Many people stock up on ACV because it can aid digestion, but as it turns out, it’s can be a great affordable swap for regular conditioner. Why does it work so well? ACV is acidic, and when your hair gets frizzy or dull, it’s usually because it’s too alkaline. Using ACV as a rinse can help balance the pH of your hair, which flattens the hair cuticle and smoothes frizz. It also helps prevent breakage and keep every strand moisturized. It also helps prevent bacteria growth, which is great for helping you beat dandruff and itchiness. Furthermore, the acidity can help strip your hair of any build up from your shampoo, without stripping it of moisture and natural oils that keep it looking shiny. Finally, ACV is also packed with important nutrients for healthy hair, like Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and potassium. In other words, the secret to solving several common hair woes is probably in your pantry.
So, how can you properly use ACV to get all the benefits? Start with about one tablespoon of ACV and mix it with three tablespoons of water in a spray bottle. Shake up the mixture, and then add one or two essential oils to mask the vinegar scent and give your hair an extra boost. Lemon is a great choice for its refreshing scent, but rosemary also works well to prevent hair from thinning.
You’ll want to use your ACV rinse after you have already shampooed your hair. If you do use conditioner on your ends, rinse it out completely, and then it’s time to spritz the ACV rinse from your roots to your ends. Work it completely into your hair, then wait a few minutes for it to sink in. Wash it out with cold water to really lock in the moisture and give your hair a little bit of extra shine. After using the rinse a few times, you should be able to figure out exactly how much ACV is right for your hair.
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