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How & How Often To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair

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Apple cider vinegar is a super-ingredient that has recently made a big name for itself outside of salad dressing, as a naturally healing and restoring agent. However, apple cider vinegar has actually been used for thousands of years since the time of ancient Greece!

Even though uses for apple cider vinegar may look a bit different than they did back then, one of the most modern discovered benefits of apple cider vinegar is for hair and scalp cleansing. 

It also brings up the question of “How often should I use apple cider vinegar rinse on my hair and scalp without causing damage?” Keep on reading to find the answer!

Table of contents:

  • Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair
  • How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Hair?
  • Guide For Purchasing Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Products
  • How often can I use ACV Infused Hair Products?

Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair

It might sound a little bit weird to use something that you cook with and clean with on your hair and your scalp but hear us out - there are some real benefits to using apple cider vinegar on your hair! Here is what ACV can do for your hair and scalp:

  • Clarify. Even if you think your hair is squeaky clean, it probably isn’t. If you aren’t using a clarifying shampoo on a regular basis, then you might have a scalp build-up and residue in your hair from your hair styling products, leave-in conditioners, and dry shampoos. Apple cider vinegar’s detox properties can help to thoroughly clarify your scalp and remove stubborn build-up without completely stripping your hair of its natural oils!
  • Repair. Hair damage often occurs as a result of color treatments or excessive heat styling that can leave you with breakage, dullness, and dryness. While you can’t necessarily repair your hair overnight, combining the ACV along with other repairing agents like argan oil is a great regimen that will put your hair on a healing path.

  • Slow down hair loss. Due to its nurturing nature, apple cider vinegar can provide your hair with all the nutrients needed for re-growing healthy and strong strands in areas that are currently experiencing hair loss. The acids in apple cider vinegar are great exfoliants that can help stimulate hair growth on your scalp. It can also fight free radicals that weaken your hair in the first place!
  • Dandruff Relief. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar can be used to treat dandruff. Also, it can prevent dry, itchy, and flaky scalps. ACV has properties that can fight dandruff-causing fungi that are triggering these uncomfortable symptoms.

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Hair?

With all these benefits, you might be tempted to just pull out your apple cider vinegar, pour it onto your hair, and call it a day! However, this really isn’t the best method. Instead, you should look for hair care products that have been formulated with apple cider vinegar like shampoos, hair masks, and finishing sprays.


  • Apple cider vinegar shampoo: When using apple cider vinegar shampoo, wet your hair and massage a generous amount onto your scalp with your fingertips. Let the shampoo sit in your hair for three to four minutes if you have normal hair, or five to six minutes if you have dandruff or really oily hair. Rinse thoroughly until there are no suds left. Condition your hair with a nourishing conditioner. And if you’re wondering, yes, ACV shampoo is also safe for color treated hair.
  • Apple cider vinegar mist tonic: this powerful natural product makes a great hair tonic that can help smooth out tangled or frizzy hair for a silky-smooth look. Shampoo your hair as usual, then spray the solution all over your damp hair. You can also use this mist tonic on-the-go to boost shine and protect your hair from outside irritants. Note: we do not recommend DIY ACV mist tonics or apple cider vinegar rinse for hair. You must know how to properly dilute apple cider vinegar to make it safe for your strands. Also, if you use ACV infused shampoo, ACV mist after that might be too much for your hair. Stick to one product at a time.
  • Apple cider vinegar hair mask: When using an apple cider vinegar hair mask on your natural or color treated hair, start by washing your hair with products that have no ACV ingredients. Then, leave it to dry for a bit. You can press your hair in between a cotton or microfiber towel to get some of the extra water out. Apply a generous amount of hair mask all over your hair while avoiding your actual scalp. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes so that it can really soak into your hair strands and have the full effect. Rinse the mask out of your hair thoroughly with mild water.

Guide For Purchasing Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Products

Now you know why apple cider vinegar has been a staple in beauty routines from ancient times and would make a great staple for your beauty routine because it boosts hair health and scalp health as well. 

How can you find ACV infused hair care products, and make sure they’ll do what they promise? 

Well, the best way to purchase quality apple cider vinegar hair care products is the internet. There are so many vegan, sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free hair care products, with an affordable price range that will, however, give you the much-needed assurance that you’re making the right purchase. 

Overall, you need to look for products made by a reputable company with great reviews and accessible customer support.

For example, all of WOW’s products are specially formulated with natural actives like apple cider vinegar, Moroccan argan oil, almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and essential oils

How often can I use ACV Infused Hair Products?

  • Shampoo: You only need to repeat the ACV shampoo detox process once or twice a week since apple cider vinegar, as an acid, can affect the natural scalp pH.

  • DIY ACV rinse: Pure ACV is extremely acidic and will definitely start degrading your hair and drying out your scalp. So, we don't recommend using diluted ACV rinse more often than once a week.

  • Hair mask: ACV infused hair mask should be used only once a week, and never as a leave-in product. It will be enough to make your hair smooth, shiny, and silky.

    Sources:

    1. https://www.healthline.com/health/scalp-build-up
    2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652
    3. https://www.buywow.com/blogs/news 

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    • by Ivelisse Roche-Cartagena on

      I started using these hair products in May 2020 and it’s been 5 months since I’ve seen so much improvement. My hair feels softer, fuller shinner, stronger and has its bounce back. I recommend all of the products.

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