Dandruff is one of the most common hair problems faced by men and women alike. Although there many different types of treatment available over the counter and from prescription via your doctor; many of these can have harsh chemicals in them.
A highly effective natural remedy for treating dandruff (or just cleaning the build up on your scalp from products) is Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that gently remove those flaky dead skin cells and hair product residues on the scalp, hair strand and hair follicles caused by a bacteria called “bottle bacillus.”
Most commercially produced shampoos and conditioners have silica and polymer – ingredients that aggravates the bottle bacillus bacteria on the scalp resulting to hair follicles getting clogged. Clogged hair follicles produces small bumps on the scalp coated with crusty particles that are itchy and are sometimes accompanied with inflammation. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar all over the hair and scalp will solve this problem when done right.
So how do I do it??
There are two ways in which you can use Apple Cider Vinegar. Depending on your needs.
If you have dandruff/dry scalp.
1. Get ½ cup of raw apple cider vinegar and massage it all over the hair and scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. This will remove all the impurities left behind by silica and polymer based shampoo and conditioners.
If you use Apple cider vinegar regularly or just want a nice shine or simply to get rid of build up:
Use diluted raw apple cider vinegar mixture as final rinse to hair and scalp.
1. Combine 1 part ACV with 3 parts water.
2. Use this mixture to pour on hair and scalp then rinse it off using warm water.
Where can I get Apple Cider vinegar from?
It is widely available and can be found in local supermarkets.
How do I know if I have a lot of build up in my hair?
If you regularly use styling products in your hair, it is likely you will have some build up. However a good way of telling is if you find that your hair gets static very easily.
I shampoo my hair regularly with a good quality shampoo, I can’t possible have any build up can i?
There are shampoos and conditioners that contain SLS or SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate) and ALS or ALES (ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl ether sulfate). These ingredients effectively removes the residues brought by Synthetic Silica and Polymers, however, they can leave the hair and scalp very dry. Include Apple Cider Vinegar in your hair care routine to prevent hair nasties from occurring. Remember, prevention is better than cure!
Having tried and tested this remedy myself, I have to say it really does help. I opted for the diluted version as the smell of the vinegar is quite strong. My hair felt cleaner and was left with a shine.
Love R x