so you’ve got the flakes…

so you’ve gone no-poo/low-poo and now you’ve started seeing some flakes…
or maybe the cold weather has dried up your poor scalp.
let’s check out some ways to keep your scalp moisturized and healthy!

natural dandruff recipes (even no-poo friendly ones!)

causes of dry scalp/flakes/dandruff:

  • dry scalp
  • irritation to ingredients
  • bacteria/fungus on the scalp

so what can we do to help our scalps out? try these natural solutions! you don’t need to do them all. experiment and see which one/s work best for you and your hair type 🙂 when trying one, use it for a few washes before you judge it. some of these will take a little time, and others will be a little more immediate (depending on the severity of the dandruff and your hair type). the “**” denotes low-poo friendly options only, and should be avoided by no-poo-ers!

natural solutions to dandruff – 

overall tips:

  • drink enough water. you should be drinking roughly 1/2 oz of water per pound of body weight, or 2/3 oz of water per pound of body weight if you’re very active.
  • wash your hair less & remember to scritch and preen!
  • take fish oil supplements. i swear by this fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend. it’s pricey, but the best money can buy (that i know of).  you can either get it in capsules (easier to take daily), or as a gel (what i have… it’s tough taking it, but i don’t mind much anymore. it goes great in tuna salad! haha).

natural solutions:

each solution is unique, so don’t be afraid to play around with them (and maybe even mix some things up!)

  • try a different wash – if you’re a no-poo-er, ditch the baking soda and switch to a no-poo alternative or a low-poo (you can even try water-only, which is what i do now!). the bs/acv routine could very well be too drying for your scalp. you can always switch back later on down the road!
  • raw honey – slather raw honey on your scalp and massage into wet hair. let it sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse well with cool water.
  • acv – use an acv rinse on your scalp. this should be stronger than your usual acv rinse. try 3-4  tbs per cup instead of the usual 1 tbs. rinse well with cool water.
  • EOs – add a few drops of tea tree oil or rosemary oil to your bs/acv mixes. rinse well with cool water.
  • pure aloe vera – slather pure aloe vera on your scalp and let sit for 15-20 minutes. rinse with cool water. *this is my go-to remedy!
  • lemons – rinse with lemon water (1 tbs fresh lemon juice to 1 cup water). rinse well with cool water.
  • witch hazel – rinse with 3 tbs witch hazel and 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice. rinse well with cool water.
  • whip up a couple egg yolks and apply it to your scalp on dry hair. let it sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse very well with cool water.
  • onion – blend an onion and massage the “paste” into your scalp. leave on for 30-60 minutes and rinse very well with cool water. a lemon juice rinse will get rid of the onion smell!
  • coconut oil – massage coconut oil into your scalp before you wash your hair. let it sit for 20 minutes to overnight and wash out. you can add in 1 drop of tea tree oil or rosemary oil for every tbsp of coconut oil for extra flake fighting power! **
  • oils – as with CO, you can also massage almond oil or jojoba oil into your scalp before you wash your hair. let it sit for 20 minutes to overnight and wash out. you can add in 1 drop of tea tree oil or rosemary oil for every tbsp of oil for extra dandruff fighting power! **
  • DIY scalp rinse – try this heavy duty scalp rinse!

whew! i hope this helps!
what’s worked best for you? any other tips you have?? leave it all below! ❤

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63 thoughts on “so you’ve got the flakes…

  1. Hi,
    If your dandruff is caused by the malassezia yeast/fungus it thrives on saturated fat so putting egg yolk on it will just feed the beastie.
    I have suffered from chronic dandruff ever since I can remember and have been using a variety of commerical shampoos to keep it under control.
    After doing lots of research on cures for dandruff and finding an interesting Indian study on clove oil and its effects on malassezia I decided to embark on no poo and the following protocol.
    I do BS/ACV in previously boiled water but then spray my scalp with some silver water( I had lying around) with a few drops of clove oil. Amazingly no flakes or itchiness.
    I have used distilled water and clove oil with similar effects ie no flakes.
    I’m from London which has ridiculously hard water so I think using previously boiled water when rinsing is also very iimportant.
    I think I have found my magic bullet and hopes it helps someone out there

  2. dis article helped me alot
    well can i skip baking soda n just rinse ma hair with ACV ?
    i did’nt find bakin soda in market..

  3. I use diluted castile for shampoo and I use a higher concentrate acv rinse. My scalp is very dry. Not itching dry, but just flaky dry. I’ve used the honey/aloe mixture and it doesn’t really seem to clear it up. Any suggestions?? I do have hard water but we have a water softener. I do also take fish oil and biotin supplements and I have a healthy diet so I’m rather frustrated at this point!!

  4. Sigh…still on the prowl for dandruff remedies.

    I’ve honestly tried everything you listed on here and it’s so frustrating because I still get flakes. I don’t want to use oils because I’m WO and shampoos just irritate my hair. The only thing that worked was this topical medicine that my doctor prescribed and I have to do it daily BUT I had to use commercial shampoo to get it out.

    Mild scalp psoriasis sucks. It really makes me sympathize with those who have this condition in a more severe form. As mild as my condition is, it’s already difficult to wake up and find flakes and everything. If there are any readers out there with psoriasis and have had some success with WO and controlling the flakes, or any kind of hair washing routine, let me know!

    I’m desperate to get rid of these flakes.

    You can find my contact information on:

  5. Hey Alex!
    How many times do you have to use the above remedies before you see a improvement in dandruff? And how often should I do them? Your blog has helped me SO much, thank you!

    1. hey sierra! you should feel an improvement after the first use or 2. you can try mixing aloe, honey, and a tad bit of acv for a real punch! that should help things after the 1st treatment. you can use a mix of 75% aloe and 25% honey every time or every other time you wash you hair, and taper off the frequency as your scalp improves. i hope this helps!

  6. Hey alexraye, someone has probably already suggested this, but i’ve had good luck with chamomile tea rinses. I steep 3 chamomile tea bags in 1-2 cups of water, depending on the strength i want, and then pour it on as a final rinse aftwe my low-poo shampoo and conditioner (shea moisture). Then i leave it while i shave my legs, then rinse with cool water. It works well, and it doesn’t smell all vinegar-y! It also brings out blonde highlights so that might not work for everyone

  7. I truely love this website!!! Thank you Alex!! My question is.. could this work on a person who is neither loo-poo or no-poo? I am no-poo but my good friend is neither and she has a bad problem with dandruff. Thank you !!!

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