How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on Natural Hair
Posted by Dalilah,
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar that is made from the cider of the apple. As well as being used as a salad dressing, weight management, and acne treatment it also has incredible benefits for use on our hair. The acids and enzymes in ACV kill a type of bacteria called bottle bacillus which is responsible for many conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and often baldness. The bacteria clogs hair follicles enabling dry crusts to form that itch and flake.
Whilst many of the hair care products we use such as soap-based shampoos, hair colourants and bleaches are strongly alkaline, ACV on the other hand has a PH level of 2.9 which makes it more acidic. This is beneficial because our hair makeup has a natural PH of between 4.5 and 5.5, so rinsing with ACV after using these hair products helps to restore your hair's natural balance.Rinsing your hair with ACV will also remove some of the build-up that can result after using products over a long period of time. Be sure to dilute your ACV with water. The trick is finding the perfect ratio of ACV to water, and I recommend you start with 1:4 of ACV:Water. ACV treatments are not for everyone, there is no 'one hair product fits all', but it is inexpensive and therefore worth trying. You should use the rinse after shampooing then rinse it all out. You can leave it in for extra conditioning. Rinsing with ACV also helps to seal your cuticle layersmaking your hair appear less damaged, more healthy and reflect light. Your hair might smell of vinegar afterwards but don’t worry about this as the smell should go completely once your hair dries. Have you tried an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse? How did it work for you? Please share your comments below.