Apple Cider Vinegar has stood the test of time. Even amongst today’s abundance of supplements and pharmaceuticals, ACV still occupies it’s own throne in the kingdom of natural remedies.
One of the all the time favorite uses of ACV is hair washing. The modern commercial shampoos are loaded with chemicals which do more harm than good by washing away the natural oils in your hair which leaves it looking dull and dry. Even the opposite can occur by stimulating more oil production leaving a more greasy look.
Let’s look at 5 reasons why apple cider vinegar may benefit your hair more than you would believe.
1. It gives your hair a shine
The acidity of ACV is so strong that it causes the hair cuticle to contract, which helps to retain moisture in the hair.
This also means your hair will be smoother and thus act in the same way as a conditioner would. So you’ll have the 2-in-1 effect with ACV.
2. Gets rid of a dry, itchy scalp and dandruff
The anti-fungal and antibacterial nature of ACV makes this a powerful weapon against the cause of dandruff and other scalp irritations. Once again, the acidity of ACV alters the pH of your scalp making the environment more hostile to yeast and fungi.
3. Stimulates hair growth
Is this too good to be true? Well, you’ll have to try it for yourself first. ACV can improve blood circulation in the hair roots which is a vital to sustaining a healthy environment for hair growth.
4. Untangles the hair
With ACV smoothing the hair cuticles, it makes untangling knots that little bit easier. You’ll notice how the brush moves more easily when using ACV.
5. Removes buildup and residue
Today’s shampoos and conditioners leave behind chemical residue that cause hair to look dull and lifeless. ACV can remove and exfoliate the hair and scalp to remove residues and even build up of dead skin cells.
What’s The Best Way To Use ACV?
You might need to get a bit more creative to get the best results. ACV has been known to be quite harsh by stripping too much oil from the hair, so a balancing act with moisturizing oils (like coconut or almond oil) would be wise.
For example, you can use one cup of water for every three or four tablespoons of ACV, which is a reasonable amount to begin with. After you have washed your hair, preferably with a natural gentle shampoo, massage this mixture over your scalp. Leave it for two minutes and rinse out with water.
All of this can be achieved with a simple, age old cooking ingredient and for a fraction of the cost of modern products.