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Dandruff remedies

Dawn Gibson
Monday, April 21, 2014

ALL too often, the effectiveness of natural remedies is overlooked and outshined by fancy hair solutions which flood newspapers, television advertisements and radio announcements.

And to be fair, your hair is something which, similar to your overall hygiene, needs constant attention and as Ms Miller so eloquently says, "I'd much prefer to smell more like a natural lemon than some hair product".

Ms Miller told this newspaper that some of the most effective natural remedies for dandruff removal and cleaner scalps were lemons, virgin coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.

"Vinegar, particularly apple cider vinegar is very good for both your hair and scalp, on humans and on dogs," she said — so if you have dogs, then that's even better.

"You can have apple cider vinegar also in your diet, for salad dressings is probably the best because it's also not as harsh as a regular malt or white vinegar.

"Vinegar has got all sorts of goodness in it as it has a lot of different enzymes and potassium, so as far as the application, you can just put some in some water and then rinse it through your hair."

She said failing that, you could mix the vinegar with water and dip a regular paintbrush in it and then brush it through your hair, massaging your scalp with it.

"Or in a spray bottle and just spray it on then rinse it off after leaving it in for a little while — maybe five or 10 minutes and don't forget to rub it into your scalp.

"With the lemon juice, because lemon is quite harsh in that it's acidic, mixing it with coconut oil is good because coconut oil is anti-fungal."

She explained that because dandruff was dry dead skin on your scalp and tended to mix with sweat and a build-up of unnatural hair products, the anti-fungal nature of the virgin coconut oil was particularly effective.

"The virgin coconut oil is anti-fungal and then you're mixing it with the lemon, which has not only acid, but it also has alkaline and that's a really good remedy."

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