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Natural Hair Tip of the Week

By January 27th, 202114 Comments

Natural Hair Tip of the Week

ReignElle’s Tip Of The Week

Has dandruff become an issue?

I experience light flare-ups from time to time, and this quick remedy has saved my sanity!

Before you run for the grease, remember that it is not solving the problem, only covering it up! Instead, run and pick up a bottle of Pure Tea Tree Oil and make a quick scalp spray:

You will need:

  • Spray Bottle
  • 10 drops of Pure Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 Cup of water (distilled is better)

Shake the mixture together… and voila! You have just created a dandruff destroying potion!

Spray a generous amount of your mixture all over your scalp and massage. Do not wash out. I usually apply after I wash my hair 1x per week.

I love natural remedies that work!


**If your dandruff persists you should seek the help of a dermatologist.**


  • Anonymous says:

    Amen anon 7:03. I could not have said it better. I *heart* tea tree oil.

  • Anonymous says:

    @anony at 9:41. yes while it is important to go see a dermatologist for debilitating scalp issues one thing u must realise is topical steroids are not for long term use for one and secondly, there are long term side serious effects which you should check out. Thirdly while your story is great, it's quite common for whatever is causing the dandruff to become resistant to the steroid.
    Using natural is always best, while it is great for your scalp it is also good for your health as a whole. I'm not saying this to discredit your story, but these are some things people tend to forget – everything that you get from the pharmacy with a prescription has side effects you should be aware of.

  • Anonymous says:

    i used to have terrible scalp problems & hair loss from using the no-poo method with herbal essences hello hydration conditoner. i thought it was just the cones in the product and switched to cowashing with black soap, but the problems continued to get worse.
    then over a 2 week period during the xmas hols i wore a weave – cue, incessant itching. by the time i took the weave down, i had terrible dandruff. i knew my regime had to change.

    i changed my conditoner, ditched the nopoo method, opting instead to shampoo with a sulfate-free and hydrating shampoo followed by a deep & rich conditioner, and treated my scalp infection. I initially rotated the use of neem oil and tea tree oil, and that really helped my dandruff. Then I used rotate, every 2 days, a combo of castor oil with rosemary essential oil or castor oil with tea tree oil. This helped regrow my edges. I saw a vast improvement in less than 2 months.

    this post is so very useful as a lot of naturalistas do not know how beneficial essential oils like tea tree can be to dandruff or other scalp conditions. they simply just put with the problems. a big NO-NO!

    Thanks for sharing

  • Anonymous says:

    I use to have horrible dandruff. I would oil my scalp at the beginning of the week and in three days my dandruff would return.

    However, I haven't had dandruff ever since I started washining my hair with only conditioner. I always rub the conditioner into my scalp. I haven't used any kind of shampoo since November 2009.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't stress enough that folk shouldn't hesitate to go to a dermatologist for scalp issues. The truth is, if you aren't a doctor, you don't really know for sure what is going on up there. I say this as someone who suffered from sometimes itchy, flaky, sometimes oily, sometimes dry scalp for years, trying to remedy it myself. I have no idea why I just make an appointment with my derm from the jump. Eventually, the inflammation/itching became unbearable and I got a prescription for a topical steroid that nearly instantly cleared it up. Three years later, I'm nearly free of any inflammation and if I feel any itchiness I add a little drop of the topical steroid, and I'm set. Just saying, if dandruff or what you think is dandruff is a persistent condition- do what you do would do with an unexplained medical condition- go see a professional!

  • shellidawn says:

    Neem powder/oil is ayurvedic and can be purchased at a local Indian store (or online, I'm sure), and …yeah, you'll want to wash the Neem out. I do this before washing my hair. I usu pre-poo (w/coconut oil)at the same time! And, my scalp has never breathed easier! Also, Neem powder is not unlike Henna; even the smell is similar. It doesn't bother me. Smells natural–like being in the woods after a rain. (that was extra, I know). But if you can't stand the smell of Henna keep that in mind. You can even use a few drops of an essential oil to scent the past…

  • shellidawn says:

    I love tea tree oil! It's like a panacea! Another GREAT remedy for scalp issues (& whoa! did I have 'em!) is Neem powder, or Neem oil. Make a paste with the powder using water (or, oil of choice), or just the Neem oil can be used, no powder. After covering parting hair and ensuring that entire scalp is covered w/ the Neem powder/oil, simply cover your head with a towel or conditioning cap for an hr, and then VOILA! Issues are history!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is awesome – I'm definitely going to try. I'm going to try the ACV rinse too. At least once that dries the smell goes with it:)

  • b. says:

    I tried this once without rinsing it out…right before going to church.

    Let's just say the smell was so strong that I left during the sermon and sat outside the sanctuary b/c I was sure everyone around me could also smell it. (Yes, my mixture was diluted.)

    I spray it on my scalp right before I wash if I use this remedy. Something else I've done (with success) is co-washing with Head and Shoulders conditioner. I stopped cowashing exclusively, but using the H&S conditioner helps b/c it has the active ingredient w/o the sodium laureth sulfate and other drying cleansers.

  • Anonymous says:

    Gotta try this. Thanks for the post. I have it bad…have to wash every 4 days or so…just bought Jane Carter's scalp oil to see if that helps. I may try this before I open it….and save myself $13.

  • mangomadness says:

    Great post! Tea tree oil in a scalp spritz like the one above and in ACV rinses helps keep my scalp healthy.

  • Jeannette says:

    YES, Tea Tree Oil is the best! If one doesn't have it then Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with distilled water also works.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL thats supposed to say "scalp itchies" not scalp orchids! darn predictive text!

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't have dandruff but I do have an itchy scalp, probably because I have naturally dry skin, and just from watching a YouTube vid by chime AKA haircrush I learned the tip of putting coconut oil on my scalp and it works!! It's interesting because my hair hates coconut oil, but it helps releive the scalp orchids so I have to be careful to apply with my fingertips

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