Apple cider vinegar is a centuries old remedy for treating ailments, cosmetic use, and in cooking. Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar on his patients, wounded soldiers were treated with it during the U. S. Civil War and World War I, and it’s rumored Cleopatra used it as a toner for her skin.
Apple cider vinegar is also great for something else—hair!
This type of vinegar is great for helping our locks look healthy and gorgeous.
Overtime, hair products create residue in our hair. The vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps to remove chemical buildups.
Dandruff makes the scalp itchy and gives hair a dull appearance. Luckily, apple cider vinegar acts as a natural cure. Apple cider vinegar acts as an antibacterial and antifungal, warding off the fungus causing the dandruff.
Restores Hair’s pH
Apple cider vinegar is great for restoring the hair’s natural pH balance. On a pH scale, 0-6.9 is considered acidic, 7 is neutral, and 7.1-14 is alkaline. Hair naturally has a pH of about 5. This pH helps to prevent fungi and bacteria from growing on the scalp as well as keeping the hairs’ cuticles sealed. Hair cuticles are the outer layer of the hair’s shaft, and it’s important for them to remain sealed to prevent the hair from appearing dull.
Many hair products change the hair’s pH level, generally making the hair alkaline. When the hair is more alkaline, the cuticles open; types of hair matter. For instance, curly hair cuticles naturally open more; and therefore, it is necessary to use products that keep the hair at a pH of about 5. Apple cider vinegar helps to restore the hair’s natural pH level in all types of hair.
Gives Hair Shine
Apple cider vinegar promotes sealed cuticles, which results in shinier hair.
As an experiment, I tried apple cider vinegar rinse on my own hair. I mixed some water and apple cider vinegar together in a measuring cup. Personally, I thought the smell wasn’t as pungent as some other vinegars, and there’s a bit of a fruity scent to it. After I shampooed, I poured the apple cider vinegar rinse over my hair; and was surprised that my hair had more of a smooth and silky texture, which I found as a nice change from the usually coarse texture that comes from shampooing. I let it soak into my hair for a few minutes, before rinsing it out and applying conditioner.
The silky feeling is likely contributed to the tightening of the cuticles. Nice!
Are you ready to try the rinse for yourself?
The great thing about this rinse is that it’s easy to make and only requires two ingredients.
Since the vinegar is quite acidic, it is important to dilute it with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
Directions: Mix together in a container or spray bottle.
After shampooing your hair, spray or pour the rinse over hair, making sure to avoid the eyes. Leave it in for a few minutes, and then rinse out with cold water. The cold water will help to seal the rinse into your hair.
Since the rinse can be drying if used daily, stick to a few times a week or a couple of times a month.