Which Is The Best Hair Oil For Dandruff & Dry Scalp?

Which Is The Best Hair Oil For Dandruff & Dry Scalp?

Authored by : Shreya Dalela

  • 8 March 2022
  • 6 mins read

Reviewed by : Kanchan Kachroo

In Ayurveda, hair oiling is a powerful element for a long and healthy life. According to Ayurveda, hair oiling helps strengthen the hair roots and nourish them deeply. If you suffer from itchy dandruff and dry scalp issues, regular massage with Ayurvedic hair oils is the best solution. 

Dandruff is a commonly occurring skin condition that manifests in flakes and irritant rashes on the scalp. The condition is caused due to excessive shedding of dead skin from the scalp. Dandruff can be mild or severe and can affect anyone. However, it is more common in people with oily hair. 

Regular hair oiling is one of the best ways to get rid of dandruff as it maintains optimum sebum in the scalp, fights dandruff causing fungi, boosts blood circulation to the scalp and prevents scalp dryness and flakiness.

Read - How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Naturally – 10 Best Remedies

Let's move ahead and learn about the hair oils that can help us keep our scalp healthy and dandruff free.  

Which Is The Best Hair Oil For Dandruff?

From our wide range of exceptional hair oils, the following are some of the most effective ones in dealing with dandruff: 

Ayurveda suggests that you oil your hair once a week and wash your hair twice a week. This regime will help keep your scalp dandruff free and maintain the optimum oil balance in the scalp. 

Ayurveda also recommends keeping the anti-dandruff hair oil overnight so that the hair follicles can absorb the oil completely. In addition, an oil massage right before sleeping is proven to help calm your mind and improve sleep quality. This, in turn, helps combat dandruff and hair fall caused due to stress. 

1. Organic Neem Oil

Neem oil has antibacterial properties that fight the fungus that causes dandruff. It also helps relieve scalp itching due to eczema and other skin conditions. Since Neem oil is highly potent, it should be diluted with equal parts of Neem Oil with Sweet Almond Oil or Sesame Oil. It should be left on the hair for 30 minutes and then washed off using a mild hair cleanser. 

Kama Ayurveda’s Organic Neem oil is made using organic Neem Seeds from the farms of Tamil Nadu. A pure, natural, and organic oil treatment that purifies, repairs, and heals the scalp and prevents dandruff. 

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2. Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil is a natural solution for dandruff because it contains Vitamin E, well-known to help treat dandruff. By conditioning the scalp, it helps in loosening the hold of dandruff on hair and scalp. 


Almond oil is also a rich source of Vitamin A, unsaturated fatty acids, and essential nutrients like protein, making it a perfect supplement to provide hair with necessary nutrients.


Kama Ayurveda’s Sweet Almond Oil is made from cold-pressed Kashmiri Almonds to retain their antioxidant nutrients. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of Sweet Almonds soothe the scalp from harmful exposure to highly polluted environments.

Read - 10 Amazing Benefits of Almond Oil For Hair, Body, and Skin

3. Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used to treat dandruff for thousands of years. It's a healthy, natural alternative to chemical-laden commercial dandruff treatment shampoos and conditioners. Coconut oil is also a natural hair conditioner that prevents scalp dryness. It also has antibacterial properties that stop the growth of dandruff flakes and prevent future outbreaks. 

Kama Ayurveda’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is made from hand-picked coconuts from organic farms in Kerala. These are cold-pressed and processed within 8 hours to ensure maximum purity. It is an effective conditioning dandruff treatment that adds luster to damaged hair.

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4. Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment 

Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil has nourishing herbs such as Bhringraj, Hibiscus, Indian Gooseberry, Eclipta Alba, and Indigo that boost scalp health and stimulate hair growth. It is a highly sought-after and anticipated natural dandruff treatment that employs Pure Sesame oil and Milk. After extensive research on the traditional ayurvedic recipes, this oil treatment was developed to prevent dandruff and hair fall. 

Antibacterial Balloon Vine and antifungal Liquorice present in the oil protect the scalp from infections and dandruff. Additionally, the calming properties of this oil relax the nerves and assure a sound sleep.

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5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is derived from a tree in Australia named, Melaleuca alternifolia. The moisturizing and antifungal properties of the oil help prevent infections that lead to dandruff and soothe the dry, flaky scalp. 

Kama Ayurveda’s Tea Tree Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of Tea Tree well known for its beauty applications and adds to general well-being. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature, the oil helps restore hair health by removing dandruff and excess oil from the scalp.  


Read - 8 Simple Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil For Hair

Is Coconut Oil Good For Dandruff?

Yes, Coconut Oil is one of the best natural treatments for dandruff. It can be applied directly to your scalp to help eliminate and prevent dandruff. The hydrating properties of Coconut oil also help reduce the itchiness caused due to dry scalp. It also helps combat scalp flakiness.

Coconut oil works as an effective natural hair conditioner. It is a rich source of fatty acids and vitamins, which help restore and moisturize the scalp. In addition, Lauric Acid present in Coconut Oil provides microbial balance properties that rebalance the scalp's microbiome, ensuring scalp health. 

Is Neem Oil Good For Dandruff?

Yes, Neem oil is one of the best oils for dandruff treatment. With constituents like Oleic acid, Stearic acid, and Linoleic acid, it has a reputation for treating dry scalp, thus, preventing dandruff and irritant itching. 

Further, its characteristic antifungal properties prevent the growth of a fungus, namely Malassezia, which is responsible for dandruff. It also relieves inflammation, thus reducing itchiness and dry scalp problems. Regular usage of Neem oil also helps balance the scalp's pH, further preventing the formation of dandruff. 

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Is Tea Tree Oil Good For Dandruff?

Yes, Tea Tree Oil is suitable for treating dandruff due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. The growth of dandruff-causing fungus called Malassezia, is controlled by the antifungal properties of the essential oil extracted from the Tea Tree plant. In addition, it reduces the greasiness developed due to oil pores on the scalp, hence preventing dandruff formation. Tea tree oil also helps reduce the itchiness associated with dandruff.

Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to a carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil or Sesame Oil for head and scalp massage. Likewise, you can add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to your shampoo.


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Why Use Hair Oil For Dandruff?

Hair oils are one of the best natural home remedies for dandruff. Hair oiling helps maintain the right sebum balance in the scalp, preventing dandruff caused by dry scalp. Ayurvedic oils have antifungal properties that prevent dandruff caused by fungal infections. They also contain nutrients that nourish the scalp and hair, prevent dryness, and soothe irritation. 

In Ayurveda, the scalp has multiple marmas or energy relieving points. Therefore, oiling is the best way to tackle dandruff since it helps massage these pent-up energy points. 

Hair oiling helps cool down these vital points that further help relieve stress and bring balance. Oiling further strengthens the hair roots and helps grow hair follicles. In addition, it enhances blood circulation and releases the stress caused due to work. 


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About the Author

Shreya Dalela

Shreya Dalela

Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.

About the Reviewer

Kanchan Kachroo

Kanchan Kachroo

Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.

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