You may want to start stashing apple cider vinegar in the medicine cabinet as well as the kitchen cupboard.
This staple ingredient can do more than dress salads and make pickles—it’s also a fabulous all-in-one beauty product for all of you natural beauties on a budget.
When used in your beauty regimen, apple cider vinegar can help you get pretty from head to toe. And, it’s darn cheap. Often, harsh soaps and shampoos strip hair and skin of its natural oils, leaving you feeling dry all over. The acidity of apple cider vinegar counteracts that process and actually balances your skin and hair’s natural pH levels.
Additionally, if you or anyone in your family is suffering from a persistent case of dandruff, it’s the perfect alternative to any chemical treatment that might be hazardous for the environment or cause unintended side effects.
How? Apple cider vinegar can help you control dandruff outbreaks or its cause (itchy scalp) by being a natural destroyer of bacteria or fungi that may threaten your scalp’s health.
Why is apple cider the perfect companion to your hair and your scalp?
- Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!
It also has wonderful preventative properties because it improves the blood circulation in your small blood capillaries that are located right underneath your skin.
- More importantly, it can be a particularly effective as antiseptic shampoo because of its antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-yeast properties. This makes it the perfect tool to prevent any possible scalp infections.
Finally, by applying apple cider vinegar to treat hair follicles clogged by bacteria (which cause the appearance of crusty scalp flakes) you can help mitigate natural hair loss.
Now that we’ve seen how wonderful apple cider vinegar is, what’s the best way to take full advantage of it without stinking like it?
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Care Formula
Most people will recommend mixing one part apple cider vinegar with one part warm water. However, since not all hair is identical, I have a couple of alterations to make according to your hair type.
If you already have thick and long hair, stay with the one to one ratio.
If you have fine short hair, try altering the ratio to one part apple cider vinegar to four parts warm water. This ratio is also really effective if you regularly straighten your hair with chemicals.
If you have really thick, curly, and wavy hair, it is recommended changing it to one part apple cider vinegar to three parts warm water.
And at the end, most importantly, it is recommended adding a hint of your favorite scent to your concoction. This helps significantly reduce the smell of apple cider vinegar.
Simply apply this when you’re finished shampooing, a spray bottle works best. Rinse with water. When drying make sure you don’t wrap your hair in a towel, it needs to breathe so the vinegar smell doesn’t linger
It is recommended doing this treatment once a month for a healthy scalp and hair.