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Quick Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dr. Asmita Dhekne  Chebbi

Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi

  Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   5 min     


Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. t is often accompanied by itching. Dandruff is produced when the skin of the scalp exfoliates excessively. The white dusty flakes of material in the hair and on the shoulders are fragments of the superficial stratum corneum. There are a number of scalp diseases that can produce dandruff. Dandruff is believed to be related to a fungus known as Malassezia (pittosporum) that lives on the scalp of most people. Overgrowth of the fungus may be related to increased oil production, hormonal changes, stress, neurologic disorders tends to cause dandruff. The best shampoo for hair fall and dandruff is Head & Shoulders, It is the anti-dandruff shampoo and is the go-to brand for anyone who wants dandruff solution. Its trusted formula delivers fast results and is a favorite among those with itchy scalps.


1. People with seborrheic dermatitis have irritated, oily skin, and they are more likely to have dandruff. It affects backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and the side of the nose. The skin will be red, greasy, and covered with flaky white or yellow scales.

2. Combing or brushing the hair regularly reduces the risk of dandruff, because it aids in the normal shedding of skin.

3. People who are sensitive to yeast have a slightly higher chance of dandruff because UVA light from the sun counteracts the yeast.

4. People with dry skin more likely to have dandruff. Cold winter air, combined with overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy, flaking skin.

5. Frequent shampooing may cause dandruff, as it can irritate the scalp.

6. People with psoriasis, eczema, and some other skin disorders tend to get dandruff.

7. Not consuming enough foods that contain zinc, B vitamins, and some types of fats may increase the risk of dandruff.

One study found that between 30 and 83 percent of people with HIV have seborrheic dermatitis, compared with 3 to 5 percent of the general population.


White, oily-looking flakes of dead skin in hair and on shoulders, itchy, scaling scalp and excessively dry or oily scalp.

Conventional Treatment of Dandruff:

  • Dandruff shampoos are used according to their active ingredient:

  • Zinc pyrithione shampoos. Containing the antibacterial and antifungal agent.

  • Tar-based shampoos. Used in the condition such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.

  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid.

  • Selenium sulfide shampoos. Help prevent cell turnover and may reduce the number of Malassezia.

  • Ketoconazole shampoos. Armamentarium, ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail.

Home remedies for dandruff and hair fall

Dandruff affects up to 50% of people. While there are plenty of over-the-counter products designed for dandruff treatment, natural remedies can be just effective. Here are 12 simple dandruff treatment at home for natural treatment on how to remove dandruff at home.

  • Keep your stress level down.

  • If your hair is oily, then shampoo often to remove the excess oil.

  • Use gentle shampoos for washing your hair. Be sure to rinse off all soap.

  • Hair should be brushed daily to improve circulation.

  • Massaging tea tree oil into the scalp may help prevent or relieve dandruff.

  • Never use harmful hair cosmetic products.

  • Eat whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans, and fruit.

  • Avoiding excess salt, sugar, alcohol, citrus fruits, bananas, tinned fruits, tea/coffee, pickles and refined and processed foods.

  • Two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. Apply all over the scalp and leave it for 20 mins, then washed hair thoroughly.

  • The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy.

  • Dandruff can be removed by massaging the hair for half an hour with curd. Sunlight may help you to reduce dandruff.

  • Relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga may help relieve stress, which exacerbates dandruff.

How to cure dandruff permanently

Anyone who’s ever experienced dandruff, knows it’s more than just something ‘white’ in your hair; it’s a major inconvenience. Besides the pain of finding tiny white flecks on your shoulders, a dry, itchy scalp is never ever fun to begin with. 

Here are some of the best home remedies to get rid of dandruff permanently are-

  1. By restoring the pH balance of the scalp, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) inhibits the growth of yeast. It also works as a natural hair clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles.

  2. Baking Soda sloughs off all the dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil for squeaky clean scalp, it also prevents the growth of fungi that leads to dandruff.

  3. Onion has strong anti-microbial properties that make it an ideal ingredient for banishing dandruff. The fact that it improves blood circulation to the scalp and flushes out the toxins.

  4. Known for its antifungal properties, Coconut Oil moisturizes dry scalps and tackles itchiness like a pro. Plus, it nourishes your hair and boosts hair growth. 

  5. Garlic is a rich source of salicylic acid, a common ingredient used for the treatment of dandruff. Mix this with honey (that has strong antimicrobial properties), and you will have a winner in your hands.

  6. Tea Tree Oil has long been used to treat dandruff, owing to its potent cleansing and anti-fungal properties. 

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