Apple Cider Vinegar & Your Hair

An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse is a great addition to any hair care regimen. It is packed with nutrients, can help with tangles and frizzy hair, bring back body shine, cleans the scalp, reduces dandruff, and disengages hair follicles that may help with excess shedding or hair loss. These rinses are especially helpful for those who are new to shampoo.
The most popular vinegar in the natural health community is the ACV. Its consumption has seen an escalating trend. It promises lustrous and vibrant hair.
ACV can function as a hair conditioner, in the same way as bicarbonate of soda works as a natural shampoo! You can get clean and glossy hair, all from the ingredients in your kitchen!
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. ACV acidity will improve consistency by protecting the hair cuticle. As a result, hair will maintain more moisture.
ACV flattens the hair surface, allowing a comb or brush to glide easily through the hair. It is a perfect for removing product build-up, without stripping hair of its natural oils.

How to Use ACV

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale, and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, that is near to that of an apple cider rinse (pH 2.9). This rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it’s supposed to be after shampooing. ACV has medicinal and anti-fungal properties that may calm and heal an itchy, dry scalp. ACV has the ability to smooth the hair’s cuticle, which helps to prevent split ends and breakage.

  1.  Ingredients
    2-4 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
    16 oz cool water
    1-2 drops lavender oil (optional)
    Directions
    After shampooing and rinsing your hair, mix the apple cider vinegar, water, and essential oil (optional) into an plastic bottle. Leaning your head back, pour the rinse over your entire scalp, allowing mixture to run through your hair. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes. Let mixture sit in hair for 1-2 minutes. Rinse throughly.   This natural hair care product can be used once a week or as needed.
  2. Mix two tablespoon apple cider vinegar with one cup of water, and use the mixture to douse your hair after washing. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with a light conditioner. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will remove residue from product build-up and help you get shiny, lustrous locks.
  3. Mix together a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Massage into your scalp before shampooing. You can also mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar into your regular shampoo and use to wash hair, massaging and concentrating on your scalp. Apple cider vinegar has natural anti-fungal properties to combat and mitigate dandruff.
  4. Things to keep in mind: Start with 2tbsp of ACV and work your way up to 4tbsp if you don’t see desired results.  Dry hair typically does better with ACV vs oily hair and once your hair dries it will no longer smell like ACV.  

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