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12 Ways To Naturally Cure Dandruff Without Buying Expensive/ Chemical-Laced Shampoo

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Dandruff is something that many people experience, to one degree or another. While it is an inconvenience, it also means that your scalp is dry and this can lead to weak hair. Don’t let dandruff ruin your day, get rid of it permanently and strengthen your hair with these 12 simple methods.

12 Anti-Dandruff Remedies

Yogurt and Pepper

Yeast within our bodies triggers inflammation, which in turn leads to a build up of yeast on our skin. Boosting the friendly bacteria in our digestive system is an easy way of controlling yeast, and yogurt is a great source of friendly bacteria. It also prevents the scaling of your scalp, and the pepper is antifungal, protecting your hair. [1] [2] 

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of organic raw yogurt

Mix these two ingredients thoroughly and apply it to only your scalp and not through your hair. Leave it for an hour, rinse it off, and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Olive Oil

Olive oil works to moisturize the dry areas of the scalp and prevent it from flaking. It also soaks into the thick and scaly areas of the scalp, causing them to fall in one large piece instead of flaking, stopping dandruff for good and allowing the area to heal. [3] 

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of warm olive oil

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Before bed, every day, massage your scalp with warm olive oil and wrap your head with a cotton wrap as to not attract dust. Clean your hair with a mild shampoo the next morning.


Vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that kill bacteria and fungus on the scalp. It also treats dry skin and reduces dandruff not caused by fungus. The acid in the vinegar also reduces itchiness and drastically reduces flakiness. [4] 


You’ll need:

  • ⅛ of a cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

While washing your hair, slowly pour the water and vinegar mixture onto your scalp, massaging all the while. Make sure you do this before you shampoo your hair.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can reduce overactive fungi that can potentially cause dandruff. It is also a mild exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells. Another cause of dandruff can be excess oil on the skin, which can be reduced with baking soda. [5] 

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Mild shampoo

Add the baking soda to the shampoo and use that mixture to wash your hair. The flakes that are stuck to your head should be removed in a single wash.

Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil

Another cause of dandruff is an imbalance of the pH level of the scalp. The acid in lemon juice helps to regulate the pH balance of the scalp, and the coconut oil helps to moisturize, as well as having anti-bacterial properties. [1] [6] 

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix the lemon juice and coconut oil together and massage it into the scalp. Let it sit for half an hour before removing it with a mild shampoo.

Aloe Vera


Along with being antibacterial and antifungal, it also it also has proteolytic enzymes which can break down proteins, including dead skin cells. This acts as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells so they don’t appear later as dandruff. [7] 

You’ll need:

  • ⅓ of a cup of organic aloe vera gel (fresh is best)

Massage the gel into your scalp and let it sit there for 15 minutes. Wash the gel out with a mild shampoo.


Neem has great antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that help remove and prevent dandruff. [8] 

You’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of neem leaves

Boil the neem leaves and create a paste of the leaves. Apply the paste to your scalp and leave it in for 30 minutes before washing it out with a mild shampoo.


It may seem unusual, but apples contain procyanidin B-2, a natural compound that promotes healthy hair growth. Since untreated dandruff can lead to hair loss, apples can play an important part in keeping your hair healthy. [9] 


You’ll need:

  • ¼  cup of organic apple juice
  • ¼  cup of water

Mix the apple juice and water together and apply it to your scalp and leave it for 15 minutes before removing it with a mild shampoo.


Ginger is widely known to be anti-inflammatory and also promotes hair growth. When ginger is mixed with oil, it can improve circulation and helps prevent dandruff. [10] 

You’ll need:

  • 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger
  • 4 oz of sesame oil

Peel and grate the ginger and squeeze it through a cheesecloth to get the juice and oils. Mix that with the sesame oil and gently massage your scalp with the mixture. Leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing your hair and washing it with a mild shampoo.

Tea Tree Oil

Gathered from a tree native to Australia, it is known for it’s anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil has been found to greatly reduce the appearance of dandruff and its formation. [11] 

You’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 drops of tea tree oil

Combine both of these oils and massage it into your scalp every other day of washing with a mild shampoo.



Basil contains both anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that help treat dandruff and increase the strength of the scalp. [12] 

You’ll need:

  • ⅓ of a cup of basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of amla tea powder

Make a paste of the basil and amla and apply it to the scalp and hair. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing your hair with water.

Dandruff doesn’t have to be an issue any longer. Any one of these natural options doesn’t involve expensive or chemical-laden shampoos.


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[8] Biswas, K., Chattopadhyay, I., Banerjee, R. K., & Bandyopadhyay, U. (2002). Biological activities and medicinal properties of neem (Azadirachta indica). Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. Retrieved from

[9] Kamimura, A., & Takahashi, T. (2003, February 12). Procyanidin B‐2, extracted from apples, promotes hair growth: A laboratory study. Retrieved from

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