Knock Dandruff Out

Snow on the ground can be nice. Snow on your shoulders and head is an entirely different story.

Dandruff can appear if you get

Needless to say, there are a lot of reasons you might have some unwanted hair decoration. At the drugstore, you will find a variety of dandruff treatments that do everything from target fungus and bacteria to loosen flakes so they can be washed away.

However, if you are looking for a chemical free, natural dandruff treatment, you have come to the right place. We have rounded up our favorite. And, most of them can be found right in your kitchen! 


Treatment 1: Lemon

Love a little lemon with your water? Your scalp will too. This is by far our favorite natural dandruff treatment. Simply massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1 lemon juiced) into your scalp. Allow the juice to soak in for 5-10 minutes. Rise with water.

The lemon’s acidity helps balance your scalp’s pH levels, which can keep dandruff at bay. Plus, it smells great! Repeat your lemon soak daily until your dandruff disappears.


Treatment 2: Apple cider vinegar

Another acidic solution to your dandruff woes could be found in your kitchen cupboard. The high acid level of apple cider vinegar will also help balance the pH levels. This makes it harder for bacteria to grow and helps keep your scalp flake-free.

Combine 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon water. Massage into your head and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then wash your hair as you normally would. Repeat daily until your dandruff subsides and then continue with treatments at least once a week to keep dandruff at bay.


Treatment 3: Salt

And the kitchen wins again! Salt is a naturally abrasive mineral. Put it to work. Prior to your shower, sprinkle some everyday table salt on your scalp and then massage. This will help you remove dry and flaky skin so you can shampoo your hair with confidence.


Treatment 4: Olive oil

We are pretty sure EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) fanatic Rachel Ray will love this one as much as we do. Olive oil is deeply hydrating. If your dandruff is caused by a dry scalp, it could be just the thing. Before bed, massage a few drops into your scalp, cover your head with a shower cap, and get some shuteye. In the morning, wash your hair as you normally would. Your hair will be silky smooth and your scalp refreshed.


Treatment 5: Aloe Vera

Did the sun win this round? Getting a sunburn on the top of your head isn’t only painful, it is itchy. But all that scratching can release dead skin. To soothe your scalp, apply a small drop of aloe vera. The cooling effect will help reduce your desire to itch.


Treatment 6: Coconut oil

Considered a “tried and true” dandruff treatment, coconut oil has the added benefit of smelling delightful. Prior to hopping in the shower, rub a few tablespoons onto your scalp and let it sit for an hour (or two if you really want). Then wash your hair normally. Like olive oil, coconut oil is filled with hydrating fats that will revitalize your scalp and make your hair silky smooth.


Treatment 7: Mouthwash

So minty. So fresh. So clean. An alcohol-based mouthwash helps you keep bacteria from building up in your mouth. Guess what? It can do the same thing for your scalp. Pour a little on your scalp before you hop in the shower to eradicate any dandruff-causing yeast. As an added bonus, it will leave you smelling fresh and clean.


Treatment 8: Baking soda

Last, but not least, the kitchen wins again. Baking soda isn’t just for baked goods. It can help keep your scalp itch- and flake-free. Rub a tablespoon or two into your met hair, working it down to your scalp. Then rinse. This helps eradicate dandruff-causing fungi.


Looking for more great beauty tips and tricks? Check out some of our favorites.