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Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair: Benefits And How To Use

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Care ?

Apple cider vinegar is made by the natural fermentation of apples. Organic and unfiltered varieties contain a substance known as ‘mother’, which is rich in proteins, enzymes and good bacteria that give the vinegar its potency.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for weight loss and lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and diabetes. Now it is also being recognised for its therapeutic benefits in natural and organic skin care and hair care.
Let us learn more about the goodness of apple cider vinegar when it comes to hair and scalp health, and how to use it on your hair effectively.


CAN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR REALLY IMPROVE YOUR HAIR?

  • Research indicates that apple cider vinegar consists of acetic acid, flavonoids such as gallic acid, catechins, benzoic acid, caffeic acid and ferulic acid, all of which provide antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress on our scalp and hair.
  • Another research detected powerful anti-microbial properties in apple cider vinegar. Its antibacterial and antifungal benefits are known to eliminate unfriendly microbes from our skin and scalp.
  • Research also shows that acetic acid found in vinegar has been successfully used to reduce pruritus or chronic itchiness, head lice and scalp eczema.

HOW IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR USED TO IMPROVE HAIR AND MAKE IT STRONG?

  • It reduces dandruff.
    Apple cider vinegar is rich in antimicrobial compounds that keep the scalp microbiome balanced and prevent flakiness. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties are also known to eliminate existing dandruff.

    Apple cider vinegar dissolves excess oil and dirt on the scalp which prevents dandruff from occurring due to oily scalp conditions. And it also averts the scalp from getting dry and dehydrated, thereby preventing dandruff from occurring due to dry scalp conditions.
  • It facilitates hair growth.
    Apple cider vinegar is warming in nature. It stimulates the scalp and boosts your blood circulation, thereby enhancing hair growth and density.
  • It balances scalp pH.
    The pH value of our scalp varies from 4 to 5.5. Highly alkaline cleansers can disrupt this balance and cause hair damage. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH of our scalp and strengthen hair follicles.

SOME MORE BENEFITS OF USING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR HAIR

  • It conditions hair.
    Apple cider vinegar makes for a hydrating hair rinse that conditions, softens and smoothes your hair to make it shinier and frizz-free.

    It is also known to smoothen out knotted hair and ease the process of detangling after hair washing.
  • It kills head lice.
    The acidic nature and antiviral property of apple cider vinegar prevent the occurrence of lice and also minimises any existing infestation.
  • It soothes itchiness.
    Apple cider vinegar provides anti-inflammatory support which soothes itchiness and promotes wound healing on the scalp. It also prevents hair loss caused by scalp trauma or itching.
  • It exfoliates the scalp.
    The acids in apple cider vinegar exfoliate the scalp to loosen up dead skin cells, thereby clearing residual oils, excess sebum and product buildup. It prevents scalp congestion and minimises the chances of getting scalp acne.
  • It prevents infections.
    Historical data states that vinegar has been used to fight infections since 460-337 BC when Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recommended a vinegar preparation for soothing lesions and wounds.

    Today, hair rinses made with apple cider vinegar are claimed to cleanse the scalp and prevent bacterial and fungal infections.

HOW TO USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR HAIR CARE?

  • Apple cider vinegar for reducing dandruff.
    A natural shampoo containing organic apple cider vinegar can be used to reduce dandruff caused by dryness or congestion.
  • Apple cider vinegar for reducing hair fall.
    A paste made with 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay or rhassoul clay, half teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar, and water can be used as a scalp mask before shampoo to minimise hair fall.

    Please note that pure apple cider vinegar is acidic in pH. So add enough water to this paste in order to dilute its acidity. Patch test the prepared paste on a small portion of your inner arm or hairline before applying it directly to your scalp or hair. In case of irritation, immediately rinse your skin with soap and water and discontinue using the remedy.
  • Apple cider vinegar for hair conditioning.
    In a mug, dilute 1 part organic apple cider vinegar with 5 parts of water, and use this concoction as the last rinse after shampoo for soft and glossy hair.

JUICY CHEMISTRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND ARGAN ORGANIC SHAMPOO

  • Our Apple Cider Vinegar and Argan Organic Shampoo is a blend of saponified Argan, Coconut, Castor, Pomegranate Seed, and Olive Oils which leave your hair nourished. It contains Apple Cider Vinegar to stimulate the scalp, prevent dandruff and strengthen your hair, Vitamin E to prevent oxidative stress, and Essential Oils of Clary Sage, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood and Lavender to soothe itchiness and inflammation on the scalp.
  • This formula is best suited for dry and rough hair. To use it, take a sufficient amount of shampoo in your palm and create a lather. Leave it on wet hair and scalp for 2-3 minutes after massaging, and then rinse it off thoroughly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Who can use apple cider vinegar?
    Anyone who does not have sensitivity to apple cider vinegar can use it on scalp and hair. Always dilute it well before internal or external use.
  2. How long does apple cider vinegar take to show results?
    Our hair and scalp experience months of stress before they start showing signs for concern. Hence, time taken by natural ingredients to show results depends on how old or severe the concern is.
    When it comes to using natural ingredients for hair growth or dandruff removal, consistency and patience are key.

REFERENCES –

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5788933/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29379012/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34350993/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/

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