Natural Remedies for Scalp Infections

| Modified on Jun 27, 2024

Scalp infections, in their various forms, pose an array of discomforts and challenges. They manifest as bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasitic invasions on the scalp, leading to symptoms like itching, inflammation, and in certain cases, hair loss. The subsequent section titled "What is a Scalp Infection?" provides a detailed exploration of these types of infections, highlighting their causes, symptoms, and examples.

Effective management of scalp infections involves not only eliminating the causative agents but also ensuring the overall health of the scalp and hair. This article outlines various natural remedies, including apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree oil, offering a balanced approach to combat scalp infections. These treatments aim to gently and effectively address the issue, promoting the restoration and maintenance of a healthy scalp.

Understanding Scalp Infections

A scalp infection is characterized by invading pathogenic microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, or parasites on the scalp skin, leading to various uncomfortable and potentially harmful symptoms. Understanding the different types of scalp infections and their respective characteristics is crucial for effective treatment and management.

Types of Scalp Infections

  1. Fungal Infections

    • Cause: Overgrowth of fungus, often a type of dermatophyte.
    • Symptoms: Itching, flakiness, and inflammation. Can also cause hair to become brittle and break off.
    • Example: Tinea capitis, commonly known as ringworm of the scalp.
  2. Bacterial Infections

    • Cause: Overpopulation of harmful bacteria, often due to unclean conditions or weakened immune system.
    • Symptoms: Redness, swelling, pus-filled blisters, and pain.
    • Example: Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles.
  3. Viral Infections

    • Cause: Invasion by viruses.
    • Symptoms: Itching, redness, and possible blisters or lesions.
    • Example: Herpes zoster, or shingles, which can affect the scalp.
  4. Parasitic Infections

    • Cause: Infestation by parasites, such as lice.
    • Symptoms: Intense itching, visible lice or nits, and possible sores from scratching.
    • Example: Pediculosis capitis, or head lice.

Symptoms of Scalp Infections

Regardless of the type, most scalp infections present common symptoms such as excessive itching, redness, and inflammation. The affected area might feel tender, and visible signs such as blisters, sores, or scales may appear. Severe or prolonged infections can potentially damage the hair follicles, leading to hair thinning, breakage, and loss.

Impact of Neglecting Scalp Infections

While scalp infections are generally not life-threatening, neglecting timely and appropriate treatment can exacerbate the condition. Persistent infection and inflammation can lead to scarring and permanent damage to the hair follicles, impacting overall hair growth and health. The continuous scratching induced by itching can also cause open sores, increasing the risk for secondary bacterial infections and further complications.

Holistic Approaches to Treating Scalp Infections

It is paramount to approach the treatment of scalp infections with remedies that are effective against the infection and gentle on the skin. Natural treatments include apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Recognized for its potent antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar aids in naturally restoring the body's pH balance, thus eliminating infectious agents. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin, enhancing its resilience against infection.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a reliable germicidal agent composed solely of water and oxygen. It eradicates infectious organisms by oxidation, similar to a controlled burning process. When used in a slightly diluted form, hydrogen peroxide is an efficient cleanser and sanitizer for the scalp without causing harm to the skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is renowned for its dual action as an antifungal agent and a moisturizer. Matching the efficacy of 5% benzoyl peroxide, it cleanses the scalp, removes infectious agents, and revitalizes the skin, promoting healing and restoration.


Different types of scalp infections, whether fungal, bacterial, or viral, can cause significant discomfort and skin issues. Opting for natural treatments ensures the effective eradication of the infection and the maintenance of healthy, nourished skin and hair. Commit to understanding the nature of your scalp infection and choosing a suitable, gentle, natural remedy for a healthier, infection-free scalp.

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ACV + Epsom Salt

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Posted by Joyce (Joelton) on 11/09/2007

Epsom salts will pull out infection from wounds in scalp infections. I mixed it about 1/2 cup of epsom salt to 1 quart of hot water.

Submerge infected area in solution 4 times a day. If unable to submerge area, just use washcloth to dip in solution and apply over infected are (hot compress method) 4 times a day. I have seen this cure infection after red streak was running up arm (indicative of blood poisoning). No antibiotics were needed. I have many times bathed in 1-2 cups epsom salts in hot bath when muscles or nerves said "help".You really feel relaxed.

I have also used a saturated solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and epsom salts to clear up deep infected ulcers in scalp; No antibiotics were needed. Swab ulcers.

Aloe Vera

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Posted by Vita Jean (Washington, Dc) on 12/13/2011

For 16 years, I've suffered from a scalp condition that includes symptoms like flare ups, inflammation, unbearable soreness, flaking, postules, hair bumps, hair loss, etc. I used straight raw apple cider vinegar to get rid of bacteria and yeast on my scalp. Then, I recently bought an aloe vera plant from a local hardware store. I've been splitting open the leaves and massaging my whole scalp with the gel mornings and especially nights. I just leave it on. It's a miracle. Not only is the aloe soothing, but it has dried/cleared up just about everything going on with my scalp! My hair also feels soft and moisturized.

Aloe Vera + Borax

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Posted by Pamela (Charente/France) on 01/05/2022


In perusing your excellent site, I came across a remedy for an itchy scalp, using a mixture of Borax & Aloe Vera.

But the instructions are not clear. It states:-

"3Tb borax with 1 liter of aloe Vera(100%) Massage into affected areas after shower and at bed."

Do I massage this mixture into the scalp - leave for ?? time - then shower it off plus ? massage more onto scalp,

then leave on for the night.???????

I would be most grateful for the definite & clear instructions as I have the ingredients at the ready & was hoping to start the treatment as soon as possible.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Indian Girl (Bombay, India) on 02/11/2013

I've had the itchy and smelly scalp problem for over a year. I've tried endless list of shampoos, precribed antibotics, home remedies, etc. Nothing helped. My scalp would itch and start to smell within hours of washing.

Recently I discovered that Tea Tree oil mixed with Aloe Vera really helps.

Mix 50ml of pure Aloe Vera Gel with 20-25 drops of pure Tea Tree oil (not the diluted ones). Apply this mixture on the scalp. Keep it on for about 30-45 mins and wash your hair normally. Do this twice a week.

It's been 2 weeks since, the itch has drastically reduced and the smell has gone. And the aloe vera has made my hair really soft.

Hope it works :-)

Replied by Shelita
(Wilson, Nc)

This sounds like something my daughter had a few years ago. I took her to someone that made a "natural concoction" that consisted of burdock root and something else. Before this I had tried, vinegar, medicated shampoos, fungal medicine from doctor and her scalp would sell shortly after. Her scalp was oozing some kind of pus or something and I had begun to wash her hair everyday. Once I started using the burdock root mixture, I noticed results within the first week. I would spray a little on her scalp along with normal hair do in the morning and at night. She was cleared in about 2 weeks and we haven't had problems since.

Replied by Desperate For A Solution
(New York)

After reading this I am thankful to find that some people have found relief/cures to their skin conditions, I thought I had no hope and would have to take an oral medication. About a month ago when I was overseas at Cancun I noticed that there was a red spot where I usually part my hair, I didn't think anything of it and thought it was sunburn. This spot has developed to a bald spot, it is round like a ringworm spot and seems to be spreading little by little taking on new hair, and making it fall out. There is tiny little hairs, as if it was growing but I am not sure if it is the hair that broke off at the root or new hair growing in. It keeps getting worse and I do not know what to do. I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said it looks like it is a little bit of fungus and recommended clotrimazole cream 1% for the fungus. The only other thing I could think of is that I have died my hair alot, a few months ago I bleached my hair from black to blonde. I don't want the spot to keep spreading, what should I do?

Thanks. Mary

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Mary, I was just reading about something like this on the Iodine page, and the person was healed by applying decolorized iodine daily. I suppose regular Iodine would work too if you don't mind the color. It does seem to take time, so you need to be patient.

Replied by Andrea C

Hi, my friend had this happen to her on a holiday in Spain, first she thought she was bitten by some thing, then it got larger and she put it down to the sun. When she got checked out, it was an abscess which had tracked (on her butt, nude sunbathing) six inches in to her left buttock. I am not saying yours is an abscess, but its worth getting it checked out, as the one on my friend's butt, looked a lot smaller than what the actual cause was, and never appeared to have the characteristics of an abscess. Another thing is, (sorry I am not trying to scare you just help) in certain areas in the World, insects lay egg's under the Human skin, and will turn in to a Larve before making its way out, and the area will enlargen with the insect's growth. As I said, these are only suggestions, but the obvious is go get it checked. If your DR is not sure, see someone that deals in tropical diseases and infections as they can be mistaken for other things. Alopecia is another one, as this is common on the scalp area and will produce what you've described, and try not putting any products on your hair until you've had a prognosis. Love Andrea C xxxxxxx

Replied by Kay
(Fl, US)

Dear Desperate NY: What you describe is "classic" ringworm of the scalp (it is a fungus); there are great photos of this ailment on Web MD. My brother's family picked up a spot on arm & leg; the best/fastest treatment (after trying many) came from the dollar store (in the USA) called "Blue Goo"; found in the foot section, for nail fungus; cost $1.00 for an 4oz bottle (which was enough to treat ringworms, toe fungus, and yellow ingrown toenails too)! It's 1% clotrimazole cream plus tea tree oil. They applied it before bed, let it dry, then climbed into bed, washed it off each morning, after about two weeks; cured!

I tried the remainder on the (lifelong) calluses and ill-formed nails one my funnky little toes; the calluses flaked off and the nails grew out normal!

Replied by Similar
(Arizona, US)

I had a similar patch on my head and was a bit itchy everywhere else. I used straight Bulgarian lavender on it everyday and it started going away after a week. By two weeks the area had cleared up and I could feel regrowth. P.S. It doesn't have to be crazy expensive like YL or DT. Just Google Essential Oils for soap making and pick a company. Much cheaper and still pure quality.

Aloe, Coconut Oil, Honey

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Posted by Jcisgod (Lake Elsinore, California) on 11/27/2012

Everyone, I have suffered with Seborreic dermatitis for over 20yrs. Iam now pretty much cured. Trust me on this please. Mix 1 tbsp of honey preferably nonpesticide organic kind with 1 tbsp organic aloe vera GEL with 1 tbsp organic coconut oil. Mix and let melt together 10-15 minutes. Mix well and apply to your whole head, particulary the spots where the dermatitis is the worse. Important, leave on a minumum of 4hrs or better if on overnight. Let it dry and it should not get on your pillowcase. Coconut oil and Honey are two of the worlds most powerful antifungals. Not everyone gets the same results. Try it again if it doesnt knock it out. But most can say goodby to seborreic dermatitis. Praying first will not hurt either. May God bless you all. Sorry about the large print, I do not know how to fix it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Alayna (PA) on 03/27/2022 1 posts

My entire scalp was red, painful, oozing, and covered in sores. After a week of various attempts at relief (mostly plant oils and cold water rinses), it was only getting worse. I ended up in the ER due to whatever reaction I was having spreading to my face, neck, and ears. I was prescribed steroids and given benadryl, yet after two doses, my scalp was getting worse. It was one of the most unbearable things I've ever experienced.

In desperation, I poured a 1:8 ACV/water rinse over my head. I was terrified it would make it worse, but after about 30 seconds of burning, I started feeling relief. I repeated the rinse 30 minutes later and OH MY GOSH, the results are nothing short of a miracle. Because I assume it was a bacterial infection, I blowdried my hair immediately to remove all moisture. The itching and pain are 99% gone, and the sores disappeared. I'm still in shock at how quickly and effectively this worked.

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(Virginia, Ashburn)

I have same problem, I used it last night, I feel better already. I'm glad you're recovering my friend!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jb (Home) on 02/09/2017

I am defeating the head, neck and shoulders issue with spots/sores. The easiest way to cover all areas for me is to take a bath with epsom salts, baking soda (50/50 mix) plus Apple Cider Vinegar OR Food grade vinegar in the bath water. This instantly treats and dries up the sores. They can and sometimes do return if not treated well in a couple of days again. I also apply 100% Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) during the day. It works well as long as I keep from scratching or irritating it further. Right now it's in a good stage of remission. There are many good ideas on here so I may get some Aloe Vera soon.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Patricia (Michigan Usa) on 10/26/2016

About one month ago I started getting these small barnacles ( for lack of a better word ) I used a Rx shampoo

And I thought all was well UNTIL

I started getting these raised sores and stabbed areas.I went to dermatologist who then gave me Clindamycin and a gel - oily steroid to put on the open areas. That all went away ..BUT then comes these massive amts of sandy, grainy junk all over my scalp. I wash and soak it with OTC shampoos to know avail. I can pick off the mounds of sand but within a minute it seems there it is again. I am currently taking doxicyline for a month. I have tried a mixture of half n half organic ACV with water. Again no help. So does anyone have any ideas.?

Thank you for reading.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Patricia, try to find out what your body doesn't like and is trying to expel. Topical stuff is usually only temporary.

Replied by Stacey

Have you tried washing with borax? This will help kill any fungus you have that is causing the build up on your scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Hstutz (Michigan) on 12/02/2014

Hello everyone on here, I am a 28 year old female who have had issues with hair loss and an oily scalp that produces sticky discharge.

I am across this website trying to find a homemade remedy to treat my itchy scalp and hair loss. I have read that people had great results with apple cider applied on the scalp.. which I did and it was the first time I ever did.. my scalp feels cold and not very itchy.. the first few minutes after applying I felt some burning.. but that only concludes that it might be fungus or bacteria. I have been trying to rid myself of this sticky build up and itchiness for years I have lost a lot of hair... I am balding around the temples and crown. my crown is basically very visible if I don't try to cover it with my remaining hair. I have also read that drinking apple cider might tackle fungus in the body. I did drink I tbsp. of cider mixed in with 8oz of water after an hour my eyes started to water.. and I started tearing up a little bit... Is this a normal reaction.. also my nose felt tingly and now some parts of my skin around my body is tingly.. Is it candida reacting to the cider.. I have eaten cider with my salads many times.. never had this reaction... Does that mean there is fungus in my blood stream?

Replied by Runtwothree
(Erie, Co)

I have the same exact problem. Hair loss just above temples, increased hairline on forehead, and thin 'bangs/fringe' area, and CRAZY amounts of hair falling out in my bed, in my brush and when washing it. You didn't mention the severity of your itching, but mine is absolutely unbearable after 2 days of not washing with ACV or Listerine. I have severely oily temple air only after 1 day of washing, and have a waxy build up all over my scalp and neck. I don't really seem to smell much, and I'd know, as my olfactory is extremely sensitive to smells and chemicals.

Just wondering if you have stuck with ACV on hair and/or intake, and if so, what type of results have you encountered. I use ACV on my scalp every so often 3 days in a row for 40mins. It seems to help, but then I wind up right back in the same boat after a few weeks of stepping away, even when using ONLY organic, sulfate & dimethicone free shampoos and/or conditioners.

I don't even like hugging people at this point and even feel weird snuggling with my husband and 3 yr old daughter, as I can't help but feel contagious and dirty, even though I know that is not the case. I'm 99.99% certain I have candidiasis (as I suffer from many, many other symptoms that are listed as common candida sufferers' problems); but many people and docs think that is a made-up, non-scientific 'diagnosis' of something they can't define/diagnose themselves either... so finding help with this has proven a crazy, disheartening, time consuming, money guzzling challenge for me.

Would love to hear how/what you have been doing. Thanks.

(Colorado, Usa)

If "they" are not sure you have candida, what do they base their assessment on? I used to work for a naturopathic physician in NYC. Some of his clients would come after going through "mainstream" medical exams. Blood tests did not show candida. BUT these patients had POCKETS of the candida that did not show up in blood stream. When those were addressed, patients healed. - They all seemed to get some periods of detox. The way we explained it to them was simple:

"If you are feeling great, and next morning feel lousy like catching the cold, it is detoxing. Why? Because your body was feeling strong, looked around and said- let's get some clean up done. Otherwise getting sick feels like coming DOWN with something. Hop into Epsom salt and baking soda bath - about 1 cup total, and you'll be good tomorrow." It was so true . Next day we got calls that the patient was feeling good again - and of course till the next detox. Usually one a week was what we heard, and saw.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Keri (Raleigh, Ny/nc) on 09/07/2011

Ted, I was wondering if I still or can use shampoo and conditioner before or after this remedy? I am a black female from the Caribbean with course hair that usually needs to be conditioned and moisturized so that it won't get dry and break and be hard to comb. My scalp just started itching me severely about 3 years ago when I went from being natural to getting a relaxer again. Therefore, I will be trying this ACV remedy soon but will be putting the undiluted ACV on my scalp 1st to see if it gives me instant relief. Please advise, and if yes in what precise order to shampoo and condition? Also, could I use both the borax and the ACV mixture right after each other?

Replied by Jen
(Denton, Tx)


I have tried the ACV on my scalp, and while it didn't do the trick for my itchy flaking scalp, it makes my hair amazingly silky and easy to brush, no conditioner needed. It strips haircolor, so I don't use it when my color is fresh, but as it wears out, I like to do an ACV rinse once a week just for the way it conditions my hair. It is amazing.


Replied by Shell

I use apple cider vinegar for my hair to avoid infections and dandruff. Make sure to use it with 50% water. After a few days no more scalp build or itchy scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rowie (Cambridge, MA) on 08/01/2009

I've had very itchy, big welts on my scalp for a few months. The itching is always worst at night and worse after I eat any gluten, sugar or even dates. Has anyone else had similar symptoms? After reading your website, I put a capful of undiluted ACV on each welt, and the itching stopped immediately. I"m going to apply it twice a day for a week or two and see what happens. Thank you everyone who posts on this site!

God bless,

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lara (Boonton, NJ) on 01/07/2007

When my brother tried to commit suicide in Feb. 2006, my scalp suddenly became extremely sore & huge pieces of it began to slough off. This wasn't like little bits of dandruff here & there. The pieces were sizeable square inches of skin. Because the pieces were so large, they wouldn't fall off because several hundred hairs were still threaded through them. The pieces looked like off-white tissue paper hovering about 1/2 inch above my scalp. It was a very alarming sight (though not as alarming as the condition of my brother). I first tried Scalpicin from the hospital pharmacy, but that only provided a very brief, cooling sensation. I looked on the internet & read about apple cider vinegar. The recommendation for scalp problems was to dilute the acv with water. I was in a state of extreme anxiety due to long hours in the ICU, & just wanted very fast relief. So I poured several cap-fulls of acv on my scalp & massaged it in a bit. The only thing I noticed was the vinegary smell & a very slight tingling sensation. I sat for an hour or so, & then rinsed my hair & scalp. It's hard to believe, but after that one treatment, the horrible huge pieces of skin stopped rising up from my scalp immediately. I repeated the same treatment one week later, just as a preventative measure. The problem never returned, despite several months of equally stressful hospital experiences.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Fi (North Las Vegas, Nevada) on 03/01/2011

I'm a woman. I had an itchy, flaky scalp for months and was starting to lose my hair on top of my head. I used various shampoos that smelled horrible and went to the dermatologist. Symptoms would stop for awhile but then start up again. I did some research on line and decided to try the apple cidar vinegar and peroxide cure talked about here. It's the only thing that worked for me. I have had no more problems and my hair has grown back.

Replied by Fxgirl
(Miami, Florida)

What is the combination of ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide that you used?
Thank you, Fxgirl

Replied by Al
(Chattanooga, Tn)

Does using the recommended:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide - 1 Part (e.g., 1 Tablespoon)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Part (e.g., 1 Tablespoon)
  • Water - 10 Parts (e.g., 10 Tablespoons)

Does this amount of peroxide lighten your hair?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Eddie (Smyrna, Tn) on 03/13/2010

A combination of 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide, 10 parts water has worked miracles for me. I have had these bumps on my head for years that become small sores. The doctors always gave me some antibiotic or such that would give relief for a brief time but had me going back. The first time i used the apple cider vinegar / water mix on my head I had almost immediate results and over the past two weeks my scalp has not felt this good in years. My case was quiet severe and so though not healed I am much improved. I also started applying tea tree/lavendar oil combination to my scalp after each shower...even better improvement. This site has been an eye opener and blessing. Thanks all

Replied by Kk
(Sharon, Ontario Canada)

Wouldn't that mixture lighten and dry out your hair though? I have a really itchy scalp and someone said hydrogen peroxide, but I'm afraid of wrecking my hair.

Replied by Kristy
(Lansing, Michigan)

I am wondering the same thing. I have very dark hair and would like to try this... but have no wish to wind up with light colored hair.

Replied by Kelly
(Catawissa, Mo)

The mixture did lighten my hair, but it looked awesome. I can't dye it bc of the sores, but w/ this mixture, it sort of blends the gray w/ highlights from the peroxide, and I didn't even worry about dying my hair anymore. Don't worry, you won't go blonde.

Replied by Mary
(Alameda, Ca, United States)

I've used this mixture for the last 3 days and was wondering if I'm doing it wrong because my scalp is still itchy. Am I supposed to use this without wetting my hair first? I know wetting my hair dilutes it and that may be why it's not working. Thanks for any feedback!

Replied by Younglady1975
(Tucson, Arizona)

Some say that spraying the ACV and H2O2 separately increases the antifungal effects of both. I fill a spray bottle with ACV and a separate spray bottle with drug store 3% H2O2 (hydroden peroxide). I spray the ACV onto my scalp and then I spray the H2O2 immediately after onto my scalp. I've shaved my head to make applications easier and I use less product. I drape a towel around my shoulders and make sure to saturate with both. I pat dry just a bit and let it air dry. I also recommend need leaf, which you can buy as a dried powder at an herbal shop, the health food store or online. You mix about a teaspoon of the powder in a tea cup and fill the tea cup with hot water and let it steap like tea. After it cools you can put it into a squirt bottle of some kind and use it as a rinse after you shampoo. Make sure to make the need tea daily, it is not effective after a day. I put this on after I spray with ACV and H2O2 and it has dried. I leave this on for 8 hours then shampoo before bed and use the tea tree/lavender preparation. It's worked wonders.

Replied by Sarah
(Texas, Usa)

When making your solutions in separate spray bottles, is it 10 parts water for each spray bottle (10 parts water in the ACY bottle and another 10 parts water in the Hydrogen Peroxide bottle) or divide the 10 parts water 5 and 5 (5 parts in one bottle and 5 in the other bottle)? Thank you! This is really helpful.

Replied by Jojo
(Nassau, Bahamas)

I had the exact same issue with my scalp. I got those little bumps, some with pus some without and my scalp itched badly and felt sore and the bumps turned into cuts. Did you rinse the ACV and peroxide concoction out or did you leave it in. If you left it in, how long?

Replied by Sam

I see all these remedies for the coconut oil and peroxide but do you leave the mixture on overnight and wash it out the next day or wash it out after a few hours?

Replied by Kevin


I got what I think a scalp infection. I've tried borax solution and it's worked but I have a lot of buildup on my scalp now. My scalp is still oily but much less than he used to be. I'm gonna try the Apple Cider Vinegar with peroxide now. But before I have a few question.

Do I have to spray the solution on wet scalp/hair?

How much the recipe is in order to cover all the scalp? (Ratio 1 Apple Cider Vinegar / 1 h202 / 10 water)

Could I do this every day before shampoo until my scalp is clear?

Thanks for your advices, Kevin

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Kevin,

I would be careful about using hydrogen peroxide in your hair. It can bleach it.

For the build up you might try baking soda paste. Just mix baking soda and water and apply to the scalp and rinse out after 10 minutes. Repeat once or twice a week but not more often and the scalp really wants to remain more alkaline.

Some use apple cider vinegar to rinse the hair daily.

I dilute Apple Cider Vinegar with water - half of each. Then pour over head. If I really want it touching the scalp, I put the mixture in a bottle with a little spout and can squirt it right onto my scalp. (Worked great when my head was itchy one time.)

As a teen with greasy hair I did vinegar after washing my hair every day for a good while. I used distilled white vinegar for that back then.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kévin


I'll will try the 50/50 solution (acv water) an let it sit for 30 min before rinsing with my organic shampoo.

Replied by Kévin

Mama to many,

Do you rinse the apple cider vinegar solution or let it dry?

It isn't dangerous to do this rinse everyday until I'm cured?


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Kevin,

I have done this daily or every other day for long periods with no problems.

I do not rinse out the water/acv mixture; I let it dry on my hair/scalp. You end up smelling like a salad until it dries.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kévin

Thanks for your reply Mama to Many,

So, just to recap :

- wash your hair with shampoo, rinse with water

- spray the acv/water (1:1 ratio) solution on wet hair (do you massage a bit the solution?)

- do not rinse and dry your hair with towel

I hope to get rid of my oily dandruff with this process. (I've already seen an improvement by using acv).

Replied by Nikki

I'm interested in trying out this method for bacteria infection in my head but won't my hair change colors with adding the hydrogen peroxide?

Avoid SLS

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Posted by Lia (Boston, Usa) on 05/10/2012

IRRITATED SCALP- For all who have little bumps and sores on your scalp, please stop using shampoo with SLS or perfumes, your scalp might be sensitive to these. Wash your hair with dove sensitive bar soap, you'll be surprised when you hair stops falling as well!