by Rachel of Beau­ti­ful­ly Nap­py

Apple Cider Vine­gar (ACV) Rin­se
ACV
Mix 1 cup of apple cider vine­gar with 2 cups of water into a spray bot­tle. Spray on your hair and scalp. Mas­sage it into your scalp gen­tly. Leave it in your hair for about 5-15mins then rin­se. Mois­tur­ize as desired (prefer­ably with some­thing light like coconut or jojoba oil). Repeat this process once or twice a week depend­ing on the sever­i­ty of dan­druff.

Lemon

lemons

The acid­i­ty of fresh­ly squeezed lemon juice as with ACV helps break down fun­gus that is often the cause of dan­druff out­breaks. Mas­sage 2 table­spoons of lemon into your scalp. Leave it in your scalp for about 2 mins. I know this will sting. Then mix 1 tea­spoon of lemon with 1 cup of water and rin­se your hair with it. Repeat dai­ly until no longer needed.You can also squeeze an entire lemon into a bowl and mix with 5–10 table­spoons of coconut oil. Mas­sage the mix­ture into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30mins and rin­se with a mild sham­poo. Repeat this once or twice a week.

Tea Tree Oil

teatree

Tea tree oil has been med­ical­ly proven to be a nat­u­ral anti­fun­gal and func­tions as a good dis­in­fec­tant. You can mix 5–10 drops of tea tree oil in your sham­poo and wash your hair as nor­mal. How­ev­er I find this method to be more effec­tive; after sham­poo­ing your hair, mix 1 table­spoon of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water or Aloe Vera juice, spray into your scalp and let it sit for a few min­utes. Pat the extra mois­ture out, but don’t wash it out.

 

Bak­ing Soda

bakingsoda

Bak­ing soda kills fun­gus and gen­tly exfo­li­ates the scalp of excess dead skin. You will need 1 table­spoon of bak­ing soda, 1 cup of water and a few drops of rose­mary oil (Option­al).  Mix 1 Table spoon of bak­ing soda with 1 cup of warm water or 2 table­spoons with 2 cups of warm water and so on. Use an appli­ca­tor bot­tle or clean emp­ty sham­poo bot­tle and apply the mix to your hair and scalp. Shake well before use. Use this in place of sham­poo and rin­se as nor­mal. Use a light mois­tur­iz­er like Jojoba oil after­wards. Repeat this once a week.

 

Salt

salt

Salt is a nat­u­ral exfo­lia­tor, it gets rid of extra oils and dead skin flakes. Rub­bing it on your scalp will also help soothe the itchy feel­ing. You need 3 Table Spoons of salt (Epsom Salt or Dead Sea salts are great if you have them, but reg­u­lar salt is okay too).  Gen­tly mas­sage the 3 Table spoons of salt into your scalp while its dry or slight­ly damp for 2-3mins. Sham­poo imme­di­ate­ly after­wards. You can repeat this process once a week.

 

Eat Right

lean

You all knew this was com­ing! I can­not stress how eat­ing prop­er­ly affects all aspects of our well­ness. Eat­ing well helps hair and nail growth as well as improve­ment of over­all skin con­di­tion. Eat green leafy veg­eta­bles (raw in sal­ad form or blend­ed in juice form), this encour­ages healthy skin, hair and nail growth. Fish oils are also essen­tial for beau­ti­ful hair and skin, tak­ing Omega 3,6 and 9 sup­ple­ments will not cure dan­druff but will reduce the sever­i­ty. Also, con­sid­er adding lean pro­teins like fish, eggs, nuts and beans to your diet.

Have a look at my pre­vi­ous post on scalp care here for the basics of how to pre­vent dan­druff and encour­age hair growth through scalp care.

What meth­ods do you use to tack­le dan­druff?

Rachel Asakome is a nige­ri­an nat­u­ral­is­ta try­ing to live as organ­i­cal­ly as pos­si­ble. Her blog Beau­ti­ful­ly Nap­py is ded­i­cat­ed to get­ting girls with kinky (type 4c) hair to love their curls. You can also keep up with Rachel on Insta­gram @rachelasakome

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19 Comments on "6 Natural Anti-Dandruff Remedies"

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Flawetic

Just what I need­ed this morn­ing! Thank you!

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Dananana
I haven’t tried lemon or bak­ing soda (afraid of over dry­ing my coils) but I can co-sign apple cider vine­gar and tea tree oil. I love mix­ing ~10 drops of tea tree oil into my dai­ly spritz (2 parts water to 1 part glyc­er­in to 1 part aloe gel). Addi­tion­al­ly, clar­i­fy­ing my hair every 4 wash­es or so with my apple cider vine­gar mix­ture (2 parts water to 1 part ACV to 1 part aloe gel+ 1 tbsp hon­ey and 5 drops laven­der EO) ban­ish­es any and all itchies I may have. I haven’t seen a dan­druff flake in almost… Read more »
darkchildlovethyhair

I do the acv rins­es and it works won­ders

momofIV

ACV is good to use.

Mateland

My Sis­ters’ Nat­u­ral makes a clar­i­fy­ing pre-rin­se that has apple cider vine­gar and tea tree oil.

Pat

I don’t have dan­druff but used the bak­ing soda to sham­poo my hair and it cleans so good. I fol­lowed with the acv rin­se and con­di­tioned my hair after­wards and I’m real­ly impressed. I always heard good things about the bak­ing soda wash.

Tyler

Tea tree oil is my go-to for dan­druff :) I put a lit­tle bit in my sham­poo

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Marta Daniels

I was aware of all of the­se but salt, I thought salt was bad for your hair and scalp, so you learn some­thing new every day!

momofIV

I use my Mar­vy (Mar-V-cide) scalp brush when I wash my hair. It exfo­li­ates and stim­u­lates my scalp and roots. My scalp is squeaky clean when I fin­ish wash­ing with it.

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Mozelle Bowne

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Sheryl

I use 15 drops of Pep­per mint essen­tial oil in my spray bot­tle

Maja

It s amaz­ing to know that our sim­ple dai­ly habits and rou­ti­nes itself can be cause for all our hair trou­bles includ­ing dan­druff. I can most def­i­nite­ly attrib­ute my dan­druff trou­bles to stress improp­er diet and dry skin. Have you tried all of the above men­tioned home reme­dies? Which one do you sug­gest for extreme­ly dry scalp con­di­tion?

Sarah @ The Hair Essentials

Apple cider vine­gar and tea tree oil are the best nat­u­ral reme­dies for dan­druff hands down.

Court

So just from my knowl­edge of how dry­ing tea tree oil can be you prob­a­bly should wash it out rather than just pat­ting out the mois­ture. It’s great for dan­druff but can real­ly dry out your actu­al strands

yoyoma

Pep­per­mint oil

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