12 Best Dandruff Shampoos in 2022, According to Dermatologists


How to use aspirin for dandruff?

Using aspirin with water for dandruff

Home remedies for dandruff

Take aspirin tablets and crush them. Add crushed aspirin powder to a glass of water. Mix it well with the help of a spoon. Use a cotton ball to spread this aspirin water to your scalp. After spreading allow it to sit for 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy twice a week to get the effective result.

Using aspirin with shampoo for dandruff

Take the crushed aspirin and mix it well with your regular shampoo. After mixing it well apply to your scalp and leave it for 15- 20 minutes. Rinse off your hair with cold water. You can also add aspirin to your shampoo bottle. Make sure, you are shaking well the shampoo bottle before applying. Do the same leave it for 20 minutes then wash it off. Follow this remedy twice a week to get dandruff free hair.

Using aspirin with fenugreek seeds for dandruff

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It is the best combination to get rid of dandruff. Just you need to soak handful fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind it the following morning. Add crushed aspirin in fenugreek paste. After mixing well apply it to your scalp and hair. Let it sit for half an hour and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy after every 15 days to notice the best result.

Using aspirin with apple cider vinegar for dandruff

Apple cider vinegar is rich in antioxidants properties that promote the health of hair. The mixture of aspirin and apple cider vinegar works magically to remove OR prevent dandruff. Just you need to add crushed aspirin in a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply it to your scalp and allow it to sit for an hour. Rinse well your hair with cold water. Make sure, you are not using shampoo. Follow this remedy thrice a week OR twice a week.

Using aspirin with oil for dandruff

How to get rid of dandruff with salt

There are other options also to get rid of dandruff. You need olive oil OR coconut oil. Add crushed aspirin in it. After mixing well apply it to your scalp. Allow it to sit overnight. Following morning wash your hair with your regular shampoo. You can also prefer aspirin mix shampoo for the better result. Repeat this remedy twice a week for one to two months. The combination of aspirin and oil is one of the best options to get rid of dandruff as well as it promotes the growth of hair.


Baking Soda Solution

Baking soda can help loosen dry skin and when mixe

Baking soda can help loosen dry skin and when mixed with lavender oil leave behind a well-balanced, soothed scalp. As a natural exfoliator, it also works as an antifungal treatment, The essential oil is effective in addressing any inflammation or redness as well.


¼ cup baking soda ¾ cup purified water 10 drops lavender essential oil Clean shampoo bottle


Upcycle an old shampoo bottle for this and shake the baking soda and water vigorously to well blend it. Add the oils and shake again before using it. It works best if massaged into the scalp after you clean your hair and then rinsed out with cool water.

Manuka Honey for Dandruff

Honey has long been hailed as a go to for healing

Honey has long been hailed as a go to for healing and health, and there is no question as to why. Highly hydrating, long-lasting, and with the ability to soothe and heal with strong antioxidant properties, it is a perfect solution for a natural dandruff remedy.


Dissolve honey in warm water and massage into scalp. Wrap with a towel and leave in for up to 3 hours before rinsing out.

Jupiter Balancing Shampoo

This lather features zinc pyrithione, an antifungal active, along with some plant-based botanicals to punch up some of the scalp-relieving benefits. Like garlic extract, for example, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties: “As an antifungal, garlic is most effective in the extract form,” says naturopathic doctor Jaime Schehr, N.D., R.D., about the ingredient.

Balancing Shampoo, Jupiter ($23)

Home Treatments for Dandruff

Aside from dandruff shampoos, a few other things may help control it. For example, managing your stress could help with flaking, or you might try some of these natural treatments. They’re either moisturizing or they might be helpful against bacteria or fungi:

  • Coconut oil. Start by rubbing 3 to 5 teaspoons of this into your scalp, then wait an hour and shampoo your hair.

  • Aloe vera. Rub a bit into your scalp  just before you shampoo your hair.

  • Apple cider vinegar: Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of water, then pour it over your scalp. Leave it in for at least 15 minutes, then rinse your scalp well.

  • Aspirin. Crush two aspirin and mix them with your shampoo, then shampoo your hair. Let it sit for 2 minutes then rinse it out.

  • Baking soda. Wet your hair, then put baking soda on your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it out.

  • Lemon juice. Rub 2 teaspoons of lemon juice into your scalp, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse. Follow that by mixing another teaspoon of lemon juice mixed with 1 cup of water and pouring it over your scalp.

  • Olive oil. Rub several drops of olive oil into your scalp, cover your hair with a shower cap, then sleep on it. In the morning, shampoo your hair. 

Some studies have shown that tea tree oil, a by-product of the Australian tea tree, may help with dandruff, but more research is needed. In some cases, it can irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.

The Itch-Relieving One

First Aid Beauty Anti-Dandruff Shampoo with 1% Pyrithione Zinc $30 This shampoo is First Aid Beauty’s first swing at hair-care products. The skin-care and makeup brand has always been keen on treating specific dermatological issues, so tackling dandruff is a natural next step. Formulated with one percent pyrithione zinc and vitamin E, the creamy shampoo removes flakes while soothing not only the scalp, but also the hair follicles. While I don’t suffer from too much dandruff, I do have an extremely itchy scalp from wearing so many weaves, and this shampoo, alongwith its sister serum, has been a game changer for my scalp. —Asia Milia Ware, junior beauty and fashion writer $30 at Sephora Buy $30 at Dermstore Buy

Is It Really Dandruff?

To decide whether your dandruff shampoo isn’t working, you first of all need to determine if you’re experiencing dandruff or another condition like dry scalp. To many people these both look the same, but they’re two different conditions with different treatment needed to get rid of each. Using a dandruff shampoo can initially eradicate the dandruff but continued use of the shampoo may strip oils and moisture from the scalp resulting in flaking often mistaken for dandruff.

Dandruff is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which lives naturally on the scalp and feeds on the oils or sebum produced by the scalp. An abundance of dead skin cells on the scalp trap oils, which in turn feed the fungus allowing it to grow at a quicker pace. A buildup of hair care products or shampoos, not washing the hair enough or well enough and leaving the hair damp (i.e. going to bed with damp hair) all create an environment where dandruff can grow.

Dry scalp simply refers to the dry skin on your scalp caused by many factors including climate and cold weather, harsh chemicals found in shampoos, residues left behind by styling products or even shampooing too often. Although flakes caused by dry scalp are mistaken for dandruff, they’re normally smaller, have more of a white color than the yellowish tint of dandruff and don’t feel greasy when rubbed between the fingers. Scratching a dry scalp results in a snow fall around the shoulders whereas running your hand through a scalp with dandruff will usually end up with flakes of dandruff stuck under your fingernails and they’ll feel oily too.

The Best-Smelling Option

Philip B Anti-Flake II Relief Shampoo $40 $40 Instead of chemical exfoliants or ketoconazole, Philip B’s Anti-Flake shampoo uses zinc and coal tar to fight dandruff. They work to normalize your scalp’s natural oil production and slow down the rate at which scalp skin cells die and flake off. Philip B’s shampoo is perfect if your dandruff situation is mild to moderate, and I can’t get over how great it smells: like a hippie oil store. –A.W. $40 at Net-A-Porter Buy $42 at Nordstrom Buy


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AG Hair Natural Balance Apple Cider Vinegar Sulfate-Free Shampoo

ACV is the workhorse here, with argan oil and aloe vera to hydrate and smooth the strands. The essential oil blend of rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, and clary sage also offers a fresh, elevated scent. 

Natural Balance Apple Cider Vinegar Sulfate-Free Shampoo, AG Hair ($32)

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