Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Got Dandruff? Here's How You Can Treat It At Home

Those pesky white flakes on a smart black dress can put off anybody! Dandruff is a small but highly niggling problem that can spoil a happy occasion in a matter of minutes. Caused by the fungus Malassezia, Dandruff is a result of a dry and itchy scalp and women.


Baking Soda

The noble and straightforward baking soda can act as an effective remedy to combat Dandruff. All you need to do is dampen your hair and sprinkle a handful of baking soda on your scalp. Rub vigorously. Post the exercise, go for a quick rinse, but avoid shampooing. 

Initially, after a few sessions, you feel your hair dry. But eventually, your scalp will start producing natural oils thereby making your hair look softer and devoid of dry flakes.


A fresh bowl of yoghurt too can help in calming down an itchy scalp. All you need to do is shampoo your hair, apply the yoghurt, and let it rest for 15 minutes or so. Rinse with water and wash again with a small amount of your regular shampoo. 

Yoghurt is a treasure trove of friendly bacteria and thus helps to prevent flaking of the scalp area. You can also add black pepper to the yoghurt since it too has anti-fungal properties.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera reduces skin irritation and has a moisturizing effect. It reduces flakiness and itchiness and gives relief from dandruff. It is antibacterial and antifungal which further protects from dandruff. 

Apply aloe vera gel directly on your scalp and leave for about half an hour. Later wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective natural remedy to get rid of dandruff. It is acidic in nature which helps to remove dead skin cells on the scalp. It also prevents the growth of fungus. 

Make a solution using 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water. Wash your hair as usual with shampoo. Then pour this solution in your hair as the last rinse.


This is by far the easiest of them all! Squeeze a full lemon and massage the juice into your scalp. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse off with a regular shampoo. You can also add lemon juice to a mug of water and use it as the last rinse post your hair wash session. 

Regularly repeat it till dandruff disappears. The acidic character of the Lemon helps to balance the pH of your hair.

This content has been medically reviewed by Dr. Ritu Budania - MBBS, MD.

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