Natural Remedies for Dandruff
A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law bought me some wonderful all-natural shampoo. I loved everything about it: the scent, lather, and most importantly, how it made my hair feel!
Naturally, when the shampoo ran out, I went to our local natural store to buy more. I was absolutely FLOORED at the price tag – $28.00 for just one bottle!
We absolutely cannot afford to pay that much for shampoo, so I left the bottle at the store. Then I decided to come home and try my hand at making my own natural, moisturizing dandruff shampoo.
Natural Remedies for Dandruff: Moisturizing Dandruff Shampoo
When I started making this recipe, I took a good look at the ingredients in the store-bought brand. I wanted to get my recipe as close to it as possible.
Liquid castile soap – The base of my shampoo is a natural, liquid castile soap. I love liquid castile soap because it has a wonderful lather and rinses clean. It’s also made with oils that are very good for skin and hair.
Shea butter – Next on my list was shea butter. It coats and protects hair and is rich in beneficial acids such as: linoleic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid. It’s been used for centuries to soften frizzy hair.
Coconut oil – I also used coconut oil because it contains a high percentage of lauric acid, which is wonderful to help reduce breakage and split ends. It also is wonderful to help manage dandruff and promote hair growth.
Sweet almond oil – Sweet almond oil helps moisturize and soften hair while promoting growth. It also makes the hair bright, silky, and shiny.
Essential oils – I also chose to include essential oils for an added boost. Rosemary essential oil is wonderful for hair and helps reduce dandruff and control oil production. Eucalyptus essential oil is also great to help control oil production and works as an astringent to reduce the size of pores on the scalp.
Homemade Moisturizing Dandruff Shampoo
- 3.5 ounces liquid castile soap (find it here)
- 1 ounce distilled water
- 1 ounce sweet almond oil (find organic almond oil here)
- 1 ounce shea butter, melted (find unrefined shea butter here)
- 4 ounces coconut oil, melted (find unrefined coconut oil here)
- 20 drops rosemary essential oil (find pure rosemary EO here)
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil (find pure eucalyptus EO here)
Note: Rosemary should not be used by pregnant mothers, epileptics, people with blood pressure issues, or children under 10. Do not use eucalyptus on children under 10.
If you fall under one of the categories in the warning, omit the rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils and add lavender instead. It doesn’t work quite as well, but it will help soothe the scalp.
- Measure out castile soap and water in a seal-able container. (You can use a bottle with a squirt-top – I used a recycled glass seltzer container.)
- Add sweet almond oil and shake to combine.
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter in the microwave or in a double boiler.
- Add coconut oil/shea butter mixture to your shampoo container while still melted.
- Cap and shake well to combine. (You may have to do this a few times to get everything combined.)
- Add essential oils and shake again to mix.
- Shake bottle well before each use, as oils may separate.
- Pour or squirt a handful of shampoo directly onto hair and scalp.
- Lather, taking care to avoid the eyes.
- Allow shampoo to sit on hair and scalp for 1-2 minutes.
- Rinse out thoroughly.
Note: This recipe is much thinner than store-bought shampoos and has slightly less lather. It just means that a little bit will go a long way! Use caution around the eyes as this recipe can be irritating to them.
Still having problems with dandruff? Try one of these easy, natural hair rinses.
Want to try another DIY shampoo? Try one of these other shampoo and conditioner recipes:
- Homemade Shampoo Made with Beneficial Jojoba Oil
- A Simple Natural Effective Homemade Dry Shampoo
- How To Make Homemade Natural Shampoo
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair: A Natural Conditioner
- Homemade Conditioner For Hair
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