One of the most important things about growing hair is the need for a clean healthy scalp that’s free from skin problems. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be considered a cleanser, meaning that it cleanses the scalp and helps clear the skins pores.
In Japan, clinical studies were conducted using apple cider plant extracts on a group of balding men, which demonstrated the properties that the vinegar had in promoting hair growth. It was shown that over three studies carried out over a period of time, the patients showcased between 71 to 78 percent of new hair growth when using the apple cider vinegar plant extract over a one year period 1.
Apple cider vinegar is mostly used as a rinse that can be prepared as follows:
- Take one part warm water (not very hot water and not cold water because it may not be able to adequately get rid of all the dirt in your scalp) and mix it with a part of organic apple cider vinegar.
- Apply it to your scalp and leave for at least 15 minutes before washing it out. For a full wash you can add baking soda and have yourself a home-made shampoo!.
Apple cider vinegar works wonders because it is a source of potassium which may benefit hair growth. ACV has a pH level of 2.9 which is close to the pH of human hair of 4.5 – 5.5. It helps restore the pH balance of your hair and works on repairing damage done by the UV rays of the sun.
- Medscape General Medicince, 2006. “Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect”
- Vinegars and Acetic Acid Bacteria. International Symposium; May, 2005. Accessed March 9, 2006.