Dry DandruffMoisturize your scalp to deal with this type of dandruff. The flakes tend to be white and fall readily. You may have itchy red patches with this condition. Massage a mixture of equal parts almond oil and olive oil into your scalp. Leave this on for five minutes. You may experience a warming sensation, and that's okay. Shampoo as usual. For a deep treatment, massage almond oil only into your scalp and cover with a bandanna or nightcap before going to bed. Shampoo out when you shower the next morning. Do either of these treatments two or three times a week until you notice the dandruff has disappeared. You can keep your scalp in condition by doing follow-up treatments once a week or every two weeks.
Waxy DandruffIf your dandruff is characterized by sticky patches with flakes of skin stuck to them, you will need to use a remedy that cuts through it. This condition is similar to cradle cap in infants and may also itch. One remedy to try is coconut oil and lemon peel. Grate the peel of one lemon into two cups of coconut oil. Let this mixture sit, covered, for 10 days in the sun. Strain through some cheesecloth and massage some of the liquid into your scalp. Leave this on for at least five minutes; then shampoo out. As with the almond oil treatment, use this two or three times per week until you see improvement, then every two weeks for maintenance.
Rub apple cider vinegar mixed with equal parts water into your scalp as an alternative. This will help dissolve the oily patches and is a good astringent for your scalp.
Other RemediesTry sulfur. You can find topical sulfur solutions at your local health-food store or pharmacy. Often used as a soak for arthritis patients and psoriasis sufferers, sulfur baths can relieve the itching and flaking associated with dandruff.
If your dandruff is not improved with either home or commercial remedies, you should see a dermatologist to check for an underlying health issue.