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Dandruff can be a pain to deal with: it causes your scalp to itch, it falls on your clothes, and can make you feel embarrassed if you have it. But treating it is easier than you might think, and you're likely to have many remedies around your home. By applying the right products to your hair and scalp, or by making small changes to your lifestyle, you can successfully reduce or even eliminate these small pieces of dead skin for good. Find out about the top 10 home remedies for treating dandruff.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is widely considered to be one of the best home remedies for treating a variety of health conditions. Its versatility combined with its effectiveness make it worth keeping around. For the treatment of hair, coconut oil offers a soothing and enriching experience, hydrating and moisturizing your tresses. It'll leave your hair feeling silky soft. It also does wonders for the scalp. By moisturizing your scalp with this oil, you can ensure that the skin stays hydrated and protected from dry air. To use coconut oil, massage a tablespoon (or two) of it into your hair. Allow it to rest for 20 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo.

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Fenugreek Seeds

Next up on the list of home remedies for dandruff is fenugreek seeds. Not only can you eat these seeds for their healthful benefits, but you can also apply them when made into a paste onto the scalp for a quick and easy dandruff treatment. To do so, place some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Drain the water the following morning and create a paste from the seeds. Massage it into the hair and allow it to set for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with shampoo.

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Curd

Surprisingly, curd is one of the top remedies for dandruff and other hair-related ailments. It works by moisturizing the scalp--helping its skin to feel smoother and softer. Just like the other remedies we've mentioned on the list, curd has to be applied directly to the scalp for it to work correctly. This remedy is cooling and refreshing, and will surely leave you dandruff-free, or at least to a large extent. To use curd, apply a few tablespoons of the substance directly onto the scalp, and massage it in gently. Allow it to sit for about an hour, and wash it out using a mild shampoo.

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Baking Soda

Do you have any baking soda around in the kitchen that just hasn't been used in ages? If so, you might want to consider it as your next dandruff treatment. Baking soda is a highly effective remedy because it works like an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells from the scalp and helping to rejuvenate the skin, making it appear bright and healthy. It's easy to apply and also cheap. To use it, wet the hair slightly and rub a spoonful of baking soda into the hair. Rinse and dry.

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Tea Tree Oil

Another natural and popular home remedy for the treatment of dandruff is tea tree oil. For a long time, this essential oil has been acclaimed for its relaxing and therapeutic aroma. But it's more than that: tea tree oil has many benefits when used topically, and it can greatly reduce dandruff in the scalp. If used correctly, it can even cure it. To use tea tree oil, you need to dilute up to 3 drops in a glass of water. Then, massage the mixture into the hair, and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes. Rinse and wash the hair. You should notice a difference right away.

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Greek Yogurt

This ancient Greek remedy is both delicious and healthy. To the surprise of many, yogurt can also be applied to the hair or the scalp. This is a great way of healing any damaged skin; yogurt moisturizes and promotes healthy skin and hair. Organic Greek yogurt is best for this remedy because it contains the highest amount of natural properties that help to moisturize the skin. Use yogurt by mixing a few tablespoons of fresh Greek yogurt with a few drops of lemon juice. Gently massage it into your hair and allow it to sit for around 15 minutes. Wash and dry the hair.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile natural health products because of its wide array of uses. For hair, it can help to strengthen and protect the roots, and it also kills any bacteria that might be hiding in it. Regarding scalp health, apple cider vinegar works by removing excess bacteria. It provides an abundance of nutrients, nourishing and strengthening the scalp. This may help to reduce dandruff. Use apple cider vinegar by diluting a few tablespoons with a gallon of water. When you shower, rinse your hair with the mixture. Dry your hair as usual.

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Neem Leaves

Neem leaves are widely used in India as an herb for many purposes, but mainly for cooking. They are also a wholly natural remedy for the treatment of dandruff. It can be used right from your home and is relatively efficient as a remedy. Neem leaves are great because they relieve itching; another added benefit is their anti-fungal nature, which prohibits dandruff from causing any more damage. Despite their powerful smell, neem leaves are a fantastic alternative to other treatments.

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Listerine

Despite being created for the cleaning of the mouth, Listerine, and other similar products, are also used for treating dandruff. Just think about it: Listerine is antifungal, which is one of the most common causes of dandruff. That's the logic behind this remedy. Before attempting to use it, consult your doctor to make sure it's safe for you. To proceed, dilute a few tablespoons of Listerine with water. Rinse your hair with the solution, and be sure to rinse your hair afterward with warm water. Dry as usual.

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Sun

Consider this: a lack of sun may be the culprit behind your dandruff. It may come as a surprise, but researchers have demonstrated that the more sunlight you receive, the less dandruff you will have. Of course, this doesn't mean you should hop into your bathing suit and spend the whole day in the sun; moderation goes a long way. What you should do, however, is to get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure each day. Remember to apply sunscreen and stay hydrated.

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Reducing Stress

Stress can affect the body in many ways, and dandruff is one. Stress causes an increase in cortisol, which lowers the number of lymphocytes and immune cells the body produces. A healthy immune system helps the body ward off harmful bacteria. Malassezia is a type of yeast that naturally grows on the face, skin, and scalp. In excess, it can cause dandruff. Weakened immunity lets it grow out of control and eventually lead to flaking. Practicing mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing or walking meditation can help relief stress, as can improving work-life balance.

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Aspirin

People take aspirin often, but most don't think to use it as a treatment for dandruff. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, an ingredient found in dandruff shampoos that helps exfoliate dead skin cells and does the same for dandruff flakes. It will also prevent a build-up of sebum, the oil on the scalp, and reduce inflammation. The best way to use aspirin for dandruff is by crushing one to two uncoated tablets into a powder and adding the mixture to your shampoo.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can benefit a person with dandruff in several ways. Countless studies show that aloe vera effectively treats seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that leads to flaking, because it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that relieve skin irritation. Aloe vera comes as a gel or ointment, both of which are easy to apply to the scalp. Adding a natural gel to your shampoo can also reduce flaking.

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Raw Honey

Raw honey, the unfiltered and unheated kind, is an effective antimicrobial home treatment for dandruff. Studies show that people have less itching in as little as a week after applying honey to the scalp. It is super easy to use, and the best method is to apply the honey, diluted with 10% warm water, to the scalp every other day. Leave the mixture for three hours before rinsing.

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Egg Yolk

While applying egg yolks to their hair might sound silly, it's a natural and effective way to treat dandruff. Eggs have tons of fatty acids that moisturize the scalp and relieve itchiness, which improves signs of flaking. Try combining an egg yolk with two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the scalp and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Follow with your regular shampoo routine.

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