Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a popular health food and often used as a natural way to lose weight. It’s made from apples using a fermentation process enriching it with live cultures, minerals and acids. As a health benefit, apple cider vinegar improves digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces belly fat and lowers cholesterol. For those dealing with hair issues such as itchy scalp, dull, frizzy or oily hair and having excess hair breakage, apple cider vinegar might be a great natural remedy to explore.
Why use apple cider vinegar for your hair?
Acidity and pH
Apple cider vinegar contains good amounts of acetic acid. Hair that looks dull, brittle or frizzy tends to be more alkaline or higher on the pH scale. The idea is that an acid substance, like apple cider vinegar, helps lower pH and brings hair health back into balance.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular home disinfectant. I grew up having my mom use vinegar to clean the floor and other hard surfaces. It may help control the bacteria or fungi that can lead to scalp and hair problems, such as minor infections or itchiness.
Vitamins and minerals
Apple cider vinegar is praised for being rich in vitamins and minerals good for hair, like vitamin C and B.
Apple cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acid which helps exfoliate scalp skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, which can help with dry scalp and help to remove excess sebum. Men and women often confuse excess sebum with dandruff.
Which apple cider vinegar do I use for my haircare?
When looking to add apple cider vinegar to my haircare routine, I wanted a product that would have positive benefits on both my hair and my scalp. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair! The scalp ages faster than any other skin on our bodies even our faces. Many people do not think to add additional products to their haircare routines to benefit their scalp health, but it is definitely necessary when wanting to have healthy hair. I use two apple cider vinegar products in my haircare routine. Monat Global offers two products containing apple cider vinegar and neither smells like vinegar! The Scalp Purifying Scrub offers a gentle and effective way to give your scalp a deep scrub. The Scalp Purifying Scrub doubles as a shampoo. It will help to dissolve dead skin cells, remove stubborn product buildup and rid your hair of environmental pollutants. Monat Global also offers a Purifying Vinegar Shampoo. This is a gentle shampoo with apple cider vinegar and natural fruit acids (AHAs). It will give you a deep clean while purifying and soothing sensitive, dry and oily scalps. It will helps extend time between shampooing. I have very hard well water at my house and these two products bring my hair back to life. I hope you give them a try!