10 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse is a great treatment for hair, which is mainly due to the multitude of benefits apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has for your mane.
When I first heard about ACV hair rinses, I thought they sounded pretty weird. But hey … people have used all kinds of salad items in their hair before – from mayo to Greek yogurt – and lived to tell the tale. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I’m so glad I did. Apple cider vinegar is a great way to treat itchy, dry scalp, and it leaves my hair soft, smooth, and shiny.
Need convincing? Here are 10 proven effects apple cider vinegar has on hair:
1. It’s a natural conditioner.
Apple cider vinegar can function as a hair conditioner, in the same way as baking soda works as a natural shampoo! Clean and shiny hair, all from ingredients in your kitchen! Who knew?
2. It improves porosity.
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Apple cider vinegar’s acidity can improve porosity by sealing the hair cuticle. As a result, hair will maintain more moisture.
3. It combats tangles.
Apple cider vinegar flattens the hair surface, allowing a comb or brush to glide easily through the hair.
4. It treats hair loss.
Truly a hair cure-all, ACV has even been known to stimulate hair growth in some hair loss cases.
5. It can cleanse, too.
When added to the baking soda mentioned in the first tip, apple cider vinegar creates a super-powered hair cleanser.
6. It’s a clarifying treatment …
Apple cider vinegar is perfect for removing product build-up, without stripping hair of its natural oils.
7. … and a pH balancer!
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale, and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). This rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it’s supposed to be after shampooing.
8. It reduces frizz.
According to Huffington Post, when used as a follow-up to baking soda, this do-it-yourself treatment makes strands shinier, reduces frizz, and seals cuticles.
9. It treats dry, itchy scalps.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties that will calm and heal an itchy, dry scalp.
10. It prevents split ends.
ACV has the ability to smooth the hair’s cuticle, which helps prevent split ends and breakage.
Want to get in on the apple cider vinegar action? Here’s how to make your own apple cider vinegar rinse:
You can add apple cider vinegar to your hair regimen by mixing 1 part ACV into 1 part warm, filtered tap water. Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing, then rinse it all out, or for extra conditioning, you can leave the rinse on your hair for a minute or two. This natural hair care product can be used once a week or as needed.