Apple cider vinegar is a popular product worldwide, well known for its many uses in the kitchen and even the medicine cabinet. Most of you probably already know that this natural product helps fight high cholesterol, controls blood sugar, promotes detox, and fights skin problems and infections, among other things. But what you might not be aware of is the fact that apple cider vinegar can also be an essential part of your beauty routine, especially when it comes to hair care.
There are plenty of products on the market today that claim to help keep your hair soft and silky. But many of those products can be a little aggressive on your scalp and hair, eventually causing problems like hair loss and dandruff. That’s why more natural and gentle options like apple cider vinegar are better choices because they’re easier on your hair, while still providing all the benefits that the commercial products do.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for your hair
Helps balance the pH of your hair and scalp
As we said above, there are a lot of different hair care products that actually damage your hair and scalp, altering your natural pH balance and leaving your hair dry and brittle. Hair needs to maintain a pH between 4 and 5, so the acidity of apple cider vinegar can help achieve that balance. And by choosing apple cider vinegar you restore your natural pH without damaging the essential oils produced by your scalp.
Seals your hair cuticles
When you apply apple cider vinegar to your hair it helps seal the cuticle, which makes your hair look more smooth and shiny. This also helps preserve your hair’s natural moisture, preventing split ends from forming.
Fights dandruffThanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar helps fight the bacteria and fungi that cause dandruff, as well as itchy and dry scalp. Dandruff can appear due to a variety of causes, but it most commonly occurs when the fungus FM (previously known as Pityrosporum ovale) is present. This fungus causes small scabs to form that irritate the scalp, and can eventually result in an infection. Apple cider vinegar acts as a powerful disinfectant to fight this type of fungus.
A natural conditioner
Apple cider vinegar helps untangle hair, leaving it softer and more manageable. It’s a perfect substitute for commercially available hair conditioner, and while caring for your hair health it also makes it softer and leaves it glowing.
Stimulates hair growth
The same antiseptic and disinfectant properties that help fight the kinds of problems that lead to dandruff also stimulates better circulation in the scalp. This strengthens the roots of your hair and promotes healthy growth.
How should you use apple cider vinegar for your hair?First of all, it’s important that you know what kind of apple cider vinegar you should choose, because the kinds that are available in the grocery store aren’t always 100% pure. Try to pick a brand that’s organic, because it has more beneficial properties. Pure, organic apple cider vinegar retains the natural enzymes, bacteria, pectin, and trace minerals that are so good for your health – as well as that of your hair.
1 cup of water (250 ml)
2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (30 ml)
- Combine the water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply it to your hair after your shampoo, before your final rinse.
- Spray it onto the scalp and gently massage your head and hair to ensure that it’s well distributed.
- Let this mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing. You don’t need to use your regular conditioner.
If you have oily hair, you should use a larger proportion of apple cider vinegar than we recommended above. It helps rid your hair of excess oil, leaving your hair soft and fresh. To find out the right amount for your hair, start with the recipe above and gradually add more until you achieve the desired results.
Apple cider vinegar has a strong smell at first, but as your hair dries the smell will disappear. You should do this treatment twice a week.