exfoliant that can remove unwanted flakes from your scalp, and second, as an antifungal that cuts down on the source of these flakes.
One study found that baking soda was able to stop fungal growth for 79% of the types they tested, and reduce growth by another 17%. It also reduced itchiness and irritation in people with psoriasis. In an empty shampoo bottle or small mason jar, mix 4 tablespoons baking soda with ¾ cups of water.
For a pleasant scent and additional benefits, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree pure essential oil. Shake well until a semi-viscous paste is formed. In the shower, apply the baking soda paste to dry or wet hair. Start at the roots and work the paste all the way through to the ends. Let the mixture sit for one to three minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
2. Shea Butter
This oil is deeply nourishing and soothing for dry, itchy red scalps. It’s also an amazing treatment for dry or damaged hair. To use it, soften the shea butter in your hands and rub it into your scalp. If you want a deep, moisturizing hair treatment, rub it into your hair as well.
Focus especially on the ends or any damaged areas. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then wash out with a gentle shampoo.
3. Garlic And Onion
Both garlic and onion have antifungal properties that can rid your scalp of dandruff. Fair warning, both have a strong, pungent smell. So, you may want to use a strong natural shampoo or conditioner to deal with that. Take a couple of garlic cloves, peel, and crush them. Mix with some honey and massage your scalp.
The honey combats the garlic smell and you can replace it with water if it feels too sticky. Leave it on for a few minutes before you shampoo. If you prefer onion, peel half an onion, grind it with a cup of water. Massage your scalp with this juice. Apply it to your hair too, so it looks more voluminous. Leave for 15 minutes, shampoo and condition.
4. Tea Tree Oil
This oil is an effective home remedy to treat multiple ailments, dandruff included. Rich in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is one of the best dandruff treatments to remove the dermatitis-causing oily fungus from the scalp. Add a few drops of the oil to a cup of jojoba or almond oil and massage it well onto your scalp.
Leave the mix for 30 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Alternatively, you can also mix a few drops of the oil in with your regular shampoo & wash your hair with your custom but effective anti-dandruff formula.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
While many people drink apple cider vinegar for the health benefits, it can also be used topically as well. It helps get rid of dandruff in two ways. First, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which kills the dandruff-causing yeast.
Second, it’s an astringent, which means that it shrinks pores and removes excess oil. Apple cider vinegar should not be used for dandruff in its undiluted form. Dilute it with water and apply it to the scalp, letting it sit for about five minutes before rinsing it out. You can use a mixture of one part water to one part apple cider vinegar, or start with less apple cider vinegar if your scalp is extra sensitive.
6. Egg Yolk
Due to their high protein content, eggs have been used as hair masks for ages. But did you know that egg yolk is rich in biotin as well? Yes! This major vitamin is excellent at dealing with dandruff and also aids in healthy hair growth.
Make sure your hair is completely dry before applying the yolk. Whisk it into a thinner texture and apply it all over your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap to make sure the smell doesn’t go everywhere. Once dry, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo; you might have to rinse and repeat in order to get the odor out. Follow this once every week for the best results.
7. Coconut Oil
This oil smells MUCH better than a few of our other entries. It also has antifungal properties, so it can decrease the amount of dandruff-causing yeast on your scalp. Additionally, coconut oil can calm any inflammation on the scalp, since this oil is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.
This remedy has an added bonus: it can penetrate the hair shaft since the molecules are so small and nourish your hair. So you can help with your scalp problem and take care of your hair at the same time. Take two tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp with your fingertips.
Leave the treatment on your scalp for one or two hours to really let the oil soak in. Then thoroughly wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
8. Banana Hair Mask
This mask works best if, along with dandruff, you have dry and dull hair. It contains banana, which acts as a natural moisturizer while lemon juice deals with dandruff. This will help reduce your dandruff until ultimately removing it fully.
Mash two bananas into a smooth paste. Add honey, lemon, and olive oil and mix thoroughly. Apply on your hair and let it rest for 30 minutes. Wash it off with a sulfate-free shampoo. Also, make sure that there are no lumps in the banana paste otherwise it won’t come out while washing.
9. Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice is rich in Vitamin C that has antioxidant properties. It encourages collagen production to help repair damaged skin cells. It also contains citric acid, which balances the scalp’s pH and even strengthens hair follicles.
The presence of flavonoids and iron makes it vital for healthy and dandruff-free hair. Take 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and massage your scalp well for about 2-3 minutes. Then let it sit for another 1-2 minutes.
Alternatively, you can even mix the lemon juice with coconut oil and then use. Then after using a mild shampoo, rinse your hair with a teaspoon of lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water. Repeat this twice a week for the next 3-4 weeks. You will see visible results in the first 1-2 weeks.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe is a plant, and its gel is well known for its moisturizing properties. So it can help with the itchiness that comes along with dry skin on the scalp. Additionally, research shows that aloe vera has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can decrease fungus on the scalp and reduce the incidence of dandruff.
Take aloe vera gel and apply it to the problem areas. You can leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it out. When purchasing the aloe, you can use pure aloe vera gel from a fresh aloe plant, or pre-packaged aloe vera gel.
11. Fenugreek Seeds
These seeds are antibacterial and antifungal. This makes them really effective at getting rid of dandruff. Additionally, nutrients such as protein, vitamin C, iron and potassium give your hair proper nourishment. In a bowl, soak about half a cup of fenugreek seeds overnight.
The next morning grind this to a paste and apply it to your scalp and hair. Wash it off after 30 minutes using a mild shampoo and conditioner. Use it once every week for a few months.
12. Orange Peels
Rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and exfoliating fibres, orange peels are known to be an effective cure for dandruff. This citrusy fruit also enhances the overall health of the scalp as vitamin C is used for fighting free radical damage.
To prepare your orange peels, drench them with lemon juice and then grind until it turns into a paste. Apply the paste on your scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Once dry, wash off with an anti-dandruff shampoo for best results. Follow this dandruff remedy once every two weeks.
As weird as it may sound, sour yogurt is an effective home remedy for dandruff. The acidic nature battles dandruff, as well as conditions the hair to give a smooth look. All you need to do is whisk some fermented yogurt and apply it to your scalp. Rinse your hair after an hour and you’ll be delighted with the change.