Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the most undervalued and neglected hair product now sitting in your house. I’m, like, mad for not knowing this sooner. As somebody who has been washing her hair with all possible, known to men products and spent a small fortune on it. After trying it, I`m up for dumping salad dressing on your head.
I’m not kidding when I say apple cider vinegar for hair is literally magic. Don’t believe me? I`m hurt. Actually, I`m not. I didn`t believe it at first either. Just keep reading, and you will turn your hair into bling ( as in the shine, got it? ). It will only cost you a few bucks.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair
In the DIY world, apple cider vinegar is one of the few natural ingredients that have virtually no negative effects, assuming you don’t do dumb stuff with it. I have seen a few but that is a subject for a different story. Soooo, *drum rolls*.
Apple cider vinegar treats dandruff
“Apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it pretty effective in killing and preventing dandruff-causing yeast on the scalp,” says Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist at Yale School of Medicine. Is it as effective, though, as ketoconazole or pyrithione zinc—the two holy-grail, study-backed ingredients used in dandruff shampoos like Head & Shoulders and Nizoral? Well, of course not. But definitely is more gentle.
Apple cider vinegar helps scalp irritation and itchiness
“Apple cider vinegar also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, so it also calms while it prevents yeast overgrowth,” says Dr. Gohara, “which means your scalp won’t be left with as much irritation or itchiness in the long run.”
I know, it`s just apple cider vinegar. It might seem weird but it works. Honestly, I don`t care how and why.
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Apple cider vinegar makes hair shiny and smooth
“The pH of your scalp is naturally a little acidic, but it’s also easily disrupted by all the hair products we load on every day,” says Dr. Gohara, “and that messed-up pH can lead to rough, open hair cuticles that tangle, look dull, and break. Apple cider vinegar, with its acidic base, can help balance the pH of your scalp’s acid mantle and close those cuticles.” And flatter cuticles mean smoother, softer and shinier hair.
How to use apple cider vinegar for hair
Ok, so you`ve got yourself a few bottles of it. Please don`t go and just dump them on your hair, The key is diluting it with water. One part apple cider vinegar and five parts water. Every recipe is different and there are no real rules behind this.
After shampooing, tilt your head back and slowly pour it over your scalp. Let it sit for a minute and then rinse. Yes, your bathroom will smell like a giant salad but the smell will fade.
Using it once a week will do the trick.