Easy Homemade Dandruff Treatment

Dandruff is considered an unmentionable topic and people feel quite embarrassed about having it. In reality, having a flaky scap is an extremely common condition. I get dandruff sometimes and I find it is definitely the worst in the winter. The dry air wreaks havoc on my skin and naturally that also includes my scalp. If you’re also dealing with a dry, flaky scalp, I have got a natural solution for you. Here’s the recipe for this easy, homemade Dandruff Treatment.

Easy Homemade Natural Dandruff Treatment DIY Recipe

Dandruff Treatment

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp castor oil

2 tbsp warm water


Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir or whisk vigorously.

Pour the treatment over damp hair focusing on covering all of the scalp.

Massage into your scalp then work through the rest of your hair to the tips.

Wrap your hair in an old towel* and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

Rinse and shampoo your hair. You may want to shampoo twice.

The amount you need will vary depending on the length of your hair.

Repeat once every month or two if needed.


*Castor oil will stain fabric. Use a towel you don’t care about and be careful to avoid dripping on your clothes.


The apple cider vinegar in the recipe acts as an exfoliant removing the already flaky and dead skin cells from your scalp. Then the castor oil moisturizes and nourishes your scalp to prevent the dandruff from returning. This is because of its high vitamin E, omega 6 and 9 fatty acid content, as well as other minerals and proteins. I’ve talked before about castor oil being high in ricinoleic acid as well which increases circulation to the scalp, stimulates hair growth, and can prevent or remedy hair loss. This treatment will leave the rest of your hair soft and shiny as well.


Do you experience dry scalp in the winter? How do you deal with dandruff?

Easy Homemade Natural Dandruff Treatment DIY Recipe

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    February 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

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      February 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

      You’re welcome. Enjoy! 🙂

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    February 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Pinning to by Green recipes board! We would love to have you at our To Grandma’s house we go link party – it starts every wednesday!

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Oh I need this, especially now in the winter time I’ve got a very dry scalp as well! I really want to try this out, always love your recipes! I wonder if I can find castor oil here where I live…

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      February 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the recipes here! 😀 This will definitely help your scalp and it’ll leave your hair shiny and soft as well. I like castor oil because of its benefits for hair, but if you can’t find it, you could use olive oil in its place.

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    December 27, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I have lots of dandruff on my scalp and I have been trying lots of shampoo to remove it but nothing works for me.
    I definitely gonna try this tip. Should I use lemon instead of vinegar ?

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      December 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

      I hope this helps! I know dandruff can be so frustrating. I’m not sure why you would use lemon instead of vinegar, but you could try it out. Another thing I started trying just this winter for my dry scalp is using just 2 drops of hair oil (I use the Balanced Guru Style Me hair oil.) I massage it into my scalp with my fingertips immediately after my shower while my hair is still wet, and it’s definitely been helping.

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