apple cider vinegar for hair
What is apple cider vinegar (ACV)?
A popular food condiment, ACV also has many benefits for the skin and hair. The result of fermented apples, ACV contains acetic acid and live cultures.
Apple cider vinegar for hair
ACV has been used as part of a home remedy to add into your hair care routine for many years. One of its benefits is that it can be great for your scalp health, strengthening your hair and adding a shine to it.
So, what are the actual benefits of using ACV on the hair?
ACV contains a good amount of acetic acid- what is said to be the main source of ACVs benefits. If you suffer from frizzy, brittle or dull hair, that suggests that your hair is likely to be higher on the pH scale, meaning that it’s more alkaline. By introducing ACV into your hair care routine, this will help lower the pH scale resulting in healthier hair.
Apple cider vinegar has always been known for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, as its often used as a household disinfectant. Using ACV on your scalp may help control bacteria or fungi build up that can lead to scalp or hair problems, such as itchiness or infections.
As ACV is rich in vitamins and minerals advantageous to your hair, it would make the perfect hair mask! Some research suggests that ACV contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which could be a great scalp exfoliant. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it may also help cases of dandruff.
How to apply ACV to the hair
We recommend creating an ACV wash. To do this, there’s a few simple steps you must follow:
– Mix 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 16oz water
– After applying shampoo and conditioning, pour the ACV wash over your hair and work into the scalp
– Let this sit in your hair for around 3 minutes and then rinse
Try this routine a few times a week to reap its benefits. You could increase the ACV measurement to 5 tbsp as long as you are’t sensitive to the ACV after your first wash.
We suggest doing a patch test before applying the mixture directly onto the scalp. To do this, simply soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab behind your ear. Leave this there for a full 24 hours unless it causes irritation beforehand, in which case you must wash it off with water immediately.
ACV is said to have been favoured by the Romans as an ancient remedy to add shine to the hair and treat dandruff!