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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Really Work?

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Akhila Jerripothula

See what using a shampoo with apple cider vinegar does for dandruff and build-up and find out how you can use apple cider vinegar shampoo for hair loss!

Apple cider vinegar has been popping up in wellness rituals for a while now. For many people, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is used internally by consuming a shot of vinegar a day.

 Now, people are using apple cider vinegar to help combat hair and skin conditions. You may ask yourself, “What is apple cider vinegar good for--does it even work, or will it ruin your hair?

It’s no secret that apple cider vinegar is great to detox your insides, but what about your hair?

We’re here to clear the mystery behind using apple cider vinegar as a key ingredient for all hair types to help to clarify the hair follicles. 

This is a great alternative to using shampoos and other hair products that are full of sulfates and other filler ingredients like silicon and alcohol.  

But don’t just take our word for it...here’s everything you need to know about apple cider vinegar shampoo and what it can do for your hair goals.

Table of Contents: 

  • What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
  • Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Work?
  • How Often Should I Use Apple Cider Vinegar?
  • How Much Shampoo to Use?
  • How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
  • Finding an Effective Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is Historic

      What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

      Apple cider vinegar is fermented apple juice that becomes acidic through the fermentation process. The fermentation helps to fortify the vinegar with beneficial nutrients like all vitamin B’s and vitamin C. This is exactly why it’s classified as a “superfood”. 

      However, because vinegar can be pretty acidic (a pH of 2-3), it is not recommended to apply raw apple cider vinegar directly to your hair. This can burn your scalp, and possibly cause further damage to your hair strands.

        Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Work?

        apple cider vinegar benefits, why is apple cider vinegar good for your hair

        For those suffering from an itchy, flakey and/or dry scalp, it may seem like the end is far. After trying everything for scalp relief, you might be skeptical and ask yourself, “does apple cider vinegar really work?” 

        And while hard to understand at first, apple cider vinegar is a really great, multi-use ingredient! The benefits of apple cider vinegar include being rich in antioxidant properties to fight free radicals and help to combat damage in your hair.

        The naturally antibacterial properties help fight scalp acne-causing bacteria, and dandruff-causing fungi to give relief to those with dandruff. 

        It helps balance pH levels to reset your scalp, strengthen, and fight hair fall! Apple cider vinegar will help to grow your hair back after experiencing hair loss.

        Apple cider vinegar is jam-packed with beneficial nutrients like acetic acid, potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. It boasts antioxidant properties that protect your hair from free radical damage, which come from UV rays. That’s right - the sun is harming your hair (and skin for that matter.)

        You can see these effects by rinsing with apple cider vinegar shampoo/treatment. Just be careful with using RAW apple cider vinegar, as that can damage your hair. 

        To seamlessly integrate ACV into your hair care routine, look for a shampoo with this key ingredient like  WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, or in a leave-in treatment like the WOW Skin Science 10-In-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Mist Tonic.

        These two products are also infused with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients, like coconut oil, aloe vera, and more to nourish deeply. Hair products with apple cider vinegar are best because there is no chance of the vinegar being strong enough to ruin your hair. Instead, apple cider vinegar can actually help to help thicken your hair because it is helping to remove buildup that might be blocking the hair follicles.

          How Often Should I Use Apple Cider Vinegar?

          Considering how strong this superfood is, you may wonder “how often should ACV be used on my hair?” 

          It really depends on how much detox your hair needs, since this is a clarifying shampoo, meaning it is specifically formulated to give you a deep, intensive cleanse to help remove buildup and residue. 

          Because our scalp is still skin, there are natural skin oils and sebum, and sweat that our scalp is constantly secreting, and this mixed with the hair product residue causes buildup that clogs hair follicles and prevents healthy hair growth. 

          Since everyone gets this kind of build-up, a clarifying shampoo like the WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo is a great option to detox your scalp. 

          Use it 1-2x a week on oily, itchy, and normal hair types. 

          If you have a more sensitive scalp and want to balance and strengthen your strands, use it 1-2 times every 2 weeks to get the full effect without irritating your scalp.

          How Much Shampoo to Use?

          One thing that most of us have wondered, has been just how much shampoo to use on our heads

          This all depends on what type of hair type you might have, whether it is thick or thin, or curly/wavy/straight, or oily or dry/damaged. 

          A healthy dollop is a good place to start. 

          For many people, they think the more shampoo the better, but in reality, more suds doesn’t mean that you are doing more for your hair health. 

          That is actually one of the hair myths we try to bust! 

          Other myths we tend to believe are ones like, those with oily hair don’t need to use conditioner, or that if you have dandruff that means that you have a dry scalp! 

          Both of these are untrue because the delicate balance of our skin can be off for many reasons. 

          Lastly, the last myth we want to debunk is the idea that color-treated hair can use any shampoos. 

          This is not true because color-treated hair is much more vulnerable to being stripped with harsh chemicals, so if you’re dying your hair at home, use sulfate-free shampoos like WOW’s that are color-safe.

          How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

          Using apple cider vinegar for hair is easier than you think, especially since WOW Skin Science has made it really easy! Everything you need is right in a bottle. 

          Here are the basic steps to really get the most out of your product:

        • Pour a generous amount of shampoo onto your hand and gently massage it into your hair and scalp using your fingertips, in circular motions.
        • Let the shampoo sit on your scalp for three to four minutes. However, if your hair is especially oily or you’re experiencing a lot of flakes, you can add on an extra minute or two.
        • Rinse off your hair and scalp thoroughly so that there’s no product or residue left behind. Use lukewarm water to not harm your hair health. 
        • Condition your hair with a naturally effective conditioner like WOW Skin Science’s Coconut Milk Conditioner
        • Do a final rinse with cold water to seal your hair cuticles for added shine. 
        • How often should you use apple cider vinegar shampoo? Even though it’s tempting to shampoo your hair a lot, you really only need to use an apple cider vinegar shampoo once or twice a week for oily and itchy hair, and once ever other week for sensitive and dry hair. The detoxing power is enough to clarify residue and build-up, without stripping your hair of its natural oils.

        • Finding an Effective Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

          If you’re used to aimlessly wandering down aisles, trying to find the right shampoo for your hair needs, we’re here to help. 

          There are so many hair products, it makes it tough to make an informed decision! You can find an effective apple cider vinegar shampoo easily, with delivery straight to your door.  

          Searching for products online is way easier since you can literally eliminate all other types of products from the mix and come up with a small and realistic selection to check out. 

          Shopping online also gives you access to valuable customer reviews that can give you an idea of the quality and effectiveness of the product before you actually buy it. 

          Finally, buying online allows you to check out the company in general and familiarize yourself with their philosophy and type of ingredients to make sure that they ethically produce quality products that you will feel good about buying and using on your body! 

          That being said, you still need to know what to look for when you shop online so that you end up with an amazing product that you’ll want to buy again and again. 

          Here are some things that you need to do when shopping online:

        • Check the product ingredients. Make sure to only buy products that are made with safe and natural ingredients. Oftentimes, shampoos are filled with harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that are not beneficial to your hair or your body! Shampoo ingredients to avoid include sulfates, parabens, fragrances, triclosan, and polyethylene glycol. Natural ingredients to look for include apple cider vinegar (of course), and nourishing ingredients like argan oil, coconut milk, almond oil, and olive oil.
        • Check the customer reviews. It’s never a good idea to buy a product without checking out the customer reviews. Through reviews, real people are able to share their experience and results from the product with words and even pictures! Even though not every product is going to be ideal for each and every person, you should stick with products that have at least four-star ratings. WOW Skin Science’s Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, for example, is rated 4.9 stars based on 230 reviews! Clearly, this is a popular product that actually works!
        • Check out the company, as you can find a lot of info when you check more than just the specific product. Make sure that the company is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service to answer any of your concerns. Also, make sure that the company practices ethical production and testing. WOW Skin Science, for example, never tests on animals and only uses vegan ingredients in its products. WOW is also so confident in our products that we offer a 60-day money-back guarantee. Whether it’s apple cider vinegar shampoo or any other apple cider vinegar products, you can trust WOW Skin Science to work for you!


        • Apple Cider Vinegar is Historic

          In all, we can see that apple cider vinegar has a lot of beneficial uses, whether that be through internal consumption or external application to your hair or skin. Apple cider vinegar has been used in multiple ways throughout the centuries-- it is even speculated that Hippocrates was a big proponent of consuming vinegar daily and using it for its anti-fungal properties. Now you can use this superfood to give you super great hair, good luck!

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