Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. It can be used for many purposes including washing your hair with it. One of the benefits are:
- It balances the pH of your hair and scalp, without washing off the natural oils. Many of the shampoos and products have ingredients that can destroy the pH of your hair, leaving it brittle.
- It seals the hair cuticle. ACV smoothes flyaway ends and leaves your hair softer and smoother. Not only your hair gets greater shine, you will experience fewer split ends if you use ACV regularly.
- Treats dry, flaky scalp. ACV also helps with dandruff or a similar condition that leaves rough, itchy patches on your scalp. It destroys bacteria and fungus which may be responsible for your scalp troubles.
- It stimulates hair growth. ACV stimulates circulation, which makes your hair follicles and roots stronger. The solution rinses away dead skin cells and other debris that causes clogged pores which lead to thinning hair.
It is important to know that it will take some time to switch from your previous way of cleaning method to the one with ACV. The reason for this is that your scalp needs to adjust to the new method. Shampoos strip the natural oils off your hair.
When you stop using shampoo, your scalp continues to create excess oil for a few weeks and this makes many people to give up on using apple cider vinegar. But, if you stick with it, you will notice that the balance begins to restore.
The proper vinegar is crucial for making this work in a proper way. Apple cider vinegar is a clear, light brown with residue in the bottom of the bottle. Before you use it, shake the bottle so that you get some of the residue, which is called the “mother.” It has enzymes, bacteria and minerals that strengthen the hair.
Use one part vinegar to five parts water. Soak your hair and leave it like that for a few minutes before you rinse it thoroughly. After a few weeks, your hair will feel silky smooth and not oily. This is a healthy and economical way to maintain your hair and scalp.