Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

I went to a natural hair meeting a couple of weekends ago when I first heard about this homemade shampoo. A lady credited a similar concoction for eliminating her once severe dandruff. This may be plausible given certain causes of the scalp condition:

1. Sensitivity to hair care products, or contact dermatitis.
Regular shampoos may contain chemicals that irritate a sensitive scalp. Using a natural homemade shampoo, like the following apple cider recipe, may be a better option.

2. A yeast-like fungus, or malassezia:
Apple cider vinegar supposedly has anti-fungal properties, and thus may (key word is "may") combat dandruff caused by fungi.

3. Irritated, oily skin, or seborrheic dermatitis:
Apple cider vinegar mixed with lemon juice may combat an oily scalp.

There are many other causes of dandruff, so it is best to speak with your dermatologist to determine the source and find a proper solution. Whether an apple cider vinegar shampoo is the answer, I am not sure, but here is the recipe:

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHAMPOO

Ingredients:
*1 oz. Olive oil
*1 Egg
*1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
*1 teaspoon Pure Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Instructions:
  1. Combine the given ingredients into a blender for about a minute. Then shampoo as usual.
  2. Lean your head over a sink and carefully pour the mixture over your entire scalp.
  3. Wrap your head in a towel for 15 minutes.
  4. Unwrap head and then wash hair as usual.
Source

MIXOLOGISTS:
You may want to try another oil in place of olive oil. The lady I met uses sage oil to further combat and cleanse an oily scalp and to minimize the scent of the apple cider vinegar; she skips on the lemon juice.

SOURCE:
DANDRUFF CAUSES

6 comments:

  1. I've heard of using diluted ACV for a final rinse, to restore hair's pH, but never heard o a shampoo.

    I have a MeetUp with my natural hair group on 6/27 to talk about homemade recipes. I think I am going to print this out and take it with me to the meeting. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Same here. I thought it was interesting. You're welcome!

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    **YANTAN**


    COME STOP BY SOMETIME.. ;-P

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  4. ^^ Thank you much! I really appreciate it. Sure thing.

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  5. Am I supposed to first shampoo my hair with a regular shampoo and then rinse it out with this mix or use it both as a shampoo and a rinse out?

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    1. No, you can use as directly as a shampoo and then rinse it out. :o)

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