Greetings! It’s been a while since my last DIY post, so I wanted to do a quick little discussion about the use of a commonly mentioned ingredient amongst natural hair enthusiasts…Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!
Okay, I’ve heard about this good-stuff for some time now! However, without doing any reserach, I just assumed this was a “bad” idea for my hair, so I never ventured to try it out. For some reason, I reasoned that anything with the name “vinegar” in it would be very harsh and drying to my already very dry tresses. It wasn’t until a friend recently suggested I try some as a facial toner, that I reconsidered its use for hair. On my skin, aside from the smell, it applied easily and left the skin feeling soft and fresh without being overly dry. So, now I needed to do some more research!
Here is what I found out about ACV:
ACV is made from squeezing the juice from crushed apples, then bacteria and yeast are added to begin the fermintation process where the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermination process, the alcohol is then turned into a vinegar by adding an acetic-acid forming bacteria. Organic ACV contains the “mother of vinegar” and often has congealed appearance. This is typically the best form to use as it retains all of its healthy benefits. Many non-organic or comercial ACV products have been pasteurized, filtered, refined or distilled in order to make the product look good, but loses much of the healthy benefits.
ACV is naturally acidic, which is close to the natural pH of your hair (4.5-5.5). Rinsing with apple cider vinegar helps to restore the natural pH of your hair since most shampoos and soaps are very alkaline (high in pH).
Click here for more about this in a previous DIY post: DIY Castile Soap Shampoo
Due to the acidic natural of ACV, rinsing will also help to overtime remove buildup from a lot of those store bought shampoos and products. It helps to seal the cuticle, thus helping the hair to have a shinier and smootheir appearance.
A quick and easy DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse receipe:
1 tbsp ACV
1 cup warm water
Several drops of your favorite essential oil
***Using a lavendar or lemon essential oil may help with the strong odor from the ACV. However, the ACV smell will go away as your hair dries.***
Apply your DIY ACV rinse after shampooing, then completely rinse out. I would recommend trying this rinse once or twice a month and increase as needed depending on the amount of product build-up you typically accumulate.
For more information about the overall health benefits of apple cider vinegar and specifically about Bragg’s brand of organic apple cider vinegar, click here: Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar