How Effective are Some of the Common Ways to Treat Dandruff?

Many of us have to deal with dandruff woes and the first thing that comes to the mind is natural remedies or anti-dandruff shampoos. But how effective are some of these common methods to treat dandruff?

Huffington Post tested the effectiveness of some of the most common home remedies, which are used often to treat dandruff. The participants of the test tried out these remedies over a period of two-week and based on the same, the results were deduced.

Here is a list of six such common remedies for dandruff treatment with their outcomes from the experiment conducted by Huffington Post.

Massage With Brush

It is said that poor or improper brushing of hair leads to a higher risk of dandruff. The reason behind this is the natural mechanism of the scalp to shed dead skins regularly. When you brush your hair properly, at least twice a day, it helps you get rid of those dead skin flakes.

Moreover, brushing your hair properly enhances your scalp’s air supply and blood circulation. This adds to the health of your hair.

Ideally, you need to massage the scalp using a soft tipped brush for approximately 15-20 minutes to stimulate the scalp.

Outcome: Although there were “improvements”, it can’t be considered a successful method of curbing dandruff.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil was originally used by native Australians to brew tea. It is highly valued by them for its healing capacities. For instance, it serves as an antiseptic for various skin conditions.

It is also great for the hair. All you need to do is apply a tiny amount of the oil to the flaky patches on your scalp and rinse it off thoroughly. This process repeated 2-3 times a week is said to give great results.

Outcome: On the flipside, Tea tree oil may trigger allergies. And although it does reduce symptoms of dandruff to an extent, the time and the typical smell of the oil prove to be a hindrance.


Our grandmothers and their mothers swear by the ‘magical’ properties of lemon or more specifically, lemon juice to treat dandruff. This can be due to the astringent property of the fruit, which is commonly present in pantries.

To begin with, lemon juice absorbs the access oil in the scalp called sebum but isn’t as harsh on the sebaceous glands as other chemical alternatives. This helps in treating dandruff that results from an oily scalp.

The next benefit is that lemon juice cleanses your scalp of dirt and dust particles, which is again a leading cause of dandruff. Additionally, lemon is also useful when it comes to treating an itchy scalp.

Outcome: Lemon contains citric acid and as a result, some people with dry scalp may feel a stinging sensation. After using for a week, it leaves the hair sticky and didn’t reduce dandruff!

Egg White

Egg white is another common ingredient in the pantry, which can curb dandruff.
Applying eggs, however, is a tricky process. The most common method is to take 1-2 eggs depending upon the thickness of your hair and apply this mixture on your scalp and let it rest for about an hour or so. The next step is to rinse it off thoroughly using a mild shampoo to get dandruff-free, shiny and silky hair.

Outcome: If the rinse water is too hot, it may lead to the scrambling of the egg mix. The hair quality did improve significantly, but it doesn’t reduce dandruff.


Yogurt is said to be a miracle for hair. It is a wonderful cleanser and conditioner, eliminates frizz, adds to the shine and softness of hair and since we are on the topic, it also controls dandruff.

Apply it as a hair mask with or without other ingredients and your hair will end up looking healthier and better.

Outcome: Rinsing yogurt can be quite the task but then, it reduces flakes significantly. However, it leads to the loss in the hair volume.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is used by a number of people owing to its long list of therapeutic properties. The gel and the extract from the plant are particularly helpful in treating dandruff. This is because Aloe Vera has anti-fungal and antibacterial property that diminishes dandruff causing fungi and therefore, minimizes flaking. It also has antiseptic properties, which eliminates bacteria from your scalp and cleanses it thoroughly.

A proven moisturizer, Aloe Vera prevents the scalp from drying, locks in the moisture, reduces inflammation. If you thought that was all, Aloe Vera also strengthens hair from the roots and restores the health of your hair.

Outcome: Aloe Vera does feel incredible and makes hair look beautiful. But it doesn’t effectively reduce dandruff.

On a parting note

As you can see from the outcomes listed above, not all home remedies can be said to be 100% effective when it comes to treating dandruff related issues. What about other remedies? Have you tried them and found them to be ineffective? Share your views with us by leaving a comment.