Many of us focus our efforts on cleansing and detoxing toxins out of our bodies in the post-holiday season. But what about our hair? It deserves a little love too, and today, wellness influencer Healthy Hair to Toe breaks down how to get soft, shiny locks with a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Detox. Here’s her take.
The Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse method is something I’ve been using for about five years. I’ve seen women of all backgrounds, races and hair types use this rinse method with great success. The results are all the same: a thriving scalp, which equates to growing healthy strands.
What makes apple cider vinegar so special? Apple cider vinegar can naturally restore a balanced pH to our hair. Hair’s natural acidity prevents growth of fungi and bacteria in the hair and scalp. Unfortunately, most of the hair products we use along with daily exposure to pollutants naturally lead to build up. This build up suffocates the scalp and hinders our hair’s growth process.
Also, many of the cleansing and styling products we use are highly alkaline. A product that is too alkaline will cause the hair cuticle to open, stripping away your naturally acidic sebum that fights bacteria. While a substance that is too acidic will cause the cuticle to contract, not allowing moisture to penetrate the shaft (dry strands).
ACV rinses naturally remove that growth-hindering build up from your scalp to restore a healthy balanced pH to your scalp and hair. This promotes shinier and stronger hair that is less prone to breakage.
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Detox
- 1/4 cup raw & organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) + 2 cups of water
- Deep conditioner
- Moisturizing styler
- Oil of your choice (optional)
First, apply the ACV + water solution to your hair and scalp as a rinse (don’t wash it out). Then, apply a really good deep conditioner to hydrate your detoxed strands. Rinse that out and then style your hair as usual. Last, seal your hair with an oil of your choice. This is an optional step but extremely important for curly hair since it’s prone to dryness.
- Be sure to use apple cider vinegar with “the mother” (a colony of beneficial bacteria) in it. So pick unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV. I personally use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar for everything.
- Curly & multi-textured hair gals: Opt to finger-detangle hair with oil prior to applying this rinse. I use coconut oil but there are a ton of alternative oils you can use if coconut oil isn’t your thing. Babassu oil is basically a cousin of coconut oil but a much lighter version. Other light oils include jojoba, avocado, olive, grapeseed and almond oils. If you have naturally straight hair, you can skip the detangling process.
- You can apply your ACV rinse in sections or all over your hair in one application.
- You’re going to use this rinse in place of regular shampoo. Apple cider vinegar is a detoxifying agent and cleanser all in one. Hair should feel “squeaky” clean after rinsing. If you find your hair feels weighed down or greasy by the oil you’ve used just apply more ACV solution to your hair. You can also cleanse with a non-toxic cleanser of your choice. My go-to cleansers are Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap as well as Raw African Black Soap.
I recommend using the ACV rinse method once a month. You’ll notice hair that is shinier, stronger and overall much healthier than before. Curly girls are in for a treat with this hair rinse. Curls, waves, kinks and coils will be more defined than ever!