Home Remedies and Natural Cures

Dandruff Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Dandruff

Dandruff is the term used to describe the white flakes that occasionally shed from our scalp. As a result, they are sometimes visible in our hair as well as on our clothing (particularly on our shoulders), which can be a nuisance.

In most instances, dandruff is not a serious condition and it does not mean you are going bald. However, in rare situations, severe dandruff can be a sign of Seborrheic Dermatitis. If you have persistent itchiness, scalp irritation, or red patches along the neckline then it is best to consult your doctor.

Causes of Dandruff

Dandruff occurs when the scalp sheds dead cells due to a dry scalp. Everyone, including people who are bald, have dandruff to some extent, but it can still be a cause of self-consciousness when in social gatherings. Fortunately, there are a number of simple home remedies to reduce the appearance of dandruff flakes.

Dandruff can also be caused by excess usage of hair spray, mousse, or styling gel. Therefore it is best to use these hair products in moderation.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Dandruff

Olive Oil

An excellent way to treat dry scalp and reduce the appearance of dandruff flakes is to massage heated olive oil into the scalp as follows:

  • Heat 1/4 cup of pure virgin olive oil in the microwave until it is warm to the touch (typically about 30 seconds).
  • Massage the heated oil into the scalp.
  • Leave the oil in your hair for 20 minutes.
  • Vigorously brush your hair with a natural bristle hairbrush (to loosen the dandruff scales).
  • Wash the oil out with a quality shampoo.

Repeat this twice per week.


A simple concoction made with thyme has been found to help reduce the appearance of dandruff flakes.

  • Boil four heaping tablespoons of dried thyme into two cups of warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and allow the strained thyme liquid to cool to room temperature.
  • Shampoo your hair, and then apply half of the thyme liquid onto your damp hair.
  • Massage the liquid into your scalp.
  • Do not rinse, but instead let the thyme liquid remain in your scalp.
  • Store the remaining thyme liquid in the refrigerator for a future treatment.

Repeat this twice per week.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has been used for years in South Asia as a natural conditioner to help prevent dandruff. Simply massage the oil into the scalp and hair, and let it sit for 30-minutes before taking a shower.

Tea Tree Oil

Shampoos which contain 5% tea tree oil have been found to be effective at treating dandruff. Another option is to mix tea tree oil with your standard shampoo (1 drop of oil per 1 oz. of shampoo), or simply apply a few drops of oil directly onto your scalp immediately before shampooing.

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  1. on said:

    I love you. I had the most intense embarrassing dandruff for 6 months - it would get stuck in my hair so I couldn't get it out and none of the dandruff shampoos worked. I found this post, mixed 2 drops of super-strength oil of oregano from the Vitamin Shop into my daily shampoo and 3 washes later, no dandruff! So thrilled. Thank you :-)

  2. on said:

    Here is a good remedy for dandruff: Soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind smoothly and mix with some curd and lime juice. Apply this onto the scalp and massage well. Rinse after 5 minutes.

  3. on said:

    I had severe problem fof hairfall, I started taking one teaspoon pure kalongi/blackseed oil in the morning and at night, within one week the hairfall reduced by 90%. Kalongi oil mixed with coconut oil and olive oil helps in growth of hair. Kalongi oil has lot of medical benefits try it, nothing to loose.

  4. on said:

    I just found a use for my pure coconut oil. My mum got me from thailand, just tried for my dandruff and it stopped the ichiness and flakes just came straight off... :)

  5. on said:

    ho+w to reduce dandruff & loss of hair fall

  6. on said:

    Mine began with itchy scalp 5 yrs. ago, then flakes that look "patchy". Not a simple looking dandruff flake, but appears like the moon, "craterish". I've used shampoos containing tea tree oil, but not religiously. I still have the problem, but now I have thinning hair. It's very scary. Can anyone give some suggestions as to what I should do? Can I apply the tea tree oil right to my scalp, or does it need to be diluted?

  7. on said:

    I've got a bit of grey hair which itches a lot and my scalp tends to dry out. Don't know whether it's the grey hair that is causing the itching or because i've got a dry scalp. Any advice on how to deal with itchy grey hair and dry scalp would be appreciated.

  8. on said:

    I just "LOVE BRAGGS RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR." I drink it all the time in all my beverages, it puts a "KICK", in my drinks!!! I also you it to color my hair!!!! And my skin has never felt "More Alive, then when I started using "Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, I cleaned my husbands hair with Head and Shoulders, added Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, let is set for about 3-5 minutes, rinsed his hair with "Warm Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, never rinsed it out, "NO MORE FLAKES." "lADIE'S EVER SINCE I STARTED COLORING MY HAIR WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, MY HAIR IS SO SOFT AND HEALTHY, I WOULD NOT GO BACK TO USING CHEMICALS ON MY HAIR. I ALSO SHAMPOO WITH A "SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO, CALLED DERMORGANICS, Hit me up on emaile for anymore Information, I am a Cosmetologist.

  9. on said:

    Oil of oregano is a very strong anti-microbial, that can be absorbed by the skin. If I let my hair get too oily, I get dandruff. If the cause of your dandruff is oily scalp/bacteria then this will work. Buy potent oil of oregano (don't cheap out on the stuff). Mix a few squirts in a spray bottle of water, shake wile applying to (because oil and water don't mix)your hair and scalp. Part and divide sections of hair to get to the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Wash hair and repeat next day (just to make sure it works). Once you've washed out all the flakes (does take a few washes if you have long hair like mine). They are gone. Advise to prevent future breakouts is to NOT let your hair get greasy. Wash minimum every other day.

  10. on said:

    the condition is worsened mostly in winter and I get fed up with it.
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