Dandruff is a common problem that is accelerated by oily or dry scalp, along with a yeast infection. Associated with common symptoms like itchiness, apple cider vinegar is an ideal choice for eliminating dandruff. Due to its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, ACV can help in getting rid of any dandruff, dry or wet, while nourishing your hair at the same time. For best results, use organic, raw and unfiltered ACV with the “mother”, containing added beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and minerals.
How does apple cider vinegar help with dandruff
Enriched with malic acids and enzymes, apple cider vinegar fights dandruff causing fungus, and bacteria like the bacillus, reinstating the acidic-alkaline balance and maintaining the pH factor of the scalp. Due to its acidic properties, it soothes the itchiness resulting from dandruff, cleansing the blocked pores of the scalp.
ACV is good for all kinds of dandruff, affecting any kind of hair, including natural hair and dreads, facial, beard or eyebrow, and even the walking dandruff spread by your pet.
However, it is advisable to do a patch test beforehand to find out whether your skin is allergic to apple cider vinegar or not.
How to use ACV for dandruff: 4 treatment methods
Using only apple cider vinegar
The easiest application of ACV for treating dandruff is to apply it onto the scalp with a cotton ball. Gently rub your scalp for around three minutes, before wrapping a warm towel around your hair to ensure the pores are open to soak up the apple cider vinegar. Let it stay for an hour and then rinse off the hair well to get rid of the ACV smell. This simple method is safe even during pregnancy.
For curing severe facial dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, immerse your face in a bowl of diluted ACV mixture (ACV and water in 50:50 proportions) for as long as you can hold your breath. You can also consume one to three teaspoon of ACV on a regular basis for resolving this dandruff issue. To avoid enamel decaying from the acidic property of apple cider vinegar, drinking through a straw is advisable.
ACV rinse with lemon juice, tea tree oil, and olive oil
Prepare a mixture of half teaspoon of olive oil, one-fourth cup of ACV, lemon juice extracted from half portion of lemon, five drops of tea tree oil and one cup of purified water. Ensure it is mixed well and then spray it on the scalp. Wrap your hair with a towel and leave for half an hour to one hour. Rinse off with water afterward. Coconut oil can be used instead of tea tree oil.
ACV spray with peppermint and water
Boil one cup of water, add one cup of ACV and around five fresh peppermint leaves. Let the mixture stay for two hours and then spray it on your hair scalp. For best results, apply on a regular basis.
Hair mask with honey and water
Mix half cup of warm water with one-third cup of ACV and three teaspoons of honey well. You can also add yogurt for making the mixture. Now, apply it on the scalp and put on a shower cap or towel. Let the mixture be soaked up completely before rinsing off.
A combination of hydrogen peroxide, ACV, and water in 1:1:10 proportions can be applied to the scalp. Massage it and let it stay for around fifteen minutes, followed by thorough rinsing off.
Also, a simple mixture of two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of ACV can result in striking effects as well.