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Home Remedy for Dandruff

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

Apple Cider Vinegar

Do you have a problem with dandruff? Try the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse. I have had  dandruff issues since I was a little girl. No matter what shampoo or hair food I used, the flakes used to always return in no less than a week. I have used most of the shampoos including medicated ones some after being prescribed by my doctor trying to get rid of this problem to no avail. Greasing my scalp with most of the hair foods which claim to help with dandruff only made my condition worse and got my scalp so itchy I would scratch all day until I hurt myself from all the scratching.

I had actually accepted the problem and thought I just had to live with it. I figured out, since I have issues dealing with sugars (type 2 diabetic) then, dandruff is just one of the things I have to learn to live with. A few weeks ago, the dandruff just seemed to become worse. Now I have heard of ACV rinse so many times and quite a few years ago too. I have used it several times as well but not so consistently so this time since I had it in my kitchen, I just thought well I do not have much to lose by trying it again besides the ugly smell and the sting it gives if by accident it gets into my eyes.

I have used it in three consecutive washes so far and I can affirm that though not cleared, my dandruff has subsided. What I did was, after washing and conditioning my hair or after my co-washing, I diluted 1 part ACV to 10 parts water and used it to do the final rinse to my hair and scalp.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to hair

ACV has many health benefits most of which I will not articulate on this platform. Focusing instead on hair, ACV is well known for,

  • Restoring a balanced ph for hair and scalp which could otherwise have been altered by the shampoo when washing the hair
  • Helps to close or flatten the outer layer of the hair strand sometimes known as the cuticle layer to protect the hair shaft from damage
  • Restores shine, elasticity and lustre to otherwise dull looking hair
  • Helps clear dandruff issues because of its antifungal properties

I do not know if some of the claims on the benefits of ACV have been proved scientifically but what I can say from experience on my hair, ACV has lived to what I expected of it. My hair and scalp being totally different from any other, I do not know how it will go with someone else. But if you have issues with dandruff, I suggest you give it a go and see if it works for you. Remember, consistency is the key. Do not give up too early. I only started seeing results after three rinses which is over a period of three weeks. All the best

Till then. Cheers!!!

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Berna 1 September 2012 - 04:44

These pics of women who’ve suffered traction alopecia from tight weaves scare me more than any of the Saw movies.

Nyasha Yvonne Jiri 15 October 2012 - 22:16

For the first time ever in my hair life, I never had any dandruff or itch issues for the entire month I had braids in and had shiny hair when I took them out. No, it wasn’t because of ACV, (which I didn’t know about till now) but because of sulfur8 medicated dandruff treatment for braids. Also noticed my hair was noticeably longer.Unfortunately I didn’t know any better about proper detangling so I probably lost more hair than I should have had I been gentler, but believe me, it was a lot less than the hair loss I was used to after braiding.

Ruth Mafupa 16 October 2012 - 12:27

I have used sulfur8 spray as well and my scalp began itching even more than before I used it. I am sure it helps with dandruff because the person I gave the rest of the sulfur8 I had now swears by it for dandruff. I it is also well known for good moisture for hair which results in less breakage. I have friends who did not have much length retention but when they started using Sulfur8 ointment, their hair was amazingly becoming longer. Unfortunately for me, it makes me scratch big time because it’s so itchy. Good for you.
Best way to detangle is using your fingers first with your hair moisturised and then using a wide toothed comb. Hope this will do the trick next time.

Ruth Mafupa 16 October 2012 - 12:33

Your hair looks good. Thanks for sharing. Your breakage was indeed minimal especially since your hair was in extensions. I believe most of it is shading hair which was going to shed anyway over the period you were braided so very good sign.

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