Organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a beauty miracle that can be used in dozens of different ways. Rinsing your hair with it will result in a cleansing effect, making your hair shiny and luscious. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to decrease hair loss, treat dandruff and kill harmful bacteria in a natural way.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a source of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). This acid is the one that has a cleansing effect on the scalp. It does a wonderful job at removing styling product residue, sebum and dirt. The vinegar will also balance the scalp’s pH, making your hair a lot healthier.
Why Use ACV
The vinegar is a wonderful natural source of potassium – a microelement needed for hair growth. In addition, it restores the protective layer of individual hairs that could be damaged because of excessive heat styling or the effect of environmental factors. The pH restoring qualities play a role in reducing the loss of hair, as well.
If you have dandruff and your scalp is excessively sensitive, you should opt for apple cider vinegar over drugstore treatments. The vinegar has anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-yeast qualities that will immediately make the situation better. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair. It removes residue and gunk in hair which results from product buildup.
When it comes to hair loss, many people confirm the fact that a vinegar rinse reduces the number of hairs falling on a daily basis. In addition, the natural rinse makes the hairs stronger and reduces breakage. Thus, apart from experiencing decreased hair fall, you will also have hair that looks much better and thicker.
How to Do it
Using unfiltered ACV as a hair rinse is really a simple task. Just dilute 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. (I recommend Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar since it contains the “Mother”- the dregs you will notice at the bottom of the bottle. Only raw organic apple cider vinegar has the “Mother” which is made up of nutrients and makes it so beneficial).
Shampoo your hair as you usually do. Rinse your locks with the vinegar and massage it gently into the scalp before rinsing it out with water. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to distribute the cleansing liquid more evenly.
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This concentration can be adjusted to facilitate the specific needs of your hair. If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of warm filtered tap water.
2After shampoo, pour the ACV rinse over your hair and massage it into your scalp. For those ladies, who don’t use shampoo often, the rinse can be used instead of shampoo since it does clarify the hair.
3 Let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water. I normally leave it on for 15 minutes or more. However, if you have zero tolerance with the smell, you can just rinse it off it after a couple of minutes.
Use this rinse once a week or once a month (whatever is adequate for your hair) to maintain a shiny, healthy hair. To obtain maximum benefit from your rinse, I recommend preparing your solutions from water that has been filtered or softened. The ACV rinse should never leave your hair feeling hard or tangled. If this happens, your rinse probably needs to be diluted with more water.
How To Use ACV for Various Types of Hair
- Wave, Curly, Thick or Long Hair — 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 1 quart of warm water
- Straight, Fine, Thin or Short Hair — 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with 1 cup of warm water
- Chemically straighten or treated hair — 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 2 cups of warm water
- Naturally Kinky or Thick Hair — 1 cup of ACV with 3 cups of water
How Often Can I Use The ACV Hair Rinse Treatment?
- Wave, Curly, Thick or Long Hair — Use once every 2 weeks
- Straight, Fine, Thin or Short Hair — Use once a week
- Chemically straighten or treated hair — Use once a month
- Naturally Kinky or Thick Hair — Use once every 6 — 8 weeks
It is important to use vinegar carefully and in conjunction with a good conditioner, as it can be somewhat drying to the hair if used too frequently or in too high a concentration. You need to bear in mind that ACV is an acid – over 100 times more acidic than your hair – and it needs to be respected as such. Acids can and will start to degrade your hair shaft with overuse, so you must be cautious and pay strict attention to your hair’s reaction to frequent ACV rinse use.
Overall, it is a fantastic and affordable addition to any hair-care routine.
Other beauty uses and benefits
- Control your weight. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 8 oz. of water and drink up to help you control weight.
- Detox with it. Again, adding 2 tablespoons ACV to 8 oz. of water and drinking it can remove excess toxins and sludge. It’s best to drink it in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
- Use it for acne. Adding 1 part ACV with 1 part water in a small container and dip a cotton ball or cotton pad in it. Wipe it all over your face. Using it as a toner can set the pH level of the face in balance. It also helps to kill bacteria which causes acne.
- Soothe sunburns or muscle pains. Add a few cups of ACV to your bath water.
- Whiten your teeth. Applying ACV will help remove stains and residue.
- Clean with it. ACV is a strong disinfectant and can be used as a cleaning agent (ex: glass, mirrors, hard surfaces, etc…).
- Support your immune system. Adding 2 tablespoons of ACV to 8 oz. of water and drinking it can support a healthy immune system.
- Promotes Digestion and pH balance.
- Beat work out exhaustion. The potassium and enzymes in ACV relieve the tired feeling from the lactic acid build up in he body after a work out.
- Clear a stuffy nose. Adding 2 tablespoons of ACV to 8 oz. of water and drinking it can help drain the sinuses.
- Sore throat. Mix 1/4 cup of ACV with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so. The ACV will create an acidic environment where germs can’t survive.