Apple Cider Vinegar May Seem Like a Health Trend, But It’s Benefits on Your Hair Are Very Real
I’m sure you’ve heard the hype about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and all its health benefits, but have you ever considered it for your hair? People are drinking this stuff as a health tonic, using it as an all-natural toner, AND dousing their hair in it. It may seem like a hair myth you’d rather forgot, but there’s actually some truth to this trend and we’re about to tell you why…
Apple cider vinegar, or more popularly known as ACV, is vinegar made from apples, sugar, and yeast. ACV has undergone fermentation, which makes it a probiotic and great for your gut/overall health. Now that’s all fine and dandy if you’re actually drinking the stuff, but what about putting it on your hair?
The ACV rinse has been around for a while and for good reason! 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar diluted with 1 cup of water is all you need in achieving healthier hair. Pour this mixture into a glass container and use after shampooing as you would a conditioner once or twice a week. Here are 5 reasons why an apple cider vinegar rinse will work for your hair:
It Stimulates Growth & Prevents Hair Loss
We’re obsessed with anything that promotes growth, so of course ACV has made its way into our hair care routines. ACV stimulates blood circulation to the hair follicles, which encourages hair growth. Pair it with a scalp massage for added benefits. ACV also clarifies any product build-up that might be clogging the hair follicles, which leads us to our next point…
It Cleanses & Clarifies the Scalp
If you find yourself using a lot of hair products, there’s a chance you may have some serious product build-up on your scalp. All this residue can prevent hair growth, leave your scalp feeling irritated and your hair looking dull. One of the easiest ways to get rid of this build-up is by using an ACV rinse. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which gently exfoliates your scalp and hair of any dead skin cells and/or residue from commercial products.
It’s Nature’s Conditioner
Conditioner can easily be swapped out for ACV, because it has the same effect on your hair, except with way less chemicals. The acidic properties of ACV help seal the hair cuticle, which allows moisture to be locked in and for the hair to appear smooth. A quick ACV rinse works wonders when it comes to preventing frizz and enhancing shine. Since it’s only recommended to use an ACV rinse once or twice a week, alternate with an all-natural conditioner like The Innate Life Herbal Conditioner.
It Rebalances Your Scalp’s pH
Maintaining your scalp’s optimal pH is so important when it comes to growing hair and keeping it healthy. Many conventional shampoos and conditioners are highly alkaline, which can lead to dryness and breakage. ACV has a high acidity, which matches the acidity of our scalp, and aids in bringing the scalp back into balance. A well-balanced scalp means healthy hair and increased growth.
It Helps Soothe Scalp Issues
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial effects. It naturally fights dandruff and soothes itchy scalp. Its natural exfoliating properties also get rid of any product residue or dead skin cells that might be causing irritation.
If you’ve been on the fence about using apple cider vinegar, now is your time to try it! It’s truly a superfood in not only what it can do for the body, but for your hair and skin as well. Try incorporating this natural remedy into your shower routine once or twice a week and the results will speak for themselves.
Have you tried using an ACV rinse? How did it work for your hair? We want to know! Comment below and tell us about your ACV experience.