When it comes to haircare, there are some ingredients that are like superheroes to our tresses. They may not get all the love and attention they deserve, but they come to the rescue when we’re feeling desperate. One of those tried-and-true ingredients I go back to over and over again is apple cider vinegar aka ACV.
We often hear of ACV being a go-to for busting belly bloat or making a healthy salad dressing, but apple cider vinegar is good to reach for when your mane is out of whack and needs a reset. “Apple cider vinegar is good for the hair because it’s rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamins C and B which are both great for strengthening the hair shaft. And even though it comes with a pungent, well, smell, the beauty benefits far outweigh the temporary nose discomfort.
Not to mention, you can snag a whole bottle of apple cider vinegar at your local grocery store, so there’s really no good reason not to give this a try.
So, why would I apply it to my hair?
- Apple cider vinegar can help balance and repair the scalp
- Apple cider vinegar can strengthen your hair
- Apple cider vinegar may help reduce frizz and boost shine
- Apple cider vinegar can help promote healthy hair growth
- What hair types is it best for?I’m sold. How do I use it?
1. Shampoo the scalp
Because, duh. The key to any hair treatment is to start with clean strands. Make your mixture
2. Make your mixture
Fitzsimons recommends mixing 3-4 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 13/4 cups of cool water into a spray bottle. Then shake it up.
3. Apply to the hair
Here’s the fun part. Spray this solution all over your hair—from root to tip and generously on the scalp, too.
4. Massage it in
Once the solution is applied and the hair is saturated, use your fingers to massage it in. If you have a particularly dry, itchy scalp, give your scalp a little extra love.
5. Wait and rinse
After 2-5 minutes, rinse the solution out and follow with shampoo and conditioner. And voila! You’re done.