Monday, April 2, 2012
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Dandruff?
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I developed a really bad dandruff problem. I tried several anti-dandruff shampoos on the shelf (Garnier Fructis, Head and Shoulders, etc). I even tried this really strong anti-dandruff shampoo that I bought from a hair salon. It burned my scalp but didn't cure my dandruff. Every time I used a different product, the dandruff had returned by the third time I washed my hair. It was as if I became immune to each product with continued use. My sister, who is also natural, suggested that I try apple cider vinegar so I did.
I decided that I was going to just take a week and wash my hair every other day to try to cure my dandruff problem once for all. It was a risk considering that my hair has a tendency to get really dry. Normally, I only wash my hair every two weeks. I figured that was something that I would have to risk if I wanted to get rid of this irritatingly stubborn dandruff.
So I took a 16 oz bottle of water, poured out 4oz of water, and replaced it with 4oz of apple cider. I got the organic kind. I was told that it was best to get the kind that looked smoky because it is much more concentrated than the clear kind. Instead of shampooing, I poured the apple cider onto my scalp and let it sit for 5 minutes before conditioning. After applying a leave-in conditioner, I let my hair air dry. My hair had extreme shrinkage to the point that people asked me if I got a hair cut. On top of that, it was very dry and lumpy. There was no shaping or styling. I couldn't even use a pick in my hair. It was that dry.
I put up with it because I thought that's what I needed to cure my dandruff. So, two days later, I used the apple cider again. Big mistake. My hair felt horribly dry and hard; the worst it has ever felt. It was just done and it looked like it as well. That became the last time I used the apple cider. Did it work? Well, the dandruff had returned by my next wash two weeks later. Boo. I thought that maybe it's just what my grandmother used to call "growing dandruff." You know, dandruff caused by rapid hair growth if there is a such a thing. I ended up giving up on trying to cure my dandruff problem and came to grips with it just being something that I would have to put up with.
That was...until I discovered henna. Unbeknownst to me, henna treats dandruff and after 2 uses, I noticed that my dandruff problem has been drastically reduced. In fact, I think that with one more henna treatment, I will be completely cured. Finally. So does apple cider cure dandruff? Maybe with continued use. Maybe it would be better to add it to a conditioner in order to prevent excessive dryness.