By Olivia |
IF you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, a wonderful home remedy that can help is apple cider vinegar.
It is normal to lose about 100 strands of hair every day, and usually even more when we shampoo. When this normal hair loss becomes a concern is when the hair’s natural growth cycle is for some reason disrupted so that it is shedding faster than it is growing.
When hormones called androgens are to blame, hair follicles become damaged over time and hinder their ability to produce strong, healthy strands. The hair that does grow is thinner and weaker, brittle even. Other hair follicles die.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is chock full of nutrients and it will balance the pH of your scalp. It has been shown to thicken hair and remove dead skin cells that can clog follicles and hurt your hair’s ability to grow. And if you ever have an itchy scalp or dandruff, this vinegar will help with that too.
In his book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, author Paul Bragg explains how this wonder vinegar can help with hair loss. “The high acidity (organic malic acid) plus the powerful enzymes (the “mother’s” life chemicals) in ACV kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions … (including) dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair and often baldness.” According to Bragg, this bacteria can cause clogs that keep our natural oils from our hair. “The oil-starved hairs either fall out or break off, causing hair thinning and baldness.” Apple cider vinegar also stimulates what he calls our hair’s “oil cans” for healthier growth.
“Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth”
Using Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
- Make a hair rinse by mixing apple cider vinegar and water in a one-to-one ratio. If you have an empty 16 oz plastic bottle, for instance, use it to store a mixture of one cup of ACV and one cup of water. Then your vinegar rinse will always be handy and ready to use when you are in the shower.
- Apply the ACV rinse to your scalp after shampooing. Rub it in gently, giving your scalp a good massage while you are it. Leave it on for at least five minutes. Rinse with water. Alternately, you can leave it in your hair for extra conditioning.
The Right Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
Before you run out to the store to grab a bottle of the wonder vinegar not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. To reap its many benefits you have to get unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with what is called the “mother.” The mother is a stringy substance formed during the last stage of fermentation, and is the part with the most healing properties. This vinegar is cloudy and should be shaken before you use it to get all the good bits that settle to the bottom. The most commonly available organic ACV is Bragg’s brand. It used to be you had to order it online or get it at a natural foods store. But I have found the economical gallon jugs of the apple cider vinegar in vitamin stores and quart size bottles at the regular supermarket.
Remember, nothing works on everyone. Because hair grows about half an inch a month, more or less, it will take two months or so to really see any results.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps More than Just Hair
Another way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar is to ingest it. Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for achieving overall health. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed apple cider vinegar’s many healing benefits more than 2,500 years ago. This vinegar can help weight loss, weak finger nails, arthritis, coughs, constipation, diarrhea, ear infection, sore eyes, fatigue, acid reflux, headaches and more, including hair loss.
- Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to a glass a water, stir and drink, twice a day. Avoid taking the vinegar undiluted as it can harm tooth enamel and throat tissue. If desired, sweeten with stevia, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
You can also get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar by using it in salads and marinades, and in place of lemon juice in some recipes. Or spruce up plain potato chips with a sprinkle of ACV! How to Grow Hair says, it’s good – and good for you.
UPDATE: ACV is not expensive – as you can see above – but why waste it? Some people have had success with a more diluted mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV per quart of water (or 1/8 cup per 8 ounces). Start there and see what happens in a few weeks.
The other element that can definitely help if you want to try ACV for hair is taking it internally along with applying it topically to your scalp. Drink apple cider vinegar (the non-pasteurized, non-filtered kind only) mixed into a glass of water at least once a day. Others have reported success in regrowing hair when using ACV on the scalp and drinking it as well with a little addition: 2 tablespoons ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 12 ounces of water or juice twice a day, then, after a month of drinking this mix, cutting back to four times a week. But these are just guidelines. The amounts vary from people who have had success using apple cider vinegar for to regrow hair. Some have seen new hair growth with 1 tablespoon of ACV and just a pinch of baking soda, while others don’t use baking soda at all. Others start with just 1 teaspoon in a glass of water three times a day.
Apple cider vinegar is good for the body inside and out. ACV benefits are many. But be aware that ACV treatments can also deplete iodine in your body, so you may want to supplement to keep your stores of this trace element up. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine; you can either get kelp supplements or add it to your diet. Arame and wakame are other seaweeds rich in iodine you can eat to ensure you keep your levels up. But if you take a multivitamin, check its ingredients first as it may already have all the iodine you need.
TIP: Again, I hate wasting stuff. A great way to apply your apple cider vinegar rinse is to store it in a spray bottle. You’ll have less waste spritzing your scalp and hair with the ACV treatment.
What’s working for you? Share your tips and success stories, and keep us posted on your progress.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.