When it comes to beauty, nothing is off-limits anymore. Not even the mouthwash that’s probably sitting on your bathroom counter right now. If you think its only use is for your oral health, Canada-based beauty vlogger, Farah Dhukai, wants you to think again. Apparently, this breath freshener is also the low-key answer to getting rid of dandruff — you know, the icky dead skin that can build up in your scalp and look really gross if you don’t take care of it.
This isn’t the first unusual beauty trick Dhukai has had up her sleeve. First, she had girls all over Instagram rubbing garlic on their faces to get rid of pimples and now she’s telling people to spray mouthwash in their hair. But does this at-home solution actually work?
She posted a mini tutorial on her Instagram that shows how she achieves her flake-less scalp.
According to her, it literally calls for three items along with three simple steps.
All you’ll need is:
- Any mouthwash of your choice
- Spray bottle
1. Fill a spray bottle with half Listerine and half water, then give it a good shake.
2. After you wash and condition your hair, while it’s still damp, spray the concoction directly onto your scalp.
3. Let the mixture sit on your scalp for a few minutes, then wash it out with water. In her caption, Dhukai says, “Your scalp will feel tingly, cool and refreshed and it will be dandruff free.”
Boom: You’ll have a dandruff-free, flawless mane.
According to Mic, this hair hack isn’t exactly new. Listerine was actually sold as a dandruff product in the 1950s. Others have tried this trick before, Dhukai being the latest to reveal its magic.
The social media star also writes that Listerine has menthol, thymol, eucalyptol and methyl salicylate, which makes it an anti-fungal, anti-septic, and and anti-inflammitory product that’s perfect for getting rid of dandruff.
Philip Kingsley’s trichologist, Carole Michaelides, confirmed this at-home remedy. She told Huffington Post U.K., “Mouthwash such as Listerine can indeed help treat dandruff. “
“It doesn’t specifically target the malassezia yeast pityrosporum ovale that is thought to be primarily associated with dandruff, but it could have a mildly antifungal effect and help reduce irritation,” Kingsley said.
There you have it, folks, a product in your bathroom cabinet that can double as a DIY hair treatment. Got dandruff? Go try out Dhukai’s hack that she says will be “#sofreshandsoclean #fresherthanyou.”