By: Lorna Frances
If you’ve ever had dandruff, even once in your life, you’ll be all too aware of how annoying, and sometimes embarrassing, it can be.
You wear a black top, and before you know it, it’s snowing on your shoulders!
The thing is, dandruff is totally harmless, and it’s super-common too – almost half of the entire population of the world will suffer from dandruff at some stage in their life. This can be mild, moderate, or it can be severe. The severest form isn’t dangerous either, but it is harder to get rid of.
Dandruff is basically down to the skin on your scalp producing too much oil, called sebum. This results in excess oil which dries off and sticks to the roots of your hair. This can be white, grey, or yellow, and it will appear as really small flakes. The flakes may need to be picked off (which could leave your scalp sore), or it may be very easy to dislodge, even with just a shake of the head. Dandruff can also cause itchy scalp symptoms, as well as the flaking.
There are many remedies out there which promise to help rid you of dandruff, but not all of them are particularly gentle or holistic. Many of these also damage your hair and make it look dull and lifeless. This is not something you want! A good option therefore, and one which will also leave your hair super-shiny and soft, is using apple cider vinegar to get rid of your dandruff.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
You might have heard of apple cider vinegar in many different guises, i.e. as a treatment for acne, helping with weight loss, and even helping in some ways with diabetes. In greater concentrations, apple cider vinegar can also be used as a gentle household cleaner. Multi-functional, we’re sure you’ll agree!
To really bring it down to its most basic form, apple cider vinegar is made of apples which have fermented, but the production process adds in yeast and sugars, amongst a few other things, to add power to proceedings. If you go for an organic version, you get a healthier and more effective potion to use on your hair, and to help rid you of dandruff for good.
Apple cider vinegar is known to be anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. This means that any bacteria or fungus which may be dwelling on your scalp will be kicked out of the way, and the anti-inflammatory side of things will soothe any redness or itching. Because this is a natural deal, apple cider vinegar will also leave your hair smooth and shiny, unlike more potent and powerful treatments which are less natural and more medicated.
You shouldn’t have to swap the health of your hair in general to get rid of dandruff, you are not doing a deal with the devil here. Apple cider vinegar therefore gives you the best of both worlds. Does it smell of vinegar? Yes, a little, but not as much as regular vinegar – just make sure you rinse well!
How Can You Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Get Rid of Dandruff?
There are two main ways you can use apple cider vinegar on your hair, as a treatment for dandruff. Remember that the more severe the case of dandruff, the harder it will be to remove, and it will take a little longer to do so. Mild cases of dandruff should clear up fairly quickly with regular apple cider vinegar usage.
Remember to do a patch test on your scalp before you go the whole hog with applying the apple cider vinegar to your head. Choose a patch just behind your ear or somewhere visible, where you can check for any adverse reactions. Overall however, apple cider vinegar isn’t a liquid which is known to be popular sensitivity.
You can use the vinegar as a hair mask, or you can spray it to the roots and massage it in, thanks to a handy spray bottle. If you were using a hair mask, you would simply shampoo your hair as normal, and then carefully apply the vinegar to your scalp with a cotton wool bud. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse well. You won’t need to re-shampoo and you’ll be left with very clean and shiny hair too!
Goodbye to an Embarrassing Problem
There is no denying the fact that dandruff is annoying, and it can also be distressing and embarrassing. Some people become so fixated on it that it can become very damaging to self-esteem. In this case, something needs to be done, but thankfully, that something is quite simple!
It’s important to remember that dandruff isn’t harmful, and it isn’t going to become so bad that you can never get rid of it. Yes, it’s itchy sometimes, and yes, it can be a little more stubborn occasionally, but it will clear up, and once you know what to do, you can prevent it from coming back again.
Remember to rinse your hair really well after you shampoo and condition, as this will stop the skin pores on your scalp from becoming blocked up. This is a breeding ground for your skin to produce more sebum, because it is confused as to why the pores are blocked! Try using a natural shampoo, in small amounts, and make sure you do that rinsing really, really well. Once you have got rid of your dandruff in the first place, and you do this regularly, it shouldn’t return.