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To Hair With Love / HOME REMEDIES  / DIY Remedies  / How To Get Rid Of Dandruff & Itchiness With Lemon On Hair
29 Jul

How To Get Rid Of Dandruff & Itchiness With Lemon On Hair

lemon on hair for dandruff and ichiness

Are you suffering from an oily or dry itchy scalp? Have you stopped wearing your favorite dark colors because of these little white flakes on your shoulders? This natural hair remedy could be a solution for your problem.

Olive oil makes a perfect match with lemon juice.

It flavors many dishes as a dressing but it also helps itchy scalps when it’s used on hair.

The acidity of lemon helps to relief the scalp from flakes, dandruff and itchiness and olive oil moisturizes it. Itchiness can be caused either by dry or by oily scalp.

Pre-poo Treatment: olive oil & lemon on hair
for dandruff & itchiness



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water



  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Spread the mixture on the scalp with an applicator (or dip your fingertips in a bowl).
  • Massage the scalp gently for 10 minutes.
  • Use the rest of the mixture to the lengths.
  • Make a loose bun and cover the scalp with a shower cap.
  • Wait for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash as usual to remove it.
  • You will probably need to shampoo twice, but it depends on your hair type and length. Don’t use very hot water to rinse, because it dehydrates the hair.
  • You can also use conditioner (I didn’t because I wanted to see the results).
  • I’d recommend using it as weekly treatment for a month. Depending on the results you could continue using it once or twice every month. The results on your hair and your hair type will tell you how to adjust the frequency!

Benefits of lemon
on hair & scalp


check icon  Removes dead cells & build up.

check icon  Combats dandruff.

check icon  Absorbs scalp’s excess oil.

check icon  Soothes the itchy scalp.

check icon  Helps healthy hair growth.

check icon  Makes the hair silky.

check icon  Prevents thinning hair & split ends.

Pre Poo Hair Treatment For Dandruff And Itchiness

Lemons contain citric acid which is also used in a many shampoos, conditioner and masks for two reasons; to adjust the pH down to 5.5 because the slightly acidic pH keeps the cuticles of the hair shaft flat making the hair smooth and shiny. It also acts as a preservative that prevents bacterial growth.

How To Get Rid Of Dandruff And Itchiness With Lemon On Hair

Have in mind when applying lemon on hair:

1- Don’t let lemon juice run into your eyes. Its intense acidic nature will sting your eyes.

2- Massage your scalp in circular motion with your fingertips to avoid exerting pressure that could result in scratches.

3- If you wish, warm the mixture but don’t overheat it. After massaging your scalp it’s best to use a towel (dampened with warm water) to cover it.

4- When you use it for a long time or too often one of the side effects of lemon juice on hair is dryness. So pay attention to how your hair and scalp react to it.

5- Lemon juice has bleaching properties. Be careful if you don’t want to lighten your hair naturally. This has a much potent effect in combination to sunlight exposure. Also, if you use lemon juice on dyed hair it could slightly change the shade.

6- If you have an allergy to olive oil or lemon avoid using it or ask your dermatologist. For persistent or serious issues always consult your doctor first.

The most essential, practical and helpful tips to have in mind when having pre-poo hair treatments, in this e-bookYou can download it for FREE!


My experience

While I was waiting for the remedy to act, my hair became stiff as straw and my scalp was tingling. I also had a scratch which it burned a little. Therefore don’t use it if your scalp is broken and red because it could cause a severe sting (or even burn) on it.

During shampooing, my hair felt detangled and it was easy to wash. After my hair had dried, my scalp was relieved but my hair was somehow dry, especially on the ends. Of course, my hair is already dry and coarse. Plus, I didn’t use conditioner because I wanted to check out the effect on my hair.

I let my hair half air-dry and while damp I used a few drops of argan oil to protect it from heat. When I straightened my hair (with a straightner) it had a lovely shiny look. Although, I wasn’t suffering from dandruff, I did have a mild itching issue without knowing why. However, this remedy made my itching go away and that made me and my scalp very happy!

Have you used lemon juice remedy before? Did you know that a treatment with olive oil and lemon on hair has so many benefits?  I’d love to read your thoughts or your own experience.


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  • Layla

    Great article!

    August 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Chante

    Great post!! I never knew this, totally going to give it a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing! x

    August 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Nanou

    Great tips and article! Very informative. I usually use coconut oil, I find coconut oil to be very moisturising. I use lemon juice for heaps of other things but didn’t know it could remove dandruff. I will try this hair mask 😉

    August 12, 2016 at 4:09 am Reply
  • Smita A

    Hello Trinity
    I have been using vinegar with coconut oil routinely during winters to get rid of dandruff. Also, if the lemon juice causes tingling then you can add little yogurt, as it soothes the scalp and is a great conditioner too. Just sharing my 2 cents to your already great article!!

    August 15, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply
      • Smita Acharya

        Hi, I don’t really measure out. I might do 1:1 sometimes. Or I just oil my hair first and then take vinegar in a bowl and use a cotton pellet to scrub it directly onto the scalp. Apple cider it is.

        August 15, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply

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