Top 5 Simple Ways To Apply Apple Cider Vinegar For Dandruff

Are you struggling with dandruff? Are you looking for the best solution for your condition? Don’t worry because this article will help you. Today’s article will list out the best natural ways to use apple cider for dandruff. Why does apple cider vinegar help remove dandruff? How to use it? Keep reading this post on Beauty Talk to understand more!

Apply Apple Cider Vinegar For Dandruff By Using These Simple Ways 

I. What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is one of the most common scalp disorders, causing white or grey flakes of skin, which appear on the scalp or in the hair. Studies have proved that dandruff results from a fungus called Malassezia, which is present in our scalp[1]. Besides, there is a wide range of reasons contributing to the increase of these hateful flakes such as scalp dryness, irritated or oily skin improper hair hygiene, hormonal changes, and pollution[2] [3]. More importantly, these complimentary causes are a base of support for the fungus Malassezia to work more intensively.

Moreover, this problem is convinced to be a chronic condition that cannot be treated completely. According to many health experts, dandruff appears at the ages between 10 and 20, affecting up to over 40% of adults aged 30s[4]. Even though dandruff is a harmless and non-contagious skin condition, it is a great embarrassment. Therefore, to halt its unexpected effects on our daily routines, we need to eradicate dandruff as soon as possible. To this end, using apple cider vinegar is one of the most simple and effective ways to deal with dandruff.

II. Why Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work Effectively In Removing Dandruff

The name says it all that apple cider vinegar is a kind of vinegar made from two basic components, which are cider and apple. Apple cider vinegar is regarded as an ancient folk remedy for a vast variety of health problems. It has substantial impacts on losing weight, lowering blood sugar levels, improving symptoms of diabetes, reducing cholesterol and risks of heart diseases and even having effects against cancer, and some of these benefits have been supported by scientific knowledge[5] [6].

Why can apple cider vinegar (ACV) work effectively to treat dandruff?

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ACV is claimed to be useful to soothe the distressing symptoms of dandruff.

  • ACV is rich in probiotic content, which makes its antibacterial function to help kill fungal infections on the scalp[7].
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties alleviate the itchiness and irritation caused by dandruff.
  • The acidic level present in apple cider vinegar keeps the pH level balance on the scalp. This helps to take control of the fungus growth without affecting the natural oil production[8].
  • The enzyme functions as a mild conditioner, opening clogged pores to strengthen the scalp and kill bacteria and fungal infections as well.

Read more: Apple cider vinegar is also a powerful remedy for sebaceous cysts removal. This article was medically reviewed/fact checked by Perpetua Neo (DClinPsy, UCL; MPhil, Cambridge).

III. How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar At Home?


  • Three fresh apples
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Filtered water
  • Cheesecloth
  • A clean jar


  • Step 1: Wash and chop your apples into medium-sized pieces and put them into a clean and sterilized jar
  • Step 2: Dissolve sugar with a cup of water and add this liquid into the jar to cover the apples
  • Step 3: Cover the jar with cheesecloth and rescue it with a rubber band, then put it in a dark and warm place that stays consistently at room temperature for 2-3 weeks
  • Step 4: Extract the liquid and discard pieces of apple
  • Step 5: Return the liquid to the jar and store it again in the dark and warm place for 3-4 weeks, remember to stir the liquid every few days.
  • Step 6: After 4 weeks, you can taste your vinegar and decide whether it reaches your acidity or not and start using it.

IV. How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Dandruff

1. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar Directly To Your Scalp

You will need: 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar


  • Step 1: In this remedy, you apply apple cider vinegar directly to your scalp and massage gently
  • Step 2: Cover your head with a warm towel to facilitate the penetration of apple cider vinegar into your scalp
  • Step 3: Leave the apple cider vinegar on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with mild shampoo and water
  • Step 4: Redo it twice a week for strong hair and healthy scalp

Cautions: If your scalp is too sensitive or has open sores, you need to take this method into consideration and try other remedies.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

You should go through this process before taking a shower because it acts as a deep cleanser for your hair, removing the build-ups of flakes, adding shine to your hair and sustaining the pH balance for your scalp.

You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Water


  • Dilute ACV with a liter of water
  • After washing your hair, pour the diluted apple cider vinegar into it
  • Dry your hair gently and do not rinse it any further
  • Apply this method once every two weeks
3. Apple Cider Vinegar With Baking Soda

Baking soda is believed to function as an excellent cleansing agent. It helps to wash off the oil and grease on your hair and keep your hair clean. It is also a natural antiseptic and antifungal that can treat the fungal infections causing dandruff[9]. The combination of the acidity of apple cider vinegar and the alkalinity of the baking soda works to balance the pH level and becomes an antimicrobial agent against fungus.

You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar


  • Get the thick paste by mixing equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar
  • Apply this solution to your scalp and rub smoothly to wipe out dead skin and build-up
  • Clean your hair with water after the 5-minute massage


Baking soda can be effective in a short period. However, if you use it in a long-term period, it can counteract its benefits and makes your scalp dry and irritated.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar With Lemon

Lemon is rich in vitamin C and anti-fungal properties that can combat against the dandruff[10]. Its essential antioxidants can strengthen the healthy scalp and hair. Moreover, lemon moisturizes the scalp and sheds away dead skin cells, soothing itchiness and irritation. Lemon in collaboration with apple cider vinegar can be a powerful treatment for dandruff.

You will need:

  • The juice from lemons
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Towel


  • Pour the juice extracted from lemons and apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and shake to combine.
  • Divide your hair into sections and spritz this mixture onto your scalp and hair until your hair becomes saturated completely with this liquid
  • Use a towel to cover your hair and wait for 30 minutes
  • Wash your hair with water
5. Apple Cider Vinegar With Aloe Vera

Aloe vera or aloe vera gel contains pectin and polysaccharides that stimulate the cells, turning them into newly grown, fresh cells that lead to a healthy scalp. Like baking soda, the antiseptic properties in aloe vera can soothe your scalp and reduce itchiness. According to a study, aloe vera possesses antifungal and antibacterial effects, which may help combat dandruff[11]. More notably, glycoproteins which are considered as an anti-inflammatory compound, can prevent inflammation and alleviate itchy sensation[12]. It also produces a cleansing enzyme that fulfils the function of eliminating dead skin cells and dandruff

You will need:

  • 6 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • A cup of water


  • Mix aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar to get a smooth mixture
  • Apply the mixture to the scalp
  • After a few minutes, wash again with water

We have gone through some basic information of dandruff, apple cider vinegar, and some of the best tips for you to stamp out dandruff with apple cider vinegar. These tips are very simple to prepare and implement with some ingredients in your kitchen. If you know other ways to use apple cider vinegar for dandruff, don’t forget to tell us your experience in the comment section below.

All content provided are for informational & educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.

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