Do Hair Masks Help With Dandruff?

You may have heard through the grapevine that hair masks can help with dandruff. Could there be something to this claim? In this article, we’ll fill you in on whether hair masks can help with dandruff. We’ll then tell you the best way to use hair masks to alleviate dandruff-related issues. 

Hair Masks Can Help With Dandruff

Dandruff can be tricky to deal with, but the key is to get to the root of the issue, which lies in your scalp. In order for a hair mask to help with dandruff, it’s got to have ingredients that nourish your scalp and prevent scalp dryness and flaking. 

DIY Hair Masks to Try At Home

When treating dandruff, DIY hair masks are preferred, meaning that you’ll need to mix your mask up at home. Most of the masks involve mixing ingredients like yogurt, honey, lemon, and more. Your hair mask will only be as effective as the ingredients you use. Below, we’ll look at 5 of the most commonly used hair masks for dandruff. 

  1. Yogurt Hair Mask - Yogurt is one of the best ingredients to use to fight dandruff. It contains lactic acid, which does three main things to your scalp: (1) it helps to clear away dandruff, (2) it leaves your scalp feeling clean, and (3) as a bonus, it plays a role in healthy hair growth. To make a yogurt mask, you’ll need to mix 2 tablespoons of unflavored yogurt with a tablespoon of honey and apply it to your scalp. Rinse it away after 5 to 10 minutes. 
  2. Apple cider vinegar mask - Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which control dandruff. So, after using this mask, not only will your scalp look and feel cleaner, but you may notice a reduction in flakes and itching. To make an apple cider vinegar mask, you’ll need to mix a couple of tablespoons of vinegar with the same amount of honey. If you’d like, you can also add 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice, which contains citric acid, an agent that has antimicrobial benefits, to the mixture. Apply the mixture all over the scalp, focusing especially on problem areas, and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes, and then rinse it away. 
  3. Tea Tree Oil Hair Mask - Tea tree oil is another great ingredient to add to your hair mask. It’s got antifungal and antibacterial properties to help reduce dandruff. To give this hair mask a try, mix a couple of tablespoons of olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Then, apply the mixture to your scalp. Leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse. 

Let it be known that DIY hair masks do not work for everyone. Since everyone’s body chemistry is different, there’s no telling whether a specific hair mask will work for your dandruff. However, the only way to find out if it works is to try it for yourself. We hope that one of these remedies will help you kiss your dandruff goodbye for good! 

Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.