Aloe Vera for Dandruff - The Perfect Solution

Aloe Vera for dandruff might be just the solution you have been seeking.  If you are dreaming of a healthy, comfortable scalp with soft, shiny hair, keep reading. . . .

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Are you suffering with dandruff?  Red, itchy scalp with a snowfall of embarrassing skin flakes making your life a misery?  You are not alone.  It is said that 50 million Americans suffer from this annoying complaint, and most people will get it at some point in their lives. 

What Causes Dandruff?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are six main causes of dandruff:

1.  Simple Dry Skin
2.  Seborrheic Dermatitis - Oily, Red, Irritated Skin
3.  A yeast/fungus called Malessezia
4.  Skin Conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis
5.  Not washing hair often enough - not sure we believe this one!!!!
6.  Contact Dermatitis - allergy or sensitivity to hair products


Aloe Vera has soothing and moisturising properties which is why it is included in so many creams, conditioners and even our facial tissues, so that’s Number 1.  TICK

A paper published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment in 1999 proved that Aloe Vera is effective in treating Seborrheic Dermatitis - the improvements were way above those in the non-treatment group!  Yay Aloe Vera!   Number 2 – SOLVED!

Aloe Vera has anti-fungal properties, which is why it is also great for yeast infections, candida and athlete's foot. So if your dandruff is type 3, it will work too.  

Eczema and Psoriasis are also conditions where Aloe Vera gel has also been shown to be highly effective.   Number 4.  TICK

Aloe Vera shampoos are the answer to Numbers 5 and 6.  You'll love your shampoo so much you'll want to use it more!   Choose a shampoo and conditioner that are high in AV gel, and which don't have lots of nasty chemicals and preservatives, and you should find that your sensitivity is reduced. 

Of particular concern are methylisothiazolinone which is a known allergen and toxin, parabens and propylene glycol (skin irritants), and sodium lauryl & laureth sulfate which have been linked to cancer and are also skin irritants.  It does make you wonder why the put them in so many products which are meant for the SKIN??

(Some people are allergic to Aloe Vera though, so do a test on a small patch of skin before using). 

So that’s all six causes of dandruff solved with one amazing plant!  No wonder they call it the miracle plant. 

How to Treat with Aloe Vera for Dandruff

Use an Overnight Aloe Vera Hair Mask


1.  Wash hair with Aloe Vera Shampoo

Use a mild Aloe Vera shampoo and rinse with cool water. 

Don't dry with a dryer. 

2.  Overnight Scalp Treatment

Use the gel from the inside of an Aloe Vera leaf and gently massage into your scalp before going to bed. Leave overnight.  (Put a towel on your pillow if you don't want a sticky pillow case!)

If you don't have a plant, these Aloe Vera gel products will work well. 

3.  In the morning wash out with Aloe Vera shampoo as in step 1. 

You can repeat Steps 1 - 3 for up to 5 days. 

The Aloe Vera in the gel and the shampoo will help to:

  • Reduce inflammation, soothing any itchiness and helping you to stop to scratching and making your scalp sore
  • Treat any fungal or bacterial infection
  • Moisturise your scalp reducing skin scales
  • Soften your hair and make it lovely and shiny
  • Encourage healthy new growth of skin cells

If your Dandruff is the fungal variety, you may find this recipe helpful too:

Aloe Vera Dandruff Hair Mask:


Gel from one Aloe Vera leaf
A few drops of tea tree oil
Rose water


Strain the gel to remove any impurities, bits of green skin and latex.

Mix in a few drops of tea tree oil.  (This has anti-fungal properties, as does the Aloe - so you are getting a double whammy!). 

Add a couple of spoonfuls of rose water until you get the whole thing to the right consistency to spread on your hair. 

Leave for 30 - 60 minutes. 

Wash off with a mild shampoo containing Aloe Vera.

You can repeat this treatment a couple of times a week. 

Some More Ways to Help Prevent Dandruff:

  • Avoid wearing hats - fungal infections love warm, moist, dark places!
  • Let some fresh air and sunshine get to your head!
  • Avoid harsh chemical shampoos
  • Don't wash too often as it will dry out the scalp
  • Don't use a blow dryer - this will also dry out the scalp
  • Avoid colouring your hair if you have dandruff, as this will alter the pH balance of your scalp. 

If you can't face making your own, these are two great products which will do the job! 

Read more about how Aloe Vera helps with fungal infections. . . . .

More of our pages on how Aloe Vera can help with your hair. . .

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