Best 13 Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff (Detailed Guide)

Best 13 Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff (Detailed Guide)

Most people think of dandruff as flakes that fall from the hair and scalp like thick dust. There are several factors that can cause dandruff and it is more than just having a dry scalp. Perhaps the simplest cause is the abnormally rapid growth of skin cells that some people have. Cells that mature too quickly become dry and die at a fast rate. Instead of falling out as part of the natural regeneration cycle, the dead cells build up on the scalp.

There are many dandruff shampoos available on the market today. However, if you are interested in a more natural approach then check out these 13 home remedies for dandruff.

1. Baking Soda To Clarify And Exfoliate

There are a long list of home remedies that include baking soda as a solution. It comes as no surprise that baking soda is also good for treating dandruff. When rubbed into the scalp, baking soda helps to exfoliate and remove layers of dandruff.


It also helps to remove excess oils that become trapped on the scalp when there is a thick layer of dead skin cells. The small granules also help to clear the pores which allow your scalp to breathe.

You'll need:

- 1 tablespoon baking soda

- ½ cup warm water


1. Mix together the baking soda and water. An old shampoo bottle works well for this, just be sure that the bottle is clean and contains no shampoo residue.

2. Apply the baking soda/water mixture to your scalp. Using your fingers, gently massage the mixture into your scalp. Let sit for 3 minutes and then rinse out.

3. Repeat the above for 7 days or until your condition improves. Continue to use this treatment once a week afterward.

Additional notes:

  • Your hair and scalp may feel dry afterward. That is a normal reaction and the dryness will subside with repeated treatments.

2. Staying Hydrated With Water

It may seem simple but drinking enough water is the best way to keep your body hydrated from the inside-out. If the root cause of your dandruff stems from having a dry scalp then water may be a big part of your solution.

Experts generally recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water a day. Check out this video for more information.

If you would like to spice up your water, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice or chopped up fruits to give it some flavor.

3. Use The Natural Acids In Lemon Juice

It is the natural acids in freshly squeezed lemon juice that help to break down excess fungus that lives on the scalp. The lemon juice must be fresh because bottled lemon juice often contains added ingredients that can irritate the scalp and make your condition worse.

You will need:

- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (no seeds or pulp)

- 1 cup warm water


1. Pour the lemon juice onto your scalp and massage gently.

2. Let sit for one minute.

3. Rinse with warm water.

4. Repeat daily until dandruff is under control.

Additional notes:

  • Make sure you do not get any lemon juice into your eyes.
  • Do not do this treatment if your scalp is very irritated.
  • Be sure to rinse thoroughly. More warm water may be needed.

4. Moisturize With Honey To Promote Healing

While honey is a popular sweetener, most people don’t know that honey can also be used in a variety of topical applications. As a dandruff treatment, honey works in two ways.

First, it helps to control the natural fungus that lives on the scalp. Honey also works as an intense moisturizer (thanks to the humectants in the substance). As it moisturizes, it soothes an itchy dry scalp and heals the irritation that can cause dandruff to be out of control.

While it can seem odd to use honey in your hair, it will easily rinse out if it is diluted correctly.

You will need:

- 3 tablespoons honey (raw honey is best)

- ½ cup warm water

- A plastic shower cap (disposable)


1. Mix together the warm water and honey. Make sure that the honey is completely dissolved into the water.

2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and thoroughly massage it in.

3. Put on the shower cap and allow the honey mixture to coat your scalp for 3 hours.

4. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Do not shampoo.

5. Repeat once a week.

Additional notes:

  • If you feel as though you cannot rinse all of the honey out of your hair, add a teaspoon of baking soda to your rinse water.
  • Once your dandruff is under control, this treatment can be done once every 2 weeks.

5. Use Neem Leaves For Their Anti-Bacterial Qualities

Neem is a powerful plant that is used in a variety of natural products that include deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash. It has also been used as a traditional medicinal remedy to treat athletes foot, bug bites and rashes. It is the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of the neem that make it somewhat of an all-purpose remedy.

For dandruff, neem heals the scalp and controls the excess cell growth as well as controls the natural fungus on the scalp.

You will need:

- ¼ cup neem leaves (these can be bought online)

- 2 cups water


1. Bring the water to a boil and add the neem leaves. Boil the leaves for 6 minutes.

2. Remove from the heat and allow neem leaves to steep in the water as it cools.

3. Once cool, strain the mixture and dispose of the used leaves.

4. Pour half of the mixture onto your scalp and massage it in. Allow it to sit on your scalp for 5 minutes.

5. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

6. Repeat once a week as needed.

Additional notes:

  • You can get two treatments from one recipe.
  • Do not ingest.

6. An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Is Easy And Effective

This is another ingredient that can be used for a variety of things. For hair, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is commonly used as a rinse to provide softness and sheen to the hair strands.

When used as a dandruff treatment, ACV helps to loosen and eliminate unwanted dead skin cells (flakes) on the scalp. ACV also deep cleans the scalp and opens the pores.

You’ll need:

- ½ cup apple cider vinegar

- 1 cup warm water


1. Mix the water and ACV together.

2. Pour mixture onto your scalp and gently massage for 3 minutes.

3. Rinse well with warm water.

4. Repeat once a week for severe dandruff. For light to moderate dandruff, apply once every 2 weeks.

Additional notes:

  • Do not use on a severely irritated scalp.
  • Do not substitute ACV for distilled vinegar. Raw and unfiltered ACV is the best kind to use.

7. Tea Tree Oil Will Refresh Your Scalp

Tea tree oil has been used for years to treat many skin problems like burns, cuts, bug bites etc. For the scalp, it controls the fungus and beings balance to the skin, hair follicles and pores. This oil is extremely powerful and must be diluted before being applied to the skin.

You will need:

- 1 tablespoon tea tree oil

- 1 ½ cup warm water

- A spray bottle


1. Add water and tea tree oil to the spray bottle. Shake well to combine.

2. Spray onto your scalp and thoroughly wet your entire scalp surface.

3. Allow to sit on your scalp for at least 4 hours.

4. Rinse well. Do not use shampoo.

Additional notes:

  • As stated, this oil is strong. Do not use more than the recommended amount.
  • Do not allow mixture to get into your eyes.

8. Use Aloe Vera To Soothe An Irritated Scalp

Commonly used to treat sunburn, aloe vera works similarly when used as a scalp treatment. If your dandruff is caused by rapid cell growth cycles then using aloe vera will help to restore the cells back to their natural growth cycles.

You will need:

- ½ cup 100% aloe vera gel (bottled is fine)


1. Apply aloe vera gel to the scalp. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

2. Rinse out and wash hair like normal.

3. Use twice a week or as needed.

Additional notes:

  • You can find an alternative method of aloe vera treatment here.

9. Use Salt To Clean And Exfoliate

Much like baking soda, salt exfoliates the scalp and clears the pores. You can use regular table salt or Epsom salt for this application.

You will need:

- 3 tablespoons salt

- 3 tablespoons water


1. Mix the salt and water into a thick paste.

2. Apply the salt to your scalp and gently massage for 1 minute.

3. Let the salt rest on your scalp for 2-3 minutes

4. Wash your hair like normal.

Additional notes:

  • Salt can be harsh on hair. Be sure to apply only to your scalp.
  • Be very gentle as you massage so that you do not cause additional irritation.

10. Take Advantage Of The Tingle Of Listerine


Listerine was originally developed as an anti-septic treatment for dentists. While still used for oral health, this strong liquid can also be used in other topical treatments.

As a dandruff treatment, Listerine will balance scalp fungus and return it to its natural functions. Your scalp will be left feeling fresh and any itchiness will be gone.

You will need:

- ½ cup Listerine

- 1 cup warm water


1. Mix the ingredients together and set aside.

2. After washing your hair, rinse your scalp with the Listerine mixture.

3. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse out with warm water.

Additional notes:

  • Use brown Listerine. Other colors (blue, green) may dye light colored hair.

11. Sunlight Is Free And Effective

Use the power of the sun to treat and put an end to your dandruff. It may sound crazy but there is evidence available that suggests that sunlight can be beneficial for many different ailments.

It is important that you do not spend too much time in the sun when attempting this treatment because overexposure can lead to skin damage.

You will need:

- A sunny day

- Sunscreen

- A hat


1. Style your hair in a way that maximizes how much of your scalp is exposed. For thick hair, try cornrow braids. Those with thin hair can just wear their hair down or in braids.

2. Sit in the sunlight for 10 minutes.

3. Once the time is up, take proper precautions to prevent sun damage. (Put on a hat and/or sunscreen).

4. Repeat once a week until your condition improves. Discontinue treatment if you do not see results in 1 month.

Additional notes:

  • Do not sit in the sunlight for more than 15 minutes.
  • Always protect your skin from sun damage.

12. Aspirin As A Topical Treatment

Aspirin does not have to be taken internally to be used as medicine. Many may be surprised to learn that aspirin contains the same active ingredient that is found in many anti-dandruff shampoos.

That ingredient is salicylic acid. Because of salicylic acid, any regular shampoo can be turned into dandruff shampoo by adding aspirin.

You’ll need:

- 2 white aspirin tablets (no baby aspirin)

- ¼ cup shampoo (not dandruff shampoo)


1. Crush the aspirin tablets into a fine powder.

2. Add crushed aspirin to shampoo.

3. Wet your hair and wash with the shampoo mixture.

4. Massage the scalp well.

5. Rinse out as you normally would.

13. Eat A Healthy Diet To Heal From The Inside Out

When you eat foods that lack essential vitamins and minerals, you take away your body's ability to heal itself. That includes being able to control and heal your dandruff.

To promote inner healing, be sure that your diet contains a variety of healthy foods. If you don't know where to start, focus on eating lots of vegetables, getting omega-3 fats and eating the right amount of protein. Try to avoid foods that do not have any nutritional value such as ramen noodles, sugary koolaid and potato chips.


That concludes this list of 13 home remedies for dandruff. I hope that the research that went into composing this list makes it easier for you to find a solution. Did you enjoy this list? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Be sure to share the article if you found it to be helpful.


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