How To: Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff -- the embarrassing white flakes that end up like snowfall on your shoulders and clothing. There are plenty of dandruff shampoos on the market to choose from, unfortunately, they are all very expensive. If you have ever wondered what ingredients make them so expensive, the simple answer is there are no expensive ingredients that make them so effective. So, the next question might be, why are they so expensive? And the answer to that is dandruff shampoo companies know they can charge high prices because people want to be rid of the embarrassing white flakes. People will pay big bucks for "cures". Well, you no longer have to pay big bucks for a cure; you can make your own dandruff shampoo for a fraction of the cost.

How to Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

Step 1 Get any kind of shampoo

Measure out 1 ounce of your favorite shampoo. The shampoo need not be expensive, just your regular favorite brand of shampoo.

How to Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

Step 2 Crush some aspirin

Crush two non-coated aspirin tablets. Use a mortar and pestle or place the aspirin in a small bag and crush them with the back of a spoon. Crush the aspirin until they are a fine powder.

How to Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo


  • The coating on coated aspirin will not break down and you will end up washing your hair with little pieces of coating.
  • Use the least expensive brand of aspirin that you can find. There is no aspirin that is more effective than another.

Step 3 Mix shampoo and aspirin

Mix the aspirin into the 1 ounce of shampoo.


  • Do not use this if you are allergic to aspirin.

Step 4 Try it out

Wet your hair thoroughly with plain water for a minute or two until your hair is completely saturated. Wash your hair with shampoo and aspirin mixture. Work it into your scalp for two to three minutes and rinse the shampoo out.

How to Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

If you read expensive dandruff shampoo ingredients, the active ingredient is salicylic acid, which is the chemical name for aspirin.


  • You can still use conditioner with this remedy along with your normal styling products.
  • Use your new dandruff shampoo recipe every time you wash your hair.


  • Avoid allowing the soapy water from entering your eyes. If you get shampoo in your eyes, rinse very well with plain water.
  • Discontinue use if notice scalp irritation.

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Very interesting and much cheaper than buying that expensive stuff from the store.

does this work if you just buy bc or goody powder(cut out the crushing)?

I know you're just trying to help people, Muriel, but this particular WonderHowTo is oversold.

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is not salicylic acid. It can soften keratin a little, but it's nowhere near as effective as actual salicylic acid. Actual salicylic acid is cheap on Amazon (much less expensive per ounce than aspirin) and is much more effective.

Moreover, corporations that create keratin softening products (salicylic acid shampoos and solutions) dissolve salicylic acid in water using cosolvents like glycerin, propylene glycol, and PEG or, more often, solublizers like sodium citrate, which you can also get on... you guessed it... Amazon.

I don't have a proper tutorial, but here is a good jumping-off point:

Hope this helps.

As my qualification for this comment, I have a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University.

I know this was years ago, but anyone know if there is a way to view that blogspot? I tried and it said I had to be invited. I could really use the info as Im trying to look into making my own. thx

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