Being a stay-at-home-mum, I have come to rely on a lot of common spices and condiments found in my pantry to cure my family of common ailments. Most recipes are age-old that have been passed on for generations – just proving how natural herbs were used to treat diseases before chemically produced medicines came in. Other recipes, I have found through the Internet, over time, to solve a particular problem.
Please note that the suggestions and remedies mentioned below, work for me, or I have found them while conducting my research. I am not an expert. Please consult a medical practitioner before following any of the below.
I am a very lazy person when it comes to taking care of my appearance, and I am all in for short-cuts to take care of my skin and hair. I avoid using conditioners on my hair on most days, as I do not even have the patience to wait the 3 extra minutes. My PCOS has caused me a lot of hair problems like dry, flaky scalp and hair loss issues.
Recently, I read that giving your hair a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water, helps cure dandruff and other dry scalp issues. I have used ACV in the past to help with weight loss and helping control my insulin and PCOS, but couldn’t do it for long as I found it too strong to drink daily. See previous post on how ACV can help with PCOS and weight loss here.
So one fine day, I shampooed and washed my hair regularly, and then took two cups of water, to which I added one cap full of ACV and poured the mix down my scalp and hair. Frankly, it did smell very strong, and I thought to myself that I won’t be able to do this again. The smell, however, did go away once my hair had dried. I realized that my hair had become silky and soft and I did not see much dandruff too. I have now done this twice a week for three weeks and notice a huge difference in my hair.
I finally read more into the benefits of ACV for hair and was amazed at how good it is for our hair and scalp. I read that the best kind of Apple Cider Vinegar to use, is pure, organic one, where the ‘mother’ of vinegar (or, the meaty particles) settle at the bottom. Keep in mind to shake the bottle well before use. Some of it’s benefits in haircare are:
Balances the pH levels of our hair and scalp
Relieves dry, itchy scalp and dandruff
Deep cleans any product residues and pollutants from hair.
Acts like a leave-in conditioner, reducing frizz and leaving hair silky and smooth
Is a natural de-tangler
Reduces hair loss
Encourages Hair growth
Prevents split-ends and breakage
Most sites suggest different proportions of ACV and Water to prepare the rinse solution. Some of the useful sites giving more information on this subject are listed below:
Hope that you can use Apple Cider Vinegar in your haircare routine too. Do leave me a comment below, if you use it and how it helps you.