Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Based on Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple Cider Vinegar is highly recommended in the treatment of natural hair. And it’s a staple ingredient in the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and other homemade products. But, I was wondering WHY this miracle product is so good for your hair and I think I found out why. :-)

What is Apple Cider Vinegar? 

Apple Cider Vinegar is a version of regular white vinegar made with apples. The sugars in the apples are broken down by bacteria and yeast that’s formed into alcohol. Which is the first stage of fermentation, then the alcohol is left to ferment further allowing the sugars to turn into Apple Cider Vinegar we see on shelves.

Mother of VinegarGeneral Ingredients in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar doesn’t just contain; apples, sugar, and yeast. Apple Cider Vinegar also includes:

Acetic Acid: Acetic Acid is the main ingredient of Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s the result of the fermentation of the yeast, bacteria, sugar, and apples. When the acetic ferments further it helps turn the solution into vinegar.

“Mother of the Vinegar”. It’s the sediments that sink at the bottom of your Apple Cider Vinegar bottle. These sediments is the result of chemical reaction between the yeast and the fruit (i.e. acetic acid). This only occurs in naturally unpasteurized vinegar. (Source. Livestrong.com)

What Does Apple Cider Vinegar Do For Your Hair? Rough and Smooth Hair Cuticle

Using Apple Cider Vinegar can do several benificial and amazing things:

  1. It can balance the pH levels in your hair and remove the build-up of products.  Hair has a neutral pH balance between 4.5 to 5.5 and Apple Cider Vinegar has a acidic pH balance of 3. The Apple Cider Vinegar will reduce the pH of your hair, leaving it more acidic, which allows the cuticle scales to close. 
  2. It can close the cuticle scales that are on the hair shaft. Closed cuticles can allow four things: (1) It will lock in protein and moisture preventing it from evaporating and drying out your hair, (2) It smooths the surface of your hair which reflects light making the hair shiny, (3) The smooth hair shaft allow for easier detangling, and (4) there’s more elasticity in the hair because more hydrogen ions are being added to the hair. (Source. NaturallyCurly.com)

What Type of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use?

There are a lot of Apple Cider Vinegar renditions on the grocery shelves today. They vary in price, size, and ingredients Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Labelbut there are three things needed when looking for the most beneficial Apple Cider Vinegar. (Source. Squidoo.com)

  1. Unfiltered. Filtered Apple Cider Vinegar is a clearer solution made to be more visually appealing to the customers. The filtration process is done by machines and it strips the product from most of its beneficial bacteria (i.e. the “mother of the vinegar”). 
  2. Raw. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar hasn’t been pasteurized or dilution process. This killing the important bacteria and benefits of the vinegar.
  3. Organic. Extra additives and preservatives aren’t added to the vinegar to have them meet a production standard.

Here’s a list of unfiltered, raw, and organic Apple Cider Vinegar I’ve found on Amazon.com. I’ve only used Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and I love it. Visit your local store and look for unfiltered, raw, and organic on the label.

Six Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarScreen Shot 2013-04-28 at 1.33.11 PM

Blackgirllonghair.com provides 6 Ways to Uses Apple Cider Vinegar in your hair regiment. Please go visit their site for the full directions and information. But, the recipes are listed below:

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Hair Herbal Rinse

Essential Oil Vinegar Hair Rinse

Dandruff and Itchy Scalp Relief

Natural Hair Loss Treatment

Home remedy for Head Lice

I’ve hoped this helped  you in any way possible. If you have any questions leave a comment below or leave me a message here.

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Information Courtesy of: Naturallycurly.com

Information Courtesy of: Blackgirllonghair.com

Information Courtesy of Livestrong.com

Information Courtesy of Squidoo.com

Information Courtesy of Amazon.com

Images and Feature Image Courtesy of Google Images

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