5 Homemade Anti-Dandruff Shampoos: Get Clean & Clear Scalp Naturally - hair buddha
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5 Homemade Anti-Dandruff Shampoos: Get Clean & Clear Scalp Naturally

Homemade shampoo for Dandruff


I got rid of Dandruff after switching to homemade shampoo.

Just the first use made a noticeable difference.

And I couldn’t believe I had put up with dandruff for so many years and the cure was right at my home.

I thought the yeast – which is what the dandruff literature puts down to – was the cause of my dandruff. So I was trying just about every anti-dandruff shampoo on the planet.

To remove the yeast, I even took probiotics supplements and ate yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and what not till my system gave up and revolted by making me sick.

But dandruff stayed.

Until I switched to homemade shampoo.

But the reason I moved to homemade shampoo was not dandruff, but hair loss (I was losing massive amounts of hair then). My instincts told me to switch to homemade shampoo.

And that really saved my hair as well as got rid of dandruff. Not just that, my hair became more bounce, more shine and after a few months, many new hair started to grow on my scalp.

Switching to homemade shampoo is the best thing that I did for my hair. It fixed so many problems.

And I also realised later on that it was not the yeast that was causing dandruff but I was having an allergic reaction to the store-bought shampoo.

Problems with store-bought shampoo

  • Most of them contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) – which is a detergent used to remove the grease and dirt. But SLS is a known skin irritant and can cause itchy scalp, dry skin, eczema and even pollute the environment by getting into the ground water.
  • The preservatives they contain may not agree with your skin and cause an allergic reaction.
  • Due to the presence of harsh detergents, it strips the natural protective oils from the scalp, leaving it dry and exposed to the elements.
  • Even the so called natural shampoos may not help. This is because the natural detergents in them tend to have a higher pH, whereas our scalp has a lower pH. And this pH imbalance affects the skin function, making it prone to dry skin, rashes and inflammation.
  • This whole thing has an effect on hair follicles, causing dull and brittle hair. When the scalp—which is the foundation of hair—is unhealthy, it will not grow healthy hair.

Bottom line: if you have been suffering from dandruff and nothing seem to help, give your store bought shampoo a break and try these natural alternatives. Just by switching to homemade shampoo you can expect a big difference in your dandruff.

I have 5 options for you. You can try them all and see what works for you:

  1. Shikakai ph Balanced Shampoo
  2. Honey Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  3. Yucca Root Shampoo for Dry and Itchy Scalp
  4. Rhassoul Clay Deep Cleanse Shampoo
  5. Cucumber and Lime Scalp Detox

Here are Homemade Shampoos for Dandruff that will remove the flakes and make your hair shiny and beautiful….

1. Shikakai pH Balanced Shampoo


This is my go to shampoo when I have itchy, flaky scalp. But you can also use this as an everyday shampoo. It cleans the scalp beautifully, without stripping it of its natural protective oils. This natural shampoo is also a treat for your hair. Because of its moisturising and conditioning effects, it will leave your hair feeling soft, shiny and bouncy.

The good thing is that it works for all hair types; just follow the little tweaks below.

I use whole herbs – shikakai, marshmallow root and soap nut – to make this anti-dandruff shampoo. Here’s what each ingredient has to offer.

Shikakai: This herb is naturally pH balancing and helps to keep the scalp healthy and dandruff free. It also gently cleans the hair and increases silkiness and bounciness of hair.

Marshmallow root: It has wonderful soothing properties that calm dry irritated scalp. Marshmallow is also a good alternative to store bought conditioner. The high mucilage in it provides slip like a conditioner and makes detangling very easy.

Reetha (soap nut): If you have lost a lot of hair due to dandruff, this herb will help a great deal. Reetha has been used for centuries as a natural cleanser. It not only cleans the hair but also strengthens the hair roots, as well as adds shine and body to your hair. While it’s anti-microbial properties help with scalp conditions such as dandruff and eczema.

You will need:


Step 1: This is optional. Soak all the herbs in water for 8-15 hours. This helps to soften them and release more of their goodness with less cooking.

Step 2. Combine the herbs with water in a stainless-steel pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add more water if needed. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave it to ‘steep’ until it cools. Strain out the herbs and add the essential oil if using. Done. (You can pour the liquid into a squeeze bottle for easy use.)

Step 3: Feel free to experiment with other herbs (nettle, lavender, chamomile, amla) and essential oils.

To use:

Apply the mixture on wet hair. Pour the shampoo over hair and massage the scalp gently. If you can, catch the drippings in the bowl and keep pouring them through your hair until they are all used.

Soak hair in the shampoo liquid for 4-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let your hair dry naturally.

Enjoy your clean and healthy scalp, and refreshed and bouncy hair.

Extra Notes:

  1. Shikakai may darken your hair over time. Although there is no real replacement for shikakai, you can try skipping it and adding an extra reetha berry to make this shampoo.
  2. If you don’t have marshmallow root, you can replace it with flax seeds or fenugreek seeds.
  3. You can make large quantities of this shampoo and freeze them in ice cube tray. More instructions here.

2. Honey Anti-Dandruff ShampooHoney anti-dandruff shampoo


Because of its many healing properties, honey has a high reputation in natural medicine. It even works as an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Honey is a natural anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, so washing your hair with honey can help clear and prevent scalp issues. Besides, the acidity of honey works wonders to balance the scalp pH – this keeps the microbes and other nasties in check.

Honey is also a great moisturiser. Due to its humectants nature, honey hydrates and conditions the scalp and makes hair soft, shiny and frizz-free.

You will need:

Combine honey and water in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to a container, such as an old shampoo bottle or a  squeeze bottle. Shake well before use.

This recipe will last 3-4 wash. Honey itself is a great preservative so it shouldn’t get spoilt, but to be on the safe side keep this refrigerated.

How to use

Wet hair. Then massage the honey shampoo for about a minute, and rinse well. Let your hair dry naturally.

Extra notes:

  • Make sure you use raw honey — non-raw honey is processed and doesn’t contain same properties.
  • You can also experiment adding other optional ingredients such as clay (bentonite, fullers earth) and aloe vera gel to the honey shampoo. They help to get your hair squeaky clean, especially if you have oily hair.
  • Some people like to follow up with apple cider vinegar (acv) or lime juice rinse. Mix 1 tablespoon acv with 1 cup of water, pour over your hair and rinse thoroughly. This adds shine and removes any hard water build up.

3. Yucca Root Shampoo for Dry, Itchy Scalpyucca root shampoo for dry itchy scalp


Yucca Schidigera, also known as Spanish dagger is native to the south eastern region of America (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and California). Its roots contain natural saponins and were used to make soaps by native Americans. They also washed their hair with yucca to fight dandruff and hair loss.

Yucca root soothes and nourishes the scalp. And its emollient properties moisturises hair and adds luster and softness to it.

The other two ingredients in this homemade shampoo are amla and fenugreek. Amla is rich in vitamin C and powerful antioxidants that help maintain a healthy scalp. Amla also provides nourishment for thicker and faster hair growth.

Fenugreek is a great natural conditioner. It makes hair smooth, shiny and easy to comb.

You will need:

This shampoo is quick and easy to make. Place all the powders in a bowl. Slowly pour in hot water to make a runny paste, and let it cool (it will only take a couple of minutes). You can add essential oil at this stage and give it a good mix.

To use:

Massage the mixture through the hair just like shampoo. Let it sit on your hair for 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Extra Notes:

  1. shikakai powder may work as substitute for yucca root.
  2. Amla can darken fair hair over time. Try replacing it with herbs such as chamomile flowers, lavender or orange peel powder.

4. Rhassoul Clay Deep Cleanse ShampooRhassoul Clay Deep Cleanse Shampoo


This brown coloured clay, with its smooth silky texture, is a superb natural cleanser. Rhassoul clay is known for its ability to draw out impurities that can build up on scalp and hair. Rich in natural minerals, rhassoul clay moisturises hair, improves elasticity, and makes hair super soft. It’s also very soothing on the scalp and helps calm skin irritation.

You will need:

To make this mud cleanser, simply add water to the clay to make a runny paste. That’s it and you’re ready to use.

Tip: If your hair is dry, stir in a few drops of oil (such as almond oil) to make the mixture more moisturising.

How to use:

Massage the rhassoul mixture into the scalp and hair, and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Enjoy your dandruff-free scalp and beautiful hair.

Extra notes:

  1. You can make this shampoo more exotic by replacing water with floral water (rose, chamomile) or blend in herbal teas such as rosemary, mint or chamomile.
  2. If your hair doesn’t feel clean enough, follow up with apple cider vinegar (acv) or lime juice rinse. Mix 1 tablespoon acv with 1 cup of water, pour over your hair and rinse well. This adds shine and removes any hard water build up.

5. Cucumber and Lime Scalp Detox


This is a very soothing cleanser for your itchy, flaky scalp.

Cucumber contains some amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties, which reduce redness and unwanted inflammation.

Cucumber also naturally hydrates and moisturises the scalp – this will get rid of the dryness and flaking. And for your hair, cucumber offers lots of antioxidants, mineral, amino acids and other nutrients which nourish hair follicles and promote growth.

Cucumber combines really well with lime. Because of its acidic nature, lime helps to remove oil, dirt and dead skin cells from your scalp. Lime is rich in vitamin C and other nutrients which offer detoxifying, antiseptic and stimulating benefits. It not only promotes healthy scalp but also adds shine and silkiness to your hair.

You will need:

  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Blend the cucumber to a fine paste. Mix in lime juice and your detox scalp is ready to use.

How to use:

Apply this mixture to your scalp. You can use your fingers or a cotton piece and apply section by section. Massage gently for a couple of minutes, and let it soak in for 5-15 minutes. Then wash it out.

Your hair will be cleansed, nourished, and moisturized.

Extra notes:

If you have long or curly hair, use cucumber juice instead of pulp. After you blend the cucumber to a fine paste, squeeze out the cucumber juice using a fine sieve or muslin cloth (handkerchief also works fine). Then discard the pulp and use just the juice. This will prevent the cucumber bits hanging on to your hair.

More tips to Geting Rid of Dandruff

1. Eat Yogurt. Live or homemade yogurt contains tons of healthy bacteria – which helps to keep dandruff causing yeast/fungus in check.

2. Take a daily dose of Healthy Fats: Healthy fats are anti-inflammatory and they will slow down the production of flaky skin as well as soothe irritated skin. Good fats are ghee, butter, avocados, nuts (cashew, almonds, walnut), and seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower).

3. Stay happy: Stress is the root of most illness, and it can even make your dandruff worse. Some proven ways to stay happy all the time are: exercise, write a gratitude journal, own less stuff, practice mindfulness (live in the present moment), help others, and go out and do something that scares you (try a new recipe, talk to a stranger, ask for a raise).

4. Apply miracle hair mask 

This homemade hair mask contains just 2 common kitchen ingredients but is extremely effective in getting rid of dandruff. Give it a try.


I would love to hear how the dandruff shampoo/s worked for you…. Share in the comment box below… 

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