"Apple cider vinegar, produced through the fermentation of fresh apple cider is a rich source of minerals (particularly potassium), vitamins, enzymes and amino acids." (Source)One of the most important steps in my regimen that I don't believe I've addressed at length here on HIA is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses. By doing just a little internet research, I have seen that ACV rinses are beneficial for those who suffer from scalp conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Some people have also testified that it has helped their hair growth by cleansing the scalp of debris. However, for me, the most important benefit is that with it's acidic pH, it helps to close the hair shaft which results in smooth, soft hair with better moisture retention. Below I've included pictures of what the hair shaft looks like when its open versus when it's closed:
|Open hair shaft. (Credit)|
|Closed hair shaft. (Credit)|
I've been doing ACV rinses consistently for about 12 weeks now (since my last relaxer) and I am definitely sure that this step is a staple in my regimen at this point!
I will note, however, that I do not use organic ACV, I use the regular one that you find next to the white vinegar in the grocery store. However I do plan on switching to the "real" stuff in the near future!
Here are some helpful links to start you out researching on the benefits of ACV (found from a simple Google search):
Do any of you ladies incorporate ACV rinses to your regimen? How does it work for you?
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