Updated: May 18, 2021
If you are looking for an affordable, effective clarifying shampoo replacement to remove product buildup from your hair, you might be able to find what you're looking for in your kitchen cabinet: apple cider vinegar (ACV).
Firstly, it is important to mention that pure ACV is a strong, acidic ingredient. It is not recommended for those with dry scalps. You should always dilute ACV with water before application, starting with a half tablespoon of ACV for every 8 ounces of water, increasing over time if needed. Wash out after 3-5 minutes. The frequency of application will depend on your hair type: dry hair typically needs less ACV while oily hair requires more. Continue reading to discover the benefits of an apple cider vinegar rinse.
1. Clarifies and adds volume
ACV clarifies and exfoliates your scalp by removing dead skin and product buildup that block the pores on your scalp, increasing the volume and curl definition of your strands.
2. Smoother, shinier hair
The enzymes from the fermented apples balance your hair and scalp pH, flattening and closing the hair cuticle, resulting in your hair being smoother, shinier, less frizzy, and more moisturized.
3. Stimulates hair growth
ACV encourages hair growth by increasing blood circulation to hair follicles. It also contains nutrients (vitamins B, C, and potassium), which assist in hair growth.
4. Relieves itchy-scalp and dandruff
Because ACV is anti-inflammatory and exfoliating, it clears out and helps prevent fungal and bacteria growth. This helps minimize dandruff and reduce itchiness.
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