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Apple Cider Vinegar: Great for Dandruff

Dealing with dandruff is no laughing matter, especially when you’re the one with it. You have to deal with the embarrassment of having flakes on your shoulder or fear it being visible in your hair.

You may worry about whether or not others can notice the fact that you have dandruff. There’s also dealing with the associated conditions that occur when you have dandruff. The itching and discomfort of an unhealthy scalp can be annoying, and being caught scratching your head is something that you’d prefer to avoid in public.

Another issue with dandruff is trying to decide the best way to handle this condition. There are a lot of different products on the market, and reading the labels may make you a little leery of putting these ingredients on your scalp that’s already feeling under the weather.

The good news is that there’s a product that’s all natural, with a scent that some find pleasant, that can help get your scalp back to a healthy condition. Apple cider vinegar dandruff treatment may be right for you, and we’ll cover what you need to know to start dealing with your troubling case of dandruff.

Topics to be Covered

In this tutorial, we’ll cover:
  • Causes of dandruff
  • How apple cider vinegar works
  • Using apple cider vinegar for different levels of dandruff
  • Making a treatment for dealing with your dandruff

Ingredients to Make An Apple Cider Vinegar Dandruff Treatment

  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Raw honey
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spray bottle

Things Needed Before Washing Your Hair

You’ll need to gather:
  • Apple cider vinegar or your pre-made treatment
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Shower cap
  • Towel

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Why Apple Cider Vinegar Works

Apple cider vinegar works because it has malic acid in it, and this acid works towards increasing the pH of your scalp. This stops your scalp from being a viable ground for the yeast-like fungus that can live on your scalp. This pH increase inhibits the growth, but it also helps with cleaning the follicles and pores that are located on your scalp.

Causes of Dandruff

The fungus that causes dandruff can be caused by a variety of internal and external causes, and sometimes understanding the cause can better help you to fight your case of dandruff. Internal causes include stress, genetics, allergies, immune system issues, and poor diet. External causes include greasy foods, weather, not cleaning hair completely, and using some chemical based products that can irritate the scalp. Identifying your factors can help you to do what’s necessary to help eliminate these causes while using the apple cider vinegar can help to alleviate the symptoms until the cause no longer exists.

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Step by Step Instructions for Your Apple Cider Vinegar Dandruff Treatment

Step 1: Get all of Your Ingredients

You’ll want to get everything together before you start making your treatment. You may be surprised to find that you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen, and you’ll be able to use your regular kitchen utensils since you’re only using foodstuffs to create this treatment.

Step 2: Mixing

You’ll want to add the ⅓ cup of apple cider vinegar to the half a cup of water and the three tablespoons of raw honey. Whisk the mixture together until the honey is no longer as viscous as it normally is on its own. The apple cider vinegar and the water should help to almost melt the honey so that it can be easily applied to your scalp and hair. As this treatment is meant for your scalp rather than your hair, it’s not necessary to make a larger batch for longer hair.

Step 3: Bottling and Storage

After you’ve gotten the honey to become more like a smooth liquid than a thick liquid, you should then bottle the treatment into the spray bottle you’ve already gathered. This treatment can be stored in your refrigerator for about a week, but it can be a good idea to make your batch the same day as you plan on using it to give yourself plenty of time to use it all.

Step by Step Instructions for Treating Dandruff with Apple Cider Vinegar

Step 1: Determine the Right Treatment

A mild case of dandruff can be treated with a simple rinse of vinegar. You’ll just need a 50:50 ratio of water and vinegar applied to your scalp. A moderate case of dandruff can be treated with a mixture of your shampoo and apple cider vinegar mixed together. A more severe case of dandruff can be treated with the dandruff treatment mixture that you mixed up previously.

Step 2: Apply the Apple Cider Vinegar Dandruff Treatment

The key to applying any of the apple cider vinegar treatments is to cover the entirety of your scalp. This is easily done by using a wide tooth comb to separate your hair to get to all parts of your scalp. The spray bottle used for the apple cider vinegar dandruff treatment recipe would also be helpful with the water and apple cider vinegar treatment, as well. This will help you to ensure that you’ve coated the entire surface using the mister no matter the treatment mixture.

Step 3: Let Treatment Work

You may want to rush the treatment by getting it over and done with quickly, but that’s not a good idea. You’ll want to give any of the treatment methods you’re using a chance to work on your scalp. This is where the shower cap should be put on your head. This will keep the treatment in, and help warm your scalp, which can assist with the mixture soaking into your damaged scalp better. You should keep this mixture on your head for about 15 minutes before removing the shower cap, and moving on to the next step.

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Step 4: Rinse

In this step, you’ll want to rinse out all of the apple cider vinegar treatment that you’ve applied. You don’t want to leave any of it on your scalp as it could have damaging effects on its own if left on your skin. After you’ve gotten it completely out, it’s time to shampoo and condition your hair in the same manner as you normally do making sure that it also gets completely rinsed out.

Step 5: Dry

Use your towel to dry your hair as you normally do. Keep in mind that beauty experts suggest being rough with your hair can be detrimental to the health and strength of the individual strands. You may want to blot at your hair with the towel rather than tussle it.

Step 6: Repeat Treatment

It may take a few weeks for the apple cider vinegar dandruff treatment to work. You’ll want to continue using your treatment about once a week, so right before your batch will go bad, you’ll be able to apply another dose. The good news is that you won’t have to stop using the treatment as the ingredients can be great for keeping a healthy scalp healthy.

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Warning

While apple cider vinegar is an all-natural remedy that can work wonders on your scalp, it’s important to note that there’s a chance of allergies with it. As this will be applied topically to your scalp, you won’t notice the same symptoms as would occur with taking it orally, such as a tingling feeling in your mouth. On your damaged scalp, you may notice that it stings or feels painful in one way or another. In this case, you will either want to further dilute the apple cider vinegar with water to decrease how strong it happens to be, or you can discontinue this treatment.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that this treatment can be painful if you get it into your eyes. Also, some find that the scent of apple cider vinegar to be overwhelming, and it might be too much for your eyes. You may need to compromise with a further diluted solution for your treatment if it’s truly bothersome, or you may want to try using white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.

Conclusion

You want what everyone else wants: to not stand out from the crowd with something like dandruff. You’d rather be noticed for your sparkling personality rather than your poor scalp that needs some extra loving. It can be hard to try to go through all the different remedies on the market, and understand what’s in them without a science degree that featured chemistry heavily, so why not move to something more natural that you control yourself? Go the simple route, and just do the vinegar rinse for your scalp, or create your own apple cider vinegar dandruff treatment to use before washing your hair. Your scalp will thank you, and you’ll start feeling more positive about being around others, thanks to no longer having to think, or more accurately, worry about those flakes that existed before you started your fight the dandruff efforts.

Let us know what treatment you’ve started using and how well it works for you. Share the word on how apple cider vinegar has yet another use.

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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