Primarily there can be 4 main causes of dandruff – and most of them can be treated safely and at home. And the best part is that harsh store-bought dandruff shampoos actually leave your hair feeling rough and dry – but not these 6 home recipes for dandruff. They are perfect for treating your itchy scalp and making your hair shine with a healthy glow! And now let’s look a little deeper, shall we?
What could be causing the dandruff?
We mentioned that there are 4 main causes, and they are as follows:
- Product buildup – this is by far the simplest and can be dealt by using a general clarifying shampoo for a few washes. And of course, you have to stop using the products temporarily.
- Dryness – this leads to the skin on the scalp dying and coming off in flakes.
- Oiliness – yes, an excessively oily scalp can also lead to dandruff. And the natural remedies target this as well.
- Scalp condition – if you have conditions like psoriasis, eczema, fungal and bacterial infections – they could lead to dandruff. As can yeast overgrowth or a specific condition of the scalp termed seborrheic dermatitis
And now we look at the remedies….
#1: Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a surprisingly good anti fungal and anti bacterial agent. So if any infection or growth is to blame for the dandruff, then the tea tree oil goes a long way in clearing it up. Moreover, it gives a fresh and invigorating aroma and doesn’t harm your scalp in any way. So the best solution is to take a bottle of your favorite shampoo (not medicated and mild, of course) and add a few drops of pure tea tree oil to it. Shake to mix and leave in a cool dark place. Use this when you shampoo and pretty soon you should start to see results.
Neem is another strong anti bacterial, straight out of the books of ayurveda! And you can make your very own anti dandruff shampoo with some good quality neem juice. This recipe uses neem juice. But you can just as well decrease the amount and replace with neem oil. And that should work even for people with dry scalp.
Now for the recipe:
- Neem juice – ¼ cup
- Beetroot juice – ¼ cup
- Coconut milk – ¼ cup
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
To use, mix all the ingredients together and apply generously to entire scalp. Leave for 20 minutes to take effect and then wash off with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner. Repeat once a week.
Fenugreek seeds are a kind of bitter seeds and they are used in Indian cooking. But for your dandruff condition, they are a surprisingly good remedy! And this remedy is very simple too – you just need 2 ingredients and some time… So let’s check it out…
You will need:
- Fenugreek seeds – 2 tbsp.
- Apple cider vinegar – as needed
- Water – 1 cup
To use it, first soak the fenugreek in the water and leave it overnight. In the morning, drain off all the excess water. Now grind the fenugreek to a fine paste. You can use some ACV to make this paste. Thereafter, mix some more ACV to give it a hair mask like texture.
Apply this all over your scalp generously. Leave your hair in a shower cap for about 30 minutes. Once the time is up, wash off well using a mild shampoo. You could condition your hair if you like. This remedy can be repeated once a week.
Lemon is another very popular remedy for dandruff. The logic here is that the human skin is supposed to be naturally acidic – pH wise. But every time it becomes dry its pH is disturbed, and as it becomes alkaline, infections can more easily thrive. Lemon on the other hand helps to balance the pH.
But lemon juice should never be used as is on the scalp or the hair. And here is a recipe that you can use instead. This one uses:
- Aloe vera gel
- Lemon juice
- Natural yogurt
As for how much of each you need and what to do with the ingredients – you can check out this video:
#5: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar also works in the same way as the lemon juice – it balances the pH. But in addition to that too – it contains beneficial substances that soften the hair and make it shine!
This remedy is a fairly simple one. Take a spray bottle and fill it up with:
- Apple cider vinegar – ¼ cup
- Water – ¼ cup
Now take the mix, and spray into the roots of your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Then wash it off with a mild shampoo and you are done!
#6: Baking Soda
If your dandruff arises from a too oily scalp, then baking soda can be a good solution. However, baking soda tends to dry out skin and hair – so if you have a dry scalp, avoid at all costs. Also ensure that you keep the treatment as close to the scalp and away from the length of your hair as possible. It will control the secretion of oil, and also exfoliate your scalp to remove the dandruff.
For this remedy you will need:
- Baking soda – 2 tsp
- Water – a few drops
First wet your hair with warm water. Make a paste of the two ingredients and apply to your wet scalp. Use your fingertips to massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with plain water first and follow up with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Here are your 6 home recipes for dandruff – but choose wisely depending on the problem you think is causing your dandruff. For instance if you have dry hair and scalp, steer clear of the baking soda and so on… But over all, these remedies are natural and otherwise safe. So give them a shot – and the dandruff should be under control!