Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff Treatment



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How to Remove Dandruff Using Vinegar

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Dandruff is a common problem with symptoms that include excessive scalp flaking and itching on your scalp. Because dandruff can be caused by excess yeast or bacteria on the scalp, and yeast and bacteria need a specific pH to thrive, changing the pH of your scalp can help eliminate the problem. One way to easily change the pH of your scalp is to apply vinegar to it. Vinegar even has the added benefit of alleviating some of the itching associated with dandruff. Applying vinegar to your scalp on a regular basis can really help to remove your dandruff problem.

Steps

Applying a Vinegar Rinse to Treat Mild Dandruff

  1. Wash your hair.Don't use a heavy shampoo and conditioner; Try to use a citrus-based or tea-tree oil-based product that doesn't strip your scalp of essential oils.
  2. Apply a 1 to 1 mixture of vinegar and water to your wet hair.Pouring it slowly over your head, make sure to avoid your eyes. You may want to take a few breaks to work the mixture into your scalp with your hands.
  3. Leave the water and vinegar mixture on your scalp for a few minutes.Give the wash some time to get into your scalp. There will be a strong smell of vinegar when you apply the wash but ignore that, as it will wash out.
  4. Rinse your hair thoroughly.You can shampoo and condition again or you could simply rinse your hair with warm water. However, if you just rinse your hair with water, you may not get rid of all of the vinegar smell.
  5. Repeat the vinegar wash daily until the dandruff disappears.It may take a few days for the dandruff to noticeably decrease but keep up the routine and it should. You may get sick of the smell of vinegar but the improved health of your scalp should be worth it.

Using Concentrated Vinegar to Treat Severe Dandruff

  1. Go into your bath or shower.While you don't necessarily want to wash your hair before this vinegar treatment, you do need to be somewhere that can have a bit of vinegar dripping on it. You may also want to remove your clothes, so that they don't get covered in vinegar.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with a few tablespoons of water in a small spray bottle or bowl.While you can use undiluted apple cider vinegar, it can be hard on a sensitive scalp and can dry out your hair.Instead opt for a slightly diluted mixture, which will give you all the benefits of the vinegar but will be a little less harsh.
  3. Apply the vinegar mixture directly onto your scalp.Either spray it directly on your scalp or use cotton balls to apply. Remember to keep your eyes closed, so the vinegar doesn't get in them!
  4. Massage the vinegar through the hair and deep into the scalp.You don't want the vinegar to just get on your hair and not your scalp. Take the time to make sure it thoroughly coats your scalp.
  5. Let the vinegar sit for around 20 minutes.Wrap a warm towel around your head to lessen the smell and keep the vinegar in place. The warmth of the towel will also open your pores, letting the vinegar really get into the pores.
  6. Rinse your hair thoroughly.Because of the strength of the vinegar, you will probably need to shampoo and condition to get the smell out. Be sure to use products that are easy, or even helpful, to your scalp, such as shampoo and conditioner that contains tea tree oil.
  7. Repeat this vinegar treatment a few times a week.Because the concentrated vinegar can be hard on your hair and your scalp, you don't want to do it every day. However, doing this treatment regularly will help to keep the bacteria that causes dandruff away.

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  • Question
    Can dandruff be removed permanently?
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    It's possible, but most likely you will have to continue to treat your scalp properly (but not excessively) for the rest of your life.
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  • Question
    Can I use regular white vinegar?
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    You can, but please make sure you dilute it, as it is more harsh and acidic than the apple cider vinegar. The dilution should be 1 part vinegar per 3 parts water.
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    Can I substitute wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar?
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    What if I just shave off all my hair instead of applying vinegar? Will dandruff grow back?
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    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I scrap off dandruff with a knife?
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    No. Not only will it hurt and be dangerous, but dandruff is stubborn and will keep coming back.
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  • Question
    What in apple cider vinegar helps with hair?
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    It's the acetic acid, which gives vinegar (not just ACV) its distinct taste and smell.
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  • Question
    What would happen if I left the vinegar on my hair without rinsing it?
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    You could get mild to moderate burns on your scalp. Even diluted, vinegar contains acetic acid, so be careful!
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  • Question
    Is it alright to leave ACV on my hair without rinsing it out?
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    It could hurt your scalp and weaken your hair. It is recommended to rinse it out.
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  • Question
    Can I use edible vinegar?
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    Yes, you can. Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are both edible, and will both have great results if you use them in this capacity.
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    Do I have to shave my head to clean the existing dandruff and then apply ACV?
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    No. While shaving your head might make it easier to wash, it is not necessary, because it will not make a difference in getting rid of the dandruff. Just make sure you massage the vinegar mixture in to get it to the scalp.
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Quick Summary

Before using vinegar to remove dandruff, wash your hair with a citrus or tea tree oil-based shampoo, since these shampoos are designed to be gentler on your scalp than traditional shampoos. Then, after shampooing, make a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and slowly pour it over your head. Leave the vinegar on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Use the rinse every day until your dandruff is gone. If you still have dandruff, you can also use a more concentrated vinegar and water mixture, use a spray bottle to get it directly on your scalp, then leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing.

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  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the vinegar. It is a natural antiseptic that can also be added to a small amount of shampoo before washing your hair. Much like vinegar, it helps to eliminate bacteria and fungus from the scalp.

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