-Ha ha, yes that's me in the picture.
Everyone has had dandruff at one point
or another. I had it for years. Quite some squatters i know have it.
Sometimes they have poor hygiene which probably doesn't help but,
anyone -no matter how good their grooming habits- can get dandruff.
I wasn't and am not that bothered by the esthetic
aspects of having dandruff but i don't like the idea of my scalp being
out of whack/balance and being itchy and me doing nothing to restore
As for the esthetics and "hygiene"
aspect, i loathe the drug companies and the current trend in society of
smearing every part of your body with 3 expensive lotions, creams, gels
and the like. Yes, the multinationals must be pleased how so many take
"hygiene" to mean you must buy and use all this crap. You don't need
most of this in the first place and secondly there are many cheap, more
effective and natural alternatives.
But to get back to dandruff, once you
got it can be very hard to get rid off. Everyone in my first squat had
it for years and we had this running joke we should rename our squat
"De Witte Roos". In Dutch this means both "The White Rose" and "The
White Dandruff". I suspect that this particular house being rather damp
and that we sometimes used petroleum as well as wood heaters may have
brought on and aggravated the condition. But there are lots of possible
causes for dandruff: allergies, diet, central
heating, hormones, too
much "hygiene", stress etc.
There's a lot of bogus "cures" and old
wives tiles about dandruff.
During those many years that i had it,
it was sometimes almost gone and sometimes it was so intense that there
was a veritable snowstorm when i shook my head. Sometimes when the
dandruff was particularly bad my head also itched like mad.
I tried lots of things including
washing a lot and hardly washing at all, head and shoulders, special
prescription-only-shampoo with tar in it etc. etc. None of that stuff
worked. At best the dandruff would be gone for a few days and then be
the same or worse. Head and Shoulders in particular seems like a scam,
that stuff costs more than 4 Euro and seems to keep the dandruff at bay
for two days at most. "Everyday use" indeed. Bling Bling Ka-chink.
I won't keep any other dandruff sufferers in suspense. The answer to dandruff is so simple you may be skeptical:
Thoroughly wash your hair with
Apple Cider Vinegar every day for anywhere from 5 to 10 days and your
dandruff will be gone.
is no bullshit. It really works! I am not trying to sell more
vinegar or anything. My dandruff was gone within 6 days of
washing. All i have to do to keep it from coming back is to now and
then (when my head is a little itchy) wash my hair with it for one or
I just finished my treatment but from what i gathered i will only have
to do this very infrequently.
I got all this information plus much
more of a simple web site and the fellow who made the site described
the f.a.q's. and ins and outs very well, so check it out:
-This Apple Cider Vinegar stuff smells
fairly strong. However once your scalp and hair are dry the smell is
almost gone. None of my friends smelled anything strange or unpleasant
about me. I could imagine a girlfriend or boyfriend might smell it, but
it seems silly to mind because after a few days her partner will smell
the same as before and be dandruff free as well.
-When applying the vinegar (in
particular the first few days) it may sting a little. This feels quite
a lot like the sensation you get when you bleach your hair but it's not
as strong and doesn't last nearly as long. The sensation is simply an
indication that the stuff is working and disinfecting your -most
likely- irritated scalp. After a few days of applying i didn't feel
this at all anymore.
-Also if you breath in the vinegar
deeply it is a bit unpleasant, ventilating while you apply it would be
a good idea.
These little downsides i personally
found no bother at all. Seems like a tiny price to pay to me.
If i might offer some further suggestions:
You can buy Apple Cider Vinegar in many stores, but over here they carry it in the Albert Heijn (small bottles, you will need two). The A & H sells an eco variant which will be a little expensive. You could also go to Super De Boer which has a larger cheap bottle.
If you buy 3/4th of a liter or more
you will have enough for sure.
Buy a plant spray/mystifier to apply
the vinegar. Vinegar is kind of runny and a bit ethereal like alcohol.
So when you apply it straight out of the bottle you tend to have some
running through your fingers and falling on the floor. The spray will
let apply it much better and you'll save lots of the stuff.
I also shaved my head so i had really
short hair (was planning to anyway) before i started my treatment. This
is handy but definitely not necessary.
I sprayed a little after shave on my
head while i used the vinegar, to camouflage the smell a little. Not
sure if this is good for the treatment as after shave contains alcohol
but i had no problems.
I am not sure if it's a good idea: but
i also used the vinegar on my face. I had some impurities and zits
which never got worse but didn't go away either. Again it stung a
little but i afterward i could really feel it had disinfected and
cleaned my skin. After washing it some moisturizer since my skin felt
like it could really use it.
My skin does seem to be getting better
but it is too soon too tell for sure.