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Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss

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.

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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.”

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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”

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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.

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.

We know you’re busy. If you’re thinking of trying apple cider vinegar for your hair, buy it today.

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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.

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107 Responses to “Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss”

  1. Ruthie Holtorf Says:
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I am so excited to try the oraic vinegar!!! I ham 60yrs. old and about 5yrs. ago–I lost about 40# in less than 2 yrs. My body started feeding on irself, and depoleted all the vitaiis–includingwjat I needed to keep my hair growing–and I found out I had no stomach lining–and have been readiing about this for 5 yrs. FINALLY–I am healthy enough to try it–and am hoping it will help the tummy aches I stil have. Even the $250.00 a month pills for the stomach would not work–so I am giving this a try!! I will keep you posted–LOL–if anyone can tell you of it’s wonderful effects–it would be me–on everything!!!Iwill definately keep you posted!! Can’t hardly wait–it’s been a long time coming!!LOL=) YEEEAAH!!!

  2. Ruthie Holtorf Says:
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    sorry my typing was so bad-I am too excited–and hub was trying to discourage me—-NOT!!!! LOL will keep ya posted!!!!

  3. Ruthie Holtorf Says:
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    here I am again=) sorry–but–I was wondering–does anyone else use mousse ater using the AVC?? And–are there any effects with that. My hair is semi-curley right now and I use it to hold in what curls I have. Any answers will certainly be appreciated!!! Thanks so much!!!

  4. Jailin Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hello Dot,
    I am 34 with relaxed hair, my hair is getting thiner with the years. I have tried so many expensive products but still loosing lot of hair every single day. I am looking foward to try this ACV on my hair and internal, because i am very depresed. Is it save to use ACV rinse on a relaxed hair??.. Any comments will be appreciated.

  5. Jayne Says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I am a middle-aged female who had been losing my hair for almost 5 years when I read about HVC. The itching that had accompanied the hairloss almost completely stopped for about 3 months after using an HVC rinse after shampooing…that is, until recently. I was using a cheap non-organic brand I bought at the grocery store and the itching and loss (though not as bad as before) returned. No “Mother” there! Today I used Bragg’s for the first time…huge difference in the aroma and appearance of Bragg’s v. the grocery store brand. I am going to try taking it internally tomorrow. I really believe in the concept of ACV…I KNOW it stopped my itching, and when my itching returned, so did my hairloss. I am telling everybody who has hair issues to try it. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

  6. Jayne Says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Oops! Meant ACV, not HVC! Too many interruptions! Perhaps the boss can change my copy. Thanks!

  7. yap Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 3:23 am

    hi jayne,
    you are using the ACV rinse after each shampooing..that is how often? daily? what is your mixture ratio? i am having the itching and flaking and hair loss too…

  8. Jensen Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    So has anyone returned after using AC to advise of their results?

  9. Kendra Says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I’m 38 and have been losing hair for the past 3 years. My doc has done every kind of blood test and I’ve tried otc hair growth formulas and even a prescription steroid shampoo. The steroid shampoo did help with regrowth somewhat, but my hair was STILL falling out a lot! I tried the acv rinse for 1 month now and I barely see any hair in the shower drain!!! I switched to Bragg’s acv 2 weeks ago and noticed a significant difference in less hair loss. I can’t tell yet if there is new hair growth. I will be adding acv INTERNALLY from now on to see if that helps 🙂

  10. Olivia Says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    That’s fantastic, Kendra!!! Do keep us posted on your progress.

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    lol. You must have us confused with some other site. So far, no videos here. (But we will have some soon!)

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  15. Willing to ty it! Says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Extreme hair loss over the past year.I started the rinse and two capfuls ingested tonight. I will update my results in one month.

  16. kiersten Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    umm i wanna try using the acv rimse but do you swallow it or just swish in your mouth??? someone please help

  17. Amy Says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I have been adding 1 tsp, to 12oz of water 2-3 times a day for about 2 months now. Also, I put this on my scalp in the shower. First I shampoo, then on the scalp for 4-5 minutes, then rinse and finish with conditioner. My hair is so smooth! So far: my blood sugar levels have stabilized( I am pre-diabetic), my acne has cleared up, my energy level has had a boost, I have lost 5 lbs, my appetite has decreased, my menstrual cycle isn’t as punishing as it has been and because of this my mood has stabilized and the condition of my hair is so much healthier. I use this as a natural deoderant with soaking a cotton ball and swabbing the armpit area, allowing it to dry and the vinegar smell goes away. Seriously, I am so happy I stumbled across the ACV by accident. I only bought it initially because my hens were having some egg-laying problems and a local farmer advised I buy this and add it to their water, which fixed their problems.

  18. Diane Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    It appears everyone on here wants to try it, but hardly anyone has really said it works for them.

  19. uma Says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 1:50 am

    hello i am so much disturb due to my hair lose,
    i everyday lose my 100 hair near about. i am so much in tension how i preventing my hair cna it actualy much worked as like saying the above people, plz tell me i want to also use it if its woked,

  20. Jennifer Says:
    January 20th, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I have been suffering with hair loss for the last 8 years. Just last year I had almost lost all the hair in the crown of my head. I went to the doctor and he told me my hair would never grow back. I started drinking 2 TBSP of Bragg’s ACV with 4 oz of water twice daily 3 weeks ago. I also started applying a mixture of 50/50 ACV/Rose water on my scalp every night. I’m happy to say that my hair is finally growing. I also use it as a toner for my face. The only thing I’m doing different is taking Biotin, MSM, and Royal Jelly. I hope this helps. For those of you who are skeptical, please be patient. My scalp was scarred and there was no hair in the crown of my head. Now, I have hair growth. Good luch!

  21. Joyce Says:
    November 13th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    ACV does help with hair growth. Make sure you dilute and don’t use daily because it can dry your hair out. I have noticed a big difference after a month of use. I use it at least once a week after I shampoo and condition. It is my final step and I do not rinse out.

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  23. Judy Mattson Says:
    January 17th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Will this thicken someone over 60 yrs. Old hair? Who also has been taking thyroid medicine for years.

  24. Paul Says:
    February 3rd, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve been drinking Braggs for several months, three times a day. My bald spot is filling in with strong strands of hair. My existing hair is thicker than ever. I feel great on top of that. Not stiff and sore after strenuous activity like before. Amazing.

  25. Olivia Says:
    March 11th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Paul, that’s fantastic! We’re thrilled for you! Please share with us how much ACV you’ve been taking and how you’ve been taking it. Thanks. Congrats!

  26. Norah Kila Says:
    February 11th, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I have read about ACV and I hope it will work for me. I have very itchy scalp and my hair is getting very thin. I will try this on and inform you later when I get some good results. I use Noni fruit with scrap coconut on my hair. Is it a good way to regrow or help the itchy?
    Best regards.

  27. Yen Says:
    March 1st, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve seborrheic dermatitis on a dry scalp. Drank a tablespoon of vinegar diluted in water daily, and applied the mixture of 50/50 twice a week. No other supplements/vitamins are taken.
    By week three, I gave up because my hair loss became worse. I still drink the mixture, but reduce to once a week. It helps with my indigestion problem. I prefer using the castor oil method better for hair growth. Castor oil also moisturizes hair without hair conditioner, unlike apple vinegar.
    Apple vinegar method seems to be a good choice if one has oily scalp. Try it & good luck!

  28. kiran Says:
    March 14th, 2015 at 2:37 am

    hello, i regularly using acv. its actually works.

  29. Norah Kila Says:
    April 10th, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I have not used it as yet But it seems to be a good method to use. In my country (PNG) in the supermarkets will try to look out for the ACV.
    Thank you for the encouragement.

  30. Nioka Scott Says:
    May 26th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I just used ACV for the first time this past sunday, and I must say THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS! I had the bottle in my kitchen cabinet for months,telling other people about the goodness of ACV, but forgetting to use it in my wash day ritual. Well,never again will I forget to use ACV. I have suffered with eczema and servere dry itchy scalp my whole life. After appling the rinse to my hair it was like my scalp said, “THANK YOU FINALLY!” to me. The severe itching has stopped immediately. No flaking of the scalp, or shedding (big issue for me) after I rinsed the ACV out, and shampooed and conditioned my hair. My hair is shinny and even was soften and straighten some by the ACV. I’m 10 months transitioning from a relaxer and will never go without ACV again. I’m going to purchase the Bragg’s brand for my next wash day. If you are African-American and transition from a relaxer you need ACV in your life. I will use ACV till the day I leave this earth. Amazing stuff!

  31. cindy Says:
    July 25th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I am going to start using ACV. I have had hair thinning for the past 3 years. I also developed a bald spot on the front top of my head the size of a quarter. I went to the dermatologist and nothing they did seemed to help. I am praying this is my solution to my problem. I will update in a month with any results I have.

  32. Olivia Says:
    September 24th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Good luck, Cindy! Let us know.

  33. Charles Nelson Says:
    August 23rd, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Just now starting (acv) to regrow hair will let you know how it go’s

  34. Olivia Says:
    September 24th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Fantastic, Charles! Can’t wait to hear.

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  36. Sam Says:
    October 22nd, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Most of the comments are from people new to ACV use, and hoping for hair growth. It would be good to hear from long term users about hair growth, the ones who used ACV for a year or more, after losing their hair.

  37. cindy Says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I have been using ACV for 3 months now and I am happy to say my spot is starting to fill in. It is getting smaller and is growing hair in the middle. Also, I am noticing some regrowth in the front of my hair as well. Going to keep using ACV in hopes that my spot will fill in all the way and my hair will become thicker than ever. (crossing fingers)

  38. Maria Says:
    January 23rd, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I attribute this vinegar to curing my Lactose intolerance and digestive problems. I had these problems for so many years but after using this ACV regularly for a few weeks on salads I noticed a decrease in digestive problems. So I tried a little dairy to see how I would react. I now can eat ice cream, yogurt and milk in normal serving size without the discomfort, gassiness and diarrhea I experienced for so long with any speck of lactose in my diet!!! I am thrilled to say the least!!

  39. ercan Says:
    January 26th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I still cant get the mixture and the way shoould use right to stop hair loss and regrowing. Could anyone please tell me what the mixture is… Many thanks

  40. Olivia Says:
    February 12th, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Ercan, thanks for writing! As written in the post, you could start with a 1/8 cup of ACV mixed with 1 cup of water. Some people have success with that, but you can make a stronger rinse up to half ACV and half water. Good luck!

  41. Jennifer Says:
    January 27th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Ercan… the mixture really depends on what you can tolerate. I have had really bad dandruff all my life. I started to shampoo my hair and apply a rinse of 50/50 ACV and rosewater. I then saw my dandruff get better. My hair was very thin in the top of my head so I also started to spray the ACV and rosewater on my scalp in between my shampoos. I noticed immediately that where there was no hair, I started to get some light growth. You have to be patient. The growth is not rapid. But if you also drink 2TBSP of ACV with about 4-8 oz of water everyday, you will start healing from the inside. I really believe that hair loss is not superficial, it’s a lack of absorption of the nutrients we need to stimulate cell renewal. My skin looks better, my hair is healthier (although still thin just not as much), and overall, I feel a lot better. You will not get a new head of hair overnight or in a month, but if you stick to it, you will see continuous hair growth. And unlike the ingredients in Rogaine, if you discontinue use, the hair you grew will not fall out. Check the internet for ACV recipes for hair loss and experiment and find one that works for you.

  42. Debbie Wilson Says:
    January 31st, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I will testify this actually works. I have been treating some skin cancer on my hairline on my forehead for many weeks now and have noticed so many little hairs growing. It finally dawned on me after weeks, that this stuff may actually be helping my hair grow! I killed 2 birds with 1 stone! This has nearly killed my basal cell as well. Great stuff!

  43. Olivia Says:
    February 12th, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    That’s so awesome, Debbie! Thanks for writing! : )

  44. Regina Says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I HAVE A QUESTION: I just recently permed my hair, will the ACV have any reaction to it or will it strip it and cause me to loose my perm? I have some itchiness but mostly I have thin hair. My daughter and husband have dry, itchy scalp so I want to try it on them. But I also want the benefit if possible, but I don’t want to waste the money I spent on a perm either.
    Thanks 🙂

  45. Olivia Says:
    February 12th, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Regina, thanks for writing! From all that I’ve read, ACV cannot strip a perm. I’ve read that some stylists actually use shampoo to which they’ve added vinegar to wash out chemical processes such as relaxers or bleach, saying it helps neutralize stray chemicals and leaves hair soft and manageable. I’ve read that using ACV after chemical processes can help bring hair pH closer to normal levels. I’ve also read that ACV helps relieve a scalp that’s become itchy or irritated from a chemical process.


    If you do decide to try it, we suggest starting with a weaker ACV rinse such as 1/8 cup vinegar to 1 cup of water. And let us know how it works out!

    P.S. It occurs to me you might have more chance getting a quicker response if you share this post. : )

  46. Kat L. Says:
    February 21st, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I take a shot of Braggs ACV undiluted & followed quickly with juice. A real boost of energy and detox. I use a cotton ball & soak my scalp, leave for about 1-3 hours, depending. I only soak my scalp, (I use a hair oil to saturate my tips). After 2 months of doing this, I noticed less hair fall out, a little still does upon brushing but NOTHING like it once was. I was scared. My diet also plays a huge part in my wellness. You can’t depend JUST on one thing right? it’s a lifestyle and every choice should be carefully thought out:-)

  47. Vivian Says:
    March 11th, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I started using AV for hair rinse for a week now and I noticed on the very first day of using ACV rinse, my hair felt cleaner, shinier and has more body to it because it made my hair look fuller and bouncier. I also started taking ACV with water in the morning after waking up and I am glad that it doesn’t bother my stomach. I drink green tea and instead of adding lemon I use ACV and it taste great! so now enjoy the benefits of drinking tea and ACS.

  48. Vivian Says:
    March 11th, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    to add to my previous comment, when drinking tea with ACV, steep the tea in hot water but don’t add the ACV right away. wait until the tea is warm because the heat destroys the enzymes that makes the vinegar beneficial.

  49. Patrick Says:
    May 22nd, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Does this ACV treatment promote new hair growth on a completely bald scalp?

  50. Scott Says:
    September 8th, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Found a new method for growing hair. Just as good as ASV. It is a bit harder on the stomach though for some people.

    Found Pickle juice left over from the pickle bottle also grows hair. You will notice bald spot patches start filling in at around the 9th week. It turns out the elements in the juice break down the extra stores of calcium deposits in the body which are first stored under the scalp which blocks hair follicles from pushing through to allow growth. The number 1 cause of baldness is this issue of calcium deposits that the body never seems to utilize. Probably about 95% of baldness in the world is caused by this issue. Eliminate the calcium under the scalp and the hair starts growing back.

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  52. Jennie Says:
    January 5th, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

  53. Jo Says:
    April 17th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I have been losing hair mow for a year, started after I had surgery. I will keep you posted on how it works for me. That is I will use a d take Braggs A which is the best.

  54. Jo Says:
    April 17th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    To Jeannie,
    Do the recommended half water and half Acv, I use Braggs, rince your hair with it after shampoo also take a tablespoon of it twice daily, t ake it by mixing it with royal jelly and see if this helps. I would also have my hormones checked, using biointical hormoness are like what our body produces.