In our previous post, Nutrafol talked about the no poo method, and the alternative of using apple cider vinegar for your hair. Vinegar is very acidic and if your hair is weak, it’s better not to use it.
No matter your current condition, apple cider is a healthier alternative and comes with a lot of benefits, some of which we will explore below!
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for your hair
Balancing up the pH
There are many commercial hair-care products that have a negative effect on your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. The pH of the hair is an ideal of 4 to 5. And the acidity of the apple cider vinegar means that it can help maintain the pH balance of your hair. The apple cider also removes buildups at the same time. All this while not stripping the hair of its natural oils.
Treats dandruff, itchy and dry scalp
With its antibacterial activities and ability to balance pH levels on the skin, apple cider vinegar makes a great natural treatment for dry and itchy scalps.
The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties also help to get rid of dandruff. It will help you maintain the natural pH of your scalp, which will create a hostile environment for fungus, bacteria or yeast that cases dandruff.
Apple cider vinegar for your hair- helps detangled hair
Apple cider vinegar for hair, is an excellent natural way of detangling hair. Therefore the apple cider works as an alternative to conditioner. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar rinse helps to smooth down the hair cuticle and helps you to enjoy a smooth, frizz-free hair.
Apple cider vinegar rinse adds shine to your hair
Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar helps to seal the hair cuticle. As a result, light is reflected off the hair, making it smoother, softer and shinier.
Prevents split ends
Since apple cider vinegar helps detangle hair, using it regularly as a hair rinse, will help to close the cuticles. This will help to reduce split ends and hair breakage.
Apple cider vinegar has some benefits — but can still make hair brassy
Apple cider vinegar arguably has more going for it as a hair rinse than baking soda. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar is effective in fighting Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger.
Due to the slightly acidic pH of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2-3 parts water, some experts believe it can also extend the life of hair color. But it has to be applied immediately after hair dye is rinsed off. Most hair dyes are alkaline, which opens up the hair cuticle. When hair color is applied, it can then penetrate to the hair’s inner cortex, where it can react with the hair’s pigment molecules to produce a color change. Acidic solutions applied after, like apple cider vinegar, may reseal the cuticle. This flattening may not only help hair color last longer, but also flatten the cuticle. Leaving your hair easier to comb and a bit shinier.
However, if you try this no poo method, make sure to stop if you see that it is not doing your hair a favor. Still feel like you want to go no poo? Why not try natural supplements that will help nourish your hair from within?