6 Reasons You Should Be Using Apple Cider Vinegar

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When it comes to finding beauty products in your pantry, apple cider vinegar doesn't immediately come to mind for beauty use beyond scalp toning, but it should. While we constantly hear of foods that have magical beauty powers and are bombarded by coconut oil’s amazing qualities, apple cider vinegar actually has quite a few benefits and is the beauty superstar we are presently swearing by.
If you’re wondering what this kitchen staple can do for you, keep on reading...

Hair Growth
Oftentimes, hair growth is stunted by clogged hair follicles. Apple cider vinegar cleanses the scalp, which increases circulation, strengthens the hair follicles, and promotes healthy hair growth. Curious what else you can rub on your scalp for hair growth? Or if there are any vitamins and supplements to encourage it from the inside? We’ve got everything you need.

pH Balancing
You'd be surprised to find out that most hair products are actually not pH balanced. Why is pH balance important, you ask? Well, if a product is too alkaline, your hair will most likely feel coarse, dry, or brittle. Apple cider vinegar actually keeps your hair at an optimal pH level, cleansing without stripping natural oils.

Shiny Hair
Thanks to the pH levels we mentioned above, a quick rinse at the end of your shower helps close the hair's cuticle, allowing strands to feel softer, with more shine.

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Detangling
Sensitive scalps, rejoice! Here's yet another benefit of apple cider vinegar's pH: it actually makes it easier to comb through your hair without tugging on strands and causing breakage.

Split End Remedy
As mentioned before, apple cider vinegar helps close the cuticle. In doing so, split ends are sealed, retaining moisture. Kiss those heartbreaking haircuts goodbye.

Treating Dandruff
The miracle vinegar has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties that kill the yeast that causes dandruff, flaking, or an itchy scalp. If you need more tips for treating dandruff, check these out.

How To Use It
So now that we've gone over the benefits, how exactly do you use it? After shampooing your hair, we suggest using apple cider vinegar as a substitute for conditioner. Try mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of water (it works best in a spray bottle) and a couple drops of essential oil (we love lavender for relaxation, rosemary for hair growth, or tea tree for dandruff). Massage into your scalp and then rinse with cool water. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week.

Just remember that not all apple cider vinegar is created equal! It’s important to use organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, if possible, for the most effective and immediate results.

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