I hate to admit it, but I have a problem with dandruff. It’s embarrassing. I’ve tried traditional methods of using dandruff shampoos and tar-based remedies but they leave me with more problems. The relief is temporary, my scalp gets drier, and the itchiness and flakes that plague me still come back.
Because the usual ways of dealing with dandruff didn’t help me, I looked for other options to relieve my dandruff problem—and I found it in my own kitchen cupboard. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Not the kind of apple cider vinegar you use for pickles, but the pure organic kind that is dark gold in color and is labeled as “organic.”
Get to the Root of Your Dandruff Problem
I needed to figure out what was causing my dandruff in the first place. My doctor explained that if my dandruff was accompanied by severe itching, bleeding and odors, I have too much oil on my scalp. Excessive oil leads to bacteria buildup which leads to an irritated scalp and dry, itchy, flakes.
It sounds awful, but severe dandruff can be caused by a yeast-like fungus that everyone has on their scalp. This yeast-like fungus can be very active in certain individuals, and I guess I’m unlucky enough to be one of those individuals. I also found that allergies and stress make this fungus called pityrosporum ovale, flare up and cause itchiness, and embarrassing skin flakes.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is A Miracle Worker
I discovered apple cider vinegar was almost a miracle product. Years ago it was the solution of choice for dandruff problems. When I was young, I remember my grandmother putting head under the spicket and rinsing out the shampoo with apple cider vinegar and water. After I finished sputtering around, I discovered that my hair was wonderful and shiny and there was no vinegary smell.
There are awesome anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in ACV, which makes it wonderful for treating dandruff and the excess bacteria and yeast like fungus that causes dandruff. I love using ACV because it’s mild on my hair and scalp. It doesn’t contain harsh chemicals—which is perfect for everyday use.
Apple cider vinegar is acid in nature and actually alters the pH of your scalp. This makes it harder for yeast to grow. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vingar and ¼ cup water in a spray bottle. I spritz it on my scalp every day when dandruff flares up. I wrap my head in a warm towel, sit, and read a book for 15 minutes to an hour. After my “treatment” I wash my hair with my favorite shampoo, and rinse with apple cider vinegar and water.
Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff Control
Apple cider dandruff cures can be used alone or with other natural and traditional remedies. For mild dandruff, a weekly rinse of equal parts cool water and apple cider vinegar massaged into the scalp will manage the oils, skin, and nasty bacteria that lives on your scalp.
Moderate dandruff or dandruff that plagues you a few times a week or more should be treated by applying a cup of apple cider vinegar to your daily shampoo and mixing the two together. Use this on a daily basis.
If you have severe dandruff symptoms, apple cider vinegar needs to be massaged directly into the scalp every other day for a week. Once the symptoms subside, use ACV on a week basis to treat the fungus that makes skin flare up.
Combine ACV with honey and tea tree oil. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with ACV, apply directly to the scalp, and your scalp will feel wonderful; not to mention your hair will look great.
Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on the Scalp
Do note that just like everything you eat, drink or use on your body, apple cider vinegar can have side effects. Side effects may include burning of the scalp if you have open sores on your scalp.
Some people have sensitive scalps and if you are one of them, dilute your apple cider vinegar with water. This will lessen the stinging of the vinegar properties. A great suggestion, too, is selenium-based shampoo with an apple cider rinse to combat stubborn dandruff and keep your scalp from burning.
Apple cider vinegar is a miracle worker on dandruff. It’s cheap, natural, easy to find, and safe to use on your body. Time to stock-up your shelves with this must-have health item.