It’s out with the celery juice trend (thank gosh) and in with the once underrated apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short). From morning tonics to even bathing in it, we have seemed to come up with the most absurd techniques to get the most out of our ACV.
Now, in this week’s instalment, people are now rinsing their hair with the vinegar. *cue the concerned faces*
Why, why and why?
What we want to know is why in the world you’d want to wash your hair with ACV? Well, you’ll be glad/shocked to know that it’s a trend even science and experts agree with.
Its benefits come down to its acidic nature, which makes it a magical elixir for your mane. According to Aimee Egan, Owner of Aimee Egan Hair, it can do wonders from exfoliating dry flakes from your scalp, removing residue, to boosting shine.
“Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and B, which are great for helping to strengthen and grow your hair, plus add some shine,” she tells myBody+Soul. “The acidity of the vinegar is also said to balance out your hair’s pH levels, which can work wonders on hair that is brittle or frizzy.”
The benefits of ACV go above and beyond that it’s even been deemed as ‘nature’s dandruff shampoo.’
“Then there’s the fact that it contains alpha-hydroxy acid which works as an anti-inflammatory, which for some can help exfoliate the scalp and eliminate dandruff.”
But what really gets us is the thought of pouring a bottle of stinky (and exxy) ACV over your head. However, it isn’t so. More and more recently, brands have been releasing haircare products with ACV as a main ingredient to reap its benefits. There are also DIY concoctions you can mix up at home, however Egan warns that although its benefits sound promising, overusing it can cause danger.
“The thing to remember however is that whilst it can work wonders, it is still an acidic substance so be sure to test it a little first and not go overboard as it could trigger skin conditions if used too much.”
Here is exactly why and how you can safely jump on board this trend we’re kind of frothing now.
It can balance your scalp’s pH
Our hair and natural oil that comes from our scalp have a pH level of between 4.5 and 5.5. Unfortunately, many hair products have a high alkaline pH, which disrupts the hair’s cuticles and condition of the scalp. As a result, you’ll suffer from cuticle damage, frizz, and a dry, irritated scalp.
Because ACV is naturally high in acetic acid and has a pH close to that of the human hair, it helps to counteract the alkaline pH, helping to improve your scalp’s health and bring it back to its ideal acidity.
Removes product build-up
The key voluminous luscious locks comes down to using a combination of shampoos, conditioners, gels, serums, sprays, foams etc etc. However, overtime, small residue from these products remain on your scalp and hair, leaving strands looking dull and lifeless.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to remove this is with, you guessed it, ACV.
According to Juliene Featherman, hairstylist and owner of juju salon & organics in Philadelphia, PA, a simple ACV tonic she often recommends to her customers will do the trick, which she shared in an interview with Prevention.
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups warm water
1. Combine apple cider vinegar and water in an old shampoo bottle.
2. Shake to combine.
3. Shampoo hair as you normally would.
4. Towel dry your hair, then apply the apple cider vinegar tonic throughout your hair from roots to ends.
5. Let sit for a few minutes.
6. Rinse thoroughly and condition.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
ACV has been used for centuries to help reduce inflammation in the digestive system and joints, so it goes without saying that it can help with inflammatory scalp conditions, too – the most common ones being folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles caused by staph bacteria or fungi) and lichen planopilaris (caused by a faulty immune system).
Because of ACV’s abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it can help soothe the scalp and prevent any flakes, itchiness and irritation from occurring as a result of inflammation.
Can prevent hair loss
It is recommended you mix three to four tablespoons of ACV with one cup of water into a spray bottle, apply to the scalp, massage it in, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Massaging the scalp will help stimulate hair growth and increase circulation, while the ACV will help protect your scalp from bacteria and deliver essential nutrients to the hair follicle cells, thus strengthening the roots and promoting growth.
Boosts shine, reduces fizz and detangles
ACV’s natural acidity helps smooth down the hair shaft’s cuticle, ridding the strands of knots and tangles. What this leaves you with is shiny, smooth hair without the frizz and roughness.
Moreover, unlike heavy unconventional shampoo and conditioners, ACV won’t weigh your hair down.