Thought I would do a post on apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses. This is something I have done a few times though I haven’t done it lately. I’m not sure why I stopped doing it really. ACV is a natural product that has many uses but I will just address its use for hair.
ACV can easily be bought in supermarkets and health shops. It is acidic which helps to balance the ph of the hair and also remove build up from styling products and shampoos. Due to its high acidity, it is best used diluted in water. Rinsing with diluted ACV will lower the ph of the hair which closes the hair cuticle, making the hair smoother and leaving the hair shinier with fewer tangles.
Diluted ACV can also be used to help with an itchy scalp caused by a build-up of products. It also works well with dandruff since it is a natural antifungal, it can address fungus-caused irritations that may exist on the scalp.
Diluted ACV can be used in several ways for hair – as a pre wash treatment prior to shampooing (spray the mixture onto hair and scalp and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour then shampoo) , washing (using it in place of shampoo) or as a rinse after washing.
I have used ACV as a rinse. I do this by diluting about 100ml of ACV in a sink / basin of water. I then dunk my head into the water and massage my scalp. I’ve done this as a final rinse after rinsing off deep conditioner. You can also dilute the ACV in a bucket or just a bit in a spray bottle. The hair does get a vinegar smell but this disappears as the hair dries.
It is also possible to add various things to the water before adding the ACV eg herbs, essential oils, natural oils, honey etc. This just adds extra benefits to the rinse.
Have any of you used ACV for your hair?