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How Should you Treat Dandruff during the Winters?

Nithya Lakshmi | November 30, 2018

Winter is already in and it might be taking a toll on your hair care regime! When it comes to dealing with dandruff in winter, it might be a never-ending tale with no proper solution whatsoever. With absolutely little or no moisture around, the scalp on your head becomes extremely dry and results in white flakes which are nothing but dandruff. However, with a proper hair care routine, you can definitely get rid of dandruff in winters with ease. So, follow these handy tips and say no to dandruff. 

12 Ways To Eliminate Dandruff In Winter

1. Curd

According to hair expert, Javed Habib “eating dahi ( curd ) after every meal has become a common scenario in order to beat the heat in countries like India and this goes really well to soothe dryness and dandruff irrespective of the fact that you are a male or female”. So, you should apply curd to your scalp. Also, add lemon juice to the curd as doing so provides a perfect anti-dandruff treatment solution. 

Also read: 10 Proven Home Remedies For Dandruff Removal

2. Ginger

Another home remedy for dandruff in winter is using ginger. All you need to do is grate a small piece of ginger and extract its juice. Apply it to your scalp and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Now wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat this once or twice a month. This will get rid of dandruff effectively as ginger has great anti-fungal properties to protect your scalp against dandruff. 

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar is one of the best ways to avail dandruff treatment at home. Simply mix a quarter cup of each of the water and apple cider vinegar in a bottle and start spraying all over your scalp. Allow it to rest for an hour and wash as usual with your shampoo. This will work well as the acidity in apple cider vinegar helps in balancing the pH levels on your scalp, thereby eliminating dandruff.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Opt for tea tree oil and shampoo which provides immense moisture to your scalp and prevents dandruff from occurring. Just massage your scalp with tea tree oil and wash your hair the usual way. Repeat this twice a week and see the difference. This homemade remedy for dandruff is known for very promising results.

Must read: 5 Solutions to the most common hair problems by Jawed Habib

5. Baking Soda

Yes! Your kitchen has a powerful and simple remedy for your dandruff issues. Just rub a handful of baking soda on your scalp and rinse it off with warm water. Remember to skip the shampoo here. This will help in putting an end to fungi in no time and will start generating natural oils.  

6. Aloe Vera Therapy

Aloe vera is the most powerful solution for most of your skin and hair issues. Mix the pulp of aloe vera with a small piece of lemon and apply it to the scalp. Massage well and let it rest for a few minutes before you wash it off with warm water. Lemon contains anti-fungal properties and aloe vera is a natural moisturizer, this combination helps a lot in fighting against dandruff. 

7. Honey

Honey has antibacterial properties that help to get rid of dandruff during winters. You can prepare a hair mask with honey as honey also protects your scalp against damage and makes your hair stronger. All you have to do is make a mask with honey and gently apply it to your scalp. 

8. Coconut Oil

Using coconut oil in India for hair treatment is one of the oldest techniques. One of the best home remedies for dandruff is using coconut oil. Using coconut oil not only prevents the chances of dandruff but even makes your hair look shinier and luscious. 

Also read: Jawed Habib’s Tips To Prevent Hair Breakage

9. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a traditional remedy for treating dandruff. The presence of natural enzymes in yoghurt makes it possible to treat dandruff and other hair related problems. You can either apply yoghurt directly or mix it with lemon juice and use it as a hair mask for treating dandruff. 

10. Neem

Neem is an age-old remedy for treating hair problems. From treating hair fall to dandruff, neem does it all. Neem has antimicrobial and antifungal properties and thus helps to make your hair dandruff free. You can apply neem juice on your scalp for reaping the benefits of neem.

11. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice does wonders for your hair! Its juice is so effective that it can ensure natural shine as well as make your hair stronger. Moreover, you can also use lemon juice in combination with honey or aloe vera for additional benefits. 

12. Fenugreek 

Fenugreek is rich in proteins and nicotinic acid and thus is great for treating dandruff problems in a natural way. You can make a hair mask with fenugreek seeds after you have soaked it in water for overnight. You can also drink fenugreek water for nourishing your hair in the best possible way. 

Other Tips For Treating Your Dandruff Prone Hair

1. Often due to the cold weather during winters, we prefer taking hot showers. However, hair experts suggest never to indulge in hot showers. Always wash your hair with cool water to prevent the chances of dandruff.

2. Besides the water temperature, restrain from too many hair washes in a week. Stick to two or three. This is because washing your hair too often will ultimately lead to dryness on the scalp and gives way to dandruff.

3. Have a check on your stress levels as taking a lot of stress can indirectly lead you not taking proper care of your hair. Also, follow a healthy diet and drink plenty of water that helps a lot in keeping your hair in good health. 

4. Take care to wash your hair thoroughly if you have applied any gel or spray. At times this might also be the cause of scalp dryness and flakes.

5. Always remember to brush your hair at least twice a day to get rid of dead skin cells and prevent your hair from getting entangled. 


All in all, all of these age-old remedies are great for treating dandruff at the comfort of your home. So, adapt to using these instead of the chemical-based products available in the market that can be harmful to your hair. 


1. Why does dandruff occur in winter?

During winters due to the lack of moisture, the scalp gets dry, thus resulting in dandruff. Other causes of dandruff during winter include the common practice of indulging in hot showers. However, taking a hot shower results in dandruff, so avoid doing so during the winter. 

2. How to control dandruff in winter?

There are a number of home remedies that can help you control dandruff in winter. This includes using curd, baking soda, coconut oil, neem and lemon juice. 

3. What is the fastest way to get rid of dandruff in kids?

The best way is to use coconut or almond oil to get rid of dandruff in kids. 

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