How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff
Dandruff can often be an extreme inconvenience, if not a total embarrassment. We’ve all had that fear of having to go on a date and having white flakes falling off your scalp onto your plate, or going to a job interview with dandruff on the shoulders of your suit.
Or imagine having to study for an important exam while your head is so itchy!
Indeed, dandruff can have negative effects on your life in terms of confidence and your ability to function normally. While there are many over-the-counter solutions out there, natural remedies are always a better option because first and foremost, they’re cheaper. Second, the risk for side effects are typically lower.
One of the most recommended and effective ways to combat this issue is to use apple cider vinegar for dandruff. Simply apply an amount on your scalp and in a few days or weeks’ time, you’ll begin to see your dandruff problem slowly disappearing.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar and Why Is It Effective for Dandruff?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider. It can also be made from apple must. It is commonly used in marinades and as a salad dressing, as well as for food preservation.
It’s an effective dandruff remedy due to the powerful enzymes that are present in the acid of the vinegar that helps kill bacteria and fungus.
Contrary to popular belief that dandruff is caused by over-shampooing and other lifestyle reasons, dandruff is actually an overproduction of yeast on the scalp. Dead skin cells on the surface of the skin accumulate with more bacteria, leading to the cells flaking off and causing itchiness.
Dandruff also makes your hair lifeless and dull. So aside from unsightly white flakes that pepper your hair, they also make your locks look awful.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-bacterial aid, which targets the cause of dandruff – the yeast and bacteria.
Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Fix Dandruff
Here are a few things you should know before using apple cider vinegar for dandruff:
- If your skin is highly sensitive, test a small area of your scalp first before you proceed with the entire treatment. Take a cotton ball, dip it in the vinegar, and apply a small amount on the base of your hairline.
- If you develop rashes or some sort of allergy, then it’s best that you don’t use apple cider vinegar as you might be allergic. But if all is clear, then using the vinegar on your scalp is good to go.
- You also have to make sure that you apply the vinegar in a well-ventilated area as its fumes are strong and can sting the eyes. You also have to use organic and undiluted apple cider vinegar – anything else might have other ingredients that may render it ineffective as treatment for your dandruff.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Fix Dandruff
Follow these steps for best results.
- Wash your hair with mild shampoo and make sure it is free of any oil. Oil will make it difficult for the vinegar to penetrate rendering the treatment ineffective.
- Mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar with one part warm water. You can add a few drops of lavender or rosemary to mask the vinegar’s strong odor once you apply the treatment to your hair.
- Part your hair specifically on the areas where you have the most dandruff and pour the mixture directly. Let it sit for at least an hour, and rinse with warm water. Do not wash the vinegar off with shampoo.
- For severe and stubborn dandruff, mix one part vinegar and one part water. Or you can also use the vinegar itself, with no added water.
Again, the vinegar’s odor is strong so if you can’t afford to smell like acid for the rest of the day, then mix it with water.
Another alternative would be to use a cotton ball, dip it in apple cider vinegar, and apply it only to the areas of your hair with the most amount of dandruff.
Apply the treatment once a week or twice a week for those who have severe dandruff problems. If symptoms persist or if your dandruff leads to open sores that bleed, it’s best you consult a doctor. If you’re looking for a particular type of vinegar, I’ve always used Bragg Organic brand, but I’m sure other ones would be suitable.
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