Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has become increasingly popular in the recent years for its health benefits. It’s not only a salad dressing or a weight loss supplement, you can incorporate it to your hair care and beauty regimen. If you are suffering from hair loss, there are a couple of ways ACV might be useful. It can improve blood circulation by stimulating the hair follicles. This blood will carry essential nutrients to the hair follicles resulting in strengthened roots and promotes hair growth.
Removing Product Buildup
Scalp massages and products we apply on our hair and scalp build up and together with dead skin, pollution and other factors can clog our hair follicles causing stagnant hair growth. ACV work as a cleanser and can remove this product build up without stripping the hair off its natural oils and maintaining the scalps pH levels. This opens up the pores and allows your scalp to breathe easily.
ACV contains malic acid which contributes to its antiseptic abilities. Bacteria and yeast can result in damaged hair follicles and continued hair loss. A more common problem is dandruff. Not only is dandruff uncomfortable, it causes permanent hair loss if not addressed immediately. Imagine scratching over & over! Gosh! Regular use of ACV treated my bacterial infection and the dandruff problem I was experiencing has improved. Another reason I love ACV is that it contains an antioxidant called citric acid that protects healthy cells, slowing down the ageing process.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix one part ACV and 2-3 parts water in an applicator bottle. I have a sensitive scalp so i dilute it. Play around with this to figure out what works for you. Spray on your scalp and massage. Then rinse it off and continue with your wash day process.
As a Hair Rinse
Wash your hair as normal and whilst your hair is still wet, spray the ACV mix onto your hair. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing so that your hair absorbs all the nutrients and enzymes.
Tip: You don’t want this mixture in your eyes, it stings. Oh and don’t worry about the smell it will disappear once your hair dries.
What Kind to Buy
It is important to purchase the organic ACV made from organic apples that don’t contain harmful chemicals. When getting your ACV be sure to look for the raw and unpasteurised brands that contain the “mother”. The vitamins and minerals are stored in this pulpy substance and so it would be pointless to buy the regular ACV as it might not deliver desired results.
Accessibility and cost
So what is it going to cost you? Not much actually. ACV can be found in grocery and convenient stores, pharmacies and even online and will cost on average $10 for a 16-oz bottle depending on the brand. A 16-oz bottle lasts me 2- 3months and i use it for my hair & face.
If you’ve used Apple Cider Vinegar I’d love to read about your experiences in the comments.