5 DIY Dandruff Shampoo Recipes

We’ve previously published an article about how to make your own shampoo. However, we know that not every shampoo is perfect for everybody. That’s why we’ve created this list of shampoos that are perfect for people who struggle with dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp. Each of the five DIY dandruff shampoo recipes listed below are made out of natural ingredients.

All About Dandruff

To put it simply, dandruff is dead skin on the scalp. A person can get dandruff for a number of reasons. The most common causes of dandruff include having a dry scalp, using poor-quality shampoo, not rinsing your hair properly after you shower, and even having oily skin.

While a person can have dandruff any time of year, it is most common in the winter. This is because the air is colder and drier during the winter months.

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People of any age can have dandruff.

No matter what the cause of your dandruff, these natural DIY dandruff shampoo recipes can help. Try whichever one of these recipes you like to make your hair dandruff-free. For more options for getting rid of dandruff, check out our article 33 Home Remedies for Dandruff.


DIY Dandruff Shampoo Recipes

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Many of these recipes include aloe vera, which may give your soap a naturally green tinge.

  1. Moisturizing Shampoo

This shampoo is amazing for if you have rather dry or brittle hair. All you need to do is mix the ingredients and keep them in a bottle. Use this dandruff shampoo as you would use any other type of shampoo.


  • 1/4 tsp jojoba or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 1/4 cup Castile liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup distilled water


  1. Dandruff Stopping Shampoo

Dandruff is an annoying condition where the skin of your scalp can flake. This shampoo can stop that. You have to blend (or grind) everything together on low for a half minute and store it in a jar. After your shower, you have to keep the rest in the fridge, and you have to toss out what you do not use in three days or else it uses its effects. To make this shampoo, you are going to need the following ingredients.

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This shampoo will have a slight apple scent.


  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs apple juice
  • 6 ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp of grapeseed or jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup distilled water


  1. Baking Soda Shampoo

The baking soda or oil are optional. The baking soda is a suggested addition if you have oily hair and the oil is suggested for anyone with dry or frizzy hair. Essential oils are also optional, and a lot of people use tea tree oil to help a dry scalp. All you have to do to make this kind of shampoo is stir things together and then put it in a bottle or jar.


  • 4 drops of essential oil (any scent)
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil


  1. Coconut and Honey Shampoo

Oddly enough, the Castile soap in this shampoo is optional. You can add it if you want the soap to have a bit of a lather, but you do not have to use it. The avocado oil is also optional but you might want to add it if you know that you have rather dry hair. Making this dandruff shampoo is a little more complicated than the others in this list, so instructions will follow the necessary ingredients.

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  • 2 tbs raw honey
  • 1 tsp each rosemary essential oil and lavender essential oil
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup of liquid Castile soap
  • 1cup of aloe vera gel
  • 1 cup of coconut oil



The water should be room temperature as you stir the honey into it. After the honey is stirred in evenly, you add in everything else but the soap. When things are all blended, add in the soap (if you want) and again you want to stir it in but not enough to make suds.

When you are deciding how to store this shampoo, you should remember that it keeps for two or three weeks in the fridge but that is can last much longer in the freezer. So you might want to keep a little jar in the fridge and refill it as needed from a larger one in the freezer. Also, be sure to stir or shake the shampoo before every use because the ingredients will separate since they all have different densities.


  1. Aloe Vera Shampoo for Dry Hair

This shampoo works perfectly for dry hair because it uses aloe vera gel instead of water. The almond oil can also assist in helping your hair to keep some moisture. Just blend the ingredients together and store in a jar or bottle. It will not be too worrisome if the layers separate; just shake the jar before each use.



  • 2 tsp almond oil
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • Six drops each of lemon balm essential oil and clary sage essential oil
  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
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After this, your hair should be beautiful and dandruff-free!

Which of these DIY dandruff shampoos will you try? Comment below!






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