Dandruff is a very common skin condition that can affect anyone from any age group. We have all had it at some point of time in our lives. The flakes which drizzle over your shoulders every time you run your fingers through the hair can be quite embarrassing. Dandruff can affect the not just the scalp, but also the ears, eyebrows, sides of the nose, beard, and less commonly the central (often hair-bearing) part of the chest (…..Not disgusting at all!)

Here are some effective home remedies to tackle dandruff effectively:


Methi can be easily found in an Indian kitchen and can be used to reduce the occurrence of dandruff. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help you to get rid of the white flakes.

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2 tbsp. fenugreek seeds

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


Soak methi seeds in water overnight and grind them to form a paste.

Add apple cider vinegar to the paste and massage on your scalp for about 10 minutes.

Leave it for 30 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

This will provide respite from an itchy scalp and nourish the hair strands at the same time.


 # Aspirin

 This is actually pretty uncommon but those who have tried it, swear by it!

Though it’s not a natural remedy, it is a quick way to get rid of dandruff. Aspirin contains salicylates – an active ingredient in most dandruff shampoos that contain salicylic acid. You may not want to do this way too often but once a week would be enough.



Aspirin tablets (depending on your hair length)




Crush the tablets and add it to your regular shampoo.

Let it lather and keep it on for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse your hair very nicely. Apply shampoo one more time if needed! But please don’t leave it to build up on your scalp.


# Baking soda

Baking soda can help you get rid of dandruff. It also helps to remove dirt and build up from your hair and add volume. It is alkaline in nature and helps eliminate dead skin cells by acting as a mild defoliant. It is especially good for those who suffer from oily hair which get dirty and greasy very easily.

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2 tsp. baking soda

Few drops of water


Wash your hair with warm water.

Add a few drops of water in baking soda to form a paste.

Apply it on your scalp and massage it for a few minutes.

Rinse your hair with plain water or shampoo.


# Lemon

This citrus fruit has plenty of vitamin C and is acidic in nature which helps keep dandruff at bay by killing it maybe?

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Juice of fresh lemons. You can decide how much your hair need.


Pour this juice on your scalp and massage. I have to warn you – it will tingle and slightly burn. But this sensation goes away eventually. Make sure you have no cuts or scratches on your scalp! Let the juice work for 30 minutes and then rinse your hair like you normally would.


# Aloe Vera gel

 Personally, I love this stuff. It is the most multipurpose thing I have ever come across!

Aloe Vera gel is effective in keeping dandruff away. Apart from its anti-fungal properties, it also is soothing to the scalp and keeps itching at bay.



Good amount of Aloe Vera gel


The method is to directly massage it on your scalp. In fact, keep it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to make sure it is cool and then apply the gel on your hair. Leave it for about 30 minutes and rinse with plain water.

If you are lazy, then you don’t even need to rinse it. The gel gets absorbed magically and leaves no residue. You will also find that it is an effective remedy for frizzy hair.



Natural remedies do least damage to our hair but none of these are working and you are still scratching like a maniac then it is advised to see your dermatologist.

Written by Varnika Chauhan

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