#DIY Dandruff Control Shampoo & Conditioner


#DIY Dandruff Control Shampoo & Conditioner | Nevermore LaneTrue story. I have never had a problem with dandruff. Ever. I am however, a former Aqua  Net hairspray addict. Yes, I am an 80s/90s child. I graduated in 1993 if that tells you anything 😉 A time when I couldn’t get enough of my favorite hair band. My friends and I swore by Aqua Net and it cement-like holding style. Yes, it worked, but man did it ever flake. Then, and only then, did it look like I had dandruff. 🙂 Like dude, when it rained. Or, when I tried to comb out my bangs after they were as tall as the downtown skyscraper.

Why yes, this is me in high school and yes, that is Poison plastered all over my walls!

Because dandruff hasn’t really ever been a problem for me, I wasn’t really sure what was going on with my hair the other day. Around my temples and the part of my hair I saw dust. I didn’t have any products in my hair, so I knew that couldn’t be it. I started to think about whether I had been itching my head a lot more. Which only caused me to scratch my head. Literally. Got to love that power of suggestion.

Sadly, kiddo had lice. Even though it was treated before she came here, it still gave me the heebie jeebies. You do you know I have never had lice? I have no idea what it looks like or what it even feels like. Just the thought made me scratch my head. Sympathy affect maybe?

I didn’t even think about that until I found myself in the bathroom wondering what the crap was in my hair. I kept telling myself it was dandruff…but what if I had lice? Nothing was moving and it didn’t look like anything I had Googled.  I had hubs check it. He wasn’t 100% sure, but he was leaning towards dandruff.

Perhaps the dryness in the house from cranking the heat along with my fit of itches caused my scalp to flake.

It’s possible.

Either way, I didn’t like it.

So, that led me to ask Siri to “show me natural treatments for dandruff.” Away she went. She sent me to a few essential oil websites and it solidified what I was already thinking. Put some tea tree oil in my shampoo and conditioner. So, I found this cleansing shampoo and conditioner in my desk drawer from some of those sample boxes I get. I decided to put a few drops of Melaleuca (tea tree oil) in there to see how it would work. More like 5. In just the shampoo. And that is 2 oz. So if you wanted to make your own tea tree shampoo I would do 3-4 per every 2 oz until you get used to the smell.

I also added 1 drop to the 2 oz. of conditioner.

Off to the shower I went.

I’ll tell you, tea tree oil isn’t the best smelling oil on the market, but it sure did make my hair really clean and surprisingly soft. (Note to self: next time, add some lavender for better smells lol_

Best part? No more flakes.

I’ve been using this once a week to deep clean and remove all product build-up.

Still no flakes.

I’m one happy camper.

#DIY Dandruff Control Shampoo & Conditioner

4.75 from 4 votes


  • 2 oz clean clarifying and/or deep cleansing shampoo
  • 3-4 drops Melaleuca essential oil
  • 2 oz conditioner
  • 1 drop Melaleuca


  • Add 3-4 drops of Meleuca for every 2 oz of clean, clarifying and/or deep cleansing shampoo. Shake well.
  • Wash hair.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Repeat if desired.
  • Add 1 drop of Melaleuca to 2 oz of conditioner.
  • Apply to hair and allow to set for 1-2 minutes.
  • Rinse completely.
  • Style hair as usual.
  • To maintain healthy, clean, flake-free hair, repeat treatment once a week.


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Note: I am not a medical professional. This is not an intent to treat, diagnose or cure. Please check with your medical professional.

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  1. Oh my gosh, Aqua Net and the big hair was the thing lol. I don’t have dandruff, but this seems like it would be good just to keep your scalp healthy too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. My sister gets dandruff from time to time, so I will tell her about this. Especially since she has sensitive skin!

  3. I love tea tree oil for my dry scalp. It is so invigorating and not harsh on the skin. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. I know what you mean about the dried out hair spray flakes! Mine were the mouse/hair spray/teased up bangs. Man I miss that style! lol I do have issues now with dandruff occasionally, it seems to peak at season change. Thanks for this recipe, I will def give it a try! 😀

  5. I love using essential oils for everything. Essential oils are so natural and healing without using too many chemicals which works great for me. I don’t ever really have dandruff but when I do, I need to remember this recipe and try it for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I don’t suffer from dandruff, but my husband does something FIERCE. I should totally have him try this. Nothing works for him, and I’m sure he’d be willing to try just about anything!

  7. This is awesome! I get the worst dry scalp in the summer months, it can sometimes end up in dandruff. It’s awful so I will be trying this! If it works for me and my icky head I will be forever grateful!Jeani

    1. I find it works best in a clear, clarifying type shampoo so that there isn’t any added build up. You might have to tweak the recipe a bit as each person is different.

    1. It’s not completely horrible if you like those sort of scents. It’s just a stronger smelling oil. I find that it varies a bit between brands.

  8. Luckily I don’t get dandruff but my other half suffers from it terribly. Thanks for sharing this DIY mixture to combat it.

  9. I’m an 80’s 90’s child too, who used her share of Aquanet in my teenage years! My dad has struggeld forever with dandruff. He’s just always had a really dry scalp. I have some of the oils, I think I’ll make this recipe up for him to try!

    1. I hope it works out for him. I find it works best in a clear, clarifying type shampoo so that there isn’t any added build up.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this. I really have bad dandruff and can’t seem to find anything to help it. Going to try this!

    1. I hope it works for you. Just remember, you might have to tweak the recipe a bit to find the right ‘dose’ that works for you.

  11. I used Aqua Net a couple of times, and yes, the hold was impressive. I’ve heard a lot about how tea tree oil has a lot of benefits – I didn’t know about it fighting dandruff.

  12. Wow! I really should make hubby some of this! He uses a dandruff shampoo right now that literally makes our whole upstairs bathroom stink lol….

  13. Yup, graduated in ’91, this all looks familiar to me. I’ve been pretty lucky as far as my hair, even when I was long haired rock star guy in High School.

  14. 4 stars
    Ahh your outfit is giving me life. i was just a baby during that time so i’ve never heard of that brand!! Tea tree oil is amazing but gosh it smells so bad!

  15. 5 stars
    I use to swear by tea tree oil but anympre thats one of the smells I can’t take. Oh… By the way I also graduated in 93 LOL

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