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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.

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:


So far, the answer is no. Regulatory organizations around the world, including the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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.

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

  • Pyrithione zinc

  • Salicylic acid

  • Selenium sulphide

  • Sulfur

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

Pyrithione zinc 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. It has been tested more than 200 times, making it the most tested dandruff shampoo available.

Not only that, but our shampoos and conditioners contain the best elements of leading beauty hair care products – leaving your hairdandruff-free1 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.