Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Apple Cider Vinegar: Not Just for Salads

I had come across the concept of using an apple cider vinegar (ACV) solution as conditioner, so I decided to give it a try with the bottle of Heinz already in my kitchen.

Since my current method of hair cleansing is shampooing only the roots then conditioning only the ends, the roots of my hair needed a little more consideration. But applying any conditioner up there would lead to greasy hair in no time. 

ACV conditions without residue, plus it is beneficial to the scalp, treating issues like dandruff and oiliness. Something to do with balancing pH. 

Current procedure: 

1) Shampoo roots, rinse; 

2) Condition ends, rinse; 

3) Pour an ACV solution all over, rinse. 

The results? 

Despite my deep conditioning treatments, including a weekly coconut oil hair mask, when I rinse the ends of my hair (where most of the damage happens) with ACV, the ends are distinctly softer than with conditioning alone. (I have tried using the ACV without conditioning but the results weren't as nice as when using both.) 

Additionally, my hair, usually thick and heavy, feels lighter. According to one theory, the ACV removes residue that can weigh down hair. Because it supposedly "seals" the hair, I believe I am getting less split ends. 

There are differing opinions as to water to ACV ratios; some say 1 tablespoon in a cup of water, others 1 part to 1 part. I just eyeball it, pouring it into a squeeze bottle. Obviously, avoid getting it into eyes. 

I don't apply any additional product afterwards, and my hair now dries beautifully on its own, or if I style with my trusty Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler, the waves stay even after being slept on for more than one night, when previously the additional oils in my hair would refuse to hold the look.

As for skin, it has been hailed as an acne cure, banisher of scars, etc, etc. When my bottle of toner was used up, I reused the container to make for myself some ACV toner, which is working out quite well.
This article on Huffington Post by Kirsten Hudson provides more info; many beauty blogs are singing ACV's praises. It is recommended to purchase organic, so that item is ready and waiting in my shopping cart. 

And before you ask, no, the stink does not stay. 

Next challenge: Baking Soda Shampoo! 


Anonymous said...

I've used the ACV rinse on and off for a few years and had nice results. Regular vinegar works just as well, the only difference being that it has a stronger smell(though it doesn't last).
I've read about the baking soda shampoo but am hesitant to try it because it sounds like it is more for oily hair/scalp, and my hair/scalp tends towards dryness.

Princess Lea said...

If your hair is dry, you probably don't need shampoo at all; the vinegar would remove any sort of grime or buildup.

Now that I shampoo minimally, condition wisely, and use ACV, my hair doesn't get oily that fast. Every 5 days or so it's needed.

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Princess Lea said...

Thanks for the link.