|Apple Cider Vinegar|
Hey guys, I am back with another way for you to keep that hair on your head and even grow it….a lot. I have known about Apple cider vinegar for almost 5 years but I have not been faithfully using it. The first time I used it, my hair felt a bit dry because I didn’t use it the right way.
But first, what is Apple cider Vinegar (ACV)? Is it the same as the standard white vinegar? No, it is not. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made from cider or ‘apple must’ and has a pale to medium amber color. Some ACV contains the mother of the vinegar which is a cobweb-like appearance and looks congealed. This ACV is said to be the ‘unpasteurised/organic’ form.
ACV is made by crushing apples and squeezing the liquid out. Bacteria and yeast are added to the start the alcoholic fermentation process in which the sugars are turned into alcohol. The alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria.
There are various brands available such as Heinz, Braggs (which contains the mother and is quite expensive) and American Garden.
BENEFITS OF ACV TO THE HAIR
It is an excellent natural hair treatment.
It is cleansing and helps to remove build-up without stripping the hair of its natural oils.
It gives the hair more body and luster/shine
It can help to reduce hair loss and strengthens hair follicles.
It has antibacterial properties so is helpful in reducing itchy scalp and tackling dandruff by destroying bacteria and fungi.
It can help to balance the hair and scalp’s pH
It is an excellent natural hair detangler
It smoothens the hair cuticle and helps to provide a smooth and frizz free hair.
It may help reduce split ends and hair breakage
HOW TO USE ACV
It is recommended that the raw, unorganic, unfiltered kind is used but people have also reported favourable results using the store bought/filtered type.
You would need:
1/2 - 1 cup of water (250 ml)
2 – 3 Tablespoons of ACV (30mls – 45 mls) (You can reduce this depending on your hair texture so you might have to experiment with the ratio a couple of times)
You place the water and ACV in a spray bottle or applicator bottle and shake for a few seconds
After shampooing your hair, apply the ACV mixture on your scalp and hair strands. Make sure that your hair is thoroughly soaked with it. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp.
Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag for 5 – 20 minutes then rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water to close the cuticles of your hair. There is no need for a conditioner however some people also carry out this rinse after prepooing with a conditioner, washing it off with a shampoo then using the ACV rinse. You basically have to do what works for you and your hair.
P.S: You can also include herbs into your ACV rinse by infusing the herbs in the water used for the dilution.
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It is recommended to do this once a week to obtain the best results, However, some reports show that it produces some results when used bi weekly. I hope you do try this rinse and let me know how your hair feels. It is excellent for both relaxed and natural hair.
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