Bad hair day? Say goodbye to dandruff with this natural remedy
If you’re suffering from dandruff and you want it to go unnoticed, make your way to the UK – it’s been snowing pretty much all weekend. Pop over here and the dreaded white, powdery stuff that takes residence in your ‘do may instead be mistaken for snowflakes.
But joking aside (we know it’s no laughing matter – I’ve been riddled with the stuff once or twice and it really is no fun), dandruff is a problem that affects thousands of us each and every day. And while it’s not a life-threatening illness, it’s certainly a frustrating condition that can really get on your last nerve. Medicated shampoos can often aggravate the problem, and constantly washing your hair only makes things worse.
So, what can you do?
We’ve talked a lot about apple cider vinegar here on the NaturalCures blog – and with very good reason. Put simply, it’s one of nature’s miracle products that has countless uses. When we published our post on 20 reasons to drink apple cider vinegar, we weren’t at all surprised by your response. Many of you commented on the blog to tell us how you use the product – from brushing your teeth to aiding digestion.
But did you know apple cider vinegar is also a great dandruff remedy?
Dermatologist Amy Wechsler says the most common cause of dandruff is an overgrowth of a yeast called Pityrosporum ovale, but bacteria can also be a culprit. The result? Dead skin cells that accumulate on the scalp, flake off and itch.
As apple cider vinegar is an effective fungicide and germ killer, it offers an extremely affordable alternative to commercial dandruff products.
Anti dandruff treatment
What you’ll need:
* 1/4 cup of dried herbs in any combination you like (rosemary, sage and thyme are popular choices
* A cheesecloth square
* Two cups of apple cider vinegar
* Start by bringing the apple cider vinegar to the boil, before removing it from the heat and adding your chosen herbs.
* Next, allow the mixture to steep anywhere from an hour to overnight.
* Once the mixture has steeped, strain it and pour into an empty jar or bottle.
* To apply, dilute first – 1/8 cup of the vinegar to one cup of water is sufficient – and douse your hair and scalp with the solution before you shampoo and after your condition.
* Don’t rinse out the second application of the apple cider vinegar Instead, squeeze out the excess and dry your hair as normal
Have you tried apple cider vinegar as a natural dandruff treatment? What are your top tips for avoiding the dreaded condition?
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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