Natural/Home Remedies for Dandruff

If you are a regular reader you may remember a few months ago in my monthly favorites I listed Walmart Dandruff shampoo because I was having an issue.  I thought that it was cleared up, but alas it decided to visit again in November.  Shampoo was doing nothing for me so I decided to try some Natural Home remedies (which is what I should have done in the first place) and hallelujah relief at last!  So let’s dive in…

  1. Tea Tree/Melaleuca oil



As a preteen/teen my face, hair really every part of my body was an oil silo.  It was pretty horrible! When my body was going through all of the lovely hormone changes that happen when you “grow up” my hair was an nasty oily mess, but I also had dandruff.  Say what?! Yes and apparently it is quite common and tea tree oil was something I used to combat both issues.  It is amazing what can be found in nature.  If you are going to the store and buying a shampoo, you will not be able to find anything that can combat oily hair and dandruff.  Clarifying shampoo’s to deal with your oil, will dry out your hair and make your dandruff worse. Moisturizing shampoo’s for dryness and dandruff will weigh down your hair and make it look (if possible) even more greasy.

How I use it:: I use this two ways, I add a drop or two to my normal shampoo (not the bottle just to what I have in my hand for that shampooing).  The second is to add 3 teaspoons to 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle and lightly mist your scalp. Make sure you shake the solution well because the oil and water will separate.  When my dandruff gets really bad, I use both of these steps.

Where to find:: I buy all of my essential oil from Young Living oils, they are more expensive but I feel better about it then what you can buy at the drugstore, especially for something I am putting on my body.  If I am using oils for aromatherapy I use the cheap stuff.


  1. Apple Cider Vinegar



You can also you Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse for dandruff laden hair after shampooing.  I have also done this remedy and it works really well and you may be more likely to have apple cider vinegar hanging around your house compared to Tea Tree oil.

How I use it:: Mix 1 part  apple cider vinegar to 1 part warm, water. Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing, then rinse it all out.  Apple cider vinegar is also a great condition so you can leave it on for a few minutes for extra conditioning.

Where to find:: I like to use Braggs apple cider vinegar but any brand will work!


  1.  Listerine Mouth Wash


Yes you did read that correctly.  If you don’t have the first two products in your house and are desperate you more than likely have mouth wash. This works like the other two because of their anti-fungal properties which prevents the dandruff causing yeast Malassezia from growing

How I use it:: wash hair with your regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner.

Where to find:: Hopefully your bathroom…unless you have natural amazing smelling breath




Make sure to avoid any open cuts or wounds, because it will burn like fire!  Also if you have freshly shaved legs and get any of these remedies on your legs…. Let’s just say personal experience says you may bring down a shower curtain trying to rinse it off…

I hope these remedies are able to bring you relief like they have for me! 



July Hit and Misses

July went by super fast! I seriously cannot believe we are now in the month of August. On to my hit and misses for the month of July….

Hot Mama Shadow/Blush from the Balm $20.00


I received this as a sample in my Birchbox several months ago. This blush is super pigmented (as are most Balm blushes) so be careful or you could end up looking like a clown and have to do some retouching. This blush is a peachy pink hue and has a touch of shimmer. It is advertised as a blush and eyeshadow in one. I have not used this as a eye shadow but I could see with a neutral eye this would be a showstopping accent in the crease or corner. I am excited to try it as an eye shadow and I love products that do more then one thing!

Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo $3.44


As a teen my hair was crazy, I had super oily hair that I had to wash everyday but I also had dandruff. Go figure… In the past six months or so my dandruff issues have come back to visit. I think it is related to hormones as I only seem to have this problem one week a month…. If you catch my drift…. I was using Head and Shoulders which worked great but I am always on the hunt for a bargain. The Equate (Walmart house brand) is $1.53 cheaper then the name brand and works just as well. Although this is advertised as a two in one shampoo and conditioner I found that my ends were getting dry. So I stated adding a deep conditioner or mask just to the ends of my hair after washing, it seems to have done the trick.

Organix Moroccan Penetrating Oil $5.74


I think this hair oil is just a good Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. And at a discount of $24.26 I will take the Organix! At target the Oragnix Moroccan Argan Oil is $5.74 for 3.3 ounces. The Josie Maran is $12.00 for .5 ounces, $30.00 for 2.0 ounces and $50.00 for 4.0 ounces. I have used both and I found that Oragnix works the same. A little goes as long way, I have been using this for over three months and I have barely put a dent in the bottle.

TRUE COLOR Eyeshadow Duo – Fiji Paradise in Sunkissed $3.49 Regularly $7.00


I am rarely disappointed in Avon eyeshadows and this duo is no exception. I love the color combo of gold and coral. I have also used the lighter gold shade as a highlight and it looks amazing. These are creamy powders that apply easily with a brush or with your fingers. Love Love Love!!!

Charlotte Russe Layered Beads and Chains Necklace in Mint $6.oo


I cannot go into Charlotte Russe without buying jewelry, I have tired many times and always walk out with something. I just can’t help it, they have on trend and classic styles at super affordable prices, I just can’t say no! Mint is totally in right now and I love how this necklace softly incorporates the on trend color with crystal and gold. Adore this necklace I wear it at least once a week.

Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector $7.99 Regularly $10.00


This product was a miss for me. I think for someone with drier or combination skin it would work well, but it did my super oily skin no favors. I did not really notice a reduction in the appearance of my pores but mostly my disappointment is that my skin was very greasy within a few hours of application. It did not do much of anything in keeping my oil under control.

What were your hits and misses from the month of July? Have you tried any of mine, if so what were your results? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!!