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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.
Links & Video
Black Girl Long Hair
Kitchen Cures Your Doctor Can’t Live Without
Dandruff or Dry Scalp? – Natural Hair Care Remedies
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Hair Cleanser
How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 11 Natural Treatments