Should You Be Rinsing Your Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar? (For Most, the Answer Is Yes)

If you've never considered doing an apple cider vinegar rinse, allow me to explain why you should consider incorporating it into your haircare routine today.

By Danielle Jackson

As someone who can only wash her hair once a week, I know all too well that sometimes I need a little more than shampoo to get rid of the grease and product buildup on my scalp. To add to that, my hair also has a bit of a dryness problem thanks to my highly porous strands that sometimes make it impossible for moisture to retain itself. Thankfully, I've spent the past few months listening to my hair needs and trying to figure out what kinds of products it benefits from the most, one of which is the lifesaver that is apple cider vinegar.

If you've never considered doing an apple cider vinegar rinse, allow me to explain (with some help from a hair expert) why you should consider incorporating it into your haircare routine today.

What Are the Benefits of Using Apple Cider Vinegar on Hair?

Apple cider vinegar is said to have cleansing properties, though it can actually benefit your hair in a variety of ways. "The two main areas on which ACV can have a positive impact are your scalp and the cuticles of your hair," Whitney Eaddy, natural haircare expert and owner of Her Growing Hands salon, told POPSUGAR.

According to Eaddy, apple cider vinegar can help flatten or close the cuticle layer of your hair, which can prevent further breakage or damage. This is especially good for people who have highly porous hair, aka hair that has lots of holes or gaps in the hair shaft. Think of it as a temporary smoothing agent that can moisturize your hair and give it a little shine while also stimulating hair growth, working to prevent your scalp from getting dry and/or itchy, and (since it's acidic) clarifying the scalp and getting rid of product buildup. It really can do your hair good, so long as you utilize it properly.

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