Apple cider vinegar is a fermented apple juice. It is gotten from crushed apples mixed with yeast and sugars. This fermented juice is credited with tons of medical and aesthetic benefits. This blog post is on apple cider vinegar benefits for natural hair and how to use it.
Content of Apple cider vinegar
The main constituent of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. It also contains malic, citric and lactic acid and some bacteria. Sugars, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B and C are also present in small quantities.
It is pretty obvious from the content list that ACV is acidic in nature. This means it’s in your best interest to avoid undiluted ACV or even diluted ACV in large quantities on the skin or ingested. Like all acidic substances, it can cause burns.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for natural hair
Some benefits of Apple cider vinegar on the hair include;
- The acidic nature of ACV helps reduce the pH in alkaline hair and achieved a balanced pH. Hair that is more alkaline or has a higher pH tends to be brittle, dull and frizzy. This means ACV will restore shine to your hair and help reduce frizz.
- Apple cider vinegar has antifungal properties which help in the fight against dandruff. It also helps with the management of head lice reducing the symptoms of itchy scalp, redness and flaking associated with the buggy affliction.
- Apple cider vinegar helps reduce scalp build up from hair products. It breaks the products down into residues that are easier to rinse off. So if you want to stretch shampoo washes by a week or two, ACV can be of service.
Ways to use apple cider vinegar in your natural hair regimen
A regimen is an organized list of hair care processes you’ll carry out on your hair and their timeline. It involves the activities to carry out daily up to those you’ll carry out yearly. I have a post on setting up a hair regimen here.
Apple cider vinegar can be added to your regimen by using products that contain it. If you want a more hands on approach, then adding an ACV rinse to you hair regimen every other week will be a great way to go.
An ACV rinse is made by diluting the vinegar at a ratio of 2 table spoons to a cup of water. I like to also add a few drops of some essential oils for extra goodness and a nicer scent. Then you apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and leave in for a few minutes before rinsing it out. This can be added to your wash day ritual after using a shampoo or used in between washes as a scalp cleanser.
My experience with Apple cider vinegar
On a previous wash day I implemented something new, an ACV rinse. The main reason I did it is because of an itchy scalp area in the centre of my head. After a long hot day wearing my hair in a puff, I tend to sweat a lot on my scalp and trap heat in the middle of my head. This led to itching and meant I had to wash my hair more often than I would like. So on an effort to find something to reduce the itchiness and stretch my wash days, I decided to give ACV a try.
- Apple Cider vinegar
- Water (to dilute)
- Essential oil (optional)
After shampooing my hair I saturated my hair with my diluted Apple cider vinegar, massaged it into my scalp a bit, let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed it out with water.
Almost immediately my scalp felt relieved and I was half surprised but then that’s the expected result so I was really happy. The effect of hair shine wore out like a week after and my scalp didn’t itch for even longer.
Other tips to keep in mind
- A recommended volume of ACV to use is 2 table spoons but you can push to 3-4 table spoons if you feel your results need a little boost.
- The easiest way to apply the mixture is by putting it in a spray bottle. That way you can spritz it into your hair instead of trying to pour it on your head from a bowl.
- Purchase Apple Cider Vinegar ‘with the mother’ as that is the raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized version. This way you can be sure that all the good nutrients, bacteria and enzymes needed for your hair are present.
- The smell of ACV can be strong but on rinsing it out of your hair, it vanishes quite quickly.
If you try out Apple Cider vinegar on your hair, I would definitely love if you can share your results in the comment section. If you have any questions find me on social media. Also follow Adropofblack on Instagram if you can.
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