by Kurlybella of K is for Kinky

Okay, can we keep it real? Dandruff is NOT THE BIZNESS. In high school I had dandruff – which now that I look back, think it was a side effect of relaxing. Anyway, I digress.

If you struggle with a snowflake scalp but don’t want to use a “regular” store brand dandruff shampoo, here is a pretty effective and not to mention great smelling option for you to try and one that won’t dry out your kinks or curls.


1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
1 cup of distilled or bottled water (any brand and spring water is fine)
1 tablespoon organic jojoba oil
2 tablespoons of lemongrass leaves
2 finely crushed non-coated aspirin (you can get a full bottle of generic aspirin at the dollar store)
2 tablespoons peppermint or rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons of nettle

Over low heat, bring the distilled water to just before boiling. In a 20 ounce bottle or jar with a top (you’ll need a top to shake this mixture) gently add the herb and jojoba oil and apple cider vinegar. Cover your mixture and allow to steep for five days. after five days, strain out the herbs.

This is a concentrated mixture so you will need to dilute 1 part of your lemongrass dandruff rinse with 5 parts water to a new bottle and then add your asprin. after washing/co-washing and conditioning your hair and before you use a leave in, pour this mixture over your scalp being sure to put it straight on the roots so it’s highly recommended that you apply this mixture with a spray bottle or a hair color bottle with pointed tip.

Leave your lemongrass dandruff rinse on your scalp for 2-3 minutes while you shower and then rinse your hair clean with cold water to seal your hair cuticles and add your leave-ins being sure to avoid your scalp.

Each time you use your mixture be sure to add 2 aspirin.

Why apple cider vinegar?
The apple cider vinegar helps to keep your hair and scalp pH balanced.

Why aspirin?
Aspirin contains salicylates, the same active ingredient in dandruff shampoos which contain salicylic acid.

Why herbs?
The herbs provide a cooling and soothing property for your scalp not to mention they will leave your hair smelling wonderful!

Do you or have you ever struggled with dandruff? How are you dealing with the dreaded white flakes? Do you have any home remedies that you do?