Dandruff may be the result of a skin condition called Seborrheic dermatitis (dry Scalp). Other causes of this condition may be Psoriasis, Eczema or overgrowth of fungi like Malassezia.
Flakiness and an itchy scalp are the major obvious symptoms of this condition. Tingling skin and greasy patches on the scalp are also other symptoms.
Many people have a misconception that dandruff occurs due to dry skin, oily skin, hygiene, stress, and diet. Contrary to this, many healthcare experts attribute the cause of fungal infections.
The treatment is very simple. Get rid of the fungus and get rid of dandruff. There are various easy and natural methods of getting rid of dandruff. Vinegar is one such ingredient that is found in every home that treats dandruff effectively.
Below are the different methods of using vinegar for this purpose.
Method 1: Apple Cider Vinegar
Take 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Apply this to your scalp completely. Massage your scalp gently. After this, leave the scalp to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wash your scalp with a shampoo containing Vitamin C or citrus.
Do this, 3 times a week and you will see positive results and dandruff goes away gradually.
Why use: Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help in maintaining the health of your scalp. It kills the dandruff-causing fungi and effectively curbs the problem. (1), (2)
[Read: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar]
Method 2: Apple Cider Vinegar & Banana
Peel off a banana and put in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and make a paste-like mixture. Apply this mixture to your scalp and massage for about 10 to 12 minutes. After this, wash it off with cold water using a natural shampoo.
Do this every alternate day and you will see good results.
Why use: Banana reduces dandruff and works as a natural conditioner to make the hair soft and shiny. It also prevents premature balding and strengthens the hair.
[Read: Benefits of Banana]
Method 3: Apple Cider Vinegar & Tea Tree Oil
Take 3 tablespoons of Apple cider Vinegar in a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of Tea tree oil to it. Mix well for an even consistency. Apply this mixture to your scalp and massage gently. After this, leave it for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with shampoo.
Do this, 2 to 3 times a week to get good results.
Why use: Tea tree oil fights the fungus that causes dandruff without drying out the scalp. It also serves as a natural conditioner and eliminates problems that lead the scalp to flake. (3)
Method 4: Apple Cider Vinegar & Chamomile Tea
After brewing, take 100 ml of Chamomile tea in a small bowl. Add 100 ml of Apple cider vinegar to it. Mix well to an even consistency. Rinse your hair and scalp with this mixture. Leave it on the hair for about 10 minutes. Then, wash it off with cold water.
Do this, 2 times a week and get rid of dandruff.
Why use: Topical use of chamomile tea promotes healthier and shinier hair. Its anti-inflammatory compounds can alleviate itchy, dry scalp that can lead to dandruff.
Method 5: Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut oil
Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to it. Mix well to an even consistency. Apply this mixture to the scalp by massaging gently. Leave it for about 15 minutes. After this, wash off with a natural shampoo.
Do this 2 to3 times a week and get rid of dandruff. It also leads to silky and shining hair.
Benefits: Coconut oil treats atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema that causes dandruff) better than other oils. (4)
[Read: Benefits of Coconut Oil]
Method 6: Apple Cider Vinegar & Baking Soda
Take 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of Vinegar to it. Mix well to a paste-like consistency. Apply this onto your scalp and massage gently. Wait for 10 minutes. Then, wash off with cold water. Do not use shampoo.
Do this every alternate day and you will see exceptional results.
Why use: Baking soda inhibits fungal growth and cures infections. (5). In addition, baking soda can remove excess oil buildup, soften your hair, and restore shine.
You have to be cautious when you are using Apple cider vinegar for dandruff removal. Sometimes, you might feel that your scalp is getting too dry. This can happen if you use excess Apple cider vinegar. Excess use of ACV might get rid of your scalp’s natural oils too. If you are allergic to vinegar, don’t go for any of the above mentioned remedies.
Another important thing is that you have to oil your hair regularly if you are using any of the above remedies. If you do not oil your hair regularly while using ACV treatments, your hair might become brittle and prone to breakage.