Dandruff Remedies

Dandruff is an inflammatory skin condition that causes itching and flaking on your scalp. Dandruff is not only uncomfortable but can also be unsightly. This is a guide about dandruff remedies.
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December 13, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about using white vinegar for dandruff. Instead of trying expensive medicated shampoos, try using vinegar instead.

A woman noticing dandruff in her dark hair.

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September 1, 2004 Flag

Here's a recipe using cider vinegar to help treat dandruff.

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Put herbs in a Pyrex (or other heatproof) bowl or casserole dish. Then add 2/3 cups boiling water and cover. Let sit for 15 minutes and then strain the mixture, ou can use cheesecloth to strain. Gunnel the liquid into a bottle with a tight fitting lid and add the cider vinegar. Shake well. Massage a small amount into your hair after you shampoo.

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May 19, 2005 Flag

Tips and ideas for treating dandruff. Post your ideas.

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December 27, 20070 found this helpful

Indian naturo remedy for dandruff and hair thinning/loss.

I have been following this technique and literally it has stopped my hair loss.

Take equal proportions of fenugreek seeds and yellow lentils, add a teaspoon of cumin seeds and water to completely soak it for few hours. After that grind this mix to a paste. Apply the paste on to your head, massage it through the scalp, leave it for an hour and just wash your hair. You don't need shampoo, yellow lentils are a natural mild shampoo. If your hair is oily, you may want to go for a very mild/baby shampoo.

After about 30 mins, you will feel that the paste is drying on your head. Once it dries, the dandruff sticks to it and will get washed off. The paste is mild enough to pull only the loose and dead skin cells. Once you wash your hair and dry it, you will feel that your scalp is more fresher and within 6 weeks you would never see any hair loss or dandruff! Fenugreek is known to reduce body heat too, you will get a good night's sleep as a compliment.

Repeat this process once every 3 days (if you sweat more, repeat it every 2 days) To make things even better, increase your water intake to at least 3 to 4 liters a day and/or swallow 1 teaspoon of fenugreek soaked in water overnight every morning!

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April 1, 20080 found this helpful

Hey Arya,

From where did you get this Thali Powder

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December 7, 20080 found this helpful

Can you apply coconut oil using fingers?

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May 27, 20090 found this helpful

I have been trying all kinds of remedies for dandruff, but none of it seems to work. I was reading what Arya did and was really interested, I tried to google the ingredients, but had no luck. I was wondering if you could tell me where to get it that'll be great. My email is amandatran89 AT yahoo.com. Thank you.

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January 14, 2011 Flag

I have used vinegar but my dandruff is still there. I also have heavy hair loss. One of my friends suggested that I take vitamin and calcium capsules. Will that help me stop the hair loss. Are there any other ways to get the rid of dandruff? Please help.

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January 15, 20110 found this helpful

Have your thyroid checked. Thyroid problems can cause hair loss.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

I had the same problem, dandruff and hair lose, psoriasis for ten years. I have tried all the shampoos and prescription treatments. The thing that helped me was to stop using shampoo. It has sodium laural sulfate. I tried a bar of olive oil soap and have never used shampoo again. I have very little problem with psoriasis or dandruff anymore. As for the hair loss, I have started using a protein drink and it has helped. My hair is getting thicker and healthier.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your helping suggestions... Razgriz

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January 17, 20110 found this helpful

Out of whack thryoid is the first order of business. If this is an issue not going away, check with your doctor. You could have many issues with the skin. Dandruff is slough off of dead cells. Your body does this all the time. Just that from the head to the shoulders/clothing is more apparent.

Your skin/scalp may need a moisturizing medication. My son dealt with this but he went radical about it. After getting married, he let his wife buzz his hair. (The shoulder length curly locks he kept clean, but scratchy were now gone!). He has used Tgel products for many years, now uses just generic dandruff. If you are a hat/cap wearer, your hair needs to "breath and get air". You know, like the lousy pair of shoes you never give time to air out, hair/scalp is the same way. Wash your brushes/combs at least weekly (shampoo in sink of hot water, toss them in, swish, rinse). Never share your hairbrush, gee like doing a 2 for 1 toothbrush. Do not use hair products.

There are oil treatments to use, plain old full of fat mayonnaise slapped on with a shower cap and left for a couple hours is good too. Olive Oil, vitamin E, Omega fish oils good. For the dogs the vet says feed them the Omega fish oils, Es, etc. Shine coat.

Good luck.

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October 10, 2012 Flag

I am looking for a home remedy for getting rid of dandruff. Any suggestions?

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

Listerine, the amber color one, is a good home remedy for dandruff. Put it in a squeeze bottle and apply directly to the scalp. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes, then shampoo. I have also applied it by dampening a wash cloth with it, but the bottle is faster. The generic brand works just as well. It may take several times to clear it up.

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

Use a high alcohol mouthwash, think original Listerine. After washing, pour a generous capful or more (depending on the length of your hair) onto your scalp and hair massaging it in well; leave it on for 2-4 minutes then rinse thoroughly. You may notice it foaming, this is normal.

You can even do this between shampoos simply by wetting your hair and applying the mouthwash. My husband swears by this as he takes medication that causes a buildup up of dandruff.

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

Why would you not just use one of the many excellent dandruff shampoos on the market? Head & Shoulders cured mine. For more severe cases there are other more specialized brands, all available over the counter, Selsen Blue being one. Why fool around with home remedies when you have something easy to get that actually works?

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe because dandruff shampoo is almost 4.00 a bottle.

I googled it and found these 6 items you can use to help with your problem.

http://www.rd.c  ruff-treatments/

You might end up spending 4.00 a year. That's why it's on "Thrifty" Fun.

PBP

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September 1, 2009 Flag

How do I get rid of dandruff?

By sprinkl77 from Buena Vista

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Tea Tree Oil shampoo

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Yep, Nizoral! I get mine at Walgreens for even less than Target sells it for ;-) I only use every other, and sometimes every third, shampoo so I can tell you honestly that a bottle will last for quite awhile. The trick is washing your hair and leaving it in while cleaning the rest of yourself before rinsing it out.

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Nizoral never worked for me. Neither did any prescription shampoo. Tea tree oil massaged into the scalp was the only thing that worked for me. Once under control, add it to your shampoo.

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September 6, 20090 found this helpful

I have always used Head and Shoulders. Ask your druggist for a recommendation if that doesn't work. And, if that doesn't work, you should see a doctor.

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April 13, 2011 Flag

How do I get rid of dandruff?

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April 14, 20110 found this helpful

I have suffered from psoriasis on my scalp as well. A hair stylist told me to never use Head n Shoulders or any of the blue tar shampoos often used for dandruff because it could actually make it worse. I recommend a Tea Tree oil based shampoo and conditioner. Paul Mitchell carries a full line that works well & cheaper than a prescription. It will work for dry, itchy scalp, dandruff or psoriasis.

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It takes time for dandruff shampoo to work. You need to leave it on 3 minutes, then rinse it off and put more on for 5 minutes. You will see a big difference after that.

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

If it is Dandruff, I would say to use Head and Shoulders. It works very well. Here is a link:

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

I tried every shampoo with a different active ingredient and even used prescription Nizoral. None of them worked and some made it worse. Then I began using Hollywood Tea Tree Oil on my scalp. Cured it. I like the Hollywood brand because it doesn't have the offensive odor that a pharmaceutical grade does. I have tried mixing it into my shampoo, but I have better results applying it directly and massaging it in. I use a cleaned out hair color bottle so that I can apply it right at the scalp and not have it go all over my hair.

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April 13, 2011 Flag

If you have dandruff or flaking, and don't want to spend lots of dollars on dandruff shampoos, just add a plain aspirin with your regular dollop of shampoo, suds it in, and watch the flakes disappear. It really works!

By Sandra from Floral City, FL

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Dandruff Remedy

I'd heard of this tip some time ago, so I crush up 5 aspirin and put them into the last 4cm of shampoo. It didn't work for me. (01/20/2006)

By Cathy

Dandruff Remedy

I heard adding tea tree oil to any regular shampoo works. (02/13/2006)

By Veronica

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September 1, 2009 Flag

I am having a dandruff problem. Does anyone know any conventional treatment? I tried all kinds of shampoos, both medicated and commercialized. I also tried using cream with cortisone, but it did not help at all.

Sara of Mississauga

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Dandruff Problem

Honey, if you've tried all those things, it's time to go to a dermatologist. It's the only other way. Good luck. (08/07/2005)

By Veronica

Dandruff Problem

Just wondering if you've tried tea tree oil? My niece has severe eczema and it's the only thing that works on her scalp and skin. You should be able to find it at health food or natural food stores.

I also agree with the PP, that if nothing has worked it's time to see a doctor. There could be something medical causing your dandruff.

Good Luck to you.

Rebekah (08/08/2005)

By Madelynnsmama

Dandruff Problem

Zincon shampoo. Wash hair with regular shampoo. Then massage into scalp the Zincon shampoo.
Let the Zincon soak in while you finish the bath. Put conditioner on the strands and ends of your hair (which is what you should be doing anyway) and rinse. Repeat daily. (08/08/2005)

By Holly

Dandruff Problem

My uncle had the worst dandruff in the world when he came to live with me. I read in a natures remedies column somewhere to use a vinegar rinse. After you wash hair, just put white vinegar in it and rub briskly with a towel. Do not rinse out. Just lightly saturate the hair, not drown yourself in it. It will not leave you smelling like a giant Easter egg either. (08/08/2005)

By tigerfire42498

Dandruff Problem

I've heard of using vinegar but use it in a spray bottle. Spray the scalp several minutes before shampooing. I think this would work after the shower if you wanted to spray it on your scalp instead of using a rinse. Either way, vinegar is a good, non-toxic way to go. (08/08/2005)

By Ann

Dandruff Problem

I thought I had dandruff or dry flaky scalp and tried every shampoo and home remedy I heard about. I finally went to see a dermatologist. She told me that my scalp was actually oily and that I had to rotate my shampoo, but not bottle to bottle but day to day. She told me not to use tea tree oil shampoo; since my scalp was oily, an oily shampoo was not what I needed. She put me on a schedule of four shampoos, each with a different main ingredient.

The shampoos are: Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide), Denorex (salicylic acid),T-Gel (coal tar extract) and Head and Shoulders (Pyrithione zinc). Generic store brands are OK as long as you are sure of the main ingredient. I bought a bottle of each and and labeled them 1, 2, 3, and 4. That way I don't have to worry about which one I need to use on a particular day. I bought the large bottles and it cost close to $30.00, but that was almost a year ago and I still have plenty left. Also, don't use conditioner on your scalp. This schedule has worked wonders for me. I noticed an improvement in less than a week. Good luck. (08/08/2005)

By Margaret

Dandruff Problem

First determine if you have dry scalp or real dandruff. Real dandruff comes from within. Your scalp and probably your face, back, and chest produce excess oil. When it solidifies, it forms a crust on your scalp and when it comes away from your head, that's dandruff. Many of the remedies above will work, and additionally, Neutrogena T-Gel works great. But if your problem is severe and doesn't respond, see a doctor by all means. (08/08/2005)

By Mary

Dandruff Problem

Listerine in a spray bottle. Spray your scalp and let sit 5 minutes. Then shower as usual. Yes, you can shampoo. I find that real Listerine is the best, unless you can find a generic that has the same ingredients listed in the same order. Still cheaper than medicated shampoo. (08/09/2005)

By Fran Marie

Dandruff Problem

We had that problem here. We use Head and Shoulders for Sensitive scalp. Comes in a blue/purple bottle. Hope this helps. (08/09/2005)

By Michele

Dandruff Problem

Nizoral works well. It is by prescription. You use it for a week, then once a week after that. (08/09/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Dandruff Problem

Try massaging your hair with Aloe Vera plants mucus. Amazing the results in a week's time. Its a typical Nagercoil Louisvalan Kannyakumari traditional culture. It is a proven one and it acts like a hair gel, too. (08/10/2005)

By louisvalan

Dandruff Problem

I use Denorex, and leave it in for 10 minutes. It helps a lot. I have bad dandruff. (08/15/2005)

By Sara

Dandruff Problem

My stylist told me to massage Sea Breeze astringent into my scalp before I washed it. Also try adding a little baking soda to your shampoo. (09/02/2005)

By zababal

Dandruff Problem

I had a bad dandruff problem or what I thought was dandruff. Well it turned out to be just a very bad case of dry scalp, so my dermatologist told me to change my shampoo to something less harsh ie., Sunsilk or even baby shampoo and to use Sea Breeze twice a week. She said to squirt it on to my scalp when I was done washing it and comb it through and leave it in. Oh my goodness, my scalp stopped itching and flaking on the 1st use. (02/22/2007)

By Mylissa

Dandruff Problem

Even I had similar problem. I was advised to use "Charma thailam", a medicated oil from Nagercoil, India. Presto, the problem vanished. Now my hair fall is arrested, bonus no dandruff. (06/13/2007)

By Reeta rajah

Dandruff Problem

Use Head and Shoulders every 2-3 days or so and eventually after a short period of time it will stop. (11/04/2007)

By Chris

Dandruff Problem

Shower regularly and put on lime and olive oil 5 minutes before taking your shower. Don't forget to shower everyday. (12/15/2007)

By so233

Dandruff Problem

Wet your hair first, use olive oil and pour it on your fingertips, rub the olive oil on the scalp where it itches or where you have dandruff then rise with water. Finally use any dandruff shampoo to wash your hair.

You will discover amazing results over a week. Also watch out of your eating habits. Avoid eating oily and fried food, get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a day), drink plenty of water. By following the steps above, your dandruff will be gone forever. Don't believe me, wait till you try it. (12/28/2007)

By Ivy

Dandruff Problem

Oh forget to add on, please use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair and rinse your hair till you feel it is clean. Please note do not use your fingernails to scrub your hair, use only your fingertips even when you go to a saloon ask the shampoo girl to use her fingertips to wash your hair. I hope this tips will help. (12/28/2007)

By Ivy

Dandruff Problem

This worked on my flakes that "did not amuse":

  1. Wash hair in the hottest water you can stand with Dial soap.
  2. Rinse with the coldest water.
  3. Douse with Sea Breeze.
  4. Rinse with cool water. That's it.

It only took a few times with a couple of regular washings in between for me, it killed the fungus and that was several years ago. (I skipped the conditioner, don't know if that makes a difference in treatment). (10/03/2008)

By jeannechicago

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