In between treatments I do like to do an apple cider vinegar scalp massage and rinse for general upkeep.
Our hair and the natural oil that comes from our scalp, known as sebum, have a pH level of between 4.5 and 5.5. When kept at this acidity level, the scalp is safeguarded against fungal and bacterial growth, ensuring healthy hair and skin. Unfortunately, many shampoos and other hair products disrupt this natural pH which can affect the cuticles of the hair and the condition of the scalp.
Apple cider vinegar is naturally high in acetic acid and has a pH level which is close to that of human hair. Regularly rinsing with this vinegar can help bring your scalp and hair to its ideal acidity, especially if you have oily hair.
Apple cider vinegar stimulates better blood circulation to the hair follicles – something that is vital for encouraging hair growth and preventing hair loss. Furthermore, this blood carries essential nutrients to the hair follicle cells, strengthening the roots and promoting growth.
When applying ACV, make sure you allow it to sit in the hair and on the scalp for at least three minutes which, is the time the vinegar requires to break up the molecular structure of any built up residue, allowing it to be easily rinsed away. I generally like to massage it for this time.
You may be concerned that you’ll smell like a pickle after this rinse, don’t be! Once your hair dries, the vinegar smell will disappear. I can honestly say, my hair does not smell at all like vinegar after a rinse, just healthy and clean.