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Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
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Posted by Arthur (Edmonton, Ab) on 10/07/2010

[NAY]  I have read on your site on the Teds dandruff remedy or what not section, after mixing the 1 part acv, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 parts water treatment< I soaked my hair ( after washing my hair first) then applied this to my hair. It seemed to have worked at first usage, I went to repeat three days later and my scalp has now become extremely itchy, and tingly thoughout the day, and night sometimes evena burning sensation and my dandruff has become much worse< I trusted this site because it seems to be authentic. I dont have any other skin problems at all just dandruff. Please help me fix this

Replied by D.ron
Madison, Wi, Usa
May want to try this. Apply henna. Frequently massage your head (improves circulation). After washing hair rinse with diluted lime-water. Finally, apply curd and leave it on for a while.
Replied by Z
Brownsville, Texas
If you mix ACV with the mother in V8 at least one tablespoon. I am trying with three tablespoons. Give it at least until you finish the first gallon of ACV with the mother. And little by little try to reach to three tablespoons in the V8 juice. I have been doing this for a month I am not yet in half my first gallon of ACV with the mother. And I have noticed many good results that I have already posted. One remarkable is the dandruff I started getting when a teen. It's gone. (my teens got it, from me, I guess). Be patient, ACV is good for many reasons. Mosquitos does not bite me anymore.... ???. Maybe they don't like my new no odor. I hope this helps.

Posted by Mrloux (Bay Area, Ca) on 02/13/2010

[YEA]  Dandruff: ACV-H202 mix worked!!

After using a baby shampoo I noticed my scalp flaking and itching. So I went and got a coal tar shampoo and things got worse. After a hair cut I could see the red scaly areas and my bald forehead was very red. I was so worried that I tried a little of everything, ACV, alcohol, milk of Magnesia, colloidal silver, it got better then it came back again a day or two later. Thinking that it was the coal tar that was working but it came back, knowing something worked I had to go through and try again, this time with Ted's 1/p ACV 1/p H202, 10/p water and things are clearing up fast at 40 hours later.

I washed w/ ACV solution let it sit for 5 min then rinsed. Then applied Aloe Vera gel and let that set for the night next morn cold shower wash w/ ACV solution then shampooed w/ my old stand by natural citrus from TJ's. I decided to stay away from SLS which is the main ingredient in the baby shampoo, coal tar, and many other so called psoriasis shampoos.

Replied by Regulator555
Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Ted's remedy helped with the itching, however, I still have the flakes. Any ideas?
Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
Continue using your ACV treatments until all the itching is gone, at least do weekly,,in between take a pea size amount of virgin cocunut oil and rub in your hand to melt it and rub in your hair, or you can put a lot in and put a shower cap on head and leave it it for several hours, then shower and dry naturally,,,that will moisturise and should help stop flaking.

Merryanne in Central FL

Replied by Regulator555
Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa
I will try the coconut oil for the flakes. Also, the iodine deficiency theory is interesting, as I avoid iodine because it was a trigger for my acne. Hmmmm. Flakes or pimples? Just kidding. I need to find a balance. Thank you both for the input.

Posted by Carmen (Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10/02/2009

[YEA]  Dandruff

Wow! As quickly as it came on it is now gone! Yesterday I noticed a scalp itch and of course, scratched it, and thought nothing of it again. That is until I looked in to the mirror, FLAKES...EVERY WERE!! Tried the ACV and H202 water (9parts water 1part ACV & H2O2), placed mixture into a spray bottle sprayed scalp to saturate, left in for approx. 3min. I then washed hair as usual. Today, all flakes are gone, no itch and as a bonus I am having a good hair day:)

Posted by honeydip1228 (New York, NY) on 07/26/2009

[YEA]  I've suffered with dandruff since childhood (i'm 37). I've spent thousands of dollars on various otc dandruff shampoos and treatments. About 2 yrs ago the scaling got so bad I had no choice but to turn to a dermatologist, I was prescribed a shampoo and foam, which worked, at first but then the more I used them less effective they seemed to be. And then when I stopped using them completely the scaling came back with a VENGENCE! Two weeks ago I did a search looking for a natural cure for dandruff, and came across this site. I made a rinse of 4 tbsps acv, 4 tbsps hydrogen peroxide, and 8 tbsps water, i put the mixture in a clean sqeeze bottle, and gently massaged the mixture into my scalp with towel draped over my neck. I then put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it penetrate 2 hours. I rinsed and shampooed with my usual shampoo made for relaxed hair, and blow dried/ styled my hair, and my flakes were 99% gone. I was amazed! I kept checking every inch of my scalp every day just to make sure..and yes I pretty much dandruff free. 4 days after the treatment i did see a tiny bit of flaking by my forehead, but it was barely noticeable. Usually with other shampoos my entire scalp would be comepletely scaly again by day 3. Day 7 I did another treatment, except this time I used coconut vinegar (available in asian grocery stores) as is does not smell nearly as strong as acv, also I made hot oil treatment using ___ ___ coconut oil (available in asian, west indian, and all "wf" stores...Now I can say I am 100% dandruff free. My hair/scalp is so soft, and healthy looking, and to think it cost me less than 5 dollars! I cant thank you enough for this natural remedy!!

Replied by Misha
Binghamton, New York
[YEA]   This remedy does indeed work! I tried this and after two treatments, I was dandruff free! The only thing I tried differently was to add a few drops of tea tree oil to the hydrogen peroxide, ACV mixture. Thanks again Earthclinic!

Posted by Keyana (Ridgeland, Mississippi) on 12/01/2008

[YEA]  My husband was suffering from very bad dandruff. There were flakes everywhere! I tried tea tree oil, but while it eliminated the lesions on his front hairline, the flakes remained. Finally, I mixed a solution of apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and water at a 2:2:1 ratio. I sprayed it on his scalp, massaged it in, and we left it on for about 10 minutes. Then he washed his hair with baby shampoo. Afterward I oiled his hair with cold pressed coconut oil. His dandruff has greatly diminished and we don't see a single flake unless he goes more than a day or two without washing.

He's down to the point now (after 1 1/2 weeks) where he doesn't HAVE to wash his hair every day. He doesn't do the vinegar/peroxide spray as often (about every other wash), but he continues the baby shampoo and coconut oil.

Posted by Jacqui (Orlando, FL) on 02/13/2006

[YEA]  I had tried everything short of going to a dermatologist, and everything seemed to make my dandruff worse. Thank God I found this! Within the first few applications my flaking entirely disappeared. I've used the solution once weekly followed by tea tree oil along the hairline, where it was worse, and have not had a problem. Again, thanks! This really did the trick!

Posted by Shey (Lanan)

[YEA]  Thank you for the input, my son has had a terrible case of dandruff for more than two years now, I tried tea tree oil before I ever read this and was not persistent with it. Now I know it's the apple-cider that works, makes a lot of sense and it's right in the kitchen, thank you.

Posted by M Joy (Lusby, MD)

[NAY]  I tried the Apple Cider/Peroxide treatment. It did not help my severe dandruff. I have tried everything available naturally and over the counter as well. Nothing helps. It may seem to help for a day or so, but then the severe itching and flaking returns in full force.

Replied by Rose
New York, New York
I suffered with severe dandruff for many years. I also tried all types of shampoos, until I found in a natural medicine book a remedy for my problem. It said to put 3 or 4 tablespoons of borax in a bottle, fill the bottle with rubbing alcohol and add fresh rosemary, cover the bottle and leave for 14 days. After the 14 days, soak a cotton ball in the mixture getting some of the borax and rub on the scalp. Leave on for at least 30 minutes or more, then wash with head and shoulders. I did this and I have been dandruff free ever since.
Replied by Nick
Watford, Uk
Rose could you tell me what bottle capacity should I use for filling with the mixture of borax rubbing alcohol and rosemary?
Replied by Rose
New York
You can use the 32oz bottle and remove enough alcohol so it does not overflow when adding the borax and rosemary.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by Debbie (San Diego, California) on 01/31/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  While I know I still need to address the cause,( not drinking enough water and eating too much processed foods)I have found much relief to my very, very bad dandruff problem thanks to this site. I read through all the posts and did the following;

Raw, unfiltered, organic AC vinegar and tap water 1:1 ratio in spray bottle. Adjust to stream and seperated sections of hair to soak scalp. I just let it dry overnight, next morning I brushed it out and things looked better. I went to whole foods and picked up the tea tree oil.

When I got home, I added @25 drops of tea tree oil to spray bottle that had 1/2 cup ACV and 1/2 cup water. Same method of application and again, left it over night. I washed hair with my new DE shampoo and conditioner. WOW!! 90% better!! My hair has not been this shiny in ages. My scalp does not hurt. Minor,random itch.I can pull my hair back and am not worried. I have great hope that this is my answer.

Dandruff shampoos never really worked for me and this last batch seemed to make it worse. My hair looked awful. Keeping my fingers crossed and will post again after giving this method some time.

Thanks to all who posted information.

Replied by Debbie
San Diego, California
Day 4 update. I could not be happier. My hair looks great, my scalp does not itch, few (and I mean few) flakes and I can wear dark shirts again! I so hope this works forever. I strongly recommend searching out a shampoo/conditioner without any detergents or fragrance.

Thank You!!!!!

Replied by Wonderbug
Mcminnville, Tn
Would love to know the treatment used for this. I have been bothered by dandruff for years. Have tried different shampoos with no lasting cure. Thanks for any help.

Posted by Mia (Chicago, IL, USA) on 10/17/2008

[YEA]  I've had rather intense dandruff for the last year, especially when it starts to get cold and dry outside. Fancy anti-dandruff shampoos, super mosturizing conditioners, cold water showers, even some crazy stinging stuff my dermatologist recommended didn't work. Sure, it might slow it for a week, but then my scalp would get used to it and go right back to it's naughty ways. Tried the ACV last night (50% AVC, 50% water with some tea tree oil in a spray bottle), left it on for about 10 minutes and then showered, and guess what? I didn't scratch my head at all that night, and woke up with no dandruff!! Ok, well, I saw ONE flake, but it was all alone, rather than the usual accompaniment of hundreds of friends. Best of all, it didn't smell as bad as people say after putting the tea tree oil in it.

Cost: $1 for ACV, $1.29 for spray bottle and $7.59 for tea tree oil. Altogether less than that nasty smelling tar shampoo. Yeah! Thank you!

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Posted by Diane (Berkeley, California) on 12/07/2009

I have found excellent results eliminating dandruff and improving health of hair by oiling my hair regularly using hair oil products from my Indian grocery store. Mostly this is coconut oil, with ayurvedic herbs such as amla and the like added. I have a particular brand I happen to like, but there are many different kinds - you have to see what's available where you are. There are some that are sesame or almond oil based, but I don't care for those as much. I guess you could use regular old coconut oil, but I think there is a huge benefit in the added herbs in the Indian products.

I oil my hair with a few Tbsp, leave it in a few hours and then wash out. Done regularly it really helps. I do it about once a week.

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Posted by Kathy (Mt Carmel, IL) on 01/20/2008

[YEA]  This white stuff isn't snow, so to rid it get Baby shampoo as its less harsh on the hair, shampoo twice then rinse and rinse again with Vinegar ..this will help the dandruff leave. My other remedy for this is to buy the Shaklee hair shampoos and use them instead of the ones with chemicals in them. Most likely folks don't realize chemicals can cause this problem..and nobody wants to tell you this

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Posted by Dick (Raleigh, North Carolina) on 03/09/2008

[YEA]  I have a very Itchy Scalp. No Dandruff. I have tested for two months eating off the grocery shelf canned beets. I eat two (1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter beets)in the morning and two in the evening. Every day. It works.

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Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 07/01/2012

[YEA]  I often see posts asking for help with dandruff and itchy scalp. I was plagued with this problem for a very long time. When I read about borax here on earth clinic, I decided, why not? That was a couple of years ago. Once I used it, I have not been bothered with an itchy scalp or dandruff since. I do have to say though that over those couple of years I've done an awful lot of detoxing as well. Still, I remember the relief I had from the borax for my issues! Hope this helps others, Lisa

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Posted by Jack (Maui, Hawaii) on 05/14/2013

[YEA]  This will cure your dandruff in about a week or two weeks with consistency and it's all about blood flow.

What you do is get a boar bristle brush and vigorously brush/rub it on your scalp until the skin turns pink/red from the irritation. Takes about 5 minutes twice a day. This irritation brings blood closer to the surface of the skin and your dandruff will be gone in a couple weeks. It may also act in an exfoliating way as well but I believe it works mostly because of improved blood flow to the scalp

If you have buzzed short hair you can easily brush all over your scalp with good pressure for 5 minutes a day until it looks pink/red from the irritation. If you have longer hair you may need to use small, quick back and fourth strokes in sections covering your entire scalp. But what you want is the scalp to be red from the irritation caused by the boar bristles.

Haven't had dandruff in months since starting this.