How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Naturally?

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Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. In some people the shedding happens chronically due to various reasons like pollution, shampoo, etc. Trying out different home remedies with ingredients like, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, oil, garlic, banana, rosemary, salt, neem, baking soda, aloe vera gel, snake gourd, etc, have given effective results.

Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. A small amount of flaking is normal for most people, because skin cells die and regenerate every day. However, some people experience this chronically due to many reasons like pollution, individual oil sebum levels and shampoos. Dandruff, contrary to popular belief can be treated, and some of these home treatments if followed diligently can get rid of dandruff completely.

Effective Home Remedies For Dandruff


  1. Rub plain yogurt on wet scalp for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

Snake Gourd

  1. Apply the juice of snake gourd on wet scalp before rinsing with water.


  1. An infusion of thyme, nettle or sage with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can be used as a final rinse.
  2. To make an infusion, fresh or dried herbs can be used in loose or tea-bag form.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Take equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water.
  2. Wash hair normally, then pour vinegar-water mixture carefully onto hair, and scrub it on to your scalp.
  3. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water.
  4. The vinegar smell will disappear once your hair is dry.
  5. Repeat daily for about a week.


  1. Crush some garlic pods and rub it on to your scalp.
  2. Alternatively you can mix crushed garlic with honey, and massage on to your scalp before washing.


  1. Peel a whole banana.
  2. Mix with two cups vinegar and stir until completely combined.
  3. Apply the mixture on to hair.
  4. Leave in for twenty minutes to one hour.
  5. Then, rinse the mixture completely.
  6. Repeat every day for one week.

Baking Soda

  1. Instead of shampooing, rub a heaping tablespoon of baking soda on to your wet hair and scalp.
  2. Wash thoroughly after one minute.
  3. Alternatively you can mix a juice of one lemon with baking soda and apply it.


  1. Mix vinegar in oil of rosemary leaves (squeeze them).
  2. You can also apply the mixture of rosemary oil and coconut oil to your scalp to treat dandruff.


  1. Mix malt vinegar with white wine vinegar in 1:1 ratio.
  2. To this mixture add water in 1:1 ratio.
  3. Apply it on to your scalp and massage gently before washing it off.

Aloe Vera Gel

  1. Remove the gel of aloe from its leaf and apply it directly to the hair.
  2. Keep it for 20 minutes and then rinse your hair.


  1. Mix coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt and honey together.
  2. The ingredients should be roughly in 2:2:3:2 ratio, so that they form a smooth paste of medium consistency, which is not runny and stays on your scalp like a paste.
  3. Add more yogurt and honey to thicken as needed.
  4. Massage the mixture on to your scalp for 10 minutes.
  5. Let the rub set for 20 minutes.
  6. Try sitting under a steamer as you allow your rub to set.
  7. Or, if you do not have have a steamer, let the rub set while you take a hot bath.
  8. If you do not have a bathtub, just allow the rub to set for a little longer (30-45 minutes).
  9. Rinse using shampoo until your scalp feels clean.

Cedar-wood Oil

  1. Mix essential oils of cedar-wood (7 drops), cypress and juniper (each 10 drops) in 50ml of carrier oil.
  2. Rub well on to the scalp and leave for one hour before rinsing off with water.


  1. Use 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt and gently massage it on wet hair and wash off with cold water.


  1. Soak neem leaves in hot water for few hours, and blend it in a smooth paste using olive oil or tea tree oil.
  2. Apply it on scalp and massage using fingers and not nails, rinse off using cold water.
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Kaynat Rahman
Kaynat Rahman 5pts

take some lime juis and massag it on sclp then wash with sampoo.

Kaynat Rahman
Kaynat Rahman 5pts

use apple cider vineger with oliv and castrd oil and massag on yr sclp then 15min later sampoo as usual.

Kumanan Munusamy
Kumanan Munusamy 5pts

Having oily scalp... does this occur because of dandruff.??

Nidhi Menon
Nidhi Menon 5pts

All tested and tried Prachi Srivastava Dhadwal ...

Kara Demeyere
Kara Demeyere 5pts

You can buy it online. I pick mine up at my local health food and herb shop. If you have access to a Little India, you could likely get it there. Hope that helps.

Ar Ya
Ar Ya 5pts

My question is, where will I get neem oil?

Kara Demeyere
Kara Demeyere 5pts

Drop of neem oil in shampoo or conditioner and your scalp will feel like a million bucks. Plus, your hair will be soft and shiny.

Ramin Khaliqi
Ramin Khaliqi 5pts

Soak popcorn in warm water for one day n then massage ur sclap using the water.

Gary Wardell
Gary Wardell 5pts

If one is going to look at the water there is also chlorine and ammonia in most city water. Not to mention glyphosate of late from agricultural run off.

Deepak Mittal
Deepak Mittal 5pts

Use some black peper powder with curd .......rinse it after 20 minutes......for scalp.....

Stephen Exeter
Stephen Exeter 5pts

Coconut oil works well. But one must look into why. Most cases its the metal in the water what is the culprit.

Walt Flatbed
Walt Flatbed 5pts

This worked for me. After shampooing work in a big handful let set a min. And rinse it out

Ayurveda 5pts

Yep! Thanks for sharing Nancy Redard :)

Nancy Redard
Nancy Redard 5pts

Apple Cider Vinegar with water is probably the best. I have used this since childhood when my mother would rinse my hair with it.

Vinita Jarkani
Vinita Jarkani 5pts

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Snowy Raven
Snowy Raven 5pts

This is giving cures for bacterial dandruff (an autoimmune response to candida infection in the skin, hair and nails).Yes, they work. Took my husband a total of 6 days to completely eliminate dandruff. All he did was the apple cider vinegar, he used the kind with the mother in it, and he used it directly, not dilluted, on his dry scalp before washing his hair, leaving it on 10 minutes at a time. He would saturate his head and hair (he has long hair, we're native american indians) and made sure he covered his eyebrows, cheeks, ears, behind his ears, jawline, neck and chin. He rubbed his scalp really good, as you do when washing your hair. He did it once a week for 6 weeks. Now he doesn't have to do anything, he doesn't get dandruff anymore. He had it so bad, it always looked like he had been outside in the snow, getting all variations of flakes in and on his hair. He would spend upto 2 hours standing in the bathroom, at the mirror, just swiping through his hair, combing, plucking, scratching, everything he could think of to try to remove the flakes. The more he removed, the more appeared, and bloodied too after awhile.For candida yeast diaper rash, I use plain greek yogurt (I did it before it was popular) stored at room temperature on my babies. So, yes the yogurt will work too.As for garlic... it burns in sensitive areas, such as the genitals, scalp, armpits, buttcrack, under boobs and belly.