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Yay dandruff! Said no one ever! Dandruff is not only gross but a clear sure fire sign that something is going awry on that head. Plus it can be extremely annoying especially if you are wearing a dark colored top. Talk about revealing an embarrassing secret. But just because you have dandruff doesn’t mean you have to live with it. There are a few steps you can take to get rid of it or at least decrease it’s frequent appearances.

So why do you have dandruff? That’s a pretty answer. When your hair isn’t producing enough natural oils to send to your scalp, the dryness causes the flakes to form. Dandruff is more common in the winter because of this, but it can be a year round problem as well. Dehydration is a common factor that causes dandruff, but skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema are also major key players in keeping us from being great.

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Dandruff

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Dandruff

1. PRE POO: Uh… first off if you’re not pre-pooing yet my real question is WHY! I am so such a proponent for properly pre-pooing before you start your wash day because it works miracles. Pre Pooing will help deliver moisture to your scalp and protect it from being excessively stripped of natural oils during the shampoo/co wash process. Try out pre-pooing for the next 4 weeks/ 4 wash days and see if it doesn’t work miracles not only for your dandruff situation but for your hair as well!


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2. Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV and I have a very interesting relationship, but never the less I can’t deny it is helpful for various things in your natural hair regimen/ journey. Apple cider vinegar rinses will help with eczema and psoriasis caused dandruff. Because it removes product build up and balances the pH of your hair, the ACV rinse is your best bet in soothing an irritated scalp. The anti inflammatory properties will help destroy any yeast that is causing the dandruff to appear in the first place. You can read up on the benefits of ACV here! 

3. Natural Oils: I don’t know about you but I worry about putting loads of oil on my hair. One… I have fine low porosity hair so putting heavy oils and butters on it is the complete opposite of what I want to do. It will weigh down my hair and too many oils can block the glands on our scalp and actually cause further damage. However you should include natural oils into your hair regimen. I always recommend mixing in fatty moisturizing oils with sealing oils. (yes… there is a difference. Find out if you’re using them all wrong here! ). Jojoba oil best matches the natural oils on our scalp, and olive oil/ avocado oil have antibacterial/ anti fungal properties that can help with the dandruff issue and penetrate into the scalp to help moisturize as well.


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4. Clarifying Shampoo: Now if you’re a curly girl follower then you’re probably rolling your eyes at this recommendation but here me out I’ve got something for you too. Clarifying shampoos help remove buildup, that’s just what they do. You can use moisturizing clarifiers to prevent drying out your scalp, and you can also PRE POO! (Yes it always comes back to pre-pooing doesn’t it). If you are absolutely dead set against shampoo, you can use other clarifying methods to make sure your scalp is clean and free of residue/ build up.


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5. Essential Oils: Now I don’t recommend pouring essential oils onto your scalp at full strength but adding rosemary, peppermint oil, or tea tree oil (my personal favorite) to your rinses is an absolute great idea to rid yourself of pesky dandruff. The antiseptic and pH balancing properties found in many essential oils help with inflammation, dryness, and irritation. It is important to remember to dilute the essential oils though to prevent any further irritation.

What methods have you tried to get rid of your dandruff situation? Let us know if you try any of these mentioned above and how they worked for you. You can also follow along on our dedicated Pinterest board below for more natural hair tips, tricks and DIY.


Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.