That annoying scalp-made snowfall you may find on your shoulders doesn't have a single cause -- it can crop up because of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or even just dry scalp conditions. A yeast-like fungus, malassezia, also has a hand in causing the condition. It's costly to experiment with store-bought shampoos or pharmacy remedies, so save some cash by making your own treatments. You'll find everything you need to ward off dandruff in your kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet.
Make a solution of one part apple cider vinegar and one part warm water. Rinse your hair with the solution after shampooing, then rinse again with clean water.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a quarter-sized amount of your usual shampoo, and then use the mixture to shampoo as usual. Alternatively, dilute several drops of tea tree oil in a small amount of grape seed oil or olive oil. Rub the oil mixture into your scalp. Wrap a towel around your head and leave the oil on overnight. You could also wear a shower cap while you sleep. Rinse your hair well in the morning.
Crush two aspirins into a fine powder with the back of a clean spoon, then add the powder to a quarter-sized amount of your shampoo at each wash. Wait for one or two minutes before rinsing.
Rub plain yogurt into your scalp. Let the yogurt set for an hour, then rinse out with cool water.
Massage your scalp with 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Allow the oil to set for an hour, then shampoo your hair as usual.
Wet your scalp and hair thoroughly in the shower. Rub a handful of baking soda into your scalp. Rinse well with warm water. You do not need to shampoo with this remedy.
Rub 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp, then rinse out with warm water. Next, combine 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, then rinse your hair with the solution. Repeat this treatment daily.
Rinse your scalp with alcohol-based mouthwash after shampooing. Rinse well with warm water.
Soak 1 teaspoon of chopped rosemary in 1 cup of boiling water. When the mixture cools, strain out the rosemary. Rinse your scalp and hair with the rosemary water.
Boil 1 cup of water, then add 2 tablespoons of dried nettle leaves to the water. Let the solution steep overnight or for a few hours. Strain out the leaves, then pour 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar into the water. Use this mixture in place of your regular shampoo. You can find nettle leaves at herb shops or at stores that sell natural health remedies. If you can't find nettle, replace it with 1/4 cup of parsley.
Some shampoos are formulated to help resolve dandruff problems. Look for a product that contains tar, zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide. When using a shampoo, leave the lather on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.
Rub some aloe gel into your scalp to relieve itching.