Apple cider vinegar has become a pantry staple for many, known for its beneficial effect on digestion, cholesterol, blood sugar and overall weight- but did you know apple cider vinegar is also something of a miracle ingredient for the hair?!
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses, but the effect it has on the hair has become one of our favourite side effects! Read on to find out why you should consider adding a bit of apple cider vinegar into your daily inner and outer beauty routines.
What are the health benefits of apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is most commonly taken orally by either adding a teaspoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water or, more recently, in the form of apple cider vinegar gummies or capsules. As apple cider vinegar is rich in both enzymes and protein, a daily dose can help to control weight, support a healthy immune system, soothe a dry throat, promote digestion and pH balance and help to remove toxins from the body.
What are the hair care benefits of apple cider vinegar?
Beyond being consumed orally, apple cider vinegar can also be applied topically to the skin and to the hair. Due to its natural antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can work to kill bacteria, fungus and the yeast on the scalp that can cause dandruff without stripping the hair and scalp of its all-important natural oils. It's also anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help to sooth and calm an irritated scalp, as well as working as a natural exfoliant to cut through any grime and build up that might leave you with heavy, dull and oily tresses. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar can also lower hair pH, fight breakage and restore health to brittle and dry strands. The result? Bouncy, shiny, clean hair!
How to use apple cider vinegar for your hair?
Because apple cider vinegar is so acidic, you should never apply it straight to your hair (which is also why it should always be diluted in water before being consumed orally). To safely mix apple cider vinegar into a hair rinse, work with roughly one part apple cider vinegar and five parts water- this will ensure the apple cider vinegar isn't too acidic for your hair and scalp to handle. After shampooing, pour the apple cider vinegar and water rinse through your hair, beginning at the scalp and combing it through as you pour to ensure you're coating each strand from root to tip. Allow the mixture to sit for around 30 seconds, then rinse thoroughly with warm water (essential to remove the scent!) and follow with your regular conditioner.
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