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.
Aspirin contains salicylates, the same active ingredient in dandruff shampoos which contain salicylic acid.
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?
not a fan of apple cider vinegar on my hair. too acidic.
and @Elora, tea tree oil is perfect for dandruff
I have had horrible dandruff!! the ONE thing that took my dandruff away ( after SHAMpo after SHAMpo and creams galore) was putting raw apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide diluted with water on the scalp (for and hour or so) than scratching about dandruff and washing my hair with ( br. bronners tee tree) castle soap and put tee tree oil one scalp.
to read the whole article about the treatment that changed my life go this earth clinic link (the site also has many other great natural remedies):
I hope this helps you!
p.s. DONT EVER use normal shampo the more natural the hair products the better for your scap!
Really? Ill try it here!
I appreciate the post, but it seems like a lot. I did a apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup) and lemon juice (1 tsp) rinse years ago for dandruff and I haven't had it since! Very simple ,very easy. I believe ACV would probably work on it's own.
Evelyn of http://salonnaturelles.blogspot.com/
what a great tip!!
when i wore a weave as a 2week long protective style, i had the most tremendous amount of dandruff. I rectified that by washing & massaging in castor oil mixed with tea tree & rosemary essential oils.
this recipe sounds really great, though.
thank you for sharing.