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Home Remedies for Treating Dandruff in Winters

Mar 14, 2023

10 mins

Srijita Biswas


Most of us dread the arrival of the winter season as we do the “D-word” that comes with it— Dandruff! In today’s blog, we discuss some of the most effective home remedies you can try to avoid extreme discomfort caused by dandruff this season. These remedies are easy-to-follow, and the ingredients are readily available around your house.

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What Causes Dandruff?


Dandruff is a common condition that causes the skin on your scalp to start flaking off. It is neither serious nor contagious, but it is longstanding and often very difficult to treat. However, dermatologists say that understanding the cause can help treat the condition more effectively.

Based on recent studies, there could be several reasons why you might have this skin condition. While researchers are yet to pinpoint the exact cause of this skin condition, here are some of the most likely ones:

  • Malassezia, a fungus that lives on the human scalp, is the most commonly attributed cause. These microbes consume the oil secreted by the hair follicles and cause itchiness and a dry, flaky scalp.
  • A study shows that people with Seborrheic dermatitis are often more prone to developing itchiness, irritation, flaky scalp, redness around the ears, and dandruff.
  • Some experts also say that harsh, chemical haircare products can dry your scalp and eventually cause dandruff.


Other possible factors include:

  • Not shampooing your hair often.
  • Dry and cold weather conditions are prevalent across most parts of our country, especially during winter.
  • Using excessive heat products.
  • Hormonal factors.
  • Not brushing your hair frequently.

Home Remedies to Tackle Dandruff


You will find several over-the-counter remedies, such as medicated shampoos, dry shampoos and more, to help you tackle dandruff. However, the home remedies mentioned here are equally effective. Moreover, they are all-natural. So, they gently nourish without robbing your scalp of essential oils.

Continue scrolling to learn more about these remedies and their benefits.


Vitamin E and Jasmine-Infused Hair Oil

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient rich in antioxidants. It nourishes the hair and tackles dandruff-causing microbes on the scalp for healthy, nourished, and lustrous hair. Dermatologists say that regularly massaging your scalp and hair with a vitamin E-infused hair oil boosts healthy hair growth and strengthens the roots.


You can easily find several Vitamin E-infused hair care products in the market. But, if you ask us, we rely on the Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil. The coconut-based hair oil rich in Vitamin E and infused with jasmine extracts is a lightweight oil with a pleasing fragrance. It penetrates deep into your scalp, nourishes the roots, and combats dandruff-causing microbes.


Gently massage your scalp with a Vitamin E and jasmine-infused hair oil such as the Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil at least thrice a week, for healthy and shiny hair.


Coconut-Based Hair Oil with Fresh Curry Leaves

Besides their flavor and aroma, curry leaves are known for their anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Most homemade remedies recommend them because they target uncontrolled yeast production, which is responsible for causing dandruff.


One of the simplest and most effective ways to incorporate them in your hair care routine to tackle dandruff problems this winter, is to heat up some freshly plucked curry leaves with a hair oil of your choice— we recommend a coconut-based hair oil and apply it to your hair at least thrice a week. Follow this simple remedy to boost your favorite hair oil and tackle winter concerns.

Curry leaves, broken coconut with Parachute Advansed Curry Leaves Hair Oil

  • In a pan, heat up around 2 tablespoons of Parachute Advansed Gold Coconut Hair Oil
  • Add 5-6 six curry leaves and simmer for some time.
  • You can also add some black cumin seeds to the oil (but that is optional).
  • Remove the oil from the heat and cool it down a little, but ensure that it is still warm.
  • Gently massage the oil into your scalp and hair using your fingertips.

To ensure the best results, keep it on for about 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing it off. Apply it at least thrice a week, to ensure maximum efficiency.


Looking for a simpler remedy? Well, we’ve got you covered! Try the Parachute Advansed Curry Leaves Hair Oil, which combines the goodness of curry leaves and coconut. It nourishes your hair and tackles dandruff-causing microbes. What’s more? The unique composition of the oil also helps control hair fall, preserves your natural hair color, and protects your hair from premature greying.


Coconut-Based Hair Oil with Lemon

Coconut-based hair oil is one of the most versatile haircare ingredients there is, out there. It is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies show that regularly massaging your scalp using a coconut-based hair oil works in restoring balance to the scalp’s damaged microbiome.


You can enhance the effectiveness of coconut-based hair oil by adding various ingredients. Follow this simple two-ingredient remedy using coconut-based hair oil and lemon:

Coconut based hair oil with cut lemons


  • Gently heat equal amounts of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and coconut-based hair oil of your choice, such as the Parachute Advansed Gold Coconut Hair Oil.
  • Once warm, gently massage this mixture into your scalp.
  • Wrap a hot towel on the hair and leave it on for a while 

For best results, follow this method as prescribed here regularly.



Aloe vera (popularly known as ghritkumari in India) is an edible succulent plant found widely in households across the country. The plant is best known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that can help tackle dandruff effectively.

 Aloe vera leaves

Remember to rinse it with a gentle, nature-based shampoo for lasting results and healthier hair.


Fresh Curd

Fresh, homemade curd is another readily available ingredient at home. It nourishes your scalp for smoother, shinier, and healthy hair. This remedy is perhaps the easiest one on the list and is highly effective in tackling dandruff.

Woman applying something to her hair

  • Apply a generous amount of homemade curd on your scalp and hair, from roots to tips.
  • Let it dry for about an hour or so.
  • Rinse it using a gentle shampoo.

Add egg yolks, soaked fenugreek seeds, or henna (mehndi) to the curd for best results.


Hot Oil Massage

Exposure to harsh winter weather, dust, and pollution can make your hair and scalp extremely dry. Under such circumstances, it becomes essential that your scalp gets the necessary hydration and nourishment to avoid problems like hair fall, itchiness, irritation, and dandruff. We recommend a relaxing hot oil massage thrice a week, for healthy and nourished hair.


Typically, the hot oil is made by heating up a coconut-based hair oil with herbs like Black Pepper, Thyme, Malkangini, and Hibiscus. But what is the right proportion of ingredients to get the maximum benefits? Well, fret not! The Parachute Advansed Ayurvedic Hot Oil is packed with the goodness of a nourishing and relaxing hot oil, so all you have to do is grab your bottle and gently massage it onto your scalp and hair for healthy and nourished hair.


This list is nowhere near exhaustive, and there are so many different remedies that you can follow for the same results. As we had mentioned earlier, these are all-natural remedies. However, if you notice any discomfort, we recommend you consult your dermatologist immediately.

Final Words

No matter the remedy you choose, remember consistency is key. Thus, you must follow them regularly, even if you do not notice results the first time. Pick a remedy that is convenient and stay true to it. Let us know what is your go-to remedy for dandruff during the winter.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is it okay for me to use hair oil if I have dandruff?

One of the most common causes of dandruff is the dryness of the scalp. Oiling your scalp regularly helps nourish your scalp from within. However, leaving it on your scalp for longer than the recommended hours could lead to further build-up and itchiness, triggering the microbial growth that ultimately causes dandruff. Hence, we recommend you consult your dermatologist first.


2. Is dandruff contagious?

Absolutely not! Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes a scaly, itchy and flaky scalp, and you cannot contract it from someone else. With a proper haircare routine, you can tackle it with ease.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Srijita. I did my graduation in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and I’ve worked in the digital, entertainment, and lifestyle industry for over four years. I am a firm believer in implementing sustainable and clean products in all aspects of life. As a skincare enthusiast, I like to explore naturally-obtained products.

The views expressed here are solely my own.


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