Natural Remedies for Dandruff

Natural remedies to apply topically as well as diet to help with dandruff.

To begin managing dandruff, it is crucial to understand it at its core. To read Part 1 of the Dandruff series, go here.

Now, while the scientific research exploring diet and dandruff is limited, certain things have been suggested to be beneficial – both in terms of topical application and consumption as food.

In particular, point number 2 in the next section talks about one of the magic leaves that helps with an entire gamut of skin and hair issues, dandruff included – the humble neem leaf.

Natural Products for Application

  1. Coconut Oil

Using coconut oil for dandruff is somewhat debatable as frequently, oily scalp often causes dandruff and coconut oil is a heavy oil.

However, keeping in mind the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of coconut oil, it may be helpful in moderation.

Applying it ten to fifteen minutes before washing your hair works on some people, and it’s definitely something worth experimenting.

Here is an oil you might want to get that is completely organic, premium grade for skin and hair.

  1. Other oils such as Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Neem Oil and Rosemary Oil

These are definitely helpful, and can be used in multiple ways.

Neem, specifically, has the potential to be a magic tool in your arsenal against dandruff.

Actually any one of these can be used as a pre-wash scalp treatment. Adding a few drops of each of these oils to a base of honey-water (or a carrier oil of your choice), you can apply it to the scalp and leave it on for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes and then wash off with shampoo.

Using a shampoo with one of these oils as the active ingredient can be a powerful way to manage dandruff.

Thirdly, combining a few drops of any of these oils with warm water and rinsing the scalp before washing off can also be effective.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel inherently is a powerful, oil-free moisturiser and skin soother. It is perfect of irritated, red, scratchy and scaly skin – precisely what very often accompanies and exacerbates dandruff.

Using aloe vera to heal the skin of the scalp works wonders. Applying the gel on to the hair and  scalp pre shampoo is the best way to use it.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is known to be a potent antifungal. Making a solution of water and ACV in equal parts and using it as a scalp rinse has reportedly worked for some people. Just make sure it sits on the scalp for a while before it is washed off.

Natural Remedies in Your Diet for Dandruff

  1. Cutting out sugar is a powerful way of dealing with dandruff
  2. Vitamin B rich foods
  3. Natural antifungals in the diet – garlic, ginger, ginseng, coconut oil, turmeric.
  4. Zinc rich foods


Lifestyle changes

  1. Water, water, water!
  2. Getting good, restful sleep is key.
  3. Eliminate stress – work on meditation practices, regular exercise and personal growth strategies.
  4. Eat an overall healthy diet – good fats, protein, fibre, omega 3s and Vitamin B. Eliminate processed foods and sugar. Also make sure you have good digestive habits and practices – how you eat is as important as what you eat!
  5. Shampoo as less as possible, without letting oil buildup happen – find your own ideal shampoo frequency by experimenting.
  6. You don’t have to completely eliminate styling, but minimise it – look for natural, organic products where feasible, to minimise chemical buildup and heat damage.


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