August 13, 2006

Dandruff-Home Remedies

Dandruff is a common problem and one can fall victim to excessive dandruff at any time. Common practice is treating dandruff with anti-dandruff shampoos. Also refer to an earlier post on dandruff, Fight dandruff yourself for more information. But simple effective home remedies can treat dandruff. Home remedies may offer complete solutions for controlling dandruff.

* You can also prepare a mixture of one part of sandalwood oil and three parts of lemon juice. Store it in a bottle. Massage the scalp with this solution. After the massage, treat your hair with an egg shampoo.

* You can directly use Aloe Vera gel to remove excess dandruff. Apply the gel on your scalp 10-15 minutes before you plan to wash your hair. Regular use of the gel before shampooing will keep down the growth of dandruff.
* Powder the kernel of mango fruit, mix it with harad powder (available in any stores selling ayurvedic products), paste them in milk and apply on scalp regularly to vanquish the most stubborn of dandruff.
* 2 tsp of fenugreek seeds (methi) should be soaked overnight in water and the softened seeds are ground and left on the scalp for ½ an hour to get rid of dandruff.
* Curd and lime juice on the scalp is a very popular and effective application against dandruff. Also use a tsp of fresh lime juice in water for the last rinse of hair to remove stickiness.
* Make an application of the bark of the mango tree pasted in milk or just plain water, on the head for a few weeks to rid yourself of dandruff.
* About 25 gm of dry gooseberries (amla) is soaked in a liter of water overnight. It is boiled in the morning until half of it remains. To this 25 gm of yoghurt is added and the paste is applied on the scalp. After one hour the paste is washed first with amla water and then plain water. This procedure should be repeated every week for 2-3 months.
* Application of coconut oil mixed with lemon juice is also very effective.
* Decoction of a bark of a neem tree is also useful.
* A decoction of beetroots mixed with a little vinegar can also be lightly massaged on the scalp.

See also: Shampooing your hair / Conditioning your hair/ Drying your hair/ Brushing your hair for beauty /Split ends in the hair-get rid of them/ Care of dry hair / Care of Oily hair / Care of Normal Hair / Hairstyles-Choose according to the shape of the face

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  1. Hi,
    I read your post and really liked it a lot.You have really done a great job of giving us tips about all the natural remedies that can be used to deal with hair loss and dandruff problems.Many a times people just blindly use chemical based shampoos or other products which simply worsen the situation whereas home remedies are always helpful and do not have any side effects as such.Well given all these home made tips definitely help us a lot to solve the problem and also are easily available and pocket friendly too.So i have really liked the article a lot.Thanks

  2. Thanks piyu.icycool. Very happy to know that you found the tips useful. Keep dropping by. :)

  3. Anonymous9:36 PM

    To keep dandruff away, take a tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoon of coconut oil, massage it well on scalp and hair regularly.Wash your hair with warm water

  4. Anonymous6:02 PM

    better u use keshyog shampoo or oil but its costly (around 1k). If u cant afford it, there a very simple solution. Wash ur hair everyday with dettol, it really works.

  5. Chandrakala5:16 PM

    I am glad I’m not the only one. Dandruff is SO embarrassing. I wish I knew of more products to get rid of it.

  6. Mahadevi4:59 PM

    The dandruff may be because of bacteria or fungus etc. Yes it can be cured with Neem leaves. Wash your hair with Neem water

  7. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Even lime can do wonders for dandruff. apply it on ur scalp n leave it for about 30 mins before your bath and thn wash your hair. for even better result, in your final rinse squeeze 1 entire lime n a mug of water and pour it on your head

    Goodbye Dandruff

  8. Suvidha10:38 AM

    Curd (dahi) is known to be an excellent conditioner but do you know that it is also an excellent remedy for dandruff? Add a couple of spoons of green gram powder to curd which has been fermented for 2 – 3 days in the open. Massage it gently into your scalp and leave it for 1 hour before you rinse it off.

  9. Sulabha8:53 AM

    Beets have been found useful in dandruff. Both tops and roots should be boiled in water and this water should be massaged into the scalp with the finger tips every night. White beet is better for this purpose.

  10. Kamini9:19 AM

    Dandruff is caused by infection on scalp.
    Two things here - first, you will need to get rid of infection. Any home remedy, doc's medicine etc can help. Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo from J&J is one such that helped me.
    Second - you have got to prevent repeat infection. As the root cause is the excess oiliness in scalp, it helps to adjust your diet to avoid excess fat and oil. Then you should regularly wash your hair with a good shampoo to rid it of all oil and dust. Also avoid using towels, combs etc used by others.

  11. Surya9:01 AM

    try white vinegar or listerine on your scalp.

  12. If you have dandruff..use lemon on ur scalp.
    Not only will it smell zesty and great but it helps to dry out the dandruff and itchyness.

  13. Mallika8:57 AM

    Apply coconut oil which has been boiled with small onions. Wash it off with a mixture of green gram powder and water drained from cooked (boiled) rice” to remove dandruff.

  14. Sonali9:24 AM

    use Nizoral Shampoo. It really works. I find it to be better than another else I ever used

  15. dandruff isn't just caused by a really dry scalp.. sometimes its also caused by not washing out your shampoo properly, but i'm sure you're doing that.. soo....

    Why don't you try Heads & Shoulders? According to their commercials, they're supposed to be extremely good... It's worth a try, right?

  16. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Dandruff is a skin condition that causes flakes. It occurs in the scalp, ears, nose, and other parts of the body that have higher oil content. This is the reason that the skin is forced to shed old cells at a rapid rate; thus, the appearance of flakes. It causes problems and can have more serious complications like massive hair loss.

    To prevent dandruff, shampoo your hair regularly. This keeps the hair clean. If you already have dandruff, use a mild shampoo or anti-dandruff one that contains zinc pyrithione or salicylic acid. Make sure to rinse your scalp and hair completely. Washing your hair brushes and hair combs regularly also prevents dandruff from appearing. This makes sure that anything that touches your scalp is clean.

  17. Janaki3:14 PM

    A paste of methi leaves mixed with vinegar is good for treating dandruff.

  18. Mix olive oil with almond oil and leave on scalp for five minutes. (If it starts to burn, rinse it out.) Rinse well to clear hair of dandruff.

  19. seema9:02 AM

    use of dettol really helps in treating dandruff but i found it increases hairfall so be careful

  20. Durgesh11:07 AM

    use Tar based shampoo.

  21. I use Neutrogena's T-Gel

  22. Anonymous10:49 AM

    Try to mix up the shampoo and you can grow tolerance for a specific type of shampoo. Also try to wash your hair more thoroughly instead of just applying it and washing it off. Scrub your hair for a good 1-3 minutes then rinse it off.

  23. buy selsun blue shampoo.

  24. Use Blade Howl Anti Dandruff shampoo

  25. Champa9:49 AM

    Ash gourd peel and seeds are applied in the form of paste for dandruff.

  26. Radhika9:52 AM

    Snake gourd juice can applied over the scalp for the same complaint.

  27. Pushpa9:53 AM

    Onion juice application over the scalp is helpful for reducing dandruff.

  28. MEERA9:59 AM

    A paste of methi leaves mixed with vinegar is good for treating dandruff.

  29. Hair fall and dandruff can occur due to various reasons, some of them can be due to Faulty hair...mental worries and lack of vitamins....sometimes it can be hereditary.....or due to unclean condition of scalp...if u go on changing your shampoos and conditioner then too you can have hair fall.....
    Now having unclean scalp, frequently changing shampoos ,hormonal imbalance, stress, immune suppression, infrequent shampooing, illness, or increased oil production, a mild inflammation is seen that produces dead skin cells. This condition can become quite disconcerting and worrisome when the skin gets infected causing dandruff....
    A teaspoon of fresh lime juice in the last hair rinse combined with a light weight conditioner can also be effective to treat dandruff. Furthermore, this adds much needed luster to the hair as well.
    Massage the scalp and hair with coconut milk or milk. Leave it for hour, then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week till hair loss decreases.
    Heat 30-40 ml of coconut oil, add two or three flakes of garlic and three to four peppercorns to the mixture. Cool and apply to the scalp. Wash off nest morning with a mild shampoo to find healthy and voluminous hair. Try this twice a week for three to four weeks to find a long term solution to the problem of dandruff, along with healthy hair.

  30. hair fall has a lot of reasons, it all depends: could be psychological (stress, depression, etc.) or too much work or it could be hereditary or the environment you live in or even the fact that you're shampooing almost every day and using hair oil a little too much. As for the dandruff, it's basically a dirty scalp or maybe you have a dry scalp, that usually has no remedy, sorry; check with a dermatologist.
    In the mean time, for the dandruff try washing your hair every 2 days with a shampoo specially for dandruff (eg. Head & Shoulders) and with another shampoo afterward (H&S tends to leave the hair dry), avoid sweating too much, avoid the sun a little, don't use caps, don't use too much hair oil... All these factors could have given you dandruff and can make it worst

  31. Sumati9:21 AM

    start using Henna and almond oil , henna is good for dandruff. you can also use soap nut powder , this is very effective. Please not you should apply some oil (coconut oil) before using both henna and soap nut powder.

  32. Manjula9:24 AM

    To help relieve dandruff, add 30 plain aspirin to a full bottle of your regular shampoo. Apply and rinse as usual.

  33. Neeraja8:45 AM

    Heat coconut oil with 100 gms.of neem powder and apply to your hair once a week.

  34. Anjali9:46 AM

    DANDRUFF is caused from a scalp that is either too dry or too oily. Shampoo daily to reduce excess oil and skin buildup. Medicated shampoos are helpful, and can be purchased for dry, normal or oily hair. Massage into scalp and let sit for 5 minutes allowing medication to work.

  35. Indumati3:27 PM

    Dandruff is excessive flaking of skin from the scalp, apparent as dry or greasy diffuse scaling with variable itching. It is the sign of a skin disease, such as seborrhea or a fungal infection.
    massage heated olive oil into the scalp .

  36. Savita4:41 PM

    Avoid intake of oily food in your diet and cut off the consumption of tea and coffee. Vitamin E, vitamin B- Complex and zinc supplement helps in case of severe dandruff but one should take medical advice before starting consuming these vitamins. They can be taken in natural forms in any way without any harm to the body.

  37. ganga4:42 PM

    Soak fenugreek seeds in the water overnight, make a paste of it in the morning and apply it on the hair with curd. Leave this mixture on head for at least half an hour. It helps in getting rid of the dandruff.
    In hot coconut oil, squeeze one lemon juice and two cubes of menthol. Massage it into your hair and scalp, it reduces the dandruff and adds shine to the hair.

  38. use a dandruff removing shampoo.

  39. Snehal9:41 AM

    15-30 min. soak your scalp with apple cider vinegar or any other vinegar and wash.Will disappear with first application.

  40. Shibu2:54 PM

    If you have a dandruff shampoo, use it for several days. Don't rinse for 3-5 minutes and then rinse. If it doesn't clear up, it may be lice and then you need a lice shampoo. If it is, you must change your bedding and wash in hot, hot water and vacuum the bed itself.

  41. Sunidhi8:38 AM

    For dandruff Take a warm shower, shampooing, then use a conditioner, but before rinsing get out and wrap a warmed towel around your head like girls do. Keep it in for 10 mins then rinse. It won't be cured right away but it locks in moisture. No promises that it'll work but I've heard it does for some people.

  42. Brush/comb your hair regularly and frequently. This is a fantastic way to dislodge the existing dandruff and dead cells from your scalp. It also removes dandruff to some extent.


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