How To Treat Oily Dandruff At Home

How To Treat Oily Dandruff At Home

If I am to name one of the most irritating and persistent beauty problems I have ever faced, it is none other than the “oily dandruff” I have had to put up with. The scalp feels itchy and a thick and sticky layer, yellowish in color, tends to cling to your scalp threatening a life-long friendship with you. No matter how much you try to get rid of, it just refuses to leave you! I am sure, all my friends out there, who have faced this menacing problem, would surely and readily agree with me! Now the question is- How to treat oily dandruff? Obviously, I have not found a permanent solution! If I ever get one, I will surely write an article on the same! But, for the time-being, I would love to share some of the ways in which I have been able to treat oily dandruff to a good extent. It has been a long-drawn trial-and-error process for me. In this article, I am going to give you a glimpse of everything you need to be aware of, while treating oily dandruff.


Oily dandruff: Causes and Symptoms

Oily dandruff, which is often an outcome of a skin condition called “seborrheic dermatitis,” is associated with one or many of the following causes and symptoms:

  • Over-active oil glands.
  • Yeast/fungal infection.
  • Pollution.
  • Scalp buildup.
  • Stress.
  • Hormonal problems.
  • Gynecological problems.

You may want to see the skin-specialist and go for medications to treat oily dandruff. However, it is a great way to keep treating oily dandruff with home remedies while medicines and doctors try to do their bit!

How To Treat Oily Dandruff with Home Remedies?

Here are a few hair care recipes that you may try out easily:

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    • Fenugreek-lemon solution:  I have seen people swearing by fenugreek paste. They say – “soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind the soaked seeds, add lemon juice and apply on scalp.” However, when I tried it out, I was not so happy! Reason? Well, the fenugreek seeds tend to stick to the scalp and I had a hard time removing them! In fact, I started losing out strands of hair too! So, I tried modifying the whole affair. I ground dry methi seeds, took a teaspoon and soaked it overnight in water. Now. I sieve out the methi water and add a spoon of lemon juice. The solution is now applied on scalp with the help of a cotton ball. I wait for an hour and then rinse with shampoo.  I find it so easy to apply and equally easy to rinse. This can be done two to three times every week. I am sure you will see significant difference within a few weeks.

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    • Application of henna:  Henna is good for oily hair and scalp. You may use henna as a hair pack, once every fourteen days, to keep your hair healthy and to control dandruff to some extent. You will do well to add the juice of a lemon, two spoons of amla powder and some curd to the henna mix. It helps to control oil secretion and curd and lemon juice keep oily dandruff at bay.


  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is known to work wonders for dandruff. You may dilute it and use it as a solution on your scalp twice a week.
  • Amla juice: Extract the juice of an amla and apply it directly on your scalp. Massage your scalp for sometime and wait for the juice to dry. Rinse with shampoo and water. This practice helps to control oiliness of scalp and thereby treat oily dandruff.


How To Treat Oily Dandruff:  Tips and Tricks

  • Clean it- Please keep your scalp free from oil and grease. Shampoo every alternate day with a good quality shampoo. You would do well to use an anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week and a purifying/anti-hair fall shampoo once a week.
  • Choose wisely- You should choose your shampoo wisely. Whether it is a herbal shampoo or a medicated one, make sure you look for ingredients like salicylic acid, ketoconazole, tea tree, hibiscus extracts, lemon extracts and neem extracts.
  • Drink water and eat fresh: Drink gallons of water and include fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.

Remember that oily dandruff is a menace. You need to be focused in your plans and religious in following them in order to treat oily dandruff.

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10 thoughts on “How To Treat Oily Dandruff At Home

  1. I’ll seriously apply the fenugreek paste this time…I have curly (Maggi noodles) hair hope this will help me in my dandruff and dry hair ..
    Thanks somreeta for the tips 🙂

  2. OMG! i have this…only 3 days back,i was searching on how to get rid of it.. i’ll try the fenugreek seeds..but my mom says,if i use that,i will catch a cold 🙁
    should i wash off the ACV or use it as a last rinse?

  3. very useful article *clap* *clap* *clap* n wow wat a hair dat girl has *drool* *drool* *drool* *drool* .. hopefully its da real one..

  4. The best advice to be given is to stop oiling of hair. Plus these dermatological conditions are best treated by a dermatologist.

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