Hair fungus, as the name suggests, is a fungal infection caused in the scalp regions of your hair. These infections further lead to hair loss, hair damage and scalp issues. This will start by affecting your scalp and hair shaft. Then this condition results in small patches of itchy and scaly scalp’s skin.

If it is not treated properly and timely, then this will lead to many critical issues in scalp and hair. There are many home remedies that are effective in curing these infections. It can also be cleared by using an antifungal shampoo. There are various types of hair fungus that are caused. In this article, I have explained about the types and have also mentioned the possible home remedies with their step by step procedure to be followed.

Types Of Hair Fungus
Hair Fungus Treatment at Home

Types Of Hair Fungus


Type 1 – Ringworm

Ringworm, also known as Tinea Capitis – it is of the size of a pea. Scalp ringworm[1] is the one which is found very often in children. This can also be considered as a mild condition of ringworm. The fungal organisms, Dermatophytes, are responsible for causing this infection. This affects the body tissues present in your skin, hair, and nails. This can be found in all the areas of the body.

Hair Fungus

The entire affected area will appear red and inflamed. The affected area will grow outwards in the classic circle. As the name indicates, it will be appearing in a ring shape. This fungal infection is a contagious one. This can spread easily when a person comes in physical contact with infected individuals. It can also spread through contaminated objects like pillow, comb or bed. It spreads through animals and soil too.

These rings will further get developed into crusty and scaly patches. This type of ringworm hair fungus will cause itchiness in your scalp. It will also lead to swollen lymph nodes in your neck. The symptoms of ringworm will differ from person to person. The pattern of the ringworm will vary depending on the organism that causes this infection. The three types of patterns are:

  • Black Dot Ringworm

Black Dot Ringworm is also known as Trichophyton. This will cause fungal infection within the hair shaft. The infection will further make your hair become extremely brittle. It will start breaking easily. Many blisters will start to appear at the base of your hair shaft[2].

  • Animal Or Soil Fungi 

This ringworm will cause inflammations in your scalp regions. This will make the scars to last permanently on your scalp if left untreated. It will also lead to hair damage and hair fall. Pustules[3 ] and abscesses will start appearing on your scalp after a few days. This might be followed by fever, itchiness, burning sensations and pain. Your lymph nodes might also swell due to this.

  • Grey Patch Ringworm

Grey Patch Ringworm is the most common type of ringworm that is widely present in Eastern Europe. This is caused by Microsporum that induces the growth of fungus. The infected person will have red, itchy and dry scalp[4]. Lesions will be formed around your hair shaft. Your hair color will get changed to a grey color. It will start looking dull and very weak. Your hair will become fragile and start to break easily. Your scalp will start to itch and burn.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This fungal infection is caused by the yeast Pityrosporon Ovale also known as Malassezia. This yeast is present on everyone’s skin in minute numbers. Generally, these organisms will not cause any harm to individuals. But overgrowth of this fungus will lead to complications and conditions like Seborrheic Dermatitis[5].

The infected person will experience acute itchiness and flakiness in the scalp. This will result in the spreading of the fungal infections to the other areas of the scalp. You can control this by following certain home remedies and treat it. Leaving it unattended might cause severe scalp problems that lead to hair loss and hair damage.

Piedra

This fungal infection is a rare one, which mostly occurs in your scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes. A yeast-like fungus called Trichosporon is responsible for this infection. This leads to the development of nodules on each of the hair strands in the infected area.  This will cause hair fall and scalp damage. It affects the tissues in the scalp and inhibits the growth of hair. Dark spots can also get formed on your scalp if this condition is left untreated.

Hair Fungus Treatment At Home



Neem
Lemon Juice
Garlic
Tea Tree Oil
Listerine
Almond Oil
Papaya
Papaya seeds
Baking soda
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Castor oil
Aloe vera gel
Turmeric With Milk
Turmeric With water
Tea Tree Oil And Aloe Vera Gel
Onion And Orange Peel
Tea Tree Oil And Olive Oil
Garlic And Grapefruit
Orange And Lemon Serum
Licorice
Oregano Oil
Lavender Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Basil Leaves
Mustard Seeds
Cassia Leaves
Onion Extract
Fig Leaves Juice
Carrot Paste
Spearmint Leaves
Oatmeal

Neem

Remedy 1 – Neem Leaves

Ingredients Required Quantity
Neem leaves 20 to 25
Water 1 bucket

Directions For Use

  1. Empty a bucket full of water in a big vessel and start boiling it. Heat the water on a low flame.
  2. Put 20 to 25 fresh neem leaves in the boiling water.
  3. Leave the water to boil for a few minutes.
  4. After 4 to 5 minutes, turn off the heat.
  5. Filter the water separately leaving behind the residues.
  6. Allow it to cool for sometimes. Wait until it becomes warmer so that it becomes bearable.
  7. Then wash your hair with this neem water. Pour the water on the fungus infected areas.
  8. Do not wash your hair with normal water after this. You should also chew a few neem leaves while doing this process.
  9. Initially, you can follow this for twice in a day. Then follow it once every day until the infection gets cleared.

Neem has the capability control the agents that cause fungal infections. This is a powerful natural ingredient that can kill the infectious agents in our body.

Remedy 2  – Dried Neem Leaves Paste

Ingredients Required Quantity
Neem leaves 10 to 15
Purified water 2 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take about 10 to 15 neem leaves and dry them under sunlight.
  2. Then grind the dried neem leaves using a mixer or grinder until it turns to a fine powder.
  3. Place the neem leaves powder in a small bowl.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of purified water into the bowl.
  5. Mix the ingredients well until it turns to a paste.
  6. Apply the neem paste directly on the infected areas of your scalp.
  7. Leave the paste on your hair for about 30 minutes.
  8. Then rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.

Neem leaves are immensely potent to decrease the growth of fungus and bacteria. It kills all the infection causing agents and provides a speed recovery.

Remedy 3 – Neem Oil and Lemon Peel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Neem oil 3 tbsp
Dried Lemon peels a few pieces

Directions for Use

  1. Grind the dried lemon peels using a mixer or a grinder, until it becomes a fine powder.
  2. Now keep the lemon peel powder in a small bowl.
  3. Add 3 tbsp of neem oil into the bowl. You may find the mixture too strong for your hair. In such cases, you can add a carrier oil with this mixture. The commonly added carrier oils are coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.
  4. Mix it well using a spoon.
  5. Use your fingertips to apply it on your scalp. Apply it well on all the infected regions.
  6. Then massage your hair for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Leave the mixture on your head for about 30 minutes.
  8. After it gets dry, start washing your hair. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use herbal shampoo while washing your hair.

Lemon has the capability to fight against the fungus and bacteria. This mixture can help you in curing the infections very soon.

Remedy 4 – Neem Oil And Coconut Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Neem oil 1 tbsp
Coconut oil 3 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 3 tbsp of coconut oil into it.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of neem oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix both the oil well using a spoon.
  4. Then apply the oil on the infected areas of your scalp.
  5. It is better if you apply this before going to sleep. You can cover your hair with a hair cap or a plastic cover.
  6. Leave it on for overnight.
  7. Rinse your hair when you wake up in the next morning.
  8. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  9. This method can be followed twice in a week to get effective results.

Pure neem oil is incredibly potent to treat fungal infections. When mixed with coconut oil, it acts as a great fungicide and kills the fungal agents.


Lemon Juice

Ingredients Required Quantity
Lemon 1
Purified water 1 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small cup of purified water and boil it for some time.
  2. Then remove the water from the heat. Allow it to cool for sometime.
  3. When it becomes quite warm, squeeze a fresh lemon into it.
  4. Stir the solution well until lemon juice gets dissolved in the water.
  5. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo. Then rinse your hair with the freshly prepared lime juice. Focus more on the fungus infected areas.
  6. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Rinse your hair with cold water as the final rinse. This makes the scalp pores to get closed.
  8. Do not use this method more than once in a week.
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Lemon juice has citric acid which help in eradicating the fungal infections effectively.

Garlic

Ingredients Required Quantity
Garlic Cloves 5 to 6
Organic Honey 5 to 6 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take 5 to 6 garlic cloves and crush them until it turns to a paste.
  2. Leave this for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then mix 5 to 6 tbsp of honey with the garlic paste.
  4. Mix the ingredients well using a spoon.
  5. Apply this paste on the fungus infected areas and your scalp.
  6. Leave it to get dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Rinse the area with warm or cold water.
  8. You can use mild shampoo while washing. Do not rub the area if you find any residues, wash them away gently.
  9. This pack can be used twice in a week to get a speedy recovery.

Garlic has a few anti fungal compounds like joene and allicin in it. This can help in tackling the fungal infections in your hair[6].

Tea Tree Oil


Ingredients Required Quantity
Purified water 1/4 cup
Tea tree oil 2-3 drops

Directions For Use

  1. Take 1/4 cup of water in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix the solution until tea tree oil gets dissolved in water.
  4. Start applying it on the infected areas and on your scalp.
  5. Massage your scalp for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Then leave the oil-solution on your hair for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Start washing your hair with warm or cold water.
  8. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  9. You can use this twice a day.

Tea tree oil can be one of the best options for curing fungal infections. They have anti septic properties too that could heal wounds rapidly.

Listerine

–Weekly Use

Ingredients Required Quantity
Listerine 1/2 cup
Purified water 1/2 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Listerine into the bowl.
  3. Mix the solution well until Listerine gets dissolved in water.
  4. Now, use a mild shampoo and wash your hair with warm water. Wash your hair until the shampoo gets completely removed from your hair.
  5. Then remove all the excess water from your hair.
  6. You can also use rinse out conditioner[7] to prevent dryness. Apply this after washing your hair with shampoo. Then start applying it on the middle of the strands till their ends. If you have used a rinse out conditioner, then rinse it really well. Make sure that the conditioner is completely removed from your hair.
  7. Now pour the Listerine solution on your scalp. Hold a small cup to catch the Listerine solution dripping from your head. Then pour it again onto your scalp.
  8. Massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Then rinse your hair with warm water. Wash it until the Listerine-solution is completely removed from your scalp.
  10. After that rinse your hair again with cold water. This makes the cuticles on your scalp to get closed.
  11. Blot your hair with a clean towel to remove the excess water.
  12. Listerine can make your scalp dry. So, you can follow this once in a week.

Listerine is widely used as an antiseptic mouthwash. It can kill the germs and bacteria that causes infections. The antiseptic properties[8] in Listerine can cure many of the fungal infections too.

–Daily Use

Ingredients Required Quantity
Listerine 1/2 cup
Purified water 1/2 cup
Cotton Ball 1

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water in it.
  2. Now add 1/2 cup of Listerine into the bowl.
  3. Mix it well until the Listerine gets completely dissolved in water.
  4. Now wash your hair with a mild shampoo. You can also use a conditioner for preventing the dryness in your scalp.
  5. Then take a cotton ball and dip it in the diluted Listerine solution. Dab it on the spots of your scalp where you have fungal infections.
  6. Then rinse the area with warm water. After that wash your hair with cold water. This makes your cuticles to get closed.
  7. This can be followed daily.

Listerine has strong anti bacterial and anti fungal properties in it. This inhibits the growth of infections and also cures the infected areas.

–With Lime

Ingredients Required Quantity
Listerine 1 tbsp
Purified water 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 1 tbsp of water in it.
  2. Add 1 tbsp each of Listerine and lime juice into the bowl.
  3. Mix the solution well using a spoon. Wait until lemon and Listerine gets dissolved completely in water.
  4. Now apply the solution on the infected areas of your scalp.
  5. Leave it to get dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.
  7. You can use this therapy twice in a week for two weeks to get rid of fungal infections.

This remedy works well for treating the fungal infection that causes dandruff. The citric acid in lemon retards the growth of fungus and bacteria in your skin.


Almond Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Ball of cotton 1
Almond oil a few drops

Directions for Use

  1. Take a few drops of almond oil in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the oil for about 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  3. Then leave it to cool down for a few minutes. Check whether the heat is bearable.
  4. Take a small ball of cotton. Dip it in the almond oil.
  5. Start applying the almond oil on the fungus infected areas using cotton.
  6. Gently massage your scalp for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Leave the almond oil on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Then wash the area with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  10. You can follow this method for twice in a week to get effective results.

Almond oil has great antifungal properties which help in treating the infected scalp naturally.

Almond oil for skin
Almond oil

Papaya

Ingredients Required Quantity
Ripe Papaya 4 to 5 slices

Directions for Use

  1. Take 4 to 5 slices of ripe papaya.
  2. Mash the pieces until it turns to a paste.
  3. Then apply the mixture on the infected areas and your scalp.
  4. Leave the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes to get dry.
  5. Then rinse your scalp with warm or cold water.
  6. You can use a mild shampoo for washing your hair. Do not rub harshly if you find any residues, but wash them away gently.
  7. This therapy can be followed once in 3 to 4 days to get rid of fungus rapidly.

Papaya has a special type of antifungal enzyme called chitinase in it. This will damage the fungal cell wall and cure hair fungus.

Papaya Seeds

Ingredients Required Quantity
Papaya seeds 8 – 10
Purified water 1 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take 8 to 10 papaya seeds in a mixer. Grind the seeds until they turn to a fine powder.
  2. Put the powdered papaya seeds in a small bowl.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of purified water into the bowl.
  4. Mix the ingredients well until you obtain a paste.
  5. Then apply this paste directly on the infected areas of your scalp.
  6. Leave it to get dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Now wash your hair with warm or cold water.
  8. You can also use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  9. This therapy can be used on children also.

Papaya seeds have the ability to control the fungal attacks on your skin. It acts effectively against certain pathogens that cause hair fungus.

Baking Soda


Ingredients Required Quantity
Baking soda 1 tbsp
Rosemary oil a few drops
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Put one tbsp of baking soda into the bowl. Mix it well until baking soda gets dissolved in water.
  3. Add a few drops of Rosemary oil into the bowl. Stir the mixture well.
  4. Start applying the mixture on the fungus infected areas and scalp.
  5. Massgae your scalp gently for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Leave it to get dry for an hour.
  7. Then rinse your hair well. You can use warm or cold water.
  8. A mild shampoo can be used while washing your hair. You can follow this for a few days to get rid of fungal infections naturally.
  9. This paste can be applied whenever you have itching or irritation in your scalp regions.

The cooling effect of the baking soda soothes your scalp and provides instant relief. The antifungal properties of the baking soda help in reducing the infections. Rosemary oil removes the foul-smell in your hair caused due to fungus.

Coconut Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Ball of cotton 1
Coconut oil a few drops

Directions for Use

  1. Take a small amount of coconut oil in a small bowl.
  2. Take a small ball of cotton. Dip it in the coconut oil.
  3. Start applying the coconut oil on the fungus infected areas using the cotton ball.
  4. Gently massage your scalp for about 5 minutes.
  5. Leave the coconut oil on your hair overnight. You can wear a shower cap while sleeping.
  6. Then wash the area with warm or cold water by the next morning.
  7. You can use antifungal shampoo while washing your hair.
  8. You can follow this method regularly to get effective results.

Coconut oil is a great anti fungal agent that can reduce the infections. It reduces the scalp irritations and strengthens the hair[9].

Olive Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Ball of cotton 1
Olive oil a few drops

Directions for Use

  1. Take a few drops of olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the bowl on a low flame using a boiler for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then allow the oil to get cool down for some time.
  4. Now dip a small ball of cotton in the warm olive oil.
  5. Start applying it on the infected areas and your scalp with the cotton.
  6. Leave it to get dry for overnight. Cover your hair with a hair cover.
  7. Then wash your hair with warm or cold water in the next morning.
  8. You can use a mild shampoo for washing your hair.

Olive oil has anti fungal properties in it which are effective to cure the infections and dandruff.

Olive oil

Castor Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Ball of cotton 1
Castor oil a few drops
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Directions for Use

  1. Take a few drops of castor oil in a small bowl.
  2. Dip a small ball of cotton in the oil.
  3. Start applying it on the infected areas and in your scalp regions. Do not touch the infected areas with your fingers.
  4. Leave the oil on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Then start washing your hair with warm water, followed by cold water. Make sure that all the hair locks are washed with cold water. The oil in your hair should also be washed off.
  6. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  7. The next important step is to dry your hair. Fungal infections have the capability to grow quickly in wet areas. It can also spread the infection to the other areas. So dry the wet area soon after washing.
  8. Blot your hair strands with a clean towel. Remove all the excess water present in your hair.
  9. This method can be followed regularly. This does not provide instant reliefs and takes time to unveil it.

Castor oil is enriched with antifungal properties that can cure the fungal infections. You can get effective results when you use it on a regular basis.


Aloe Vera Gel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Fresh aloe vera leaf 1

Directions for Use

  1. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf. Extract the gel present within.
  2. Apply the gel directly on the fungus infected areas of the scalp.
  3. Leave it to get dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Then wash the area with warm or cold water.
  5. You can use antifungal shampoo while washing your hair.
  6. This method can be repeated twice in a day for better results.

Aloe vera is known to have all the properties essential for curing a fungal infection. It can heal the wounds too. It soothes your scalp and reduces irritations in the scalp.

Turmeric With Milk

Ingredients Required Quantity
Turmeric Powder 1 tbsp
Raw milk 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 1 tbsp of turmeric powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of raw milk into the bowl. Mix it well until it turns to a paste.
  3. Then apply this on the fungus infected areas of the scalp.
  4. Leave it to get dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Then wash it off with warm or cold water.
  6. You can also use antifungal shampoos while washing your hair.
  7. This can be followed twice a day for obtaining effective results.

Turmeric powder[10] is one amongst the most common home remedies for curing infections. It has excellent healing properties that can help with any kind of wounds or infections.

Turmeric With water

Ingredients Required Quantity
Turmeric Powder 1 tbsp
Purified water 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 1 tbsp of turmeric powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of purified water into the bowl.
  3. Mix the ingredients well to make a paste.
  4. Then apply this turmeric paste directly on the infected areas of your scalp.
  5. Leave the paste on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Now, wash your hair with warm or cold water. Do not rub the areas if there are any residues, wash them away gently.
  7. You can follow this twice a day to get speed recovery. This method can be followed if you are allergic to milk or does not like to use it.

Turmeric has anti inflammatory[11] and anti fungal properties in it. This helps in treating many infections and wounds.

Tea Tree Oil And Aloe Vera Gel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Tea tree oil 10 to 15 drops
Aloe Vera Gel 1/4 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel into it.
  2. Then add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix the two ingredients using a spoon. Make sure that tea tree oil is blended well with aloe vera gel.
  4. Start applying the mix on all the fungus infected areas of your scalp.
  5. Then massage your scalp for about 1 minute.
  6. Leave it to get dry for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Now rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  8. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  9. This method can be followed once a week to get rid of fungal infections.

Tea tree oil is effective in curing fungus due to its anti fungal properties. Aloe vera gel[12] contains anti septic agents that work well against fungus agents.

Onion And Orange Peel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Onion 5 pieces
Ajenuz or Nigella Sativa 1 tbsp
Orange peel a few pieces
Saffron 1/2 tbsp
Purified water 2 cups

Directions For Use

  1. Take a bowl and add two cups of water in it.
  2. Put a few pieces of orange peels and saffron into the bowl.
  3. Then add 5 pieces of onion and one tbsp of Ajenuz seeds into the bowl.
  4. Boil the mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not boil the water for more than 14 minutes.
  5. Then apply this solution to the infected areas of your scalp.
  6. Preserve the remaining solution in your refrigerator. You can use it daily until the infection gets cured.
  7. You can observe the effects of this therapy instantly after using it. The fungus in your hair will eventually disappear.

All the ingredients used in this therapy have anti fungal properties with them. So, this pack will work well and provide an instant relief.

Tea Tree Oil And Olive Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Tea tree oil 10 to 12 drops

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and pour 3 tbsp of olive oil in it.
  2. Add 10 to 12 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix the oils well using a spoon.
  4. Start applying the oil on those areas where you have fungal infections.
  5. It is always better if you apply it before going to bed.
  6. Leave the oil-mix on your head overnight. This lets your scalp absorb the oil completely. You can cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  7. Rinse your hair in the morning with warm or cold water. You can use a mild shampoo for washing your hair.
  8. Make sure that you have rinsed your hair thoroughly.
  9. This oil-mix can be applied twice a week to get rid of fungal infections.

Olive oil consists of an antioxidant[13] named hydroxytyrosol in it. This is capable of killing the agents that cause fungus.

Garlic And Grapefruit

Ingredients Required Quantity
Garlic 5 pieces
Angelica / Wild Celery extract 2 tbsp
Grapefruit Peel a few pieces
Chive 2 tbsp
Purified Water 2 cups

Directions For Use

  1. Take a bowl and add 2 cups of water into it.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of angelica extract, 5 pieces of garlic and a few pieces of grapefruit peel into the water.
  3. Take a few strands of chive and cut it down into smaller pieces.
  4. Now add the small pieces of chive into the bowl.
  5. Boil the mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure that you don’t boil the mixture more than 12 minutes.
  6. Then allow it to cool down for some time.
  7. Apply the mixture on the affected areas of your scalp region.
  8. You can store the remaining solution in the refrigerator for future use.
  9. Leave the mixture on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Rinse the area with warm or cold water.
  11. Use this mixture continuously until the fungus disappears. Many have claimed that they got instant results after applying this.

All the ingredients used in this mixture are enriched with antifungal properties. So this remedy will work well on the fungus infected regions and cure them.


Orange And Lemon Serum

Ingredients Required Quantity
Orange(medium-sized) 1/2
Lemon 1
Aloe vera gel 1/2 cup
Coconut oil 2 tbsp
Tea tree oil 10 to 15 drops
Lemon oil 8 to 10 drops

Directions For Use

  1. Take half of a medium-sized orange and squeeze it. Collect the orange juice in a small bowl.
  2. Now, take a fresh lemon and squeeze its juice inside the bowl.
  3. Mix both the orange and lemon juices well using a spoon.
  4. Now add 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel with the juice.
  5. After this add 2 tbsp of coconut oil into the bowl. Stir the mixture well.
  6. Then add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil and 8 to 10 drops of lemon oil into the bowl.
  7. Mix all the ingredients well until it gets blended well.
  8. Apply this mixture on your scalp and hair.
  9. Leave the serum on your hair for about 30 minutes.
  10. Then start washing your hair. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  11. You can use mild shampoo for washing your hair.

This hair serum[14] will help you to get rid of the itchiness and burning caused due to fungal infections. It soothes your scalp and gives you relief.

Licorice

Ingredients Required Quantity
Licorice a few pieces
purified water 1/2 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a few pieces of licorice and grind it using a mixer or grinder to obtain a fine powder.
  2. Then add 8 tbsp of licorice powder into 1/2 a cup of water. Boil the solution on a low flame.
  3. Heat the mixture for about 10 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  4. Stir the mixture until it turns to a paste.
  5. Then allow the mixture to get cool down for some time.
  6. Now apply the paste on the fungus infected areas of your scalp.
  7. Leave the paste on your scalp for about 10 minutes.
  8. Then rinse the area with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  10. This paste can be applied twice in a day to cure fungal infections.

Licorice is widely used for treating fungus and bacterial infections. It also prevents your scalp from getting infected further.

Oregano Oil


Ingredients Required Quantity
Oregano oil 2 to 3 drops
Coconut oil/olive oil 1 tbsp
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Directions For Use

  1. Take 1 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops of Oregano oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix the oils well using a spoon.
  4. Then apply the oil on the affected areas of your scalp.
  5. Leave it for a few minutes to get dried.
  6. You can apply this oil three times a day on the infected areas to notice significant changes in a few days.

Oregano oil is known to be very powerful in curing any type of fungal infections. It is one of those natural ingredients that have strong antifungal properties.

Lavender Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Lavender oil 10 to 12 drops
Olive oil 1 tbsp

Directions For Use

  1. Take 1 tbsp of Olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add 10 to 12 drops of lavender oil into the bowl.
  3. Mix the oils well using a spoon.
  4. Apply it directly on the affected areas of your scalp.
  5. You can apply this three times a day. This can help you in speed recovery from the fungus infections. Follow this until the infection gets cured completely.

Lavender oil has the capability to penetrate deep inside your scalp. So, this will help in healing the wounds faster and prevent further infections.

Lavender Oil

Lemongrass Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Lemongrass oil 2 to 3 drop
Almond oil 1 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take one tbsp of almond oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops of lemongrass oil into the bowl.
  3. Stir the oils well using a spoon.
  4. Apply this directly on the infected areas of your scalp.
  5. Use this thrice a day. You can notice the infection getting reduced day by day.

Lemongrass oil has the ability to heal wounds at a faster rate. The antibacterial properties in them also prevent the infection from spreading to the other areas.

Basil Leaves

Ingredients Required Quantity
Basil leaves 250 gm
Purified water 500 gm

Directions For Use

  1. Take 500 gm of water in a small bowl.
  2. Add 250 gm of basil leaves into the bowl.
  3. Start boiling the water using a boiler.
  4. Boil it until the water reduces to half of its original quantity.
  5. Then turn off the boiler and allow the solution to get cool down for some time.
  6. Now take the boiled leaves and grind them using a mixer or grinder. Grind it until it turns to a paste.
  7. Then apply the basil leaf paste directly on the infected area.
  8. Leave it to get dry for about 30 minutes.
  9. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  10. You can use herbal shampoo while washing your hair.
  11. Apply this paste at least four times a day. This will help in reducing the effects of fungus very soon.

This herbal remedy will remove the fungus entirely from your scalp. It also deals effectively with the symptoms associated with this infection.

Mustard Seeds

Ingredients Required Quantity
Mustard seeds 2 tbsp
Purified water 1/2 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with half a cup of water.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of mustard seeds to it. Leave the mixture for overnight.
  3. Then take the soaked seeds and grind them. Grind it using a mixer or grinder until it turns to a paste.
  4. Apply the mustard seed paste directly on your scalp regions where you have infections.
  5. Then leave the paste on your hair for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  7. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair.
  8. Apply this on the infected areas at least three times a day for obtaining effective results.

Mustard seeds have excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties in it. So, this can be an ideal remedy for treating the fungal infections in your scalp.

Cassia Leaves

Ingredients Required Quantity
Cassia leaves 200 mg
Purified water 600 ml
Small cloth 1

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 600 ml of water into it. Boil the water using a boiler.
  2. Then add 200 mg of fresh Cassia leaves into the boiling water.
  3. Boil the mixture for about 20 minutes on a low flame.
  4. Then allow it to get cool down for some time.
  5. Now, filter the boiled water leaving behind the cassia leaves.
  6. Then take a small cloth and dip it inside the solution.
  7. Now spread the cloth on the affected areas of your scalp.
  8. Leave the cloth to get dry for 15 minutes.
  9. Then repeat the same procedure three times continuously. This can help in reducing the effects caused due to the infections.

Cassia leaves are known to cure fungal infections due to the antifungal elements present in it. They are very helpful in removing the fungus completely from your skin.

Onion Extract

Ingredients Required Quantity
Onion 1
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a fresh onion and chop it down to smaller pieces.
  2. Grind the chopped onion pieces using a mixer or a grinder to make a paste.
  3. Then put the onion paste in a small bowl.
  4. Mix 1/4 cup of water with the onion paste using a spoon.
  5. Apply this mixture on the affected areas of your scalp.
  6. Leave the paste on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Then rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  8. You can use a mild shampoo for washing your hair.
  9. Apply this two times in a day to get better results.

Onion extract can be one of the best natural remedies for fungal infections. It cures the infections and strengthens the scalp by providing proper nutrients to the roots.

Fig Leaves Juice

Ingredients Required Quantity
Fig Leaves 4 to 5
Grinder 1

Directions For Use

  1. Take 4 to 5 fig leaves and wash them with clean water.
  2. Then grind the fig leaves using a mixer or a grinder. Grind it until it turns to a paste.
  3. Then extract the fig leaves juice leaving behind the residues.
  4. Apply the juice directly on the areas wherever you have fungal infections.
  5. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Then rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  7. You can use mild shampoo while washing your hair. This can be followed regularly to get rid of hair fungus.

Fig leaves are rich in antioxidant properties. This helps in treating the fungal infections on your scalp and other region of skin.

Carrot Paste

Ingredients Required Quantity
Carrot 1
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of water into it. Boil the water using a boiler.
  2. Then take a fresh carrot and chop it down into smaller pieces.
  3. Add the chopped carrot pieces into the boiling water.
  4. Boil the mixture until the carrots become tender.
  5. Then allow it to get cool down for some time.
  6. Now, separate the carrots from the boiled water by filtering. Mash those carrot pieces until it becomes a paste.
  7. Then apply the carrot paste directly on the infected areas of your scalp.
  8. Leave the paste on your scalp to get dry for 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. Then rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  10. Do this twice a week until you get recovered from the infection.

Carrots are rich in essential nutrients that can help in faster healing of the fungal infections like dermatitis on your scalp.

Spearmint Leaves

Ingredients Required Quantity
Spearmint leaves 4 to 5
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take 4 to 5 spearmint leaves and put them in a mixer or a grinder. Grind it until it turns to a paste.
  2. Then filter the spearmint juice leaving behind the residues.
  3. Add an equal amount of water with the spearmint juice.
  4. Mix the solution well until the extract gets dissolved completely in water.
  5. Now apply the solution on the infected areas of your scalp.
  6. Leave it for few minutes to get dry.
  7. Then rinse the area with warm or cold water.

Spearmint leaves are known to cure fungal infections like dermatitis[15] effectively. This can help you achieve a speedy recovery when used on a regular basis.

Oatmeal

Ingredients Required Quantity
Powdered Oatmeal 1/2 cup
Purified water 1 cup

Directions For Use

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with a cup of purified water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal into the bowl.
  3. Mix the mixture well using a spoon.
  4. Apply the oatmeal mixture on the fungus infected areas.
  5. Leave it for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Then rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  7. You can follow this every day for obtaining effective results.

This oatmeal remedy can promote the healing of the fungal infections rapidly. It also soothes the infected areas and provides a relief to your scalp.

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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 2/3/2019



Tharaa Nagendran

Health & Wellness Content Writer at Glowpink
A passionate writer and a creative artist who loves artworks. Writing and Doodling are the two things that give me serenity. Being as a Health and Fitness content writer, I find myself more responsible. I enjoy delivering contents that helps in enhancing the lifestyles of people.
Tharaa Nagendran
A passionate writer and a creative artist who loves artworks. Writing and Doodling are the two things that give me serenity. Being as a Health and Fitness content writer, I find myself more responsible. I enjoy delivering contents that helps in enhancing the lifestyles of people.

53 Comments

  1. What an extensive post on natural home remedies to treat fungus on scalp or hair! This will help a lot of people out like me. Thanks a lot! Keep up the impressive work.

  2. I had fungus in my scalp which was causing many problems. My hair were falling out and I was always itchy. It was such a hindrance to my life. I wish I had know about some home remedies to treat my fungus. I had to go on specialized shampoo and pills too to help treat. It took a while and also had to face some side effects. Though i am glad now that it s gone, would not want to face it ever again.

  3. Hey, which shampoo and pills were you using?? can you tell us the names? how effective were they??

  4. You need to consult your doctor or dermatologist, they are the best person to diagnose your issues and prescribe any shampoo, pills, or any other appropriate treatment.

  5. I have heard that vinegar or apple cider vinegar is effective in getting rid of fungus from the body. is it true?? and if it is, how do I use it?? directly, diluted, or in some remedy?? Waiting for reply.

  6. Yes, there have been studies which have proven conclusively that apple cider vinegar can kill certain types of fungus. so it is quite useful to get rid of scalp and hair fungus.

  7. You can dilute apple cider vinegar by mixing it with equal amount of water and then soaking your scalp in it. then wash your hair and scalp after a couple hours of leaving some apple cider vinegar on there.

  8. This lady is right. moreover, apple cider vinegar is great in general for your scalp and hair too. It will make your scalp healthier by balancing its pH levels. It will help treat dandruff too and makes hair shinier. So, yeah, you should definitely use this amazing ingredient for your hair, you won’t regret it.

  9. Thank you for the valuable info. many women will find this very useful as i did. I was not aware of all this before. thanks again and have a good day.

  10. this a great and informative post on hair fungus. thanks for sharing this with us. keep it up and best of luck for your future endeavors.

  11. You should consult your doctor instead of looking at the internet and buying the medications that you think you need. This could lead to severe consequences so I would suggest strongly that you consult your doctor first before going ahead with any chemical or medical treatments.

  12. you are right! I will consult my doctor first for sure. I just wanted to gather some information. Cheers.

  13. How dangerous can such fungal infections be?? what is the extent of their damage. thanks for any useful information, will appreciate it.

  14. Fungal diseases on the body are often caused by fungi that are common in the environment. Most of such fungi are not actually dangerous, but some types do present some harm to the health and hygiene. So, it is recommended that you do treat them as soon as possible but consult your doctor first about what kind it is. Many of them are also contagious, you would present a risk of contracting it to people closer to you and spreading it.

  15. Some symptoms to look out for are: One or more round patches of scaly skin where the hair has broken off at or just above the scalp. these patches are generally circular in case of ringworm and they expand slowly outwards to cover more and more area. It cause your scalp to make scaly and flaky and causes it to become grey. you will also feel inflammation, irritation and redness. You should visit your dermatologist if you are showing these symptoms. Hope this helped.

  16. Hey ladies, i have some tips for you guys which will help you prevent scalp infection in the first place so you won’t have to deal with such issues like this. You should practice good scalp and hair hygiene always. Shampoo regularly to keep the scalp cleansed. Do not share personal items like combs or towels. ringworm can transmit through animals too so be on the lookout for that, in your pets and such.

  17. Thanks for sharing these useful tips with us. following these definitely helps avoid the scalp issues and problems in the first place which is always better (and much cheaper) than curing a disease.

  18. My hair smells bad and strongly when it is wet. Is that because of a fungus or is there some other reason. Please help me out guys.

  19. The skin of your scalp has many sweat glands and oil glands. These glands produce sweat and oil, which then are absorbed by the hair. Consequently, your hair can easily pick up strong smells and pollutants from around you and the environment. So, your hair could start smelling when it becomes wet. Practice regular washing and proper hair and scalp hygiene to help get rid of such odors. Hope this was of some help to you.

  20. Hey, eye opening article on hair fungus and home remedies which help to treat them. I was wondering if homeopathic treatments and home remedies are enough for treating scalp fungal infection for good.

  21. It certainly can be. If you prefer natural remedies over commercial pharma, homeopathy can have many effectual solutions for hair fungus. It treats the problem topically and internally, and does not have any major or issue causing side effects. But you should always consult a certified homeopathic doctor if you decide to opt for such methods of healing.

  22. Many people do not realize even when they have scalp fungus. This is a nice and informative post which details much info in the relevant field to educate the people about their issues and effective home remedies which help treat them. Keep providing us with such important and useful knowledge and people will keep coming to feed from your hand and you will rise to new heights. Cheers and all the best in your efforts and desires.

  23. Hey gals, I have a few tips for your which is gonna help you deal with this issue a bit better. You should avoid going out when you have wet hair to steer clear contracting any hair fungus. Also, hair fungus is much more common in children than adults and they contract and spread it more frequently. So, be aware of this in your children if you have any. You should always maintain suitable personal hygiene and keep your hair and scalp clean and dry as much as you can to curb the risk of this infection. Regular washing and gentle drying of hair are basic requirements for optimum hair health so follow them. Follow these tips and you will effectively avoid any scalp fungal infection. Toodles.

  24. Not everyone can afford to go to a doctor in this harsh and imperfect world. So, the home remedies you provide are really useful to thousands of people who suffer from such problems and do not have the luxury to go to a doctor. Yes, it is so sad that getting medical help is a luxury in this world. But that’s how it is and we have to deal with it. Thank you for all your efforts and the help you provide to the masses of the world. God bless you.

  25. Home remedies generally won’t be able to cure this issue. Fungi are really stubborn and so are also quite hard to get rid of. However, if you want to lessen the side effects from them, like itchiness and flaking then you could just make use of an anti-dandruff shampoo.

  26. I can’t fully agree with you. You can certainly use apple cider vinegar will treat and kill the fungus for good as will many of the remedies mentioned here. Everybody is different and so different things work on different people. The Lord made natural ingredients to treat many diseases, infections, and illnesses and so we should be using them.

  27. Hey guys. nice post. I want to add some help to your guys in this post. You should always be good about cleaning the objects which have to touch your hair like pillowcases, baseball caps, winter hats, brushes, combs. You should be washing all of them in bleach or bleach substitute and hot water if possible. It’s also common to mistake scalp fungus for acne so be aware of that. Oxy wash won’t work as well as Pedifix and T-gel which target fungi specifically. Also, you should try to keep the scalp area as dry as you can. Always blow dry immediate after a shower. Fungi loves wet surfaces. Attack it aggressively and immediately before it spreads. Good luck to all you guys.

  28. Thank you for the tips and help in dealing with scalp fungus. These are really useful to know. Cheers!

  29. No problem, it’s my pleasure. Try using T-gel shampoo with coal tar and Pedifix soap with tea tree oil, it is useful in treating scalp fungus. Then blow dry it and even sprinkle some anti fungal powder in your hair like baby powder. You can use a tissue to blend it and make it not visible. You can try washing your scalp and hair with diluted apple cider vinegar too, it is supposed to be great exterminator of scalp and hair fungus. Also, for general yeast fungi control, eat more garlic, yogurt, oregano. Some say baking soda helps in this regard too so you can look into that also. Good luck to all you guys.

  30. Thank you for all you knowledge and the fact that you are willing to share it with the needy.

  31. Great post on scalp fungus. We need more awareness of things like this. People do not realize the truth and reality behind things like this and are embarrassed or chalk it up to something else. People should be aware of such issues and how to treat them so good on you guys that you are getting the information out and spreading awareness. Cheers and keep on doing what you guys are doing.

  32. Eww, this is so gross. I wish I never have to deal with something like this. But if I do I know where to look to treat it now and thanks for that. Makes me feel a bit better at least. Good luck to anyone suffering from this.

  33. Hey gals, scalp ringworm is quite common in pets and that is tone of the major causes behind their spread. So be on the lookout of such things in your cats or dogs. And if there is try to treat it as soon as possible because it will spread through your household so rapidly you won’t even know what to do. Stay healthy and stay safe.

  34. Hey, i am having some issues with my scalp. It is itching really badly for like the last week and there is quite a lot of flaking and stuff. Although, i am not sure its because of fungus or what cuz I do normally get dandruff but it never itches this much. Could I have gotten this ringworm?? please help me out and what should I do if it is??

  35. There is no way for us to know if you have ringworm or not. Look for a circular flaky and white ring in your scalp, if there is, it will grow slowly so you can realize. However, the itchiness in the scalp can be caused by a number of different reasons. You said you get dandruff which is a very common cause of itching, or seborrheic dermatitis is the skin condition which is very common and causes itchy scalp. Or there could be host of other reasons like psoriasis, eczema lice etc.

  36. What should I do to find what is causing the itching? Thanks for replying and helping me out.

  37. I would suggest that you consult your dermatologist or a doctor to figure out the root of your problem and how to treat it best. Good luck.

  38. Guys, i think I am having ringworm in my scalp.Which home remedy is the best and most effective against it? WHich should i use? Please reply quickly thx in advance

  39. I have had ringworm in my scalp in the past, a few times (I have a lot of dogs and I love them) so I know a thing or two about getting rid of them. First, i tried the commercial market remedies which were quite effective. But later I decided to try out some home remedies which also helped me greatly and were also really cheap and easy to do. I found garlic to be really effective. To use it, i just used to crush a few garlic clove and make a paste by mixing it with some nice carrier oil. I used olive oil because I used it for my skin anyway. Just apply the paste onto the affected area of your scalp. Cover it with gauze for two hours and then wash it off. Follow this everyday and you will soon be free from the clutches of this pesky ringworm.

  40. Nice post! although it scared me a bit. I think I have a phobia of such fungus and worms and stuff which can live on your skin. omg that is so creepy! How would I be able to know if my scalp has ringworm as early as I could. I mean how can I spot it as soon as i get it??

  41. Ringworms are worms in the name only as it is a type of fungal infection. There are symptoms which you can be aware and on the lookout for. Ringworm will start out as pink or red skin spots or patches, they could be flat or bumped up. These spots are commonly dry, itchy and scaly. These spots will grow in size over time. Soon, there will be circular ring like shaped infection which will have a raised border which will be red generally. Do not, I repeat, do not scratch the rash and that will only make it worse and would probably spread to other parts of the body easily. scalp ringworm will cause a bald patch so.. yeah, you are not gonna want that so try to catch it as early as possible. but this is much more common in children than it is in adults so you can be somewhat relieved I guess.

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