If you struggle with dandruff, you are not alone. Most people experience bouts of dandruff throughout their lives due to the many factors that can create this unsightly issue. Even though it can be difficult to find what works best to keep it from becoming a problem, it doesn’t generally require a doctor’s care and there are many homemade remedies that you can try to find what works best for you.
The many natural dandruff shampoo recipes found below use ingredients that may already be available in your household. All work to help combate flakes and soothe inflamed skin to allow healing and hydration.
Why Dandruff is a Problem
Dandruff occurs due to conditions on the scalp that causes dry, flaky skin to appear. It has various causes but is not related to poor hygiene at all, and often certain factors may cause it to be worse. Hair product use, medicines, and even stress may cause it to worsen.
Dandruff is considered to be a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, a common skin condition that causes redness and scaly patches- usually on the scalp. It can be a problem because it can cause your scalp to itch, and also can be embarrassing as it leaves small, white flakes of skin on your shoulders or furniture near you. It also can be difficult to treat, although very rarely does it require any sort of medical attention as both over the counter and homemade treatments are often effective.
Lime Juice Clarifying Rinse
Help balance your skin pH and hydrate with a burst of fresh, tangy lime and relaxing lavender. Antioxidant lime and lavender both work to clean your skin, help balance, and leave it feeling soothed. Lavender also is an anti-inflammatory and works to heal.
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 cup of water
5 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix together and rub well into scalp. Leave on for up to 5 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Do not use if you have any open wounds as the lime will sting.
Cucumber and Lime Scalp Detox
Bright and refreshing, the combination of citrus and rosemary helps revive and balance the skin, treat dryness, and leaves your skin feeling soothed. Cucumber is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well and serves as the perfect base for this alternative, anti-dandruff shampoo.
1 cup cucumber (chopped, blended, and strained)
1 teaspoon lime juice
3 drops rosemary essential oil
Blend cucumber into a paste and strain out the liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and massage into scalp. Leave on for up to 5 minutes.
Manuka Honey for Dandruff
Honey has long been hailed as a go to for healing and health, and there is no question as to why. Highly hydrating, long-lasting, and with the ability to soothe and heal with strong antioxidant properties, it is a perfect solution for a natural dandruff remedy.
1 Tablespoon of Raw, Unfiltered Honey
2/3 cup of warm water
Dissolve honey in warm water and massage into scalp. Wrap with a towel and leave in for up to 3 hours before rinsing out.
Shikakai is a fruit native to Asia that is dried and ground into a powder to use as a cleansing agent. It is antifungal and soothing and has long been used to nourish both the scalp and hair it is applied to. You can use it as an addition to just about any recipe on here.
2-3 tablespoons of the shikakai powder
2-3 tablespoons of water
For a simple hair mask, mix water and powder, massage into scalp, and work through hair as it is nourishing to both skin and follicles.
Anti Dandruff Shampoo with Honey & Tea Tree Oil
To make a hydrating, cleansing, all-natural shampoo anyone can use, this recipe has it all. This is a true hair cleanser and not just a scalp treatment, and contains amazing ingredients for healthy skin and hair. This is the perfect choice to help rinse out other types of treatments as well.
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 ounces aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon Castile soap
3 tablespoons filtered or purified water
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
BPA-free plastic dispenser bottle
Mix your honey, vinegar, aloe vera, and coconut oil together until well blended. You may want to do this over a double boiler to apply low heat to make it easier. Stir in Castile soap and water and then add essential oils. Store and use like you would any other type of shampoo, making sure to massage well into the scalp.
Yogurt Hair Mask
Hydrating honey and yogurt combate fungus, bacteria, and oil to help refresh your skin and hair. It is an excellent choice if you are trying to revive your hair as well- leaving behind a shiny, manageable mane. This mask also helps balance skin pH and provides long-lasting results when used regularly.
2 tablespoons natural yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Mix ingredients together well and place over the entire head. Massage well into scalp and work into hair strands. Leave on for up to 20 minutes at least once a week.
The proteins in eggs aren’t just good for your body, they are also good for your hair. Combined with the rich fats of the yolk, they make an excellent hair mask to help combat excess oils, fight dandruff, and promote follicle growth.
Optional add-ins (You can use one or more):
4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon Raw Honey
1-2 teaspoon Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Juice
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Amla Powder
1 tablespoon Henna or Cassia powder for natural coloration deposit
1 tablespoon Shikakai Powder
Whisk eggs well in a bowl and add any optional ingredients you may want to use. Blend well together and massage into scalp and hair. Allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.
Apple Cider Vinegar is very acidic and is a favored beauty aid. It leaves hair shiny and clean, plus it helps influence the shedding of skin flakes caused by dandruff. It reduces bacteria and fungi and helps balance skin pH.
½ cup warm water
½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
After washing your hair, use this rinse as a scalp massage. Rinse out briefly with cool water, but try to leave it more or less intact. As it dries the vinegar smell will dissipate.
Baking Soda Solution
Baking soda can help loosen dry skin and when mixed with lavender oil leave behind a well-balanced, soothed scalp. As a natural exfoliator, it also works as an antifungal treatment, The essential oil is effective in addressing any inflammation or redness as well.
¼ cup baking soda
¾ cup purified water
10 drops lavender essential oil
Clean shampoo bottle
Upcycle an old shampoo bottle for this and shake the baking soda and water vigorously to well blend it. Add the oils and shake again before using it. It works best if massaged into the scalp after you clean your hair and then rinsed out with cool water.
Corn Starch and Arrowroot
Cornstarch or Arrowroot acts as an exfoliant and Bentonite clay as a clarifier and detox to help loosen flakes and recondition the scalp. If cornstarch is not rinsed well from the roots of your head, you may find it also looks a bit like dandruff, so be sure to rinse thoroughly.
1 part Cornstarch or Arrowroot
1 part Bentonite clay
Put all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Apply to hair and scalp and massage well before rinsing.
Fenugreek Seed Solution
Both antibacterial and antifungal properties define Fenugreek, making it an effective option for combating dandruff. Because it is a seed, you do need to soak it first to soften before use. Considered highly effective, it is used all over the world as a beauty treatment.
2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
Bowl of water
Soak seeds overnight to soften and then blend into a paste to use as a scalp mask. Leave on for at least 30 minutes before washing clean. You can also add citrus or other essential oils.
Mouthwash contains a lot of bacteria-killing ingredients and when mixed with water and sprayed on your hair can help dissipate dandruff. The only catch, you have to spray it on freshly washed hair, making you smell as fresh as your mouth. Don’t worry, you can wash it off after a bit.
Any mouthwash of your choice
Mix and spray onto scalp after washing. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing out.
Aspirin works to reduce inflammation and allow your skin to heal. It helps keep dandruff from building up due to a healthier skin surface. You can use it every time you wash your head by adding it to your regular shampoo.
2 Uncoated aspirin tablets
Capful of Fragrance-free, dye-free shampoo
Crush up your aspirin into a fine powder and add it to your favorite shampoo, or better yet, fragrance-free and dye-free option.
Aloe Vera Shampoo
Aloe is highly prized for its healing and protective properties. It is soothing and provides antioxidants, making it a great choice for treating dandruff. When combined with essential oils that help heal and soothe, they can create a formidable option for a hair wash. This is an awesome natural dandruff shampoo recipe to try if you are looking to improve your scalp and hair health.
2 cups distilled water
6 ounces liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
40-50 drops essential oils (lavender, tea tree, rosemary, or citrus is recommended)
Add ingredients to bottle and shake vigorously before use! Lather and rinse as you would with any shampoo. If you have dry hair try adding 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil.
Epsom Salt Solution
Epsom salt is not salt at all, but rather magnesium sulfate, and it is a great way to help reduce oil and dandruff and leave behind a shiny mane. As a stand-alone, it works as a great exfoliate and treatment, or you can use it as an abrasive substitute for any of the above recipes.
Tablespoons of Epsom salt
Simply wet and rub gently into your scalp before rinsing with cool water.
Tea Tree Shampoo Recipe
Tea tree is a powerful astringent that helps heal. Working as an antibacterial and antifungal, it also has anti-inflammatory properties making it a great addition to many health and beauty DIY recipes. This is a highly nourishing recipe for all hair types and helps control dandruff.
10 drops Lavender oil
15 drops Rosemary oil
10 drops Tea Tree oil
2 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil
1 cup shampoo base
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
Mix all the ingredients together, lather, rinse, and repeat as needed!
Nothing is worse than feeling embarrassed due to something out of your control. Keeping dandruff under wraps can be a challenge in some situations, but this list of recipes should provide you with various ways to find relief.
These options aren’t just great for helping to control this issue, they also are great for your hair, and are useful for anyone. We’d love to hear below about which sounds best for you, or if you have used them before and what your results were. Please share and show the love!