Apple Cider Vinegar for Thinning Hair

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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help treat dandruff

Dandruff is common problem, and it can be very embarrassing in some cases. It is also more than just nuisance, because it may contribute to worsen hair loss.

ACV is affordable remedy, only pennies per spray, to help remove dandruff. Just mix water and about 1/4 cup of ACV in a spray bottle. Spray it onto your scalp and hair after washing, wait about 15-30 minutes and then rinse!

Do it two times a week and your dandruff should decrease significantly! Again, acetic acid in ACV is the answer. This acid can cause unfriendly environment for bad fungus that trigger dandruff to grow in the scalp.

To ease itchy scalp!

Healthy scalp means healthy hair. Therefore, it is also important to keep your scalp healthy. Itchy scalp is common problem and this may also to contribute to cause hair loss, causing thinning hair – particularly when you scratch it.

ACV can help soothe and ease itchy scalp, too. Itchy scalp can be attributed by a number of different causes – from poor hair care to certain health conditions (see more in here). Dandruff can also make your scalp itch even more.

To help promote healthy hair and make it stronger

It’s thought that some essential substances in ACV may also help promote healthier hair and make it stronger, though this is not scientifically confirmed yet.

For instance, ACV has certain enzymes and organic malic acids that may help kill bad bacteria and germ (such as bottle bacillus, a germ that often causes various scalp and hair conditions). And when you apply it topically on your scalp, its acetic acid can also help remove excess buildups left from any hairstyle products!

About the risk of heart disease

Again hair loss is also a symptom of many health conditions. According to studies, it also can be an early sign of heart disease in some cases.

Although this issue is still debatable, you can take it into account for another reason to use ACV in promoting healthy hair since vinegar may also help cut the risk of cardiovascular disease, as noted before!

How to use ACV to help treat thinning hair?

Unfortunately, not all people have clearly understood to use it properly. Here are some helpful FAQs!

What is the best ACV you should choose and use?

In fact, there are many brands of ACV to choose from. If you still don’t have any idea which one you should choose, you can purchase a wrong choice.

In general, prioritize choosing one with ‘mother’ tag (typically you will see a blob ‘cloudy’ in the bottle). This tag means the product is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and organic apple cider vinegar. The ‘mother’ also points to a stringy substance formed in the last stage of fermentation, which is also one of the most healing properties.

For instance, choose Bragg’s brand. It is easy to be found in many supermarkets.

How to use it?

There are two options; (1) you can use it topically ‘applied directly on hair & scalp’ and (2) taken orally.

You can try with a hair rinse by mixing water and ACV in a 1-to-1 ratio. For instance, mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ACV in a plastic bottle – and now you have a handy vinegar rinse that you can use any time.

Many times, people apply it after washing or shampooing. Then rub the scalp gently, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with water!

ACV for hair loss treatment can also be taken orally. Dilute 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into a big glass of water and drink it. Do this about 1-2 times a day!

How long does it take to see the result of hair growth?

This can vary, but typically the improvement should show within a few months after taking the treatment. The rate of hair growth varies, too – from 0.5 to 1 inch per month.

Precaution checklists
  1. Before taking any remedy, it’s recommended to consult first with a doctor if you are also taking other medications.
  2. NEVER drink ACV straight away, because it is high in acid that may harm esophagus and tooth enamel! If you want to drink it, always dilute it into water!
  3. Don’t use it a lot, especially if you drink it! To keep safe, sip it along meals for 1-2 times a day. Furthermore, some users report that using a lot of this vinegar may cause lack of iodine in the body. See your doctor if you have any unusual symptom for more advice!
Article sources:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10656352
  2. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.long
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-bald-facts-hair-loss-could-be-the-first-sign-you-have-heart-disease-8559182.html