15 DIY Hair Masks for Dandruff and Itchy Scalp that worked well for me

One of the most common problems to affect the hair and the scalp, Dandruff can be quite a bit damaging. It can cause hair fall and lead to other scalp conditions like itchy scalp and scales. Thankfully though, it can be healed upon meticulous care and treatment, with some simple, natural ingredients. We have compiled a list of 15 hair masks for dandruff and itchy scalp that can heal it upon regular use. Most of these hair masks for dandruff can be made with ingredients right from your kitchen and garden.

What Causes Dandruff?

One of the biggest questions that can intrigue us is “how and why do we get dandruff?” Dandruff is nothing but excessive and very quick shedding of the skin that comes off in the form of white flakes. It can be the result of just an excessive drying up of the skin or more complicated scalp diseases like eczema or psoriais. It can be caused when a trigger like allergy to a particular hair product or a disease or dryness leads the formation of dandruff. Finding out the cuse of dandruff is the first step to healing it. No matter what the cause, these are fifteen hair masks that can work well against it.

How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 15 Natural Treatments

Yogurt + Lemon water mask

Together, yogurt and lemon water can heal dandruff effectively in the form of a hair mask. This is the reason that they have been one of the most popular anti-dandruff remedies to be used. Here is an elaboration on why and how you use this mask.

Yogurt : An antifungal, causes smoothening of the scalp, moisturizes the scalp.

Lemon water : Acts as an anti-oxidant that removes dead cells and acts against microbes

Process:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of lemon juice into it.
  • Mix the two of them well and apply it all over your scalp.
  • Leave it on for about a half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

Apple cider vinegar + Baking soda mask

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda are both powerfully healing for many skin ailments. They are often used together so that they can balance out each other’s pH changes neutralize any possible side-effects. Here is why they are good for dandruff and how you can use them as a hair mask for dandruff.

Apple cider vinegar : Cleansing in nature and removes dead cells, anti-microbial.

Baking soda : Also cleansing in nature and removes dead cells and fungus.

Process:

  • Take some apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
  • Add a few spoons of baking soda stirring slowly such that a lump-less paste is formed out of the two.
  • Apply this all over your hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo or just warm water.

Tea tree oil + Aloe vera gel mask

Out of the essential oils used for dandruff, tea tree oil is considered to be one of the most potent. Mixing it with aloe vera gel can make the duo more powerful in fighting dandruff. Here’s why and how you should use this tea tree oil and aloe vera hair mask for dandruff.

Tea tree oil : A powerful anti-microbial agent, Balances the ph of scalp, removes excess sebum.

Aloe vera : Moisturizes the scalp, anti-fungal in nature, reduces the redness and itchiness.

Process:

  • Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil to it.
  • Mix the two of them well.
  • Apply this mixture over your scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo.

Garlic paste + Honey mask

Garlic is one of the culinary ingredients that can be useful for dandruff because of its highly astringent nature. Honey acts as a good vehicle while also being useful as an anti-dandruff agent by itself. Here is how you make this simple mask at home and why you should use it.

Garlic : Anti-microbial, astringent.

Honey : Healing, soothing, moisturizing, anti-microbial.

Process:

  • Take some honey into a bowl.
  • Add garlic paste into it and mix the two of them well.
  • Apply it all over your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

Neem leaves paste + Coconut oil

Neem leaf paste is yet another commonly used anti-dandruff remedy for its effective anti-microbial activity and its ability to heal the scalp. Coconut oil and neem leaf paste can make for a very powerful anti-dandruff mask and here’s why.

Neem leaves : Anti-microbial, cleansing, conditioning, promote hair growth.

Coconut oil : Moisturizes the scalp, anti-fungal, conditioner of the scalp and hair.

Process:

  • Make a paste out of neem leaves.
  • Add some coconut oil to it such that the two of them make a fine, uniform paste.
  • Apply it over your scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair after you’re done.

Avocado paste + Rosemary oil

Avocado and rosemary oil are both great for the hair for many purposes, healing dandruff being one of them. Using them together in the form of a hair mask for dandruff is beneficial and here’s why.

Avocados : Rich in nutrients, anti-microbial, conditions the hair removing excessive sebum.

Rosemary oil : anti-microbial in nature, healing for itchy and irritable scalp.

Process:

  • Make a paste out of peeled avocados.
  • Add a teaspoon of Rosemary oil to it and mix the two of them well.
  • Apply this paste over your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo after this.

Fenugreek seeds + Olive oil

Fenugreek seeds are yet another of those kitchen ingredients that has often been used for the hair. Olive oil has always been used for the hair and scalp since ages for its benefits on different areas of the hair. Here is how and why you should use this mask of fenugreek seeds and olive oil for dandruff and itchy scalp.

Fenugreek seeds : Nourishing for the hair, Hydrate and retain the moisture of the scalp.

Olive oil : Fights scaly and itchy scalp conditions, Moisturizes the hair, Anti-microbial.

Process:

  • Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
  • Make a fine paste out of them the next day.
  • Add some olive oil to this paste and mix the two of them.
  • Apply this paste all over your scalp and the hair strands and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo.

Henna powder + Lemon oil

Henna is a natural hair care ingredient that has been used for a very long time for its tremendous benefits for the hair. Lemon oil which is an essential oil that is obtained from citrus fruits is yet another great anti-dandruff remedy. This is why and how you should use this mask for your hair.

Lemon oil : Anti-oxidant – removes dead cells and sebum, Anti-microbial.

Henna : Nourishing and replenishing for the hair and scalp, balances the oil imbalance.

Process :

  • Take some henna powder into a bowl and add water to it until a fine paste is formed.
  • Add a teaspoon of lemon oil to this and mix the two of them well.
  • Apply this mixture over your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

Egg yolk + Yogurt

Egg yolk has often been used as a hair care ingredient for its many benefits on the hair and the scalp. We mix yogurt and egg yolk in this mask where in they enhance each others’ properties of protecting hair and acting against dandruff. Here’s why and how you should use this mask.

Egg yolk : Smoothens the scalp, works against itchy and scaly scalp, keeps it moisturized.

Yogurt : Anti-fungal and fights dandruff causing fungus, moisturizes the scalp, maintains the pH of the scalp.

Process :

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add a couple of eggs broken, into this.
  • Mix the two of them until they are uniform.
  • Apply it all over the scalp and leave it on for half an hour.
  • Rinse your hair off with a shampoo.

Basil leaves + Ginger powder + Aloe vera gel

Basil and ginger are two highly flavored kitchen ingredients that work well against dandruff. We use Aloe vera gel as a vehicle in this anti-dandruff hair mask. Here’s how you should make it and why it will work on your dandruff.

Basil leaves : Antiseptic in nature, astringent.

Ginger powder : Anti-fungal, astringent, fights inflammation and itching.

Aloe vera gel : Antiseptic, moisturizes the scalp, works against itchy and scaly scalp.

Process :

  • Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl.
  • Add basil leaves paste and ginger powder to this and mix it well such that a uniform paste out of the three of these ingredients is formed.
  • Apply the paste all over your scalp and leave it on for half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

Onion paste + Lemon juice

Onion paste and lemon juice are two other great anti-dandruff ingredients that are found right in our kitchen. A hair mask made out of the two of them works well and is simple to make. Here’s why.

Onion paste : Anti-microbial, astringent, heals inflammation and itching.

Lemon juice : Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, balances the Ph.

Process:

  • Grind onions and make a fine paste out of them.
  • Add a teaspoon or more of lemon juice to this.
  • Mix the two of them to uniformity.
  • Apply it over your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

Orange peel powder + Almond oil

Orange peel powder has been used for many purposes externally on the skin and hair for its benefits. Almond oil and orange peel mask works with almond oil being a good anti-dandruff oil along with a good vehicle for the orange peel powder. Here’s why and how you make this anti-dandruff hair mask.

Orange peel powder : Rich in anti-oxidants, nutritious for its vitamin C content, anti-microbial.

Almond oil : Anti-oxidant, nutritious for the hair, boosts the scalp’s natural immune system.

Process:

  • Make a paste out of orange peel powder by mixing it with almond oil directly.
  • See to it that the resulting paste is uniform with no lumps.
  • Apply this over your scalp and gently massage it.
  • Leave it on for about half an hour and rinse it off with a shampoo.

Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) + Reetha powder + Castor oil

Reetha or shikakai is often used on the hair for its cleansing ability, which makes it great for dandruff. Fuller’s earth can work well against dandruff as well. Castor oil, which we use in this mask can act as a vehicle for the two of them along with being an effective anti-dandruff oil itself. Here is why and how you should use this mask for your hair.

Fuller’s earth : Healing in nature, anti-microbial.

Reetha powder : Cleansing, anti-fungal, maintains the Ph.

Castor oil : It moisturizes the scalp, reduces the itchiness and inflammation.

Process:

  • Take some Reetha powder and Fuller’s earth into a bowl and make a paste by adding castor oil directly to them.
  • Apply this paste all over your scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo (preferably also with shikakai after that).

Oatmeal + Aloe vera gel mask

Oatmeal, along with being highly nutritious when taken internally, also acts well upon external usage. We use it against dandruff in this simple anti-dandruff hair mask with aloe vera gel as a base. Here is how and why we use it.

Oatmeal : Cleansing for the scalp, nutritious, boosts scalp’s immune system.

Aloe vera gel : Anti-microbial in nature, moisturizes the scalp, reduces itchiness and inflammation.

Process :

  • Take some aloe vera gel and add oatmeal that is just enough make a fine paste of the two of them.
  • Apply this all over your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Scrub it before you wash it off for about 15 minutes on your scalp.
  • Shampoo your hair after you’re done scrubbing.

Lemon juice + Banana + sage oil hair mask

Clary Sage oil is highly beneficial as an anti-dandruff oil. Using it in the form of an anti-dandruff hair mask with lemon juice and banana in the below procedure can work wonders against dandruff. Here’s why you should use it as a hair mask for dandruff.

Sage oil : Anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, moisturizing, soothing for the scalp.

Banana : Boosts the natural immunity of the scalp, works against itchy and scaly scalp.

Lemon juice : Anti-oxidant, cleansing, maintains the Ph of the scalp.

Process :

  • Make a paste out of banana pulp.
  • Add some lemon juice and sage oil to it.
  • Mix the pulp well until the three are well mixed into each other.
  • Apply this paste all over your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Rinse it off your hair with a shampoo.

Try out these simple home-made hair masks for dandruff and let us know which worked best for you and why.

Sources :

  • https://www.dandruffdeconstructed.com/natural-home-remedy-dandruff/
  • http://www.thealternativedaily.com/natural-scalp-itchy-dandruff/
  • http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/natural-fixes#1

 

 

 

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