When I first heard about using apple cider vinegar for curly hair I thought people were literally going crazy.
In my mind, I thought oh here we go again another thing that everyone in the natural hair community is jumping on.
I mean seriously that stuff stinks. The smell is really overpowering so why would you want that stuff to be in your gorgeous curls? It just didn’t make much sense to me.
I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what all the hype was about so I started to do some research of my own.
Apple cider vinegar is popular for a number of different reasons aside from using it in your hair.
You can use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to fight bacteria and it is very good for your body when you drink it.
It’s also great for weight loss and helping you to lose belly fat.
Is ACV really as good as it seems? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits for your curly hair.
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7 Benefits of using apple cider vinegar in your curly hair
1. It will balance your pH levels
When the pH levels in your hair are unbalanced it can cause your hair to feel and look unruly.
When the pH levels on your scalp are not balanced it causes lots of other problems such as flakiness, itchiness and a dry scalp.
Using a little apple cider vinegar in your curly hair can make all the difference to help resolve these problems.
2. Fights bacteria
If you have been battling with dandruff and scalp issues then there is a chance that you could have some bacteria on your scalp which is causing you to have issues.
It’s not uncommon for people to suffer from an overproduction of fungi and bacteria on their scalp.
Apple cider vinegar contains anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to fight the bacteria on your scalp and help to restore balance.
If you have been suffering from hair loss this could be a solution that could help alleviate some of your issues.
3. Adds shine
The other wonderful thing about apple cider vinegar is that is can add shine to hair that has become dull and lifeless.
It contains some really good nutrients such as vitamin b, c and potassium which are great for curly hair.
4. Great for conditioning
Using a little apple cider vinegar in your hair can help to condition your hair and restore any moisture issues that you have been having.
5. Stimulates hair growth
Apple cider vinegar can be used to help stimulate hair growth. You can use it as part of a pre-poo treatment or use it to rinse off your hair after conditioning.
Try massaging a little into your scalp and then rinse it off.
6. Sends frizz packing
If you have been struggling to get grip on frizzy hair then apple cider vinegar for your curly hair can help to fix that.
ACV helps to smooth the cuticles of your hair making it less frizzy and making your curls appear much more defined.
7. Great for high porosity hair
If you have high porosity hair using apple cider vinegar can be of great benefit because it helps to flatten your cuticles which in turn helps to keep moisture sealed in.
If you have high porosity hair I would definitely give it a try!
How do you use apple cider vinegar for curly hair?
It is never advised that you use ACV in its raw form its always better to dilute it with water first.
The best way to use apple cider vinegar is to mix a few teaspoons of it into some water.
Make sure you use a good grade of ACV as not all apple cider vinegar is created equally, I have always found this particular one to be the best.
You can use it as a pre-poo before you shampoo your hair or after you have conditioned your hair.
Massage it really well into your scalp and leave it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Can apple cider vinegar ruin your hair?
Yes, it can ruin your hair if you do not use it in the right way.
Never use apple cider vinegar without diluting it first.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acids which could burn your skin or irritate it if not sufficiently diluted. Always dilute it before using.
Final thoughts on apple cider vinegar for curly hair
Although there is a lot of talk regarding using apple cider vinegar in curly hair you have to be aware that a lot of the benefits have not yet been fully proven.
This does not mean that it doesn’t work.
The only way to be completely sure if it will work for you and your hair is to try it out for yourself.
Each person’s hair is different and will see different results. If you want to want to know if it really works then give it a try for yourself, that is the only way to be completely sure.
I would advise that you use the AVC in a quite diluted form first until you get more used to using it as part of your hair regimen.
If you have tried apple cider vinegar in curly hair before I would love to hear about your experience. Drop me a message and let me know if it worked for you.