These days, it feels like everyone is looking for a good detox, whether it’s from sugar, carbs or social media. So why not give your hair a detox, too?
In this case, the secret weapon is apple cider vinegar. Beyond its detoxifying capabilities, the common household ingredient is incredibly beneficial to hair. “In addition to closing the hair cuticle to impart smoothness and shine to the hair, apple cider vinegar also helps to restore the scalp to its natural biome, with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties,” says Tawhanna Wood, Senior Chemist, Research & Development for Personal Care at The Hain Celestial Group. “It can help remove buildup from the hair, and may reduce incidences of irritation like scalp itch. Apple cider vinegar is truly an all-purpose wonder for the hair and scalp.”
Apple cider vinegar can also help restore the natural pH level of the scalp. Plus, its antimicrobial properties can fight the fungus that triggers dandruff and even hair loss. When you use an apple cider vinegar-based hair product regularly, you can expect to see fewer split ends and less frizz.
Just like with many other natural ingredients, you can use apple cider vinegar to create your own wash or choose to purchase one. “Like many trending, healthful ingredients popular in the kitchen, apple cider vinegar has been used by women to create DIY beauty treatments,” Wood says. “It’s now time to offer women a simple solution to achieve these same beauty benefits without the hassle and the mess.”
Avalon Organics Smooth Shine Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner. Organic-certified, EWG-verified and gentle enough to use daily.
For a deep treatment, reach for SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque. Along with apple cider vinegar, this deep conditioner is infused with baobab proteins, organic shea butter and hemp seed oil to seal hydration into even the driest hair.
If you need a faster solution, just a quick spritz of the 98 percent plant-based AG Hair Care Remedy Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-on Mist will perk up strands when they’re parched.