How To Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally
When you suffer from an itchy scalp most people will flock to the grocery store or pharmacy in search of the typical “anti-dandruff” shampoos.
The problem with this is that those shampoos and other over-the-counter treatments can contain potentially harmful ingredients and may only treat the symptoms, and not the underlying cause of the dandruff
Instead of turning to these shampoos you definitely have natural options. Below are the best home remedies for getting rid of dry itchy skin fast!
#1 - Tea Tree Oil for Dandruff
Itchy scalp sufferers flock to tea tree oil for it’s naturally powerful anti-fungal, and anti-inflammation properties.
When Tea Tree oil is applied to the scalp area, it’s natural anti-bacterial properties penetrates into the clogged follicles, and helps to kill the bacteria that causes the dandruff.
There are also several ways you can use the Tea Tree Oil in getting rid of your itchy scalp.
- Mix One Cup of Water and 4-5 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
- While leaning over your bathtub pour the mixture onto the scalp area slowly
- Massage Into your scalp using your fingernails
- (optional) Add mixture to spray bottle and spray affected area directly
#2 - Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff
Apple cider vinegar is awesome dandruff destroyer. It is thought that the acidity of the vinegar creates an environment much harder for the bacteria and fungus that contribute to an itchy scalp and dandruff to grow.
- Mix Equal Parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water
- Add Mixture to a spray bottle
- After shampooing your hair spray the mixture and massage it into your scalp
- Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly
- Do this at least twice per week to relieve your itchy scalp
#3 - Aloe Vera for Dandruff
Aloe Vera is a miracle plant when it comes to soothing your skin from irritations and sunburns. Aloe very is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which makes it an excellent choice for getting rid of your itchy scalp.
This remedy works because it provides cooling relief to the area while moisturizing the dry skin allowing your body to effectively heal itself.
- Before taking a shower apply a palm full of Aloe Vera to the palm of your hand
- Massage the Aloe Vera into the scalp, scrubbing vigorously against the affected area
- Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, or until the cooling effects have been active for that long
- Wash it out using warm water in the shower
- Do Twice a Day for a week for noticeable results
#4 - Baking Soda for Dandruff
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is on almost every home remedy list and rightfully so, it does what so many remedies cannot, bring balance and neutralize all types of ailments.
Baking soda works by neutralizing the overactive dandruff causing fungus making it easier to not only stop the flakes, but to decrease your scalp itchiness.
- Mix 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda and1/4 cup of pure water in a bowl
- Stir until you get it into a workable paste (not too pasty)
- Scrub thoroughly into your scalp and let it sit for at least 20 minutes
- Scrub it out with shampoo
#5 - Lemon Juice for Dandruff
Lemon juice might be the exact home remedy you need to forget about those flakes fast. The acididty in pure lemon juice can help treat the underlying cause of dandruff by creating a difficult environment for the dandruff causing fungus to live in.
The nice thing about using lemon juice for treating your itchy scalp and dandruff is that it’s free from the harsh chemicals that are commonly found in anti-dandruff shampoos, and it’s naturally fresh smelling meaning that you don’t even need to rinse it out if you don’t want to.
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and water and stir thoroughly
- Pour mixture into spray bottle
- Comb through your hair with a comb with one hand and spray the exposed flaky areas with the mixture
- Leave it on there for 10-15 minutes. If it doesn’t burn you are more than welcome to leave it on throughout the day
#6 - Coconut Oil for Dandruff
Coconut oil provides a plethora of benefits internally as well as externally. Pure Coconut oil when applied topically is great for preventing aging, exfoliating the skin, as well as getting rid of your itchy scalp.
Coconut has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that not only relieves the itch associated with dandruff, but also helps prevent the future growth of dandruff causing bacteria.
- Massage a tablespoon amount of Coconut Oil for at least 10 minutes
- Let it sit on your scalp for 30-45 minutes
- Rinse off with a perfume free shampoo
- Repeat a few times in the first week of dandruff flakes appearing
#7 - Olive Oil for Dandruff
Olive oil isn’t just for dipping your Italian bread into. Olive oil has been used orally and topically for over a thousand years for treating all kinds of ailments from inflammation and arthritis, to weight-loss and all types of skin irritations.
And that’s all dandruff really is, the by-product of having an itchy, dry, irritated scalp.
- Apply 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil to a washrag and thoroughly scrub the olive oil into your scalp
- Let it sit for 20-30 minutes until the itching subsides
- Rinse out of your hair and then apply a shampoo
#8 - Sesame Oil for Dandruff
Sesame Oil is great lubricating oil, which makes it an effective remedy for relieving a dry itchy scalp and dandruff.
- Pour a couple tablespoons of sesame oil in a microwavable safe bowl
- (Optional) Microwave on high for 10 seconds for more soothing effects
- (Stir and massage the oil onto your scalp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
- (Rinse your scalp off and shampoo clean
- (Continue this treatment as long as necessary
#9 - Jojoba Oil For Dandruff
Jojoba oil is derived from the smashing of seeds of the Jojoba plant into”oil” but technically it’s considered a wax which makes it very close to the naturally occurring oil (sebum) found on the human skin.
A lot of people turn to Jojoba Oil for their dandruff and itchy scalp problems because it doesn’t clog your pores. Jojoba oil might sound fancy, but it’s super easy to find ay any pharmacy, drugstore, and most super markets.
- To prevent any cross contamination we recommend pouring alcohol in a bowl
- Drop a cotton swab or cotton ball and let it soak up the alcohol
- Apply directly to the cold sore until it completely stops singing
- Use a different bowl and cotton ball each time
#10 - Lavender Oil for Dandruff
Lavender oil is loved by home remedy seekers and essential oil enthusiasts not only for its awesome smell but for its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Lavender Oil will do a great job at alleviating the itch and dandruff flakes quickly and also aid in getting rid of, and preventing dandruff from coming back. If you constantly suffer from dandruff flare-ups adding lavender oil to your regimen is a great choice.
- Apply 3-4 drops of Lavender Oil to a mixing bowl
- You can either add a few tablespoons of water or we recommend using an oil carrier such as Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil
- Massage into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes
- Shampoo out in the shower with a non-irritating shampoo
#11 - Eucalyptus Oil for Dandruff
Eucalyptus Oil is just plain awesome. It smells great, and like Lavender Oil has many anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties.
A study has shown that combining eucalyptus oil with the coconut oil remedy recommended above has shown great anti-dandruff effects.
- Combine 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil into a bowl and add a tablespoon full of coconut oil and mix very well
- Massage into your scalp and you should feel a great tingly feeling
- Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly in the shower
#12 - Peppermint Oil for Cold Sores
Peppermint oil not only smells great, but also has natural properties that help prevent the spread of the cold sore causing virus beyond the infected area.
Consuming peppermint oil orally won’t do much in terms of treating the cold sore (although your breath will smell much better!) but sufferers have found that applying it topically at the very first sign of a cold sore reduced the healing time significantly.
- Mix ¼ cup of water and 4-5 drops of peppermint oil thoroughly
- Apply the mixture to a cotton swab and apply directly to your cold sore
- Letting it dry throughout the day, repeat the process 3-4 times per day
#13 - Vitamins for Cold Sores
You have to treat cold sores for exactly what they are, a virus. Unfortunately at this point in human evolution, we just don’t have a cure for them other than to throw natural vitamins at them.
At the first sign of a cold sore, it’s time to start dosing large amounts of vitamins (C & E) orally, as well as topically.
Studies have shown that vitamin E applied topically relieves the pain caused from the blistering of cold sores.
- Take 100% of your daily value of vitamins A and E until your cold sore is gone
- Apply vitamin e directly to your cold sore before going to bed at night
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is actually caused by the shedding of dead skin cells from your scalp area. The reason you notice dandruff more than dead skin cells falling off other areas of your body is that they accumulate in your hair and shake out in larger quantities.
It’s natural for people to have skin cells to die and be removed, but some people experience more than normal amounts of dandruff either chronically, or caused by certain symptoms.
What Does Dandruff Look Like?
Identifying dandruff is typically straightforward. The first sign people notice is the pesky flakes showing up on their shoulders, but here is a look at what dandruff looks like up close:
What Causes Dandruff?
Dandruff is most commonly caused by just drying or dry skin and here are some of the most common reasons for developing dry skin on your scalp.
- Not Washing Your Hair Enough
- Washing Your Hair Too Often
- Reaction to Hair Care Products or Dyes in Shampoo
How to Prevent Dandruff?
As mentioned above the most common cause of dandruff is unclean dry skin.
To remedy this use hair products that aren’t just labeled natural, but actually have really pure and natural products to shampoo your hair at least once a day.
This creates an environment where it’s really difficult for dead skin cells to accumulate
Common Dandruff Questions
Is Dandruff Contagious?
No – Dandruff is simply dead skin cells falling off your scalp, and while that might be gross for your neighbor, it’s no reason to avoid close quarters with people.
Is Dandruff Hereditary?
Yes/No – Since dandruff itself is a symptom and not any type of disease it’s not something that can be passed down from generation to generation, however the conditions at which dandruff can thrive such as overly oily, or overly dry skin which causes dandruff flakes can be hereditary.
Is Dandruff Normal?
No – Dandruff will affect 1 in 2 people at some point in their lives so while you may feel embarrassed of the shoulder flakes it’s not something you should worry too much about in the grand scheme of things.
Can Dandruff be fully Cured?
No – Unfortunately dandruff cannot be fully cured but it can however be easily prevented and treated not only with the home remedies above, but with just normal everyday shampooing.
When Should You See the Doctor for your Dandruff?
If you’ve tried a handful of the remedies above and your dandruff continues with severe scalp itching for over 2 weeks. It might be time to seek professional medical advice.
Now that you’ve reached this point you’re already halfway ready to start treating your dandruff and itchy scalp naturally. The remedies above have been tested and reviewed by countless people, but it should be mentioned that the key to treating dandruff, and really any remedy, is sticking with a remedy above for long term results.
We love to hear which remedy works best for you, let us know in the comment section below!