Hello again, lovelies!
Apple Cider Vinegar? For hair? Perhaps you’ve seen posts about it around on Pinterest, and you no ‘poo gals know exactly what this post is going to be about.
Apple cider vinegar!
I’m always on the hunt for new tips and tricks for better beauty care, and curiosity often gets the better of me when a seemingly ordinary bottle of vinegar in my cupboard suddenly becomes a super-powered, benefit packed, wicked-awesome bottle of pure gold for hair.
I’ve done a lot of reading around the web about using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a conditioning hair rinse, but this was one of the most helpful articles I came across. Before we get into how exactly ACV can be used, let me break down the benefits the article describes:
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair
Restores Balance to our Hair’s pH and Sebum Levels
- As you probably know, our scalps produce oils known as sebum. These oils coat the hair, conditioning it and protecting it. However, a lot of shampoos out there disrupt the natural pH of our hair, affecting our sebum levels and our scalps.
- ACV is very acidic, which helps restore the pH in our hair to normal levels. Rinsing our hair with ACV after washing it ensures our hair returns to healthy, balanced levels.
Helps Treat and Prevent Dandruff
- Say what? According to the article mentioned above, ACV is chock full of acetic acid which kills the fungus responsible for dandruff, and even hair loss.
Helps Rinse Away Product Buildup
- This benefit alone is worth giving an ACV rinse a try. If you’re anything like me, your poor hair gets weighed down and beat up by styling products, styling products, and more styling products. Eventually, this buildup takes a toll, and it can leave our hair lifeless and heavy.
- Good news here is that, according to the article, an ACV rinse is just what your hair needs to remove that icky buildup and restore those bouncy, lively locks.
ACV is a Natural Conditioner
- Yep, you read that right! Apple cider vinegar not only removes buildup and restores our healthy pH levels, but it also naturally conditions and smooths our hair!
- For those curly gals, ACV helps restore the bounce, volume, and definition to those beautiful kinks.
- As a natural conditioner, ACV also helps to detangle and sooth the frizz in our tresses (this one is especially important for me!).
- This is probably my favorite benefit of all. Shine! I love when my hair is silky and shiny. It looks so healthy, and it’s so soft to the touch. Apple cider vinegar helps smooth the cuticles in our hair (which get roughed up during the harsh shampooing process), and as such our hair is left shiny and soft.
- According to the article, ACV can help reduce the porosity of our hair, which means less damage overall. The more porous our hair is, the more prone to damage it becomes. Changing the porosity of our hair is impossible, however, rinsing our hair with ACV helps smooth the hair cuticle, ensuring new hair growth is not prone to as much damage.
- ACV helps strengthen our hair by stimulating blood circulation to our scalp and our hair follicles, leading to stronger hair and promoting hair growth. Hello, tresses!
- Because of the conditioning properties of ACV, our hair becomes smoother, more conditioned, and healthier overall, leading to less breakage and longer lengths!
So, how is it used?
Hop into the shower and do everything as you normally would.
- Condition (you can leave this part out if desired and do the ACV rinse alone)
- Shave or whatever
Before hopping out of the shower, coat your locks with Apple Cider Vinegar. You can use a spray bottle to spray the vinegar evenly throughout your hair. Or, if you want to be lazy like me, just douse that hair straight from the bottle.
Let that sit for about three minutes, and then rinse it away.
Go ahead and hop out!
I tried this on my hair, and I couldn’t believe how much better my hair instantly felt. Right after pouring the ACV on my hair, it felt softer than it did when I used my conditioner. Amazing!
After it dried, my hair was noticeably shinier. It felt softer to the touch, and healthier than it has felt in awhile. It had volume and bounce again, and it didn’t feel so heavy. I had a hella good hair day that day!
The one downside to ACV? It STINKS. I can’t stand the smell of it, and you will reek of vinegar until your hair dries. Good news though, I couldn’t smell it anymore after my hair was dried and styled. Phew! Nobody wondered where that strange vinegar smell was coming from, so I don’t think I’d just gone nose blind! Ha. Ha.
Overall, ACV was definitely worth a shot, and it will be making itself a home in my weekly hair care routine.
Have any of you tried an apple cider vinegar rinse? Share your experiences below!