Why & How You Should Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair

In place of the dphue hair conditioners, you can use homemade apple cider vinegar hair rinse to get the same benefits conditioners offer and even much more.

By Emmanuel Onitayo
Why & How You Should Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar (AVC) : Overview

The use of apple cider vinegar, particularly for beauty enhancement, dates back to the Greco-Roman era. However, there are schools of thought asserting its usage for several other purposes even before that time. A vinegar is a sour wine often made by allowing simple sugars to ferment under the action of different microorganisms.

Vinegar, regardless of its source, is usually acidic and this acidity among other features is what is exploited for the various usages for which it has been put from time immemorial.

Apple cider vinegar has lately been used by many people to get rid of their excess body fats by directly or indirectly incorporating it into their diets. It also finds usefulness in pneumonia treatment, detoxification, and lots of other uses.

Apple cider vinegar is available in stores (dphue) but you can make yours at home. As a matter of fact, the best vinegar for your hair rinse is the homemade apple cider vinegar because you would benefit from the actions of the acetic acid bacteria in it.

The clear apple cider vinegar usually sold in stores have been repeatedly refined and distilled such that those microbes that can be of help to your hair would have been gotten rid of. So, here's how you can make an apple cider vinegar in the comfort of your home for your hair rinse.

Get yourself some apples say 3 and a teaspoonful of sugar with some quantity of distilled water (800ml). Chop those apples into small quantities and in a very clean container, add the sugar and water to it. Get this mixture covered and let it rest somewhere in your home for about three weeks.

After a week, you would start seeing bubbles on top of the mixture showing that fermentation has begun. After the expiration of the three weeks, extract the liquid while you throw away the apple residue and that way, your apple cider vinegar is ready for use.

As you can see, the only thing that you need is patience to get the vinegar ready. In the industry, there may be no need to wait for so long a time as there are industrial microorganisms that when introduced, can hasten the fermentation process and as such, shortens the time.

That said, let's consider some reasons apple cider vinegar hair rinse is something you must start using perhaps in place of the expensive hair conditioners you've once depended on.

Why You Should Consider AC Vinegar Hair Rinse

Basically, we shall be considering some 10 benefits of using apple cider vinegar hair rinse and this hopefully, would help you decide whether to start using it or not. So, let's check them out.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #1: pH Balance

The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum. Among other functions, this sebum ensures that microbes, particularly bacteria and fungi, are not allowed to colonize the hair thereby disrupting its growth. However, there is a pH at which this function of the sebum can be guaranteed. In fact, the hair itself has a healthy pH level below which it can begin to play host to pathogens.

The pH of both the hair and sebum have been reported to be in the range of 4.5 to 5.0 and for optimum hair growth, this range has to be maintained. But here comes a challenge: many of our hair care products especially shampoos and conditioners disrupt this range either because they are too alkaline or too acidic and this makes the hair and scalp susceptible to infections.

But guess what? Apple cider vinegar has a pH which is also in the range of both the sebum and our hair. So, if you rinse your hair regularly with it, you can ensure a balance in the level of your hair pH and keep infections far from your hair. 

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #2: Antimicrobial Actions

At the root of most hair problems is the unhealthy interplay between microorganisms, particularly bacteria, and the scalp. One example of this unhealthy microbial action is dandruff.

The condition arises when there is a fungus overgrowth on the scalp due to the compromise of some factors. And as it is, if dandruff and its accompanying symptoms are not quickly addressed, it can lead to an artificial hair fall out.

But apple cider vinegar hair rinse would ensure that you don't have this microbial overgrowth. The acetic acid component of apple cider vinegar inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria and fungi thereby ensuring you don't come up with an unhealthy scalp or hair. In fact, many people suffering from dandruff have reported a relief in the symptoms after using the apple cider hair rinse.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #3: Hair Cleansing

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The loads of hair care products that we put on our hair often leave behind residues that overtime constitutes specks of dirt that may make our hair dull. One ingenious way to get rid of those remnants is to rinse your hair regularly with apple cider vinegar.

This is possible because vinegar hair rinse, being an organic compound, can effectively break down the molecular structures of these specks of dirt and aid their effective washing away by water and mild shampoos. However, before washing off the apple cider vinegar hair rinse, allow it to stay some time for it to complete the breaking process.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #4: Addresses Curly Hair

If you are worried about the hairstyle restriction that your curly hair gives you, apple cider vinegar hair rinse is one substance to try out. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to restore the springy bounce of curly hairs by popping them out.

And what more? The vinegar doesn't stretch your hair as most conditioners and shampoos do. Each hair strand is still preserved and you can make the hairstyle of your choice.

With an apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair, you don't need to use heat in straightening your hair as this can cause serious hair damages in the long run.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #5: Hair Detangling

If you are looking for a way to naturally detangle your hair to ease brushing, apple cider vinegar hair rinse is your best bet. The good thing about it is that it doesn't even have any side effect to worry about, unlike some hair conditioners.

Apple cider vinegar is able to perfectly detangle your hair because of its acidic nature. When you rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar regularly, the knots on it will naturally slip out making combing very easy.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #6: Anti-Frizziness

Hairs become frizzy when cuticles on it are lifted or raised. This, you can avoid or correct if you rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. The vinegar hair rinse ensures that the cuticles are smoothened and the frizz is gone.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #7: Shining Hair

You don't have to get your hair colored before it can bring out the radiance and beauty that you desire. A regular apple cider vinegar rinse is all you need.

When the frizz is gone and the cuticles rightly positioned, your hair can now better reflect the light from the sun causing it to glow naturally.


Colored hair comes with its own challenges but you can rest assured that apple cider vinegar hair rinse is harmless. And after all, it is cheap too.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #8: Promotes Hair Growth

Everyone wants their hair to grow and no one wants to experience baldness. Apart from genetics, a number of things can result in anyone experiencing hair loss and one of them is the effectiveness of blood circulation to the hair follicles.

Apple cider vinegar hair rinse ensures that blood circulation to your scalp is at its best. And as this circulation takes place, the nutrients that are needed for hair growth are carried to the follicles too. All you need do is use the vinegar rinse at least twice a week.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #9: Hair Porosity Management

The porosity of the hair has to do with the ease with which it absorbs liquids and also let it go. A highly porous hair will absorb all liquids around it quickly and in like manner lose it quickly too. And for that to have happened, what it means is that your hair shaft now has large holes and gaps and that can result in a serious damage to the hair.

Apple cider vinegar hair rinse may not fill up the holes and gaps in your hair shaft but if applied, the vinegar would make the cuticles flat and that would reduce the space. Better still, you can even avoid this condition by using the apple cider hair rinse regularly.

AC Vinegar Hair Rinse Benefit #10: Combats Hair Breakage

From the aforementioned benefits of using apple cider vinegar hair rinse, the likelihood of your hair breaking is minimized. That's because the vinegar would close up larger-than-normal holes and cuticles and promote strong and healthy hair strands. All of these are good recipes for avoiding hair breakage.

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Now that we have reviewed some 10 benefits of using apple cider vinegar hair rinse, the next thing to consider is how to use the hair rinse so all these benefits can be yours. 

Recall that we earlier affirmed that homemade apple cider vinegar would be your best bet for all the benefits to be guaranteed. That's because the colored organic vinegar would still contain remnants of beneficial bacteria to help your hair.

So, we would assume that you have made your apple cider vinegar hair rinse and that you are only waiting to know how to use it. If you can't make the apple cider vinegar on your own, there are outlets where you can buy one; just make sure it is labeled "organic.' You may want to check out any of the dphue products in this regard.

Apple cider vinegar can be very strong on the scalp and hair and as such, your first step in preparing its rinse is to experiment with the dilution that seems to be most comfortable with you.

It is advised that you mix not more than 2 tablespoonfuls of the vinegar in a cup of water. After mixing the vinegar, you should consider washing your hair with shampoo (this is optional) before applying the vinegar hair rinse.


If you have access to squirt bottles, it is the best to keep your apple cider vinegar rinse in them as it makes application easy. Spray some quantity of the ACV rinse on your hair and massage gently until you are sure all your hairs are covered.

Leave if or half an hour before washing it off. Or better still, you may not bother rinsing the vinegar off. As it dries, the smell would go. That's all you have to keep doing at least twice a week to enjoy all the wonderful benefits apple cider vinegar hair rinse has to offer.

ACV Hair Rinse And Herbs

You can spice up your vinegar hair rinse with herbs which would help detail your colored hair and condition it if you so wish. As with organic and refined apple cider vinegar, vinegar hair rinse containing different herbs are also up for sale. The dphue series offers ACV rinse with different herbs and you can buy any of your choices depending on the herbs you like.

We shall touch briefly on how to make the hair rinse with herbs later but before then, here are some herbs you can blend with your vinegar hair rinse depending to aid your hair color.

  1. If your hair is dark - colored, you can use parsley and rosemary to keep it shining
  2. Gray hair can be colored dark by sage
  3. If you want your light brown or blonde hair to be effectively highlighted, rinse with any of marigold, chamomile, or mullein
  4. If your hair is usually too oily, settle for witch hazel plant, thyme, or yarrow
  5. For dandruff, adding nettles would help
  6. Lavender is a natural conditioner
  7. Hosetails corrects brittleness

These herbs can be used either fresh or dried but you have to ensure that they haven't been sprayed with any chemical before collecting any of them for usage. Here is how to prepare your vinegar rinse containing herbs.

Get four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar; collect the herb (s) of your choice and two cups of water. These are all the key ingredients needed to make your vinegar rinse with herbs. Simply put the herbs into a saucepan; add the water, and heat for about 15 minutes. Your desired concentration would determine how much of the herbs you would have to add to the water.

Cover the tea for some 15 minutes again for it to steep after which you can now open and add the vinegar. Extract the liquid as this is what you need to apply to your hair. Ensure that while applying it to your hair, you do not allow it to touch your eyes.

Ideally, it should be left to dry with your hair although you may find the vinegar smell repugnant. But if you can endure a bit further, the smell vanishes as the vinegar dries off.

Suppose you don't even have a particular herb around you and you wish to enjoy the benefit it has to offer, you can purchase any of the dphue products labeled to contain such; the result is quite the same.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse - Conclusion

There you have some of the advantages of using apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair. You may want to check the facts out by yourself by trying out the suggestions in this piece and comparing your hair to what it was before applying the vinegar rinse. The effect becomes even better by adding herbs to the AVC hair rinse.

The good thing about the apple cider vinegar rinse is that it can be made at home and unless you are a die-hard fan of refined products such as the dphues, you can easily get yourself this fantastic hair rinse by just following the simple instructions here.

Remember that apple cider vinegar hair rinse is acidic and our individual skin's tolerance to acidity differs. Be sure to have experimented with the right dilution before applying it to your scalp. Good luck with your newly-found hair recipe!



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