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Six home remedies to get rid of dandruff

Hair - By Esther Muchene | October 29th 2020 at 02:05:00 GMT +0300
Dandruff makes the skin damaged and very dry (Shutterstock)

Dandruff, one of the oldest tales in the book. It is caused by a fungus called Malassezia which grows on the scalp and makes the skin damaged and very dry. However, there is also another type of dandruff that causes the scalp to start producing oil and thus appearing sticky and oily on the hair.

Some of the practices that can cause dandruff include irregular washing and brushing of hair, not using the correct shampoo, Parkinson’s disease amongst others.

It is important that as you take care of your health and skin, you also keep your hair in mind. Although sometimes we do our best, we still end up having dandruff that just won’t go away. Well, today I will share a few home remedies you can use to help you get rid of this condition.

i.Washing your hair regularly

Ensure you wash your hair as regularly as possible using a tea tree or medicated shampoo if you experience constant cases of dandruff. Washing your hair regularly ensures that your scalp remains clean and that the fungus responsible for dandruff doesn’t get to grow.

You should also brush your hair from the scalp to remove any traces of the fungus right from the scalp as you brush. You can consider having someone help you with this before going for a wash.

ii.Using vinegar

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Vinegar helps remove any excess oils on the scalp that may have been caused by the fungus causing dandruff. The vinegar also ensures that any fungus does not thrive on your scalp due to its acidic nature.

For this, use equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and pour it on your already washed hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

iii.Coconut oil with lemon

You can consider adding a few spoons of lemon juice into your coconut oil whenever you are oiling your hair. Coconut oil has antifungal properties while lemon dries out any oils that facilitate growth of fungus. This concoction will also makes the environment unstable for the fungus because of its acidic nature.

Though sometimes we do our best, we still end up having dandruff (Shutterstock)

iv.Green tea

Green tea has a number of benefits to the hair including helping to stimulate hair growth, reducing hair fall as well as getting rid of dandruff.

You can brew some green tea, let it cool then pour and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Ensure to wash your hair with shampoo before using the green tea. If you are not washing your hair on that day you can a used teabag on your hair and the components in the tea will keep the fungus from growing.

v.Olive oil

Olive oil is great on dandruff and has very many benefits for the hair. Massage it on your hair about three times a week and every time you wash your hair. Olive oil helps prevent dandruff from growing.


Well, a number of us may not like the smell of garlic on their heads considering it’s very hard to get rid of the scent. However, you can purchase unscented garlic oil for this and use it as your hair oil.

But for those who don’t mind the smell, blend a few cloves with water, strain, massage the strained water onto your scalp after washing your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Garlic makes the hair and scalp unsuitable for the fungus that cause dandruff to thrive.

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