Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of the natural treatments that many swear by and for good reason or in this case, 10 good reasons.
Some of the long lists of benefits are flattening the hair shaft to minimize tangles, smoothing the hair cuticle for natural shine, balancing hair and scalp pH, removing product buildup, and treating dandruff. The list goes on…
1. Hair Conditioner
Apple cider vinegar can function as a hair conditioner, in the sense, that it lowers the hair’s pH, closes the hair cuticle and smooths the hair shaft. Please don’t misunderstand. ACV can be very beneficial to your hair and can replace your traditional hair products but should be diluted and used with caution. It’s an acid and can harden hair. I recommend reading Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Natural Hair.
2. Lower Hair’s Porosity
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. ACV’s acidity can improve porosity by sealing the hair cuticle. I discussed this in more detail in this post: Treating High Porosity Natural Hair. As a result, hair will maintain more moisture.
3. Combat Tangles
NaturallyCurly.com shares how ACV flattens the hair surface allowing the comb to glide easily through the hair which means fewer tangles and smoother hair.
4. Treat Hair Loss
ACV has been known to stimulate hair growth in some hair loss cases. It’s important to remember that hair loss should be diagnosed by a dermatologist before using any home remedies. Source: Natural Remedies for Alopecia Areata
5. Clarifying Treatment
ACV can be used in place of your monthly clarifying shampoo as a clarifying treatment. Read 5 Ways You Know Its Time for A Clarifying Treatment.
6. Remove Product Build-up
Apple Cider Vinegar is perfect for removing product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils.
7. pH Balancer
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV Rinse is great for bring the pH back to where it’s supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. More on Braggs.com.
8. Reduce Frizz
Apple Cider Vinegar can be a do-it-yourself treatment makes strands shinier, reduces frizz and seals cuticles.
9. Treating Itchy, Dry Scalp
Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp. Read 3 Ways to Treat Dry Scalp, Naturally
10. Prevent Split Ends
Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to smooth the hair’s cuticle helping to prevent split ends during regular hair maintenance.
For more about using Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Natural Hair and How to Make an ACV Hair Rinse read here.
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