The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair and How to Use It

Aug. 27, 2020
You may have heard of this buzzy condiment recently that promises to help with several different things. And, chances are, it’s probably already in your kitchen cabinet! Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has many promising benefits including a hair treatment that can improve scalp health, strengthen hair, and improve shine. We are sharing how ACV can transform your hair and why you should be using it now!
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a trendy condiment made from fermenting apples. After the fermentation process is complete, you’re left with an acidic liquid that is enriched with live cultures, vitamins, minerals, and acids great for the health of your hair. If you’re all about saving money and easy DIY treatments, this potent little bottle of vinegar will be like a magical wand for your dry, frizzy, dull-looking locks. 
The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Hair
Not only a great salad dressing ingredient, ACV can help solve many hair issues. From itchy scalps, breakage, and removing product build up, apple cider vinegar has many great benefits for your hair and scalp. We’re looking at a couple of the important ones: 
It’s Balancing
Your hair has a natural pH range (level of acidity or alkalinity) that must be maintained to remain smooth, shiny, and healthy. Normal, healthy hair has a pH range of 5 or 6, while your scalp is in the 4 to 5 range. Product buildup, environmental damages, heat styling, and even your diet can all mess with your tresses and disrupt its pH range making your hair look frizzy, dull, and lifeless. This is the result of being too alkaline. To bring your hair back into balance, adding ACV to your locks can help because it’s packed with a good amount of natural acidity. 
Treats Dandruff
Because ACV has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it’s a great natural option to treat dandruff. Apple cider vinegar can balance the dryness that causes itchiness and dandruff and it can effectively kill and prevent the yeast that accumulates on your scalp that causes dandruff. Even though it’s vinegar, ACV also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritation, too.
Can Clear Out Product Build-Up
Is product buildup weighing your hair down? Or is your regular shampoo just not cutting it? Try an ACV rinse! Apple cider vinegar is super effective at getting build-up out of your hair. Because it is so acidic, (it is filled with AHA, which is a gentle exfoliator) ACV can cut through grease, grime, and build-up and your hair won’t be left feeling like straw. 
It’s Clarifying
Clarifying shampoos can be expensive and while we recognize that sometimes they’re needed, ACV may be the cheaper alternative you’ve been looking for. It’s more acidic than regular clarifying shampoos, which means it can gently and naturally exfoliate the dead skin cells on your scalp and remove the buildup. It can also help with grease near the roots without stripping away your hair’s natural oils. 
Makes Hair Shiny and Smooth
Like we said before, when the pH of your hair is thrown off balance because of grease, product build-up, or heat, your hair can look tangled, dull, and frizzy. ACV, with its acidic base, works to restore balance to your scalp and hair strands. This makes your hair cuticle close, resulting in flatter, smoother, softer hair that is shiny and healthy. 
How to Rinse Your Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar
Before you go dumping a whole bottle of ACV on your head, (we advise against that, as the vinegar could end up burning your scalp and stripping your hair) it’s best to dilute it with water. We recommended one part apple cider vinegar with five parts water. This can be about 1 tablespoon of ACV with 5 tablespoons of water. After shampooing, massage the mixture onto your hair and scalp. Pro tip: the smell can be strong so keep your eyes and mouth shut and try adding a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Leave the mixture on your hair anywhere from a minute to 30 minutes then rinse out and follow with your favorite conditioner. 
While your hair may smell a bit like salad dressing, by the time your hair completely dries the smell will fade. As a good rule of thumb, we recommend using this treatment once a week. Even though the vinegar is diluted, it’s still a harsh ingredient and should be used sparingly. Have you tried an apple cider vinegar rinse? What were your results? 
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