Is Vinegar Good for Your Hair?

By Jay P. Whickson

We've all heard the claims that apple cider vinegar makes hair shiny and healthy, but is it true? Understandably, the acidic and astringent nature of vinegar may make ACV seem like it could cause follicular trouble. However, there's good news; apple cider vinegar actually does help the hair in a variety of ways.

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Preventing Dry Skin

Containing anti-fungal and mild exfoliating properties, an apple cider vinegar rinse can help get rid of dry scalp and dandruff. Use one part ACV to three parts warm water. Allow the vinegar to penetrate the scalp and then wash your hair normally.

Balancing pH Levels

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar helps restore the balance of the scalp's pH. There's a protective acid mantle on healthy skin that alkaline soap strips away. If the acid mantle is normal then the skin on the scalp eliminates waste properly. Put a tablespoon of ACV in 2 cups of warm, distilled water and pour the mixture on your head. Wrap it with a towel and allow it to work for 15 minutes. Wash your hair as usual.

Removing Buildup

Use ACV to break up shampoo, conditioner and other hair product residue that sticks to the hair and makes it dull. Wet your hair thoroughly. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and rinse your hair thoroughly. Wash and condition normally.

Closing the Cuticle

When you remove hard water residue from the shaft of the hair with apple cider vinegar it makes your hair shine. Some people use the vinegar as the last rinse in a mixture that contains 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 quart of distilled water. Your hair may smell a bit like salad for about 30 minutes but the odor will eventually fade.

Eliminating Candida

Candida is a yeast infection that affects all parts of the body. Apple cider vinegar helps control it with anti-fungal properties. It doesn't leave the scalp exposed to bacteria because it also has antibacterial properties to maintain the balance. Mix 50 percent warm water with 50 percent ACV and pour it on the scalp. Shampoo after letting it set for a few minutes.

Considerations

Mix up other natural beauty products with vinegar for healthy hair. Use 1 ounce of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 egg for your next shampoo. Put the ingredients in the blender and then use as a shampoo. Rinse it with a complimentary mixture made from herbs and vinegar. Use 1/4 cup fresh lavender (or another herb you like) with a quart of boiling water poured over. When the mixture cools, strain out the lavender and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Use a cup as a final rinse. Store it in the refrigerator in a closed container.