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Home Remedies For Dandruff - Can They Really Get Rid Of It?

There are many natural remedies for dandruff you’ll find on the internet, but they probably won’t be effective. Find out why.

Picture with ingredients to be used in home remedies: a bottle with tap water, a coconut, a lemon, a small bowl with baking soda, a mortar.

In an era where organic and natural solutions are celebrated, the allure of home remedies for dandruff is understandably potent. For many, there's comfort in the idea that the ingredients they're applying to their scalp are familiar and seemingly devoid of chemical additives. These treatments not only promise relief but also offer the satisfaction of a hands-on, homemade approach.

Thanks to the internet, you now have a wealth of opinions about how to treat dandruff, including home remedies.

The fact is, the right treatment for dandruff is one that tackles the root cause. In this case, the dandruff trigger is irritating substances made by a common scalp microbe called Malassezia globosa.

Dandruff is incredibly common too, with 1 in 2 people susceptible to the scalp irritation and flakes we associate with dandruff.

Here are a few common home remedies for dandruff you may have seen online:


Regulatory organizations around the world, have assessed many different compounds’ effectiveness at fighting dandruff.

At this stage, no home remedy has been proven to be as effective as an anti-dandruff shampoo.


Scientifically Formulated Ingredients

Anti-dandruff shampoos are formulated with active ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium sulphide, and piroctone olamine, which are clinically proven to combat dandruff-causing fungi. These ingredients target the root cause of dandruff, providing more effective and lasting results.

Convenience and Ease of Use

Unlike home remedies that require preparation and application, using an anti-dandruff shampoo is as simple as regular shampooing. This convenience encourages consistent usage, maximising the shampoo's benefits over time.

Fast and Visible Results

Anti-dandruff shampoos often provide rapid relief from itching, flaking, and irritation. Users can experience visible improvements in just a few washes, boosting their confidence and encouraging continued use.

Varied Formulas for Different Needs

Whether your dandruff is mild or severe, there's an anti-dandruff shampoo formulated to address your specific needs. These shampoos come in various strengths, catering to a wide range of scalp conditions.

Long-Term Scalp Health

Consistent use of anti-dandruff shampoos not only treats dandruff but also helps maintain a healthy scalp environment. By controlling the overgrowth of dandruff-causing fungi, these shampoos prevent future flare-ups.

The following compounds have been tried, tested and verified by various international regulatory bodies to fight against dandruff and are found in anti-dandruff shampoos:

  • Climbazole

  • Coal tar

  • Ketoconazole

  • Piroctone olamine

  • Salicylic acid

  • Selenium sulphide

  • Sulfur

While they each help fight dandruff, they vary in effectiveness and in how enjoyable they are to use.

Piroctone Olamine is the main active ingredient in Head & Shoulders shampoo. Our formula uses a unique form of this compound that has been clinically proven to prevent dandruff. 

Not only that, but our shampoos and conditioners contain the best elements of leading beauty hair care products – leaving your hair dandruff-free* while still looking, feeling and smelling great.

Head and Shoulders Apple Fresh shampoo bottle composed with fresh green apples and a splash of water

Our Classic Clean 2-in-1 shampoo is ideal for all hair types, relieving itchy scalp and getting rid of dandruff flakes.

Instead of leaving your hair smelling like vinegar or alcohol like some of the home remedies for dandruff, use our Apple Fresh Shampoo.

More about dandruff

More tips and advice from the experts:

*Visible flakes, with regular use.