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DIY Treatment for Dry, Itchy Scalp

DIY Treatment for Dry, Itchy Scalp

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It doesn't take more than a few weeks of blustery winds and chilly temperatures to remind us of the havoc that cold weather can wreak on our skin and hair. Dry, itchy skin is bad enough, but a flaky scalp is downright embarrassing. Ditch your beanie and try this DIY rinse to heal an irritated scalp.

What You'll Need:

3 Tbsp organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Shower-safe cup
1 cup lukewarm water
Lukewarm shower


Mix 3 Tbsp of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 8 oz of lukewarm water. Lightly stir together. Hop in the shower and shampoo your hair as normal with warm but not hot water. Rinse. Then, slowly pour the vinegar mixture over hair making sure to coat the scalp. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat as needed—most people will need to do this rinse no more than once per week. 

Experiment with dilution. Depending on your hair type you may need more or less water/vinegar.

Why it works:

The surface of the scalp has a naturally acidic pH of around 5. Most hair products we use are alkaline meaning they disrupt the balance of our scalp causing irritation and dulling our hair. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and has a pH of around 3 which means it brings balance back to the scalp and cuticle of hair. It also imparts shine, removes build up, and helps promote volume. Apple cider vinegar is also anti-inflammatory meaning it can put an end to the incessant itching that often accompanies scalp irritation. 

Have you tried an apple cider vinegar rinse? What are your favorite beauty DIYs?

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