Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse: Get Soft, Shiny and pH Balanced Hair - hair buddha
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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse: Get Soft, Shiny and pH Balanced Hair

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I live in London. The water is hard, and the skies are cloudy. Okay, the cloudy skies do not affect the hair, but the hard water does. If you too live in a hard water area, you know how the water leaves a residue on hair, causing it to look dull, tangly and limp.
Well, worry not, you can take help of apple cider vinegar rinse. It can very swiftly rescue the hair by removing the gunk and build up. Yup, you have to leave in on for a couple of minutes, and like a pro, apple cider vinegar clarifies hair and leaves them smooth, shiny and bouncy. Job done.
There’s more to apple cider vinegar awesomeness, take a look.

5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

When you leave apple juice to ferment for a few weeks, it turns into apple cider vinegar. The liquid is orange-brown in colour and smells sour and sweet. Apple cider vinegar doesn’t have much in terms of vitamins and minerals, but what it does contain is acetic acid, enzymes, probiotics or live microbial culture and a low pH. And all these can work miracles for hair. Here are the top 5 benefits…

1. It balances hair pH and gives it gorgeous shine

Close hair cuticles make hair shiny

Why is pH balance important?

Although our hair is very thin, it consists of a few layers. The outer most layer, the cuticle, looks like shingles on a roof. Its job is to seal and protect the hair. The normal pH of our hair is around 5, meaning it’s slightly acidic and cuticles like that.

When the pH is low, cuticles lie flat and tightly snug together. But when pH gets high or on alkaline side, they open up or lift up, leaving hair susceptible to breakage. It also results in tangles and rough, dull hair.

Things like hard water, stress, pollutants, diet and hair products can disrupt the normal pH of hair. With a low pH and probiotics, apple cider vinegar can restore our hair’s pH. This means the cuticles close and lie tight and flat, which makes the light reflect off it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!

2. It removes product build up

The beneficial acids in apple cider vinegar gets rid of residues from hair products, sweat or dead skin cells. Since the residue coats the hair and causes it to look dull and weighed down, removing residue will improve the look and feel of hair.

 Besides, vinegar also unclogs hair follicles and allows it to breathe so your hair can grow without any hindrance.

3. It works to detangle

As the apple vinegar helps hair cuticles lie flat, the hair becomes smooth and frizz-free, so it’s less prone to tangling and snapping. The comb will slide through your hair easily.

4. It adds body, bounce and definition to hair

Again it’s to do with cuticles. When cuticles are tightly closed, they lock moisture inside the hair, thus making it soft and voluminous. Also, unlike conventional conditioner, apple cider vinegar doesn’t weigh your hair down with silicones and oils. In fact, by clarifying hair, it adds shine, bounce and definition to all hair types.

5. It reduces dandruff and flaking

Apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can bring relief from dandruff and other scalp conditions. Moreover, by normalising the scalp pH, it further enhances the scalp defence and keeps it calm and flake-free.

That’s the apple cider hair benefits, now let’s get making the rinse…

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

apple cider vinegar hair rinse

You will need:

Optional add-in

Make it

  • Pour the apple cider vinegar and water into a mug/squeeze bottle. Mix well and your rinse is ready. 
  • You can also add lavender essential oil for fragrance and to soothe the scalp, use coconut water for nourishment and shine, and rosewater to moisturise hair and promote growth. Shake well before use.
  • **And if you fancy, you can swap the plain water with herbal tea. I love marshmallow root, chamomile, sage, horsetail and fenugreek to add shine and condition hair. Feel free to use your favourite herbal teas. You can read here and here on instructions to make herbal teas.

How to use the rinse

Wash your hair first. Then slowly pour the apple cider vinegar rinse onto your hair and scalp. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes to soak in, then rinse out with water.

How often to use: once or twice a week. Overdoing may have drying effect on hair.

Extra notes:

  • If your hair is on dry side, start with 1 tablespoon vinegar to 2 cups water. Since everyone’s hair is different, you will have to play with dilutions to find what works best for you. As a general rule, dry hair likes less vinegar and oily hair more.
  • The vinegar smell doesn’t stay long. Once the hair dries, it disappears. If you still feel it lingers, you can put a couple of drop of essential oil in the rinse.
  • I have read mixed review on whether you can use apple cider vinegar on coloured hair or not. I suggest you do a strand test to see how it works for you.

Buying Apple cider Vinegar

The important thing when buying apple cider vinegar is that it should be raw, unfiltered and with the ‘mother’ in it.I have tried few brands of vinegar – cheap and expensive – and I can’t say one is better than another. 

On the road to natural hair care, you may be tempted by false shine solutions more often than not, so choose the safer, natural path that is kind to your hair, scalp as well as environment. Happy creating!

Do you use apple cider vinegar rinse? Share your experience in the comment box below.

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Lynn B says

Tried this for the first time, and loved it. Immediately. My hair is naturally grey, and fine. Having shine and softness again is wonderful.

    Minaz says

    Yeh!! Great to hear Lynn.

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