If you’re exploring more natural haircare options, you’ll no doubt have stumbled across apple cider vinegar rinses. These are touted as one of the top ways to help keep your hair healthy and give it a gorgeous natural shine.
But how do they work and how do you use them? The basic principle behind an apple cider vinegar rinse is that the acidity of the vinegar brings your scalp’s pH levels down after showering. That’s because water has a neutral pH of about 7, while most shampoos are alkaline.
However, your scalp and skin in general should have a pH of 5.5 to stay healthy - and keeping your scalp as close to this level as possible will make your hair less frizzy and cause less damage, Mind Body Green explained.
So, how do you use an apple cider vinegar rinse? Firstly, make sure you buy organic, high-quality apple cider vinegar. Then you need to dilute it with approximately half a tablespoon of vinegar for every cup of cold water.
Mix it fresh each time, as it won’t contain the preservatives you’ll find in shop-bought products. Rinse out an old shampoo or conditioner bottle and use this for your rinse, then just apply it to your scalp once you’ve finished washing your hair - simple!
One celebrity who’s embraced the concept of natural haircare is Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton. The Metro recently reported on how he’s turned the quality of his hair around by following a natural haircare routine and making sure he’s using high-quality products on his curls.
If you’re taking these kinds of steps at home, don’t undo the good work when you go for a haircut. Find a natural hair salon to get a great style without damaging your locks.