When it comes to keeping your scalp and strands healthy, there are tons of products on the market.

Sometimes, you can create the perfect remedy right in your own kitchen! When dealing with dandruff, you may have tried every product available and still can’t get the results you want. One way to take matters into your own hands is by mixing up your own vinegar rinse for removing dandruff!

What is apple cider vinegar used for?

In a natural hair regimen, apple cider vinegar (or ACV”> can be applied to the scalp for its powerful abilities to break up harmful bacteria with the acidity of the enzymes in the solution. It also a natural antibacterial agent that works against the bacterial and fungal infections that are known to cause dandruff in the first place.

Where can I get it?

This simple solution can be found at nearly any grocery store and is used for many purposes.

  1. Wash your hair to remove any excess oils or hair products.
  2. Dilute the vinegar to a level you are comfortable with. It may have an acidic smell that you find bothersome. If this is the case, feel free to dilute to your preference. If you have only mild dandruff, diluting it with warm water it is a great way to make sure you get the right amount. For more extreme dandruff, add less water to the mix.
  3. Apply to areas with known flakes or to the entire scalp, depending on your case. 
  4. Let the vinegar sit on your scalp for about an hour.
  5. Rinse with warm water — do not not use a shampoo.

When making the vinegar rinse for removing dandruff, there are some things to keep in mind.

    • Always do a patch test on a small part of your scalp to see if you are sensitive to the vinegar rinse prior to covering a large area. It is rare to have a reaction, but it is better safe than sorry.
    • After the test patch, monitor your skin for signs of irritation before proceeding with the treatment.
    • Organic vinegars are usually better than other options because the ingredients are often more concentrated without additives.
    • Apply vinegar in a well-ventilated area to avoid eye irritation.

Want more DIY recipes for your scalp? Read these:

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