How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Dandruff 

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Dandruff can be very annoying and stubborn; they just dont know when to go away, and even after trying product upon product, the dandruff is still there! To counter this problem apple cider vinegar is a good option, easily available at home. This is an effective way to reduce dandruff, but now the question is how to use apple cider vinegar?

Worry not; your search comes to an end here. The article mentions ways you can use apple cider vinegar on your hair – as a rinse, as a hair mask, and as a hair spray; just scroll down and find your best fit!


Patch Test 

Patch Test 

Before using apple cider on your scalp, it is advised that you perform a patch test so that you dont end up harming your scalp. For a patch test, apply a few drops of apple cider vinegar to the back of your hand and wait for at least the whole day because reactions can occur at any time according to your skin within a few minutes or a few hours.

  • If you can see signs of redness and irritation and the area where you applied the apple vinegar cider feels itchy, then do not use it on your scalp.
  • If there are no reactions, then you can use diluted vinegar on your scalp.


DIY Hair Rinse Recipes-

DIY Hair rinse recipes 

You can use a hair rinse on your hair after you have shampooed it. some DIY methods-


Apple Cider Rinse 

This one is the apple cider vinegar going solo; you can follow the below-mentioned steps –

Materials required- 

  • One tablespoon apple vinegar cider
  • Five tablespoons of water
  • A clean bowl


  1. Mix the water with the apple cider vinegar to dilute it
  2. Wash your hair using a shampoo and hair conditioner
  3. To the wet scalp, apply the diluted apple cider vinegar and massage it in
  4. Let it sit for about 5- 10 minutes
  5. Wash it off using water

Note if the smell of acid is too strong for you, you can consider adding some essential oils to the rinse.


Apple Cider Vinegar + Chamomile Tea 

Chamomile tea is naturally anti-inflammatory in nature they help soothe your scalp, reducing itching and dandruff. It also helps in conditioning your hair giving it shine.

Materials you need-

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • One cup of chamomile tea

Steps to follow- 

  1. Brew a cup of chamomile tea, and after it starts boiling, switch off the heat.
  2. Pour the tea into a bowl and let it cool.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar to it and mix it.
  4. Now shampoo and condition your hair as you usually would, and after you are done, pour in the apple cider vinegar + chamomile tea rinse that you prepared.
  5. Let it sit on your scalp for 5- 10 minutes.
  6. Rinse it off with water.



DIY Hair mask recipes

Hair masks are to be used before you shower; some DIY methods are-

1. Aloe vera + Apple cider vinegar

Aloe vera is a great herb to be used for hair dandruff; aloe vera helps remove the dead skin cells from your scalp, reducing flakiness and dandruff. It also helps moisturize your scalp and keep it hydrated to soothe the scalp and keep dandruff at bay. Us

Materials required-

  • one cup of water
  • Five tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • Three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • A clean bowl

Steps to follow-

  1. In the clean bowl, add the apple cider vinegar and dilute it using the one cup of water
  2. Now to the diluted apple cider vinegar, add the five tablespoons of aloe vera gel and mix well
  3. Apply this mixture onto your hair and massage it into your scalp
  4. Let the hair mask sit on your scalp for about 20- 25 minutes
  5. Wash it off using shampoo and then follow with conditioner.


2. Apple cider vinegar + baking soda

You must have seen baking soda being used a lot in DIY exfoliator recipes. This is the same; baking soda helps exfoliate your scalp, remove all the dead and damaged skin cells, and give rise to new cells hence helping reduce dandruff in your scalp.

Materials required- 

  •  Two tablespoons of baking soda
  • Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Half a cup of water
  • A clean bowl

Steps to follow-

  1. In the clean bowl, dilute the apple cider vinegar by adding water to it
  2. To the diluted apple cider vinegar, add the two tablespoons of baking soda and mix well to form a paste
  3. Apply this paste onto your scalp and massage it using gentle motions
  4. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off underwater.


DIY Hair Spray Recipes

Hair sprays are very easy to use and accessible; you just need to spray them onto your hair and then wash it off! let’s look at some DIY methods to create hair spray using apple cider vinegar-

1. Apple cider vinegar+tea tree oil+aspirin 

The salicylic acid found in aspirin helps reduce the inflammation of the scalp, while the tea tree oil, with its antimicrobial properties, helps reduce dandruff.

Materials required-

  • One cup water
  • One fourth cup apple cider vinegar
  • Five aspirin tablets
  • Five to six drops of tree tea oil
  • A clean bowl
  • A container with a spray nozzle

Steps to follow

  • In a clean bowl, add the aspirin tablets and crush them using your clean fingers
  • To it, add the apple cider vinegar, water, and the tea tree oil
  • Mix it well and transfer it into the spray nozzle bottle
  • Spray it on your hair 20-25 minutes before you plan on washing your hair


2. Apple Cider Vinegar + Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil helps in scalp hydration and moisturizes your scalp helping it soothe down. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it helps reduce dandruff in your hair.

Materials required 

  • One-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar
  • One cup of water
  • 5-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • A container with a spray nozzle
  • A clean bowl

Steps to follow

  1. Put all the ingredients in a clean bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Transfer the mixture into a spray nozzle container
  3. Spray it onto your hair 20 minutes before you hop into the shower!



Q. Where should I store apple cider vinegar?

Store apple cider vinegar in a cool, dry place in your pantry; importantly, make sure this place is away from direct sunlight.


Q. Can I use undiluted apple cider vinegar on my scalp? 

No, you should not use undiluted apple cider vinegar at any cost as pure apple cider vinegar is very acidic in nature which will damage your scalp and hair. The treatments using apple cider vinegar should always use it in diluted form.


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Apple cider vinegar can help you reduce dandruff gradually, keep the frequency of your application around once a week to show effective results. After reading this article, you now know the various ways you can use apple cider vinegar and target dandruff in your scalp.

Let us know in the comments which method you found most helpful!

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