It All Comes Down to pH
One of the overlooked aspects of keeping hair healthy is its pH. If it’s not balanced, your scalp will be dry and easily irritable, and your hair will be dull and frizzy. Since water has a neutral pH of about 7, it means that each time you wash it, it’s pH rises from its normal state of 5.5 up to mid 6. This means you need something that helps lower the pH, so it seals your cuticles, leaving your hair shiny with soft strands. When the pH is high, the cuticles open and make your hair frizzy and dull.
The Simple DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe
All you need are two basic ingredients: apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water. For each ½ tablespoon of ACV, you need to add 1 cup of cold water. Mix them together, and you’re good to go. It’s crucial that you use organic, unfiltered, raw, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (with the mother). Since it lacks the preservatives and stabilizers used in mainstream cosmetics, each DIY rinse you make is single-use. Don’t try and use one batch on a couple of occasions.
How to Use Your ACV Rinse
To make the application easier, you can place your rinse in an old hair care bottle. Choose anything that will make it easy for you to distribute the rinse throughout your scalp and then on the strands. Depending on how oily or dry your hair is, you’ll have to adjust your rinse schedule. Keep the rinse on for five minutes before washing it off.
For oily hair: use the rinse after your shampoo, but not after each wash as it may be too drying.
For dry hair: you can use the rinse instead of the shampoo once a week, but apply it after your mask or conditioner so it can rinse it out post-wash.