apple cider vinegar for your hair

February 17, 2011

This week, this intrepid reporter tried an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Let’s cut to the chase, if you’re a bit of a princess when it comes to having those pretty, perfumey yet toxic smells on your head, then this isn’t for you. This –dear friends- is vinegar. Don’t get it twisted.

Do I have a slight hair obsession? Yes. Why, yes I do. I cut my hair short when I was 17 or 18 and was convinced it would never grow back again. I felt like my hair was very short right up until just a year or two ago. Although I’m sure I have been exagerrating the “slow growth rate” that my hair seems to have, all I can say is that I’m really happy that it’s long, so I try to take good care of it, lest it leave me again.

Because I’m always trying out new stuff for my skincare line, I sometimes lose sight of what’s doing what anymore, so I decided to do a hair tabula rasa. Enter apple cider vinegar!

What: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Omega Nutrition.

How to: I used a small spray bottle with about 10 drops total of Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils, also recommended is diluting the vinegar with warm water and pouring over head (I foresee less sprayage in the eye this way… also, cats seem to hate airborne vinegar). The first time I left it in for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out in the shower with water, no “proper” washing. The second time I left it in for oh, about 4 hours. This may be a little too long!

The Verdict: This is an extremely effective way to soothe a dry, itchy scalp! I’m uber impressed, and this is even easier than my favourite banana-honey hair mask. My hair has bounce, is fluffy but not frizzy, somehow thicker (my barrett  keeps popping open, if that’s any proof) and is soft as a cottony baby bunny tail. Slight vinegar smell after my shower, but only the bf with his nose pressed on my scalp could tell. No biggie, not many people sniff my head like that. This is now officially part of my hair regime!

What the what? How does it work? The short of it is that apple cider vinegar is acidic, as is hair (slightly), however most products we tend to use are very alkaline. ACV essentially levels out the pH in hair. It also soothes the scalp through it’s high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids, which rids any flakiness (true!).  Let me tell you…this makes a big difference.

I’m going to try this as an occiasional toner…and so should you!

Buy organic ACV to retain the full nutritional value.

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