First, steer clear of traditional shampoos and conditioners, which can contain dandruff-causing chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens, says Lisa Frost, licensed aesthetician at Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy. Next, start a regime that will help balance your hair’s oils, since the most common cause of dandruff is the overproduction of a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, which lives off of the oil produced by your hair follicles. To bring balance to your scalp:
Supplement with a daily EFA like fish oil to balance oils secreted by your skin.
Clarify with a fugus-killing apple cider vinegar rinse once or twice a week after shampooing. It’ll also help nix excess oil.
Heal by mixing several drops of organic tea tree oil—a natural antimicrobial agent—into a small amount of organic jojoba oil, which replenishes moisture.