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Four natural ways to keep dandruff at bay

By Esther Muchene | 5 months ago | 3 min read

 Dandruff can make even newly made hair look unattractive (Photo: Courtesy)

Dandruff is a scalp infection that is infamously known to cause a buildup of skin cells that eventually shed.

Unlike dry scalp, which can be caused by something as simple as weather changes, dandruff is triggered by more complicated reasons including bacterial and fungal growth.

Currently there are many over the counter medications that can deal with the dandruff discomfort but you also have the option of sticking with natural remedies to get rid of it.

Below are some of those natural ways you can incorporate into your hair care regiment to finally be dandruff-free:

  • Natural dandruff shampoo

Many people are now starting to prefer natural hair care products. This is because they contain fewer toxic chemicals, they’re best for maintaining healthy hair and they are gentler than other shampoos which soothes your scalp especially when treating different scalp conditions.

In this case, you have access to many natural shampoos that will clear the infection while restoring the health of your hair.

Look out for natural shampoos that contain ingredients like fenugreek and henna powder or even make your own customized shampoo if you’re comfortable with DIY haircare projects.

  • Apple cider vinegar rinse

Apple cider vinegar is a classic, natural ingredient that has many medicinal properties. In terms of hair care benefits, it has properties that restore a healthy pH balance on your scalp which blocks the yeast from multiplying.

You can make a rinse by diluting a few tablespoons of the vinegar in warm water and pouring the dilute mixture on your hair after shampooing.

Let it sit on your scalp for at least 15 minutes before rinsing and repeat regularly for best results.

 Apple cider vinegar will restore a healthy pH balance on your scalp which blocks the yeast from multiplying (Photo: Courtesy)
  • Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil staple that has wonderful antifungal elements for general skin care needs.

It is also known to be an amazing anti-dandruff treatment because it stops the fungi from multiplying and soothes the itchy, inflamed areas due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

You can trust tea tree as your go-to solution but you have to be careful because it’s very strong as applying it directly on your scalp can cause irritation.

The best way to use it is by adding a few drops to your usual shampoo or by mixing it with some coconut oil which is another dandruff treatment before applying to affected areas.

  • Manage stress

An uncommon reason that can cause dandruff to thrive is stress. It’s not a direct cause but it can make it worse.

Stress affects your hormonal balance and lowers your immunity both which create the perfect environment for the fungi to grow.

To strengthen your body’s ability to fight dandruff, try and relax more and find healthy ways to deal with stressful situations.


With home solutions for dandruff treatment, you should always start with a patch test to see how your skin reacts first before adding it to your hair care routine.

And if you’ve tried DIY solutions for a while but don’t see any change, it is advisable to visit your doctor to rule out any other medical conditions that could be triggering the dandruff.

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