Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is so much more than just a salad dressing – this wonder tonic is packed with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which aid digestion, weight loss, cholesterol levels and so much more
It’s also a cost effective, natural and organic solution for all manner of skin and hair issues. No matter what hair type you have, apple cider vinegar has a place in your hair-care arsenal.
First off, let us agree that apple cider vinegar is quite on the higher price range. Well, at least for me. Initially, I used to use it for those days after indulging too much on fatty foods and I had an event that required me to suck in my tummy.
I would just run to this baby and it would solve my problems temporarily, until I did that again and it became a routine. I would also use it as a toner. For us that have oily skins and we experience a breakout even after passing by a bakery or being around someone who is eating chocolate, it sure did come in handy. It did sting yes, but of importance is slaying.
But today let us talk about hair. Right now in Nairobi most ladies are team natural. I do not know if Sauti Sol have something to do with it, but heads up to them. Almost every lady has transitioned, as done the big chop or is team natural. And if you are one of them, you know how much you would like your hair to flourish and to be the envy of many. I know because I have been there, and needless to say, I have fell on the bandwagon of quack D.I.Ys on YouTube and Instagram especially after seeing people six months after big chop.
I did rice water, I even got guava leaves from upcountry, I did onion water that left my hair smelling awful. But what I did not know was that apple cider vinegar works wonders for your hair. Here is why;
1. It gets rid of dandruff.
The day I used Apple Cider Vinegar for the first time, is the day that my dandruff disappeared.
ACV has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which provide relief if you have dryness, fungal or bacterial scalp conditions that cause dandruff. ACV also helps prevent fungal and bacteria growth and keeps the hair and scalp healthy. It is anti-inflammatory and can help with hair loss, since the underlying cause is often bacteria.
2. Balances Hair pH
Natural pH of hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. Many hair products we use such as shampoos and conditioners tend to increase hair pH levels which creates imbalance and problems such as open cuticles and suitable environment for bacteria and fungi.
Apple Cider Vinegar has a pH of around 3 and when mixed with water can move up to pH of 4. Therefore, an ACV rise helps to balance the pH of the hair.
3. Increases shine of your hair.
ACV contains natural alpha-hydroxyl acid, which will exfoliate the scalp and hair, thereby removing dead cells. This improves the appearance of the hair, adding a gorgeous shine and bounce. It also lays the cuticles flat, which makes the hair less prone to tangling.
4. Removes product buildup.
Using these crèmes, oil, gels) products can cause product to build up on your hair and scalp. Doing an ACV rinse will clarify your hair and scalp, meaning all this product build-up will be removed; leaving your hair and scalp ready to absorb your next batch of products.
5. ACV also contains nutrients (vitamins B, C, and potassium), which are beneficial for your hair.
6. Helps with volume and curl definition, since it doesn’t weigh down strands like silicone-based conditioners.
7. Stimulates hair growth
ACV stimulates hair growth by increasing blood circulation to hair follicles which is something that is vital for encouraging hair growth and preventing hair loss.
Furthermore, this blood carries essential nutrients to the hair follicle cells, strengthening the roots and promoting growth.
How To Do an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Mixing up and applying an apple cider vinegar hair rinse couldn’t be easier. Just follow these steps:
- Blend one cup of water with two to four tablespoons of vinegar to make your rinse.
- After you have shampooed and thoroughly rinsed your hair, slowly pour the mixture over your entire scalp, allowing it to run down the length of your hair (being careful not to get it in your eyes).
- Massage the mixture into your scalp, which will also serve to stimulate circulation and hair growth.
- After one to two minutes, rinse out the vinegar.
- If you have dry hair, start out with two tablespoons of vinegar per cup of water. If you have oily hair or dandruff, three or four spoons will probably be required. You can adjust this blend over time to see what works best for your hair.
Repeat this process anywhere from once a month to twice a week – although once weekly is recommended for most hair and scalp issues.
If you’re concerned that you’ll smell like a pickle after this rinse, don’t be! Once your hair dries, the vinegar smell will disappear.