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Before this year, I can not recall ever having an issue with dandruff. A few years ago, when I regularly visited the salon, my stylist would tell me to drink more water to avoid a dry scalp. Even then, I did not have a dandruff issue, just a dry scalp sometimes. Now knowing water’s importance to my overall health, I drink about 60oz per day, so that is not the issue. Why do I have dandruff?
Inspector Gadget to the rescue! Upon investigation I pinpointed my recent coffee addiction as a possible suspect. While getting my ends trimmed earlier this year, I asked the stylist if dandruff could be related to my coffee intake. I should tell you that I dislike coffee, so my “cup of coffee” by far contained more creamer than coffee. She said coffee and sugar could both be contributing to the problem.
After hearing that, I stopped adding creamer to my coffee. I switched to half and half, then for many reasons quit coffee at the end of August. I stepped down to a lower level drug called green tea, but I gave that up in October, yet my scalp is misbehaving again.
Time for more research! On Sunday I searched the interwebs for an answer. Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of Malassezia, a normal fungus on our scalps. At the end of this post I included links to articles I read about dandruff, its causes and remedies.
After self diagnosing myself with dandruff (possibly Eczema), not dry scalp, I decided to prescribe myself the most natural remedy. For four weeks I will complete apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses once a week after shampooing, then following up with a deep condition.
On Sunday I did the following…
1. Shampooed in four sections
2. Mixed one part (3 ounces) ACV with one part (3 ounces) warm water into a spray bottle
3. In sections I sprayed my scalp with the mixture (See LiveNaturallyLove‘s “How to do a Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse” below for a visual)
4. Let it sit on scalp for ten minutes after massaging it in
5. Rinsed out the mixture
6. Deep conditioned hair for 3o minutes
Here’s how my scalp looked after.
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