Aloe Vera For Dandruff: 5 Top Ways

Aloe Vera Oil

We use aloevera extensively for hair care especially for treating dandruff. Aloe vera has wonderful antimicrobial properties which makes it very effective for treating dandruff. We can apply the fresh gel on our scalp as it is or we can use it in the form of aloe vera hair pack or aloe vera hair oil too, all are very very effective in treating dandruff.

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a very common skin condition that causes scalp itching and flakiness. Dandruff can be caused due to many reasons from fungal infection, not washing hair often, dry scalp, stress and even certain hair products can cause dandruff. Though dandruff is not a very serious condition, chronic dandruff can lead to scratching which can cause scalp inflammation leading to hair fall.

We get many anti dandruff shampoos in the markets but they all come with certain side effects like irritation, dry scalp and even sometimes temporary hair loss. If you are looking for a natural alternative for treating dandruff, consider fresh aloe vera gel, it does not have any side effects and greatly helps treat dandruff.

Aloe Vera gel for dandruffAloe Vera For Dandruff

Aloe vera has been proven to have anti inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing properties. When we apply fresh aloe vera gel, it helps soothe the irritation and greatly helps reduce itching. Since it has moisturizing properties, it helps treat dandruff caused due to extreme dryness of the scalp.

Dandruff can also be caused due to fungal infection and because of its anti fungal properties, it can treat fungal dandruff too. If we don’t wash our hair often, that can accumulate in the scalp leading to dandruff and itchiness. Aloe vera has cleansing properties and it helps clean the dirt and grime from the scalp very effectively.

5 Top Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Treating Dandruff:

1. Aloe Vera & Lemon Hair Pack:

Aloe Vera and Lemon Hair Pack

Take a tbsp of ground fresh aloe vera gel in a cup. Add in the juice of half a lemon and apply it as hair mask using a piece of cotton. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. This hair pack treats dandruff really well.

2. Aloe Vera & Neem Hair Pack:

Aloe Vera and Neem Hair Pack

Take a tbsp of neem powder in a bowl along with a tbsp of coconut oil. Add in enough aloe vera juice to form a paste and use it as a hair mask. To use, apply the paste using a hair brush all over the scalp. Wait for 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. This hair pack will treat all scalp infections including dandruff.

3. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel:

pure aloe vera gel making

Cut a fresh aloe vera leaf from the plant. When you cut the leaf from the plant, you will find slimy green juice on the surface of the leaf. Wash away the juice completely under running water, cut the thorns from the sides of the leaf and cut in half. Scoop out the gel, grind in a mixer to get smooth gel and apply on the scalp. Wait for an hour and wash it off.

4. Aloe Vera & Onion Hair Pack:

aloe vera hair pack for hair growth

Take 1/4 cup of peeled shallots also called small onions in India and chinna vengayam in Tamil. Grind in a mixer without adding any water and extract the juice. To the juice, add equal quantities of fresh aloe vera juice. Apply all over the scalp, wait for 15 minutes before washing it off. This treats both scalp itching and dandruff.

5. Aloe Vera Hair Oil:

Aloe vera oil with vitamin E

Aloe vera hair oil made by infusing aloe vera gel in coconut oil is also very effective against treating dandruff. The oil is so easy to make but it takes some time as we should do it using double boiler method. Using double boiler helps prevent nutrient loss and I always prefer it over direct heat method. You can find how to make aloe vera oil here.


  1. Poornima Porchelvan
    October 10, 2013 / 3:41 am

    Very useful post ram; thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous
    October 10, 2013 / 5:16 am

    What should I do if I do not want deep red colour and want black colour instead

    • Meghna Sengupta
      April 21, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Hi. Apply mehendi using the method given in the blog and after washing it off, when hair is dry apply indigo powder mixmi with littli salt. You will get a deep brown color on your hair . You can buy indigo powder online . From a good organic brand

  3. ramya
    October 10, 2013 / 5:46 am

    Hi, There is an other method where henna powder is soaked with tea decoction in an iron kadai overnight and applied on the hair( I will post it soon). It gives even darker color, but to get complete black color is impossible with henna.

    • Hali Panella
      December 28, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      Hi guys, actually if you mix henna with indigo you can achieve black.

    • Rashan59
      December 29, 2016 / 1:51 am

      Hi Hali Panella, what is the recipe for the indigo and henna. I have tried that and only get dark hair for a week. After a week it turns red again, but not bright red. Thanks

    • Hali Panella
      February 4, 2017 / 1:32 am

      Hi there, I didn't see this until now. It really depends on your original hair color. There are some great threads about it on the Long Hair Forum (just google that). Personally, if I am looking to do black on medium brown hair I use this recipes: . I use a variation of hers on my mom. However, my henna recipe – which is super strong is the following: 3 cups henna1 lemon (squeezed)3/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 raw eggs 2 tablespoons of olive oil1 table spoon of argan oilIt should be the consistency of toothpaste, if not – add more henna I let that sit for a couple hours, then I freeze it for 24. I leave it on my head for like 6 hours with plastic wrap. Conditions your hair while you dye it 🙂 For black, I do that – rinse it all out and then use there method on the website there. Hope that helps!

  4. Unknown
    October 15, 2013 / 6:52 am

    If we are using the henna powder then do we use both the aloe leaf and the aloe gel or just the aloe gel

  5. ramya
    October 16, 2013 / 1:17 am

    Hi, use fresh aloe leaf with the outer skin. Grind it along with the powder.

  6. Anonymous
    October 23, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    do we have to remove the gell from alovera and grind only the leaves . shall we wash the hair with shampoo

  7. ramya
    October 24, 2013 / 12:35 am

    Hi, Remove only the thorns, not the outer skin and grind it along with henna leaves. Use a mild shampoo to wash your hair.

  8. Anonymous
    November 8, 2013 / 10:22 am

    What colour dye is it sorry?

  9. ramya
    November 8, 2013 / 11:34 am

    You get a deep dark tinge to the hair.

  10. Anonymous
    November 17, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Where can one find Henna leaves? I live in the United States!

    • Frugal Boganista
      April 13, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Try ur local health food store or an Asian grocery store. Otherwise u can buy henna powder on Ebay, or seeds to grow ur own henna plant.

  11. ramya
    November 18, 2013 / 5:24 am

    I am sorry, I don't know where you get fresh henna leaves in the states. But you can try this with good quality henna powder too.

  12. Geetha Mathew
    November 25, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    The powder and aloevera leaf should be ground just before applying or the powder mixed earlier and the leaf ground in at the time of applying?

  13. ramya
    November 26, 2013 / 3:38 am

    Hi, Grind both together and then it can be applied immediately. You don't have to mix the powder into a paste before hand. We have only tried it with fresh henna leaves, but I am sure, good quality henna powder will give the same results.

  14. Frugal Boganista
    April 13, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Hi Ramya, I also am prematurely grey, I started going grey at 15 & have a great many now. I've used henna in the past unsuccessfully & thought maybe it just didn't adhere well to grey hair. I see now that it was not pure enough & I was not following the correct procedure. Before I try again, how is the colour density on ur cousin's greys? Does it cover completely opaque or is there still a translucence where u can see the grey?

  15. ramya
    April 14, 2014 / 2:08 am

    My cousin is not completely grey. She does not have too much grey hair, her premature greying started recently.

  16. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014 / 5:12 am

    Hello madam iaM bhavani,This blog is very useful and informative and I need remedie for dandruff and themal(skin infection)

  17. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 15, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Hi Bhavani, Try the fenugreek hair mask in this blog. I find it very very effective for dandruff. I will try posting remedies for themal soon….

  18. dipanjana paul
    January 3, 2015 / 3:13 am

    If I add an egg will that be helpful or it will reduce the dying properties of henna?

  19. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    January 3, 2015 / 4:17 am

    Hi Dipanjana,My cousin has normal hair and she has been using this mixture with good results for many years now without her hair drying out, that is why I didn't mention egg. If your hair is very dry, add an egg or a tsp of olive oil, it will not reduce the dying properties of henna…..

  20. Anonymous
    January 28, 2015 / 4:18 am

    Whether the brown colour will stay for longer time

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 29, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      It does stay on the hair for quite some time….

  21. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    hi. what if your hair is brown in colour, what colour does ur hair changes after applying this henna paste?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 30, 2015 / 2:31 am

      Sorry, I am not very sure about brown hair…..

  22. Anonymous
    April 7, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Hired…can we use alovera separately after washing hair with henna????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 6:53 am

      Yes, you can use Aloe Vera after using henna, but won't the process take a long time?

  23. Anonymous
    April 11, 2015 / 10:48 am

    any solution for white hair problem

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Try the curry leaf oil or alkanet oil from the blog for premature greying……..

  24. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    What can I use instead of aloe vera??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 26, 2015 / 2:17 am

      If you don't mind using egg, you can substitute Aloe Vera with egg…

  25. Anonymous
    August 2, 2015 / 11:25 am

    hey… I have black hair.. If i use this method will my hair turn red??.. i want red/ dark red or burgundy color …

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 2:56 pm

      Usually for dark hair it produces a dark reddish tinge. I would suggest that you give it a try to know the exact shade….

  26. Priya.G
    October 4, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Hi ur blog is wonderful, can I grind aloe with henna powder leave it over night & apply in the morning?or should it be used immediately?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      My cousin always uses it immediately but since you are using henna powder, you can leave the Aloe Vera and henna powder mixture overnight and apply in the morning…..

  27. Anonymous
    February 13, 2016 / 5:16 am

    mam,iam balakrishna i have lot of white hair and lot of hair loss any sollution for white hair to became black and to stop hair fall.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 5:23 am

      The best solution for premature greying is using curry leaf hair oil regularly, you can find the recipe for it in the blog. It will also conditions and strengthen the hair roots and prevent hair fall…

  28. Rashan59
    March 11, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Do you rinse the gel from the aloe vera plant. Do you leave the gel in the plant

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 6:02 am

      After removing the gel from the Aloe Vera plant, I generally rinse it out as it mostly has the green slimy layer on it…

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2016 / 3:59 am

      I would like to use this henna recipe for covering mild grey color and for strengthening my hair, but I have very dry hair. Could I mix the black tea with an egg and aloe vera?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      I would suggest you give it try but please remember that the more conditioning ingredients you use along with henna, the lesser it's effect in coloring the hair…

  29. Rashan59
    July 28, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    How often can you use henna. Should you cover your whole head with henna each time, or just do the roots.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 17, 2016 / 5:23 am

      You can use henna weekly once and I would suggest using it for the whole head…

  30. anne
    August 5, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Hi,ur blog is amazing can I mix fresh henna leaf n indigo powder for dye hair? I used henna n aloe Vera can't cover my grey hair…tq

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      I am very glad that you find the blog useful. You can use indigo and henna…

  31. BeeGeok Ching
    November 12, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    I have been making my own Henna paste the last 2 years. Very often I find that when applying fresh henna paste to the hair, it does not stick very well to the hair.

  32. Unknown
    November 29, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Can this paste be used at 13 year .only just for a colour change

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