Using all natural, organic hair care products is important. Organic shampoos, conditioners and body washes are all great alternatives to their conventional counter-parts that are often filled with parabens and artificial dyes. However, even though my conditioner was free from harmful toxins, it was very dense and heavy. It weighed down my hair and it got to the point that it always seemed like I had product in my hair, even fresh out of the shower. My hair needed to go back to square one when it was healthy and gunk-free, so I tried apple cider vinegar and loved how my hair transformed!
Why Use Apple Cider Vinegar In Your Hair?
Apple cider vinegar is the end result of fermentation of, you guessed it, apples! Apples are loaded with potassium, calcium, malic acid and pectin. When you add fermentation to apples, the end product fortifies you with even more beneficial acids and enzymes. Unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar leaves all of the nutrients in the vinegar, which is why you want to use unfiltered opposed to filtered apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has pH of around 3 which is quite acidic. When apple cider vinegar (ACV) is properly diluted with water, it helps to balance the pH of your hair, releasing a lot of the excess weight and gunk that has been holding a vice grip on to your locks!
Apple Cider Hair Benefits & Personal Testimonies
I am not going to tell you that apple cider vinegar has been extensively studied for its wondrous hair care benefits, because like most natural remedies, it hasn’t been studied adequately. There isn’t much money to be made in promoting something already in your pantry for great hair. Luckily, with something as easy and safe as apple cider vinegar, we can use personal testimonies as a great starting block to try out this tonic at home.
“I have been washing my hair with just the water and Apple Cider Vinegar for almost a month now and loving it.Also, I have always battled dry scalp dandruff and using the ACV I have not had any scalp issues. The day I washed with shampoo last week my scalp immediately started to itch like crazy.”
“I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar on my hair and noticed the first wash, my hair was soft and shinny, the second time I noticed that my hair took on some volume, I continue to use it even though it is not the easiest to take in the shower with the smell, but I will continue to use it since I prefer a more natural and green way to clean my hair.”
“I struggle with hair loss due to alopecia, which is caused by the DHT hormone. It leaves a waxy build-up on the scalp and in the hair follicles. Apple cider vinegar breaks up that build-up and strips it out of the follicles., something I didn’t know until after I started using it . I was very pleased to see new growth”
“I began using apple cider vinegar as a conditioner and baking soda as a shampoo in July 2012. For the past 2 months I’ve been using just apple cider vinegar to wash my hair with and I love it! I rinse my hair after washing, with water and don’t really notice a smell. My hair is soft, silky, conditioned and so easy to style”
My Personal Story
My story using apple cider vinegar hair tonic is pretty short and sweet. My hair felt like it was greasy and had product in it even right out of the shower. I recently cut my hair short so this made things worse. I knew something was off, so I added apple cider vinegar, water and some essential oils to a spray bottle and took it in the shower with me.
Some people experience that their hair needs to adjust to a few washes before they feel results, but I noticed the results immediately after the first wash. My hair was lighter, softer and did not feel weighed down at all. I feel like I finally got rid of all the gunk that was piling up and couldn’t be washed out with my normal shower routine! I have thick hair. I use shampoo before using the apple cider vinegar hair tonic, but that step is optional. I know many people who have completely given up conventional shampoo and conditioner and they have never had better looking, healthier hair!
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic
Serving Size: Makes a 12 oz. container for multiple washes
- 2/3 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 5 1/2 oz water
- 10-15 drops of Myrrh essential oil ( best if you have dry hair), lavender oil (works for all hair types), or tea tree oil (best if you have oily hair).
- *Adding essential oils is optional but really adds a great boost to revitalize a healthy scalp and hair! Check out more about essential oils and where to get them here.
Add the apple cider vinegar, water, and essential oils into an empty mason jar or glass spray bottle. If you are using a spray bottle, you need to spray a lot on your hair. I recommend using a mason jar and pouring 2 handfuls into your palms while showering and then working it through entire scalp and hair. Let mixture sit in hair for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes because it might sting.
The Right Amount For Your Hair: The specific amount of apple cider vinegar needed will vary depending on what type of hair you have. Whether its naturally dry, oily, thick or fine. I recommend starting with 2 tbsp, and working your way up to two full handfuls if you aren’t seeing results with the lower amount. Generally, dry hair will typically do better with less apple cider vinegar, while those with oily hair or scalp issues such as dandruff will do better with more apple cider vinegar.
- Use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
- Bring in a stainless steel measuring cup if you do not want to pour the tonic into your hands
- Try to use glass containers, as the plastic can interact with the essential oils.
- After you use the apple cider vinegar tonic, you do not have to use a conventional conditioner as the vinegar mixture will naturally condition your hair!
- If you do decide to use shampoo before the apple cider vinegar rinse, I recommend only using a PH balanced brand like ResQ Organics pH Balanced Shampoo .
- I recommend applying this rinse (or any rinse) no more than twice a week. Over-washing your hair causes more damage and buildup than if you washed it much less.
- It will smell like vinegar in the shower, but rest assured you will NOT smell like salad dressing once it is completely rinsed out!
Have you ever used apple cider vinegar in your personal care routine? Let me hear all about it in the comments!
Love & Light,