Many of the commercial hair care products such as soaps, shampoos and bleach we purchase are strong alkaline. Take ammonia for example in hair dyes. Ammonia is a strong alkaline solution that is known to damage your hair. It’s the same ammonia contained in our cleaning detergent. It’s like putting cleaning detergent on our hair. I myself like to use this vinegar hair rinse since Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) promotes hair growth and healthy hair. Rinsing with ACV closes your hair cuticle scales and protects each hair shaft surface. It leaves your hair smoother, shinier as it reflects more light and easier to manage.
ACV (pH 2.9) is slightly acidic and this is close to the acidity of our hair (about pH 4.5 to 5.5). When you rinse your hair with ACV, it helps to balance the pH of your hair. It eliminates the build-up from the styling products we use. It also treats dandruff, hair loss, baldness and itchy scalp. ACV contains acids and enzymes that kill the bacteria called bottle bacillus. This bacteria clogs hair follicles and form dry crusts causing many scalp and hair conditions.
At first, I was hesitant to try this ACV rinse. Simply because of the vinegar smell. But I also read that the vinegar smell goes away as your hair dries.
So what I did was to fill a 250ml spray bottle with water (preferably filtered) and 1-2 Tablespoons of ACV. Similarly you can mix 1/3 cup of ACV and 1L of water for a bigger batch. I leave this spray bottle in the shower and shake before spraying it onto my hair to mix the solution. I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and rinse my hair with warm water. To close all my hair cuticles, I rinse it again with cool water.
Use this ACV rinse after shampooing and don’t forget to massage your roots. You can rinse the ACV off completely or leave it on your hair. Use this at least once a week. You can apply ACV directly to the scalp for an hour or two to treat dandruff.
Note: If you can’t handle the smell of vinegar, add essential oils such as lavender, lemon, rose, rosemary and sage. Add 5 drops of essential oil to 1 Cup of ACV. Then use 1 Tablespoon of this mixture to 250ml spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle with warm water. I haven’t tried adding essential oils yet since I don’t mind the smell of ACV.
Stay tuned as I will be writing another article about my experience using only an ACV hair rinse without the need to use shampoo and conditioner.