My husband Patrick used to always tell me that I had to stop shampooing and conditioning my hair. Most often, this was in response to my complaints upon styling my hair. He would tell me “I never shampoo my hair, and it doesn’t need it.” I always admired his minimalism with getting ready, but chalked it up to “being a man”. It turns out, he was right and I was stripping my hair, by washing it too frequently (just about every day or two) and couldn’t break the cycle, without it would look too oily.
Just a year ago, letting go of traditional hair care was unthinkable, right about up there with laundry detergent. It’s the addicting (and unfortunately, often toxic) familiar smell in your hair on on your clothes that is alluring. Despite it’s incredible health claims, I avoiding giving apple cider vinegar a fair chance, due to the fear my hair would smell of vinegar. This recipe smells unbelievable, and you would never know vinegar is it’s base ingredient!
Removing certain habits from my regime has does wonders for my hair. I could truthfully go a week or two without washing my hair these days. But, with the weather warming, and an increased amount of time preforming sweat inducing excersize, my hair will accumulate some oily residue, and this apple cider vinegar is my solution.
Apple cider vinegar is the product of apples undergoing the fermentation process, which creates a magical concoction fortified with live cultures, minerals, and acids. In the holistic world, it has endless purpose. And when it comes to hair, an occasional wash with apple cider vinegar is known to strengthen hair, create shine, and improve it’s health and appearance.
How Apple Cider Vinegar improves hair:
- Because it is fermented, Apple cider vinegar is filthy rich in minerals, and vitamin C. The vinegar is anti inflammatory, which can assist in exfoliating, combating ailments, like dandruff.
- Apple cider vinegar is acidic, and helps normalize pH balance is dull hair, which improves it’s overall appearance. It is important not to overuse ACV for this reason, also. I would recommend using this magical elixir once a week.
- ACV is well known for it’s all natural antimicrobial properties. Clean away infection or itch inducing bacteria or fungi on your skin and scalp.
For this recipe, you want to use raw organic apple cider vinegar, which can be purchased here, or made at home.