We may have never wondered but dandruff is more than a common disorder uniting all of us together. Though my love for snow is overwhelming, a dandruff snowstorm only dulls my mood. It was only a few months back when those annoying white flakes would ruin my attire and every first impression.
Sadly, I didn’t get any second chance for first impressions. But to my rescue, my grandmother helped me with 20 effortless home remedies for dandruff that I will be sharing with you today. I realised natural was the best way to go. You too may not get any second chance for a good first impression. So, check out these dandruff remedies. I’m sure you will love each one! And since these have no side effects, you can repeat them every other day.
1. White vinegar for dandruff
Vinegar really helps an itchy head and a flaky scalp. It is also effective in killing the dandruff causing bacteria and fungus. If your dandruff is very severe, you should try this remedy right away. Take white vinegar and water in equal amounts. Apply the mixture to your scalp and let it be up for 30 minutes. Then wash your head with lukewarm water.
2. Baking soda for dandruff
Baking soda is a helpful scrub you can exfoliate your scalp with. Without any irritation or itching, it will ward off any dead skin cells on your head. All you need to do is add some baking soda to your shampoo when you wash your hair. You can also wet your hair and rub some baking soda on your scalp for a few minutes and rinse with cool water.
3. Indian lilac (Neem) for dandruff
Indian lilac, or neem, extract has a huge role to play when it comes to skin medication of any kind. Its antibacterial and antifungal qualities can drown away dandruff too. So, pound a bunch of neem leaves in your food processor to get a thick paste. Cover your scalp with it for 10 minutes then wash with water.
4. Tea tree oil for dandruff
If you have your hands on tea tree oil at home, you are surely lucky! This is one of the exceptional home remedies for dandruff and hair fall. So, make the best use of its antibacterial properties. Wash your hair like you always do but this time add 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo.
5. Garlic for dandruff
Despite the strong odour of garlic, I chose this remedy to make my head dandruff-free. And indeed, I was astonished by the results! You too can try this remedy. Grind 1 or 2 cloves of garlic and mix them with water. Add a little honey or ginger to avoid the pungent smell of garlic. Let the mixture sit on your scalp for at least 10 minutes before you wash.
6. Aloe vera for dandruff
Surely, aloe vera is the best remedy for dandruff which you just cannot overlook in any situation. It mildly exfoliates the skin on the head to protect it against bacteria and fungus. Extract fresh aloe vera gel from the plant in thick amounts and apply directly on your scalp. Keep it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
7. Coconut oil for dandruff
Ever since childhood, my mother has been telling me how amazing coconut oil is for hair. This is another home remedy for dandruff I share my love with. Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and heat slightly. With a little research, I also found that combining lemon juice with it will make the remedy more powerful. So, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice as well. Next, massage your scalp for 20 minutes and then rinse with shampoo.
8. Fenugreek (Methi) for dandruff
A fenugreek, or methi, pack will be a great dandruff remedy. Take a handful of fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. The next morning, drain the water and mash the seeds to form a paste. Keep the paste for an hour on your scalp. Then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
9. Curd (Dahi) for dandruff
In the process of healing my scalp, I learnt that curd, or dahi, contains acidic properties. The simplest of home remedies for dandruff, curd can be really effective in getting rid of those snowy flakes on your head. Take 1 cup of curd and blend it with 2 teaspoons of black pepper. Apply and leave this solution on scalp for an hour. Shampoo your hair afterwards.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar for dandruff
If the dandruff is causing your hair to fall, you can use apple cider vinegar to treat both the problems at home. Take equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Stir the two together. Wash your hair the usual way and then apply the mixture you have created over your wet hair. Allow it for 15 minutes and then rinse off.
11. Henna (Mehndi) for dandruff
You can also treat the dandruff effectively with this simple remedy. Henna, or mehndi, is an ingredient you are likely to have at home. As a bonus, this remedy will also add a fine sheen to your hair. Take 2 tablespoons of henna, 2 tablespoons of amla powder, 1 spoon of olive oil and juice of a lemon. Mix these together and apply on your scalp. Keep it for 4 to 5 hours, until it dries. Then wash it with cool water.
12. Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) for dandruff
Multani mitti, or fuller’s earth, will work wholeheartedly in restoring the health of your hair. Make a thick hair pack, using multani mitti and water. Soak 6 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water and leave them overnight. Drain the water and grind them the next morning to make a paste. Add 4 tablespoons of multani mitti and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the paste. Mix well before applying the pack to your scalp and hair. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo after 30 minutes.
13. Orange peel for dandruff
Orange peels can empower your dandruff treatment at home with their versatile antibacterial properties. Grind an orange peel in your food processor and a dash of lemon juice. On grinding it well, you will get a smooth paste. Apply this on your head and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo your hair afterwards.
14. Olive oil for dandruff
Olive oil has been promoting healthy hair since thousands of years now. If you have dry scalp, your hair is likely to be weak. You can always heat some extra virgin olive oil and massage your scalp with it. For the most positive results, wrap your hair with a warm towel afterwards for an hour. Then shampoo your hair.
15. Lemon for dandruff
As you can see, I am using lemon in so many home remedies for dandruff, then surely lemon alone can also treat the dead skin cells. Lemon juice is the easiest and best dandruff treatment at home. Just take a few teaspoons of lemon juice and mix these with a little water. Apply the solution and let it sit for 5 minutes before you shampoo your hair.
16. Gram flour (Besan) for dandruff
Gram flour, or besan, is a popular kitchen ingredient. Besides the culinary world, it is now amazing us with uses in home remedies as well. This is how you can cure your dandruff with it. Take 4 tablespoons each of gram flour and curd. Cover your scalp with it for an hour. Then rinse it off with water.
17. Beetroot for dandruff
Beetroot, or chukandar, too has secured its place among the natural remedies for dandruff. And here is the correct way to apply beetroot to your scalp. Combine together a few tablespoons of beetroot juice, apple cider vinegar and ginger juice. Massage it on your scalp with your fingertips. Keep it for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
18. Apple for dandruff
Apple has natural compounds that promote growth of healthy hair. To deal with dandruff, add 2 tablespoons of apple juice to 2 tablespoons of water. It would be best if you could use the juice of unripe apples. Apply the solution on your scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash it with shampoo.
19. Basil (Tulsi) for dandruff
Along with treating the dandruff, basil, or tulsi, will also add more strength to your scalp. Pound some basil leaves and amla powder together. Keep mixing them until you obtain a paste. Apply it gently to your scalp. Let it stand for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse your hair thoroughly.
20. Ginger for dandruff
With its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, ginger will give you the most desirable results. And that makes this spice a winner of all natural remedies for dandruff! Grate a peeled ginger. Then pour 4 ounces of sesame oil in a small cup. Squeeze out the ginger oil and add it to the cup. Massage the scalp gently with this solution. Leave your hair undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
As you would know, ginger is very strong. So, be careful while you wash your hair. Ensure either ginger or shampoo doesn’t get into your eyes. This could irritate the eyes and develop an infection. If at all you feel any reaction, wash your eyes immediately with cold water. But there are other reasons too for eye infection that you should know. Discover these with me in my next blog!