So, what’s apples got to do with hair? Everything. It has everything to do with hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from apples and is usually in amber colour. The best ACV is the Raw (or unfiltered) one that contains ‘’The mother’’ which means the ACV is unpasteurized(organic) and contains all the beneficial nutrients that are usually lost by pasteurizing it.
Doing an ACV rinse does a whole world of good for your hair. So, what are the benefits of an ACV rinse?
1. Removes product build-up
If you’re like me, you probably use tons of styling creams, oils, gels and conditioners to cleanse and style your hair and maintain the style throughout the week. Using these products can cause product to build up on your hair and scalp. Doing an ACV rinse will clarify your hair and scalp, meaning all this product build-up will be removed; leaving your hair and scalp ready to absorb your next batch of products.
2. Gets rid of dandruff
The day I used ACV for the first time ever, is the day that my dandruff disappeared. ACV has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which provide relief if you have dryness, fungal or bacterial scalp conditions that cause dandruff.
3. Increases shine and eases styling
ACV contains natural alpha-hydroxy acid, which will exfoliate the scalp and hair, thereby removing dead cells. This improves the appearance of the hair, adding a gorgeous shine and bounce. It also lays the cuticles flat, which makes the hair less prone to tangling.
4. Balances Hair pH
Natural pH of hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. Many hair products we use such as shampoos and conditioners tend to increase hair pH levels which creates imbalance and problems such as open cuticles and suitable environment for bacteria and fungi. ACV has pH of around 3 and when mixed with water can move up to pH 4. Therefore, an ACV rise helps to balance the pH of the hair,
Who can do an ACV rinse?
Everyone. Whether you have relaxed, texturized, relaxed or natural hair you can definitely do an ACV rinse.
How can I do an ACV rinse?
Put one tablespoon into a glass of water (about 500ml) and stir. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle or plastic squeeze bottle.
After washing and detangling your hair, tilt your head back and spray/squeeze the mixture onto your hair. Massage the scalp and run your fingers through your hair to aid in removing dandruff and product build up. Ps…You don’t want to get it in your eyes. Yikes!
Put a plastic cap on your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes
Rinse thoroughly with cold water and continue to deep condition and style your hair as usual.
How often should I do and ACV rinse?
If you use a lot of product on your hair, do a rinse at least once a week as you’re cleansing your hair. If you have dry, brittle hair or if you rarely use much product, once or twice a month is ideal. If you’re trying to get rid of dandruff, twice a week is ideal.