Natural Cures for Dandruff

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Kelly (Bennington, Vermont) on 12/01/2008
1 out of 5 stars


Be careful about putting 100% tea tree on your scalp. I know that in one of Ted's remedies he speaks about putting pure 100% tea tree oil in scalp. I caution you about this. I tried this, (put a small puddle of tea tree and rubbed through entire scalp, to get rid of dandruff, and an itchiness, and my scalp, months later is still very red and inflamed, sore and burnt. (and am losing alot of hair). I do not want this to happen to any one else. So, please, please, make sure you only use tea tree if it is mixed with a carrier oil like olive oil so you do not burn your scalp. (maybe some people can put the 100% tea tree onto their scalp, but, I am still suffering the aftermath). So spot test first!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Keyana (Ridgeland, Mississippi) on 12/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My husband was suffering from very bad dandruff. There were flakes everywhere! I tried tea tree oil, but while it eliminated the lesions on his front hairline, the flakes remained. Finally, I mixed a solution of apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and water at a 2:2:1 ratio. I sprayed it on his scalp, massaged it in, and we left it on for about 10 minutes. Then he washed his hair with baby shampoo. Afterward I oiled his hair with cold pressed coconut oil. His dandruff has greatly diminished and we don't see a single flake unless he goes more than a day or two without washing.

He's down to the point now (after 1 1/2 weeks) where he doesn't HAVE to wash his hair every day. He doesn't do the vinegar/peroxide spray as often (about every other wash), but he continues the baby shampoo and coconut oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Mia (Chicago, IL, USA) on 10/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've had rather intense dandruff for the last year, especially when it starts to get cold and dry outside. Fancy anti-dandruff shampoos, super mosturizing conditioners, cold water showers, even some crazy stinging stuff my dermatologist recommended didn't work. Sure, it might slow it for a week, but then my scalp would get used to it and go right back to it's naughty ways. Tried the ACV last night (50% AVC, 50% water with some tea tree oil in a spray bottle), left it on for about 10 minutes and then showered, and guess what? I didn't scratch my head at all that night, and woke up with no dandruff!! Ok, well, I saw ONE flake, but it was all alone, rather than the usual accompaniment of hundreds of friends. Best of all, it didn't smell as bad as people say after putting the tea tree oil in it.

Cost: $1 for ACV, $1.29 for spray bottle and $7.59 for tea tree oil. Altogether less than that nasty smelling tar shampoo. Yeah! Thank you!

Posted by Dick (Raleigh, North Carolina) on 03/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have a very Itchy Scalp. No Dandruff. I have tested for two months eating off the grocery shelf canned beets. I eat two (1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter beets)in the morning and two in the evening. Every day. It works.

White Vinegar
Posted by David (Fort Worth, Texas)
5 out of 5 stars

Also,on another note white vinegar when applied directly to the scalp will cure itching scalp and dandruff. Just get a cup of vinegar and pour on the head let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse it off and do it again everyday until your cured. It works great. Try It!!!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Diana (Hong Kong) on 08/08/2018
1 out of 5 stars

Hi...I'd appreciate if anyone with similar problems to what I'm experiencing to share their solutions with me. I've had this dry itchy flaky scalp for so many years. Coupled with this is my 'hair fall' which seems to be worsening in the last few months. I've tried ACV, ACV with baking soda, ACV with tea tree oil, tea tree oil on its own, ACV with tea tree and rosemary, etc...

What else can I try? Thank you to whoever can offer some tips...

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 08/15/2018


Eat raw cacao butter to improve your skin

After washing your hair (daily) pour isopropyl alcohol over your scalp and wrap a towl around your head so it penetrates a bit - this is to kill any infection

Go organic, raw vegan

Stop eating: grains, dairy, tea, chocolate, anything that may be contaminated with lead, toxic metals, radiation

No hot tubs or public pools

No hats, ponytails, hair dye (black hair dye may contain lead) etc.

No petroleum based soaps, use baking soda, borax, or apple cider vinegar for washing

Posted by Raul (California) on 08/02/2022

Borax for dandruff - Question

After recently discovering the "Borax Cures and Health Benefits" video on YouTube, I bought some Mule Team and tried about a tbsp in hot water, let cool, then poured over scalp. There were no adverse reactions to my knowledge, but it immediately created suds which I was not expecting at all - according to other users' reports there were little/none. Might anyone know the reason for this? Was my hair/scalp super acidic? Or just a lot of a particular mineral? Thanks.

(I don't yet have enough applications to verify if it helps with the dandruff.)

Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 07/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I often see posts asking for help with dandruff and itchy scalp. I was plagued with this problem for a very long time. When I read about borax here on earth clinic, I decided, why not? That was a couple of years ago. Once I used it, I have not been bothered with an itchy scalp or dandruff since. I do have to say though that over those couple of years I've done an awful lot of detoxing as well. Still, I remember the relief I had from the borax for my issues! Hope this helps others, Lisa

Posted by Shigure (Everywhere) on 11/16/2016

Anyone know how Lisa used the borax? Internally or externally?

White Vinegar
Posted by Paulette (Baltimore, Md) on 06/30/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I suffered with dandruff for years, and it got worst as those years went on. Like many others with this problem, I tried every dandruff shampoo. Nothing worked. I even bought I lice treatment because I thought I had lice. I thought about shaving my head many times.

While I cannot remember exactly how I came across this page promoting apple cider vinegar, I thank God I did. When I first read all of the positive reviews, I thought I would have to buy something when I scrolled down to the end of the page. The solution to intense itching and flaking could not be as simple as vinegar I thought.

So I went to walmart to purchase the vinegar. I was willing to try anything, as I was at my wits end. They did not have acv, but they did have a huge bottle of white distilled vinegar for $1.82.

When my hair began to itch, I sprayed the vinegar onto my scalp using a spray bottle. I did not dilute it. After the first few minutes, I felt relief. It also burned. I let it sit on for an hour, then washed my hair with a moisterizing shampoo.

My hair never felt so fresh. Usually I have flakes even after washing my hair. Usually I have an itching attack within the next 3 days. Not this time. Now I would not say I'm cured, but its a real improvement.

I wish I knew about this sooner! This is life changing! I no longer feel insecure that flakes may be showing. I feel normal now. Spread the word! Vinegar for dandruff should be common knowledge.

White Vinegar
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, USA) on 06/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

When first getting in the shower, wet hair and take 1 cup of white vinegar and distribute it over hair. I have mine ready to go in a glass measuring cup. Rinse WELL before opening eyes, and then shampoo and condition as you normally would. I do the vinegar first because otherwise it strips my conditioner off instead of the residues and hair products I want it to. This serves numerous remedial functions: dandruff, lice, improved hair shine, clarifying, just try it. It is cheap and amazing. Smell will disappear as hair dries.

Cold Shower Therapy
Posted by @leahspeaking (Victoria, Bc Canada) on 06/19/2012

I started using Cold Shower Therapy as a way to kick start my day, and was surprised and thrilled to find that after a month of cold showers, I no longer have dandruff/dry scalp. I've had to deal with this since puberty, and it was starting to creep down from my hairline onto my face. It felt awful and it looked worse. I haven't changed my diet or any of the products I use, just the temperature of my shower water. I was at my salon for the first time tonight since starting the cold showers five weeks ago, and my stylist was shocked to see how healthy my scalp is. Give it a try! There are details on cold shower therapy elsewhere on this site, and some great info and inspiration at the Blog of Impossible Things.

Oil of Oregano
Posted by Casey (Los Gatos, Ca) on 01/21/2012

Oil of Oregano. I take the capsules. Cures dandruff and flakey skin at bridge and sides of nose. If I quit taking Oil of Oregano, the dandruff comes back.

Posted by Lizzie (London) on 11/27/2015
1 out of 5 stars

I've used henna for years, about 20, and I have really bad dandruft issues. So for me, Henna does not help.

15 Second Rinse
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/01/2012

Annette, how long is your hair, dyed or not? I would like to ask Lardiver the same questions. My hair if shoulder length and dyed so many times methods which work for short, or natural hair don't work for longer, dyed hair. I don't have dandruff but I am looking for ways to make my hair healthier!

15 Second Rinse
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/12/2012

Hi there, just wondering if you ever actually use shampoo, or do you just do this every day? I have oily hair too, with itchy scales and mild hair loss.

15 Second Rinse
Posted by Annette (Fairbanks, Alaska) on 07/21/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, this is six months later and my hair has improved so much. Partially due to not shampooing, and partially to using the hydrogen peroxide with a mild (organic) shampoo. I initially went six weeks without using any shampoo and by doing that it had reduced the oiliness tremendously. I did miss the nice scents that some shampoos come with and the lathering, therefore I use shampoo once or twice a week, not everyday. The shampoo I use is made from carrots and it smells like a baby product, it's very gentle, organic, and it works nicely with my hair. I think my hair/scalp has improved a lot.

My hair is short or shoulder length now, and not permed or color treated. I apply the hydrogen peroxide after I wet my hair, then I added a small amount of shampoo, and lather up. This is very simple, because I keep a spray bottle full of H2O2 in the shower. My dandruff is 75% better, but not fully cured. I will add apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil to my regiment. Will post back in another six months!

15 Second Rinse
Posted by Florie (Henly, Texas, Usa) on 01/07/2013

Doesn't the peroxide bleach your hair?!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Vinay (Sanfransisco, Ca) on 08/05/2011

This worked well for me:

1. Use a shampoo which has ketocanazole 2%. 3 times a week. for 2 months

2. apply coconut oil mixed with amla everyday(you will get in indian stores)

3. Mix one cup of ACV and 5 spoons of honey and 30 ml of tea tree oil(all are powerful antifungal indegridents) in 1/3 gallon of water and apply to you hair every day for a month.

4. for oral take terbinafine tables 250mg(lamisil) for 15 days.

As preventive measure you could drink 3 spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 3 spoons of honey mixed with water for an year.

Please note all natural herbs take 6 months to cure dandruff from roots.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Arthur (Edmonton, Ab) on 10/07/2010
1 out of 5 stars

I have read on your site on the Teds dandruff remedy or what not section, after mixing the 1 part acv, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 parts water treatment< I soaked my hair ( after washing my hair first) then applied this to my hair. It seemed to have worked at first usage, I went to repeat three days later and my scalp has now become extremely itchy, and tingly thoughout the day, and night sometimes evena burning sensation and my dandruff has become much worse< I trusted this site because it seems to be authentic. I dont have any other skin problems at all just dandruff. Please help me fix this

Posted by Kaz (Greenbank, Qld, Australia) on 06/03/2010

Dandruff can be a symptom of iodine deficiency.

Oil of Oregano
Posted by Grace (Des Plaines, Il) on 04/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars


1 part of pure essential oil of oregano
5 parts of coconut oil
mix it and use as an ointment for a few days

Mustard Oil, Mild Shampoo, Coconut Oil
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 04/07/2010
4 out of 5 stars

My husband has had a bad case of dandruff or psoriasis or something like that for a long time. We tried a lot of cures like rubbing oil on his scalp before going to the sauna, rinsing with ACV, a milder shampoo and the only thing that seemed to help was toasted sesame oil which I can't find easily here in France. Still, we have discovered that although everything seems to work the first day after that his hair would be covered in dandruff again. Now we use mustard oil before the sauna, wash with the mild shampoo and rub a bit of coconut oil every morning and evening. He also washes his hair less often and so far so good! The coconut oil seems to keep his scalp moist and therefore free of dandruff!

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