Dandruff is a common scalp condition, consisting of loose white flakes, which fall off and may be noticed on the shoulders and back. Sometimes, the flakes may be yellowish in colour. The shedding of dead cells can cause a build-up of dead cells on the scalp. Sometimes, the scales, along with oily secretions, tend to adhere to the scalp, which people commonly refer to as “sticky dandruff.” Excessive oiliness of the scalp can also lead to clogging of the pores of the scalp, resulting in flakes or scaling.

Hot Oil Therapy


This therapy can be a quick fix, the day before the wedding. It is a useful home treatment for common dandruff and also relieves dryness of the scalp. Heat olive oil and apply on the scalp with cotton wool. Rub gently to dislodge the flakes. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This lets the oil seep into the scalp easily. Just leave it so for an hour. Then apply apple cider vinegar on the scalp using cotton wool and wash the hair after half an hour.

After shampoo, add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and half cup rose water to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. If the hair is very oily, add the juice of one lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse.

Avoid Creamy Conditioners

When there is dandruff, avoid styling gels and creamy conditioners. A hair rinse is much better. Many kitchen and natural ingredients can be used to rinse your hair. They also help to make the hair silkier.


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Add a handful of fresh or dried marigold flowers to three cups of hot water. Let it sit for an hour. Strain and cool the water and use it as a final rinse. It benefits oily hair with dandruff.

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Tea Leaves

To add shine, take used tea leaves and boil them again in 6 cups of water. The amount of water depends on the length of the hair. Strain and cool the water. Next, add lemon juice and use the tea water after shampoo, as the final rinse. Tea contains tannin which adds shine to the hair and makes it silky. It suits all hair types.

Rose Water

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For dandruff, add 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to 50 ml rose water and shake well. Then keep it in a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. Apply this on the scalp after shampoo, using cotton wool and leave it on. Essential oils should never be used by themselves.

Neem Leaves

Take 5 cups of hot water and add two handfuls of neem leaves. Keep it overnight and the next morning, strain the liquid and use it to rinse the hair while washing the hair. It relieves itching and keeps the scalp healthy and free from infections. It is useful in dandruff. Apply the paste of the leaves on the scalp, and rinse off with water after half an hour.

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More Quick Fixes

  • If your hair is looking dull give it a quick conditioning treatment before your shampoo.
  • Mix a tsp of vinegar and honey with one egg and massage it into the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a hot towel for twenty minutes, before washing the hair. Your hair will have more body and look shiny and manageable.
  • If you suddenly find your hair has too much static – or a “fly away” hair problem, wet your hands with water and smooth your palms over the hair. Try not to brush too much.
  • Spray a hair mist and brush it on your hair if you want to make your hair fragrant. It absorbs oil and leaves your hair cleaner and fragrant.

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