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4 Tried & Tested DIYs To Get Rid Of Terrible Dandruff

4 Tried & Tested DIYs To Get Rid Of Terrible Dandruff

Are you also tired of the million links and reels that come up every time you’re looking for ways to get rid of dandruff? It is extremely overwhelming – but at the same time, I kind of feel good knowing I am not alone.

I’m here with tried and tested DIYs that helped me shun dandruff out of my life recently. Will it be back? I’m yet to find out – but is it gone for months now? Definitely.

Scroll on to know these 1-ingredient DIYs that will make you want to wear black outfits without hesitation.


Fenugreek is the other name you might know it by, but since methi is more desi, we will call it just that.


Why Methi?

Methi seeds have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in abundance. They are also anti-inflammatory. All of these properties help methi soothe your scalp and also get rid of dandruff.

How To Use It:

  1. Soak at least 2 tablespoons of methi in water and keep it overnight.
  2. The next morning, grind the soaked seeds along with the water to get a slimy paste.
  3. Apply this thoroughly on your scalp.
  4. Keep it for 20-30 mins and wash it off with lukewarm water and mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner.

I avoid applying it on my strands because it weighs my hair down with extra moisture, but if you have frizzy or dry hair – go ahead and apply it on your strands too.

Plain Curd

Yes, our beloved curd that has established itself as an “irreplaceable” ingredient in our chicken recipes, delicious drinks, and even as a side to yummy parathas, has a lot more to offer still.

Why Curd?

Curd’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties not only cool your scalp but also coat your strands with moisture, adding a natural sheen to your hair. It tends to protect your hair against pollution and build-up – which are two major reasons behind dandruff. Further Vit B and D that are found in curd nourish your hair to the T.


How To Use It:

  1. Take 2-3 tablespoons of curd (or more if you have longer/thicker hair).
  2. Whip it up so that it turns into a smooth paste.
  3. Apply it to your scalp and strands.
  4. Let it sit for 25-30 mins.
  5. Wash it off with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner.

I often top it up with a hot towel or a thermal cap when I need this DIY to really work 10x better – especially in winter or when I am facing extremely flaky scalp during transitioning seasons.


One lemon a week, keeps dandruff away. Though that did not rhyme, you got the gist right?

Why Lemon?

Lemon contains Citric acid which is an effective ingredient in treating dryness and therefore, dandruff. It balances your scalp’s pH levels and its antimicrobial properties making sure that there is no growth or accumulation of fungus on your scalp. Ever heard of Seborrheic Dermatitis? Well, it is a disease that is might be one of the reasons why you have dandruff. And the Vitamin B in lemon helps reduce the risk of this occurring.

How To Use It::

  1. Take 2-3 lemons and slice them up.
  2. You can either extract the juice in a bowl and use a ball of cotton to apply it to your scalp, or you can directly (mildly) rub the lemon on your scalp after sectioning your hair.
  3. Keep the juice on your scalp for at least 20 mins to bear the benefits.

Avoid doing this frequently or it might end up drying your hair strands as was the case with me. Or it might even lighten the natural colour of your hair. Also, do not step out in the sun with lemon juice on your hair and scalp – it will really damage your cuticles.



Okay, this one’s all thanks to my grandmother and her 19856740th “We did not have these fancy stuff in our times…” lecture. She mentioned using hibiscus flower petals and even leaves to cure dandruff and make her hair look shiny AF.

Why Hibiscus?

So this flower and its leaves contain a high amount of mucilage that offers a heavy dose of natural conditioning and also restores your hair’s elasticity (in a way rewinding hair damage, too). The natural ultra-emollient contained in this flower traps moisture in your hair for longer hours and avoids dryness or frizziness – thus, dandruff too.

How To Use It:

  1. Take 1-2 hibiscus flowers and leaves (try not plucking them and just picking the ones that have already fallen off the plant).
  2. Soak the petals and the leaves in water overnight.
  3. Remove the flowers and leaves from the now slimy water.
  4. Use this water as a serum and let the magic unfold.

Thanks grandma!

And it also helps to add some anti-dandruff hair products to your routine as well.


The St. Botanica Anti-dandruff Pre-biotic Scalp Serum soothes itchiness and hydrates the scalp with a refreshing formula. It helps treat dandruff at the root and prevents it from spreading.

The most important part of an anti-dandruff haircare routine is picking the right shampoo and the St. Botanica Anti-dandruff Pre-biotic Shampoo clarifies the scalp to keep it squeaky clean. It also leaves a minty fresh feeling that provides a huge relief from itchiness.

The St. Botanica Anti-dandruff Pre-biotic Conditioner is an anti-dandruff conditioner that can be used on the scalp too. It soothes the scalp and adds shine to the hair .

Trust me and try one of these for at least 2 weeks to see impressive results. You can do it alternate days of the week or twice a week if you are running low on time like me.


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30 Jun 2023

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