Owing to its mighty benefits, apple cider vinegar has become one of the most important food items in everyone’s kitchen. It is not only a salad dressing ingredient, but a natural remedy for numerous health problems. However, apart from its medicinal uses, apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural hair-care product as well.

Here is how this powerful ingredient can change your hair and improve its look:

1. It balances the pH level

The scalp and hair naturally produce sebum (an oil-like substance) which creates acidic pH environment which protects your scalp against bacterial and fungal growth.

However, most hair-care products, such as shampoos and conditioners remove the sebum, thus affecting the hair cuticles and lowering the protective abilities of your scalp. The lack of sebum creates alkaline pH environment which promotes fungal and bacterial growth.

Fortunately, due to its naturally acidic properties, apple cider vinegar can temporarily replace the role of the natural oil – sebum. So, make sure you rinse your hair with ACV regularly to replenish the levels of acidity on your scalp.

2. Improves your curls

As reported by The Curl Manual, apple cider vinegar can improve the look of your curls. Owing to its cleansing properties, it encourages the springiness of your hair and cleanses your scalp.

3. It has antimicrobial and antifungal properties

Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial and antifungal properties which not only balance your hair pH level, but they also provide protection against various skin infections caused by bacteria and fungi. In other words, apple cider vinegar can effectively treat the diseases and infections that may affect your scalp.

4. Promotes hair growth

ACV is also known for its ability to regulate the blood pressure and encourage the blood circulation. This is extremely important for the hair growth since proper blood circulation to your scalp provides nutrients for the hair, thus promoting its growth. According to some studies, poor circulation is associated with baldness and hair loss.

A Japanese study has shown that the blood circulation in the scalps of men who suffered from male pattern baldness was about 2.6 times lower in comparison to men who were not diagnosed with this health problem. Additional research conducted by other hair-care companies such as L’Oreal, have confirmed the correlation between hair loss and poor blood circulation as well.

If you experience other symptoms along with hair loss such as constipation, chronic stress, slow metabolism and fatigue, you should consider the possibility of having a hormonal imbalance, since it can trigger baldness and hair loss too.

5. Apple cider vinegar reduces frizz and adds shine

Lifted cuticles make your hair look frizzy. Therefore, for smooth and frizz-free hair, use apple cider vinegar.

The position of the cuticles may also affect the shine of your hair. So, apply apple cider vinegar regularly to make it look healthy and glossy.

6. It prevents breakage and split ends

To prevent breakage and split ends use apple cider vinegar regularly. It removes hair tangles, closes the cuticles, strengthens the strands and improves the ability of your hair to absorb moisture.

Apple cider vinegar rinse recipe

Ingredients:

• A cup of water
• 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Combine these ingredients and pour the solution into a spray bottle. After washing your hair with shampoo, spray this solution all over your hair and make sure it reaches every single part of your scalp as well. Then, rinse it thoroughly.

Don’t worry about the smell of apple cider vinegar since once it dries, the smell will disappear.

Reference: Organic Authority