Anti-Dandruff Hair Masks: Effective Homemade Recipes

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Last reviewed: 15.03.2022

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When dandruff appears, most of us immediately look for the most effective remedy: dandruff shampoos, balms, conditioning rinses, and even creams and gels are used. Sometimes it seems that all means have been tried, but the problem is not going to disappear anywhere. Is there a way out of a sad situation? Often, a regular dandruff mask helps to completely get rid of adversity. As a rule, it is prepared from available products or other components, and the effectiveness of such a procedure has been tested and proven by time.

Indications for the procedure

Dandruff in medicine is considered one of the signs of pathology, therefore, it is not recommended to treat it with cosmetics alone - primarily because of the temporary effect. Therefore, a dandruff mask can be a good addition to the general therapy prescribed by a doctor (dermatologist or trichologist).[1]

What reasons are usually "guilty" that a person develops dandruff?

  • Frequent or improper hair coloring, lack of hair care, violation of hygiene rules.
  • Incorrectly selected, inappropriate shampoo.
  • Digestive disorders, diseases of the stomach and intestines, malnutrition.
  • Some chronic diseases, intoxications, infections (primarily fungal infections).

In these cases, it is important to eliminate the root cause of the problem - for example, to establish a healthy diet, change shampoo, visit a beautician, treat chronic ailments. And the anti-dandruff mask will serve as a pleasant and useful addition: it will speed up the restoration of the function of the sebaceous glands, help to quickly cleanse the skin and improve the condition of the hair.


In order for a dandruff mask to be as effective as possible, it must be properly prepared and used. Usually, experts advise applying the mask to dry hair, but this point should be clarified, because sometimes the product works better on wet hair.

The anti-dandruff mask is distributed over the hair exclusively with your hands, gradually rubbing it into the scalp. The therapeutic mass should be applied along the entire length of the hair, and as evenly as possible.

With oily dandruff, it is necessary to treat the hair roots and skin well, and for dry dandruff, the hair itself.

To prepare a homemade mask for dandruff, you should take only clean ceramic or glassware. The ingredients, of course, must be fresh, and their quantity must correspond to one serving. It is undesirable to prepare the mass for the mask for the future: during storage, the products deteriorate, and as a result, the product will not benefit, but harm.

In order for the dandruff mask to work faster and more fully, it is advisable to cover your head with an oilcloth cap or polyethylene after applying the product, and then with a towel. After the recommended time, the towel and cap are removed, and the mask is washed off with warm water. Hot water should not be used - especially if the mask included a raw egg.

If the mask was applied to dry hair, then it is better to rinse them with water using shampoo, and if the head was washed before the procedure, then a regular rinse will be enough. Repeat masks for dandruff optimally twice a week.

Technique Anti-Dandruff Hair Masks: Effective Homemade Recipes

It is quite possible to prepare a mask for dandruff without leaving home: this is exactly what most women do who do not have the time or extra money to visit salons. The main thing is to choose the right composition of the mask, otherwise dandruff will bother you even more.

Dandruff masks at home

Careful care is required if dry dandruff is bothering you. In such a situation, the mask should not only get rid of excessive peeling, but also restore the hair structure, moisturize and nourish. One such product that meets all these requirements is olive oil, which is very often used during salon procedures for excessive dry skin. The oil qualitatively nourishes and moisturizes, heals microdamages and stimulates tissue repair. If there is no olive product at hand, then it is quite possible to use any vegetable oil, but preference should be given to sea buckthorn, grape, sesame, peanut analogues.

It is allowed to use an oil mixture: this mixture is kept on the hair for 60 minutes, after which it is washed off with warm water and shampoo. Similar masks are repeated once every three days, for 1-1 ½ months.

Often available recipes for hair masks for dandruff include chicken or quail eggs, or only the yolk, as well as castor oil, vinegar, glycerin, herbal infusions (chamomile, sage, succession, nettle). As a rule, the prepared composition is applied to the scalp, gently rubbed into the root area, put on an oilcloth cap and wrapped with a towel. Wash off the product after 30-60 minutes, repeat the procedure once or twice a week.

Effective dandruff masks

The composition of the mask for dandruff can include a variety of ingredients. It depends on the cosmetic preferences of a person, and on the neglect of the problem, and on the availability of certain components. For example, masks based on onions, salt, soda, mustard powder are considered the cheapest ways to get rid of dandruff. Inexpensive and effective masks made from kefir, clay, rye bread.

If the procedure for applying a dandruff mask will be carried out on dyed hair, then in order to avoid damage and discoloration, only certain components should be used:

  • for people with bleached hair, it is better to choose oil masks - for example, mix castor and burdock oils equally, add a little lemon juice and hold on the hairline for an hour;
  • for those who prefer dark shades of paint, it is optimal to use dandruff masks based on chicken or quail eggs, onion peel, cognac, coffee grounds.

There are many effective masks that fight dandruff. On the one hand, such a variety can make it difficult to choose. But, on the other hand, each person has the opportunity to choose for himself “his own” remedy, which will not only get rid of an annoying problem, but also generally improve the condition of the curls.

  • Masks for dandruff and hair loss are often prepared on the basis of oils: castor, burdock, coconut. They may also contain oil solutions of vitamins, yeast, fermented milk products, herbal infusions or decoctions, or components that stimulate local blood circulation (mustard powder, ground pepper, etc.). Herbal supplements, in addition to fighting dandruff, aim to improve the overall condition of the hairline: plants such as chamomile, nettle, yarrow, sage, thyme are ideal for this. These herbs can also be used as a rinse.
  • Egg-based masks for dandruff and itching have always been considered one of the most effective remedies. After a full course of egg procedures, not only dandruff disappears, but the quality of hair improves, which becomes stronger and shinier. Egg masks are usually supplemented with components such as lemon juice, vinegar, garlic porridge, honey, and yeast.
  • Dry dandruff masks should contain oils (vegetable, essential), or dairy products (kefir, natural yogurt, whey), or oil solutions of vitamins (for example, tocopherol capsules, Aevit, etc.). The main direction of action of the dry dandruff mask is moisturizing, as well as tissue nutrition. Fresh vegetables and fruits also act as excellent moisturizers: in addition to moisture, they share vitamins and microelements, antioxidants and acids with the skin. Under the influence of such a rich treatment, dandruff disappears many times faster. For example, a banana-based mask is considered relevant for dry dandruff. For the procedure, take a couple of fully ripened bananas, one tablespoon of olive oil and the same amount of honey. All ingredients are mixed in a blender, the resulting mass is applied to the area of \u200b\u200bthe hair follicles, rubbed into the skin, and then distributed over all curls. Warm with an oilcloth cap and a towel, stand for 15 minutes, then rinse with shampoo.
  • Masks for oily dandruff, contrary to popular belief, should not dry out the skin, as this often causes a violation of the production of sebaceous secretions. Proper care for oily dandruff involves stabilizing the work of the sebaceous glands, saturating the tissues with nutrients, and cleansing the skin. Masks that are supposed to be used in the presence of this problem should simultaneously nourish, but not weigh down. For example, masks with rye bread, lemon juice or an egg, as well as the well-known mask with potatoes, meet these requirements. We'll tell you how to cook it. Grate a couple of raw potatoes, squeeze out the juice, which is then mixed with a glass of yogurt. The resulting mixture is applied to the scalp, wrapped in a towel and kept for no more than half an hour, after which it is washed off with water and shampoo. For enrichment with vitamins, grated cucumber or pumpkin pulp can be added to the mixture.
  • Dandruff masks with oils may include various oil components. These are vegetable oils (often olive or burdock, corn, grape seed, peanut or coconut), essential oils (tea tree, jojoba or citrus), oily vitamin solutions. For example, such a mask is effective, which can be taken as the basis for all oil masks: take 3 tbsp. L. Corn oil and 2 tsp. Lemon juice, mixed. Apply to dry curls, rub gently. Wrap your head in a towel, stand for 20 minutes and wash off using the usual shampoo. In this recipe, you can use different types of oils, alternating them at your discretion.
  • An anti-dandruff mask with burdock oil helps to get rid of excessive dryness, and generally strengthens hair and prevents hair loss. An excellent mask is prepared on the basis of burdock rhizome, burdock oil (ten tablespoons) and an oil solution of vitamin A (five drops). Fresh rhizome is cut into small pieces, poured with warm oil and placed in a cupboard for 14 days. After the specified time, the product is taken out, filtered, a vitamin solution is added and used as a mask for dandruff: applied to dry hair for about half an hour, washed off with shampoo.
  • Dandruff mask with castor oil perfectly copes with excessive dryness of the skin. For the procedure, you will need the following ingredients: one tablespoon of castor oil, the same amount of strongly brewed black tea and vodka. Everything is mixed in a glass bowl, applied to the head area, rubbed lightly, washed off with shampoo after about half an hour.
  • A dandruff egg hair mask can include a whole egg, or just the yolk (which is most common). The optimal composition is as follows: one raw yolk and 2 tablespoons of any vegetable oil. The ingredients are carefully ground, applied to the head and put on a warm towel or cap. After half an hour, the mask is washed off with slightly warm water, additionally washing with shampoo. Do not wash off the product with hot water, as the egg can curl up, and it will become much more difficult to get rid of it.
  • A dandruff mask with honey is prepared in different variations, but the combination of honey, lemon juice and camphor oil is the most popular. You need to take 1 tbsp. L. Honey, 1 tsp lemon juice and a couple of teaspoons of camphor oil. Everything is mixed, applied to unwashed hair, rubbed well, wrapped in a towel and left for 15-20 minutes, after which they wash their hair, as usual, with shampoo. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
  • A mustard mask for dandruff is considered one of the most popular, because it warms up perfectly, improves blood circulation, which helps to increase trophism and improve tissue nutrition. However, care must be taken when applying the mask. First of all, mustard powder can cause allergies and skin irritation. And secondly, the remedy can get into the eyes, which will lead to the most unpleasant sensations and can even become a provoking factor in the development of conjunctivitis. If the mask is applied and used carefully, then you can quickly achieve a positive effect. How to carry out the procedure? 1 liter of water is heated, 3 tbsp. L. Mustard powder, treat the skin and hairline with the resulting mixture, cover with a hat and a towel. Wash off after half an hour with warm water. Often this procedure cannot be repeated. Experts do not recommend using it more than once a week.
  • An onion mask for dandruff is applied only to the basal area, so that after the procedure the aroma characteristic of onions does not remain. But few people know about this, continuing to distribute the mask over all hair. When applying the onion mass for the first time, maximum caution should be exercised, since the onion is a rather aggressive plant and can cause allergic processes or even lead to burns. If unpleasant symptoms begin to appear after application, the product must be washed off as soon as possible. Masks with onions are different, with all sorts of additional ingredients. But the simplest is the usual monomask: they take 2 tablespoons of onion juice, carefully rub it into the root zone, warm the head and keep it for half an hour. Next, the product is washed off with shampoo (water should be at room temperature). If desired, honey, cognac, aloe juice are added to the onion juice.
  • A dandruff mask with kefir can also be prepared with natural yogurt or fresh yogurt. Additional ingredients are usually oils (olive, linseed, burdock) and a slice of rye bread. For 100 ml of kefir, take one teaspoon of the oil base. All mix, add a piece of bread, fray. Apply to the scalp for 25-30 minutes, rinse with water without detergent. If there is no time to prepare a mask, then experts advise simply moistening the roots with fresh kefir and holding it on your head for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Even periodic rinsing with a fermented milk product will help to gradually get rid of a fungal infection, which in most cases causes dandruff.
  • A mask with lemon for dandruff is different - for example, sometimes lemon juice or lemon tincture is used in the composition. The latter option is a very effective tool that helps get rid of oily dandruff, but it should be used carefully in order to avoid excessive dryness of the skin. Here's how to prepare such a mask. Squeeze the juice from one medium lemon, mix with a glass of high-quality vodka. The root area is impregnated with the resulting product daily, kept for about half an hour and washed off with lemon water without using shampoo. Lemon water in this case is a mixture of 500 ml of boiled water and three tablespoons of lemon juice. Regular carrying out of such a procedure quickly reduces the amount of sebaceous secretions, normalizes the function and cleanses the epidermis, strengthens the hair.
  • An anti-dandruff salt mask is also an excellent exfoliating tool, because the use of sea salt helps to get rid of exfoliated and dead cells much faster than other means. Dandruff disappears faster, hair becomes healthier, as it is saturated with nutrients and oxygen. The recipe for a salt mask is extremely simple: for a month, twice a week, the root zone is moistened with water and sea salt is rubbed into it. Further, the hair is not touched for 15-20 minutes, after which it is washed with warm water without shampoo. If you add a few drops of essential oil to the salt, you can achieve not only the disappearance of dandruff, but also strengthen and heal the hair follicles.
  • A vinegar anti-dandruff mask is more suitable for oily hair, but most often people simply rinse their hair after washing with vinegar solution, not knowing that an excellent and effective mask can be prepared on the basis of such a solution. We bring to your attention one of the effective recipes for such a dandruff mask. Take 2 tbsp. L. Fresh nettle leaves, the same amount of chopped nettle roots, one liter of boiling water, 1 tbsp. L. Apple cider vinegar and sea buckthorn oil. Crushed nettles are poured into boiling water, left for half an hour to infuse. Filter, cool, add vinegar with oil, apply on the head area for about 20 minutes (wrapped with a towel), rinse. Repeat the treatment twice a week.
  • Clay anti-dandruff mask is the best remedy for oily seborrhea. Clay has long been used instead of shampoo: it absorbs and removes fat well, regulating the work of the sebaceous glands. To get rid of dandruff, white cosmetic clay is best suited: it is applied to wet hair, rubbed well into the root zone, left for about 10 minutes and washed off without using detergent. The procedure is allowed to be repeated every other day, or once every three days. After about 3-4 procedures, the effect becomes especially noticeable: dandruff becomes much less, and the hair becomes stronger and healthier, oily sheen and itching disappear. The recommended course of treatment is one month.
  • The dandruff mask with dimexide is used very carefully, in compliance with all the rules, so as not to cause harm. The role of dimexide is to improve and facilitate the penetration of nutrients deep into the tissues, therefore this drug is always not the main, but a complementary component, along with vitamin and nutritional components. For example, this is what an ideal dandruff mask with dimexide looks like: mix 1 tsp. Burdock oil and the same amount of castor oil, open the contents of one Aevit capsule, add one raw yolk, 1 tsp. Vitamin B 6  and a third of a teaspoon of the drug dimexide. The mask is applied to clean and dry hair (there should be nothing on the hair, not even a balm or conditioner). The product is applied not to the hair itself, but to the skin under it (protective gloves should be used). The mask is kept on the head for half an hour, wrapped in a towel, and then washed off. The frequency of procedures is once every 3-4 days. After a month of treatment, the same break should be taken. Contraindications - pregnancy, lactation, liver disease, glaucoma.
  • A mask with soda for dandruff exists in several variations. The first of these involves mixing baking soda and a small amount of your favorite shampoo (about ½ teaspoon of soda for the same amount of detergent). The resulting mixture is rubbed into the skin, held for 15-20 minutes and washed off with plain warm water. The second option is to rub a small amount of soda into the root zone. After 10-15 minutes, the soda is washed off with water and shampoo, the treatment is repeated 2-3 times a week. In addition, soda in a small amount can be added to almost any other dandruff mask - for example, egg, honey, kefir. Soda is also used to rinse hair: in this case, mix 200 ml of warm water and 1 tsp. Soda.
  • Anti-dandruff mask with olive oil is suitable for the treatment of dry and damaged hairline. The composition of the mask is as follows: 1 tbsp. L. Butter and the same amount of cognac. The ingredients are mixed, applied to the roots for about half an hour, and then washed, as usual, with shampoo. It is allowed to replace cognac with vodka or rum, and olive oil with other vegetable oil or castor oil.
  • A mask with aspirin for dandruff successfully fights the cause of adversity - a fungal infection. How to prepare such a mask? Take 4 tablets of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ¼ cup of linden tea (can be replaced with infusion of sage or chamomile), 1 tbsp. L. Lemon juice (can be without it), a few drops of essential oil (optional). Aspirin is crushed into powder, diluted in herbal infusion, oil and juice are added. The mixture is applied to the root zone, wrap the head with a towel (you can additionally warm the towel with a hairdryer). After 15 minutes, the product is washed off. The recommended frequency of application is once every 4-6 days. Do not use aspirin for dry seborrhea, as well as women during pregnancy.

Contraindications to the procedure

Dandruff masks should not be used if a person is allergic to any of the ingredients in the product. It should also be borne in mind that a reaction can occur even in completely healthy people who do not suffer from allergies to individual components: such a reaction is manifested by redness, skin irritation, itching, burning. To avoid this, you should not overdo it with the addition of components such as mustard, cinnamon, pepper, coarse salt, onion, garlic to the mask.

In order to make sure that a particular product for preparing a dandruff mask is safe, you need to briefly apply a small amount of it on the inside of the elbow or behind the earlobe. In the absence of redness and irritation, this ingredient can be added to the mask.

It is important to avoid getting the therapeutic mass on the mucous membrane of the eye, since contact with the irritant can cause redness and tearing, up to the development of conjunctivitis. If part of the mask still gets into the eye, then rinse it with plenty of running water as soon as possible.

Consequences after the procedure

Incorrectly selected ingredients for the preparation of the mask can provoke a number of problems that will have to be dealt with in the future along with annoying dandruff. For example, many substances and products can cause the development of an allergic process, or even lead to more serious consequences than just deterioration or hair loss.

The more natural the composition, the better and safer for your hair. The addition of hypoallergenic simple components, such as cosmetic types of clay, pharmaceutical vitamins, seaweeds, essential and vegetable oils, glycerin, is welcome.

Complications after the procedure will not appear if you follow these simple recommendations:

  • Decide how often you should repeat the procedure with a dandruff mask. As a rule, the frequency depends on the type of hair, as well as on the degree of damage. Of course, the application in any case must be systematic, otherwise there will be no question of any effectiveness. With dry hair, it is enough to use the mask once a week, and for oily dandruff - twice a week, but not more than once every 3 days. Excessive zeal and frequent repetition of procedures will not lead to anything good: firstly, the skin is easily oversaturated with oils and active substances, as a result of which the function of the sebaceous glands and the quality of the hair follicles may be impaired. As a result - a gradual alopecia, a change in fat content, irritation of the skin. If the dandruff mask has a gelatin base, then it is allowed to apply it no more than once every 2-3 months.
  • Many believe that the longer the dandruff mask is on the head, the better it will work. This is not so: the optimal period of the mask is 20 minutes, while a deviation of up to 30 minutes is allowed, but no more. Long-term retention of the therapeutic mass will lead to the opposite result: the quality of the hair and skin will deteriorate, there will be more dandruff.
  • If the mask contains active irritating substances - for example, mustard powder, cinnamon - then such procedures are carried out very carefully, for a period of no more than 2 months, with a further break of 4 weeks. Only after a break, the course of therapy can be repeated. The fact is that these irritating components can dry out tissues, which often leads to thinning of hair, the appearance of dry dandruff, itching and burning.

If a dandruff mask is used for prophylactic purposes, then it is advisable to repeat its application once every 2-3 weeks, and with increased fat content - once a month.

Care after the procedure

Do I need special care after applying a dandruff mask? In order for the curls to become healthy and beautiful, and dandruff no longer returns, you need to follow these recommendations:

  • It is very important to use the right shampoo that suits your hair type and does not cause dandruff. It is better to choose such a shampoo in advance, consulting with a specialist.
  • Be sure to comb your hair, both before washing and after it. This allows you to improve blood circulation and improve the condition of the skin and hairline.
  • It is necessary to wash your hair only with warm water - that is, not hot and not cold, about 40 ° C. But as for rinsing, the use of cool water, about 30 ° C, is optimal here.
  • Hair after the procedure should not be rubbed with a towel: it is only allowed to gently blot them, or simply wrap your head in a towel for ten minutes. The last way is the best.
  • You should not go to bed if the hair is not yet dry: this will negatively affect their condition.
  • After each procedure, it is allowed to use a balm rinse or conditioner, suitable in a particular case. However, experts advise instead of such a remedy to use washing with decoctions or infusions of herbs - for example, chamomile or nettle.

In the course of treatment with dandruff masks, other treatment methods can be used. In particular, the additional intake of special multivitamin complexes containing B vitamins, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, and also have a wide microelement composition is welcome.

Reviews of dandruff masks

Dandruff often appears, it would seem, “out of the blue” from temperature changes, from a weakened immune system, or when using a new shampoo. And often the problem is solved by the regular use of special hair masks that will help restore cleanliness to the hairline - subject to all the rules for their application. The right combination of ingredients, application literacy, post-procedure care - and dandruff really recedes.

If we consider existing reviews, then the main thing is to choose the right mask and use it regularly. The visible effect should become noticeable after the first procedure: the skin will be cleansed, the hair structure will be restored, smoothness and density will be found.

The advantage of “homemade” masks is that they are made from natural ingredients: oils, pharmacy vitamins, dairy products, herbal infusions, spices, etc. Egg-based masks are considered especially effective - usually they add citrus juice, aloe, honey or yeast. Dairy products have an excellent effect against dandruff, which regulate the activity of bacteria in the hairline and improve the condition of the follicles.

"Homemade" masks are harmless, effective, natural. They are easy to make and affordable.

A dandruff mask should not be applied daily. Skin and hair need time to recover, and too intense procedures will only harm the healing process.

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