Thursday, March 18, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar

(ACV) Apple Cider Vinegar  has been a popular product used in natural hair care for years. This a great product used for both hair and body that produces healthy benefits for women and men. A lot of people love to use this product for their hair as a cleanser in place of shampoo or as a rinse at the end of washing their hair. I prefer to use raw, unpasteurized/unfiltered apple cider vinegar as it is has plenty of beneficial nutrients, enzymes, and amino acids. I personally believe that it's better to use the natural form. Here are some benefits and precautions below.

Benefits for Hair
  • Removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts and closes the cuticles
  • Promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin
  • Vinegar helps restore natural pH  and aides in preventing an itchy scalp
  • Rinses have results that leave your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage
  • Can be used to treat dandruff, lice, and hair loss
  • Apple cider vinegar has a high acid content and should be diluted properly
  • Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar products may contain harmful bacteria or toxins** Read Below
  • It is not known if apple cider vinegar is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
**I use the brand in the picture above with no problem, however, everyone has different reactions to different products therefore please proceed with caution when trying ANY product. Please make sure that the manufacturer of your apple cider vinegar is trusted and reputable.

As with any product, please research and find out what will work best for you. There are many more precautions out there so take the time to find out if they may apply to you. No advice on any hair board or blog can substitute for advice from a professional health care provider should you have any in depth questions. Although ACV has many benefits, if used incorrectly (like any product), there could be negative consequences.