Hair Dandruff: Home Remedies and Treatment

dandruff problemDandruff…as soon as I read this word anywhere or see it the first thing that comes to my mind is that stupid Asin & Shahid’s Clinic All Clear advertisement. It’s so dumb, and moreover Asin looks utterly stupid and ewww.

Dandruff supposedly happens when the silvery and shiny scales of skin separate from the head scalp and accumulate in the hair. Dandruff can even cause graver problems like skin infections if not treated properly and on time. It’s strictly not a COSMETIC problem.

Dandruff can be classified in two types:
Oily dandruff
Dry dandruff

Oil dandruff is subjected to people with oily skin whereas dry dandruff is a result of dry skin. The treatment for dandruff must be determined in accordance with the type of dandruff.

Symptoms of Dandruff

• Falling Scalp scales
This is one of the most embarrassing and terrifying symptoms of dandruff. The scalp scales plummet as and when the hair are brushed and combed. These scalp scales tend to settle down on the clothes (typical dandruff adverts), shoulders, and sometimes eyebrows. Falling scalp scales is very common with people having dry dandruff.

Whereas the symptoms for dandruff scalp falls with the oily heads vary drastically. Oily headed people do not have scalp falls since the scales amalgamates with the sebum and settles on the scalp. This condition may be really tough to detect but is visible since the comb teeth evidently present it.

• Irritation and inflammation of the scalp
This is very common for both, the oily headed people as well as the dry headed people and this leads to secondary infection of the scalp. This would further culminate into severe hair loss and other dandruff tribulations.

Here’s a quick tip for treating Irritation and inflammation temporarily if not permanently:

Dried and powdered Neem is the ultimate cure for irritation and inflammation of the scalp. All you need to do is dust powdered neem on the head. This powder profoundly absorbs all the excessive sebum and with its antibacterial properties it prevents infection.

The dry headed people can add a few drops of tea tree oil and a spoon of olive oil in it which further more accentuates the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the neem. This mixture is bound to moisten the scalp and also reduce dandruff tribulations.

Causes of Dandruff

• Mutilation of health in general, wrong diet, inner toxic generation, reduced vitality, emotional instability, exhaustion, constipation and stress can also cause dandruff tribulations.
• Overuse of the products used for hair styling like the gels and the sprays. Frequent use of these products also causes the scalp to wither off.
• The weather also contributes greatly to the development of dandruff. Extreme heat or overwhelming cold can have the same effects on the scalp.
• A typical kind of fungus found thriving on the scalp can also cause dandruff. Although it is present in a very meager amount, if not taken care off can result into chronic dandruff tribulations.

Home Remedies for Dandruffdandruff on clothes

Now this has become my “signature” section and I so love it. I seriously love sharing home remedies with you all, so here I go yet again.

• Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds are the most sought after remedy for dandruff problems. Soak two spoons of fenugreek seeds overnight and grind them to form a paste. Apply this paste on the scalp and leave it for half an hour before hair wash. For best results wash your hair with Ritha. This works great for the dry heads and needs to be followed for at least two weeks continuously and on alternate days for the following two weeks. The remnant water of the seeds can be used as an after shower lotion which can be applied with cotton on the hair.
• Lemon: Juice out half a lemon which is approximately 2-2 and a half spoons and dilute it with the water of your last rinse. This not only leaves a refreshing smell in your hair, but also helps you get rid off the stickiness. This works great for the oily heads.
• Green grams: Powdered green gram is great for treating dandruff. Mix 2 tablespoons of powdered green gram in about a cup of curd and apply this paste on the hair twice a week.
• Beets: The roots and the tops of beet must be boiled in water and this solution must be massage into the hair scalp every night.  Use a white beet particularly for this.
• Snake Gourd: The juice of snake gourd is used for the treatment and prevention of dandruff. The juice of snake gourd must be rubbed and massaged into the scalp. A dilution of snake gourd juice and beet juice works great for an effective dandruff treatment.
• Old fermented curd: Keep a cup of curd open for 3 days in an open space and mix few drops of lime juice and gooseberry with it. Apply this mixture in the scalp.
• Cider vinegar: Dilute water and cider vinegar in equivalent quantities and apply on the hair with cotton whilst shampooing. Add some cider vinegar in your last rinse water too.
• Olive oil: Massage with olive oil to prevent dried and flaked scalp. But this has to be done post shower.
• Baking soda: Mix a spoon of baking soda in a cup of water and dilute it. Post shampoos apply it on the hair and rinse off. Rinse with warm water to get rid of the soda traces and then rinse with cool water. This technique is also used to get rid of styling products thoroughly.

Other ways for Treating Dandruff:

• Avoid the accretion of dead cells on the scalp.
• Keep the hair clean and washed. Massage regularly.
• Protect from extreme heat or cold with the help of scarves.
• Brush your hair regularly to improve the blood circulation and eradicate flakiness.
• Brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head this is supposedly the best way to get rid of flakes and dead cells.
• Avoid extremely hot water baths.

Diet also plays an important role in combating dandruff tribulations:
• Include fruits in your diet. Have three meals a day complete fruit diet at least for a week.
• Say no to citrus fruits
• Do not eat banana
• Avoid tinned or packaged fruits.
• Avoid dried and stewed food stuffs.
• Caffeine must be avoided
• Pickles are a complete “no”
• Processed, packed and refined foods must be omitted.

I hope this post helps all the dandruff people. 🙂

Also Read:

Frizzy Hair: Causes, Treatments, Products, Home Remedies
Skin Care for Hands: How to Keep Your Hand Beautiful and Soft
How to Wear High Heels
Skin Care for Dry Skin


52 thoughts on “Hair Dandruff: Home Remedies and Treatment

  1. hawww.. i to love oranges you want me to keep away from citrus fruits to keep away dandruff 🙁 …

    i tried cider vineger i still use it before every hair wash works great for me 🙂
    btw nice collection of home remedies 🙂

  2. Rati,

    Is the autumn leaf falling only on my comp. or the blog has made its changes…….Do lemme know…. ?:) coz from morning serious issues on my laptop…… 😐

  3. Zeeba..i jst lovveeeee reading ur posts :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:
    And this post is much needed for me…i m havin a msaaive hair fall due to dandruff :pain: :pain: :pain: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: but dnt hav enuf time to do sumthng fort it….Will try sum of the home remedies 😐 😐 😐 I hope they work for me :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown:

      1. hmmm…olive oil massage after a shower is recommended since the it soaks in well after shower……it reaches the sebum ans scalp making it moist therefore reducing dryness ..whereas in dry hair..that is pre shower,,,,,the olive oil remains superficial in dsnt reach the deeper layers of the scalp…………..

  4. Nicely timed Zeebs cuz dandruff worsens in winters.

    I had dandruff problem some time back and i had used the clinic all clear and head n shoulder kinds, they worked , but only as long as i used them, after a few days , they would re appear – and thats not a permanent solution. I then used a brand called Richfeel, it has 2 flavours green apple and arnica, both work extremely well. I’ve been using it ever since.

    All those home remedies are great, i usually prefer home remedies for any kind of problems but i’m not fond of putting food on my hair :jiggy2: I would like to add one more home remedy – CURD ! I heard it works great for dandruff, and leaves hair smooth and sooooft.

    ITS SNOWING ON IMBB – WOOOOOOOW !!!!!!!!!! :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. yes,,sure,,simple curd works too….bt then i believe in gvng in 100% guaranteed remedies…. :P,…..but simple curd is great :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  5. Very useful n easy tips zeeba. though i dnt hv dandruff problem, bt can surely advise ppl around me who hv this problem.
    Why can’t i see the autumn leaves n snow flakes?? :weep: :weep:

  6. A/ Thyme Water
    Get rid of that pesky dandruff with the natural antiseptic properties of thyme. Thyme fights bacteria to free you of flakiness in a flash, so you can say hello to black clothes again!

    What You Need
    7 tablespoons of dried thyme
    2 cups of water

    Boil the dried thyme with the two cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain the thyme out and apply water to clean, damp hair until hair is completely soaked. No need to rinse.

    B/Orange-Chamomile Hair Rinse
    For an excellent after-shampoo rinse, try this homemade remedy using invigorating orange and soothing chamomile in a winning combination: 1 cup fresh chamomile flowers (or ½-cup dried); peel of 1 orange; 1 cup apple cider vinegar; 2 cups water. Simmer all ingredients for 6 to 8 minutes. Strain and let cool. Pour over just-washed hair and leave in for 5 minutes. Rinse and dry as usual. Apple cider vinegar helps remove dead skin cells and control dandruff and excess oil. Soothing chamomile and invigorating orange leave hair soft, shiny and squeaky clean.

    C/Try a tincture
    Tinctures can contain powered, fresh or dried herbs that are placed in an airtight container with alcohol and left for up to eight weeks. The alcohol extracts the essential parts and preserves them.
    Ideal plants and herbs are: bergamot for reducing oiliness and treating acne/spots, lavender for reducing inflammation and calming the skin, rosemary for stimulating circulation (especially good for treating greasy hair, dermatitis and dandruff) and ylang ylang for treating congested, inflamed, irritated skins.
    Make yourself a tincture in five easy steps:
    1: Coarsely chop stems, leaves and roots from the herbs, leaving the flowers whole if you wish to.
    2. Put the herbs in a clean, dry glass jar and fill it with half-water and half-alcohol (a spirit such as vodka should do the trick). If you wish to avoid alcohol, apple cider vinegar is a good alternative. Completely immerse the herbs in the liquid and seal the jar with an airtight lid.
    3. Label the ingredients and date the jar, then store in a dark place for six to eight weeks, shaking occasionally.
    4. Strain-out the herbs and pour the tincture into clean, dry bottles.
    5. Apply to the skin as and when required using a 100 per cent cotton pad.

    D/ Get fresh Aloe Vera gel and apply it all over your scalp. After letting it sit for half an hour, wash your hair well.After giving your hair a good wash, boil five teaspoons of dried and used tealeaves in limewater, use it as a last rinse after shampoo, to give your scalp skin, the factors of anti-dandruff formation. This gives your hair… a lustrous shine and provides nourishment too.

    E/Grind raw onions to fine paste. Rub this paste into your scalp. Leave it on for an half hour. Wash thoroughly. Rub in some lemon juice into your scalp and hair to rid your self of the onion smell.This will helps to get rid of dandruff.

  7. yet again i get to to read a wonderful post from u zeeba!! so detailed and informative as usual!!
    evn im having a horrible hairfall due to dandruff! i was applying curd i love the way it imparts shine and silkiness to the hair too!!! but now im gunna try all those other things u mentioned too

    but staying away from citrus fruits?? :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: dats like so impossible for me!! but wats the reason anyway? :struggle:

    1. thank you neha :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      yes……..citrus fruits cause this dryness…… then dnt gve up on them completly…….jus reduce….as it is, it is winter,,so it wnt be tough. :mohawk: :mohawk:

  8. Awesome tips ….thanks Zeeba n shanaiia… i am a avid reader of IMBB posts …it works for me most of the time .. :yahoo:

  9. hi i’m deepthi i have short hair but it splits so i tried to rescue it but i can’t so i will try this !!!!!think it would work

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