Why I Rinse My Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar

Until I started my healthy hair journey and reading blogs and articles on healthy hair care, I had just heard of Apple cider vinegar. It was something that you may sometimes use in your food. I had no idea that it was also something you could use on your hair.

Yes, your hair.

When I first started learning about Apple cider vinegar I was dealing with a dry and, itchy scalp. When looking for some itchy scalp treatments, Apple cider vinegar came up a lot.

In some of the articles that I read people were washing their hair with it. But the most common way it was applied was through a hair rinse. Now I admit it sounded a little crazy to me. Rinse your hair with Apple cider vinegar? But it smells so bad.

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So what is Apple cider vinegar? Also referred to as ACV, Apple cider vinegar is made from the fermentation of apple cider.

What makes Apple cider vinegar so good for our hair are the multiple vitamins (vitamins B, C, and potassium) it has. As well as its anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s how it can be beneficial for our hair.

1. Relief from dandruff and itchy scalp

For those who suffer from scalp issues like dandruff and itchiness, Apple cider vinegar could help. The acetic acid helps to stop the growth of bacteria and fungus that can contribute to scalp issues.

It can also help with inflamed scalps because of the anti-inflammatory properties it contains.

2. Removal of product build-up

Apple cider vinegar is a great cleanser for our hair. It can also exfoliate our scalp because of the alpha-hydroxy acid it contains. So I make sure to use it when I’m having issues with product build-up

3. pH balancing

Apple cider vinegar is acidic which is why you typically see people recommending you dilute it with water before using it. The good thing about the acidity is it can help restore the pH balance of our hair and scalp. Many of the hair products we use have the opposite effect and can raise the pH level of our hair.

This is really beneficial for those of us who use chemicals on our hair such as relaxers because they can get our pH balance out of whack. And for those who color their hair, it can help extend the life of the color because the cuticle is closed.

4. Improves manageability

When the pH level in our hair is more balanced it shows in our hair because the hair cuticle is closed. Closed hair cuticles make our hair smoother reducing frizz, increasing shine, and making it easier to detangle.

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How I do my Apple cider vinegar rinses

Because Apple cider vinegar is strong and can irritate your scalp it's best to dilute it before applying it.

Typically when you see people talking about diluting their ACV they mix one part ACV with two parts water. This is one way to dilute it. I like to mix it with other ingredients. So typically my Apple cider vinegar rinses are one part green tea, one part water, and one part ACV.

No matter how I dilute it, I apply it directly to my scalp using an application bottle after I shampoo or co-wash but before I deep condition. I massage it into my scalp and then apply my deep conditioner over top without rinsing out the Apple Cider Vinegar.

After applying it I massage it into my scalp and then go right into shampooing or co-washing without rinsing it out.

Things to keep in mind

Use pure Apple cider vinegar

If you're interested in including Apple cider vinegar in your regimen don't forget to look at the ingredient list to make sure it's pure Apple cider vinegar. If it’s pure, the only ingredient listed should be Apple cider vinegar. It’s also good to make sure what you're using is natural or organic.

The brand I use is the Walmart store brand, but I've seen other hair bloggers rave about Bragg's Apple cider vinegar. I opted to use the Walmart brand instead of the Bragg Apple cider vinegar purely because of the cheaper cost.

Don’t use too much

Apple cider vinegar can be drying. So it’s best to use it sparingly like once a week or even less if your hair tends to be on the dry side. I recently went through a period of dry hair so I stopped using ACV on my hair for a few weeks.


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