Can Apple Cider Vinegar Stop Hair Loss?
Reverse Hair Loss with Apple Cider Vinegar
I’ve been taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for years to help me lose weight and to improve my skin. But I only learned recently that it can also help with hair loss. I've lost more hair in two years than I’d like to admit. When I heard from a friend that apple cider vinegar can improve hair quality and stop hair loss, I had to try it for myself. And this is what I discovered.
I’ve been using an ACV hair rinse about twice a week for almost a year now. I’ve stopped losing so much hair and the hair that remains is healthier, shinier, and stronger. If you’re interested in reversing or stopping your own hair loss, or even just in repairing damaged hair, then this article will show you how apple cider vinegar can help.
I will first discuss how it can benefit your hair and then will give you some tips on how to use it based on my personal experience.
How ACV Helps Your Hair
Apple cider vinegar nourishes hair and creates a healthy scalp in a number of different ways:
- Nutrients. ACV provides a number of much-needed nutrients, such as potassium, which is essential for hair growth. It also helps smooth your hair, reducing the incidence of split ends.
- Protective Layer. It also repairs damaged hair by restoring the hair’s protective layer. Excess shampooing, UV rays, and air pollutants all weaken this protective layer.
- pH balance. Shampooing typically increases the pH factor. Human hair is acidic, with a pH factor of 4 to 6. Apple cider vinegar has a pH factor of about 4. Using ACV helps restore your hair’s natural pH balance, which also helps maintain your hair’s protective layer.
- A healthy scalp. ACV eliminates any nasty chemicals and dead cells from your scalp. This allows the skin to breathe naturally and opens the pores in the skin. A healthy scalp prevents dandruff build-up. ACV also has anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities that can eliminate any itchiness.
- Cleaning your hair: Mixing ACV rinse with 1 teaspoon of baking soda helps remove nasty chemicals from your hair. If you are adding baking soda to the ACV rinse, then you don't even need to use commercial shampoo.
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Making the apple cider vinegar hair rinse is easy.
Simply take one part warm water and mix it with one part organic apple cider vinegar. That's it.
Don't use cold or hot water. Hot water can damage your hair, while cold water may not be able to get rid of the chemicals, and you'll end up with dandruff on your scalp.
Did You Know?
The malic acid in ACV treats fungal and bacterial infections.
How to Use the ACV Rinse
- Wash your hair with normal shampoo as usual. While your hair is wet, apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair.
- If you have time, leave the ACV in your hair for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. This will maximize the benefits of apple cider vinegar by making sure all the nutrients and enzymes get absorbed. Then rinse your hair as usual.
- Some people use ACV hair rinse without diluting it, which makes the treatment even stronger and more effective. However, first-time users should dilute ACV with water just to make sure there’s no adverse reaction.
- If you add a bit of baking soda to the ACV rinse, you don't even need to use a shampoo.
- Try to avoid getting any of the ACV in your eyes, as it can sting pretty badly.
What Kind Should I Buy?
Many commercial ACV products are not good for hair loss treatment.
While buying apple cider vinegar, make sure it is organic. Organic ACV is made from organic apples and does not contain harmful chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides.
Also, look for a raw and unpasteurized brand of ACV. Only unpasteurized cider vinegar contains the "mother" of ACV, which is the essential enzyme providing all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
You can choose between powder ACV and liquid ACV. I have used liquid ACV and found it very effective as a hair product.
Start Seeing Results with the ACV Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is not a quick fix for hair loss. You will need to give it some time.
The other benefits start to show a bit more immediately. Your hair will look and feel a lot better after just a few rinses. I don’t even need to use conditioner anymore! Your results may depend on your natural disposition, the quality of water, and the environment.
Finally, ACV is good for the environment since it is a natural product, and you won't be pouring chemicals down your drain and into the environment as you would with commercial hair products.
Did You Know?
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium, an essential mineral for healthy hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
Apple cider vinegar has a number of other health benefits in addition to helping give you silky, smooth, and shiny hair.
It can also be used for skincare, giving you smooth, young-looking skin while also eliminating acne and other skin blemishes.
But the most popular use of apple cider vinegar is for weight loss. It improves your metabolism, helping you burn fat more quickly, and makes you feel fuller so you end up eating less.
Because of all its health benefits, I have made apple cider vinegar a part of my diet. When mixed with honey, it tastes amazing.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Right for You?
To summarize, hair loss treatments can be tricky, and you may have already tried a number of different options. However, before giving up and trying something extreme and expensive like hair re-plant/transplant, you should give apple cider vinegar a try.
It is a natural and safe hair loss treatment.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.