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How Often Should I Use Apple Cider Vinegar On My Hair?

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Our scalp has a slightly acidic pH level of 5. This acidity level is essential in keeping the cuticle flat and closed, which translates into shiny and soft hair, with less frizz. It also prevents dryness, breakage, tangling, helps retain moisture and makes the hair smooth.

A 2014 study found that high alkalinity in shampoos can contribute to breakage, hair friction, and dryness. Unfortunately, most shampoos are alkaline and have a pH level of 7 or above. The alkaline nature of shampoos disrupts the acidity of the scalp and makes the cuticle layer more susceptible to breakage, tangling, and frizz. 

However, you can regulate the pH of your scalp by using apple cider vinegar. It has a pH level of 3. Although it’s more acidic, diluting it with water increases the pH to 5. Or you can go for a well-balanced ACV shampoo. Let’s explore the science behind the goodness of apple cider vinegar for your hair.

Table of contents

1. What are the benefits of washing your hair with apple cider vinegar? 
  1.1 Balances pH
  1.2 Reducse dandruff
  1.3 Protects hair color
  1.4 Relieves itchy scalp
  1.5 Encourages hair growth 
2. Are there any side effects of apple cider vinegar on hair?
3. How do I use apple cider vinegar for hair care?
  3.1 Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
  3.2 Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo 

1. Benefits of washing your hair with apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy that strengthens your hair, enhances shine, and improves scalp health. It can also help you to deal with an itchy scalp and hair breakage. Apple cider vinegar can also deeply cleanse your scalp and balance the pH to improve shine and reduce frizz. 

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1.1 Balances pH

We can’t stress enough the importance of maintaining the pH of your scalp. If your scalp becomes more alkaline, you’ll notice the difference in the way your hair looks and feels. Apple cider vinegar’s natural acidity helps bring your hair back into balance. 

1.2 Reduces dandruff

ACV helps reduce dandruff, due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties and it also gently exfoliates your scalp and helps remove flakes. The acidity of apple cider vinegar reduces fungal growth, which helps eliminate the root cause of dandruff. ACV also helps clean your scalp by ridding it of product buildup, which is another common cause of dandruff. 

1.3 Protects hair color

As ACV seals the cuticle, it helps boost shine and protects your hair color. 

1.4 Relieves itchy scalp

ACV also has anti-inflammatory properties, and it can prevent bacteria growth on the scalp. Suppose you have an itchy scalp due to dandruff or product buildup. ACV can effectively reduce inflammation, balance your scalp’s pH, and dissolve and remove buildup. This will minimize dandruff and reduce itchiness.

1.5 Encourages hair growth 

Although there is no research linking ACV to hair loss prevention, the acidity of ACV is a potential solution for hair thinning. Again, it has to do with the ideal pH level of the hair&scalp, which is between four and five. Add ACV to your hair care routine to balance pH levels, unclog pores and stimulate healthy hair growth. 

2. Side effects of using apple cider vinegar on hair

Apple cider vinegar is all about bringing balance to your hair and scalp. You should be careful not to overdo it, though, and use a too concentrated ACV solution, as it can irritate the skin. Also, never use ACV on your skin undiluted!

3. How to use Apple cider vinegar for hair care

There are (at least) two ways to use ACV for hair care:

3.1 Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you have apple cider vinegar in your kitchen, you can use it to prepare an ACV hair rinse. First, mix a few tablespoons (not more than 5) of ACV with water and pour the mixture over your hair after shampooing and conditioning. Next, work the mixture into your scalp, leave it on for four to six minutes, and then rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Use an apple cider vinegar rinse a couple of times a week. 

3.2 Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo 

If you find that ACV’s smell is too strong for you or preparing an ACV rinse seems too complicated, you can always use an apple cider vinegar shampoo. 

Here is our recommendation: 

Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo And Coconut/Avocado Oil Conditioner Pack

Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo And Coconut/Avocado Oil Conditioner


WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Coconut Avocado Oil conditioner is a great combo for reviving damaged hair and scalp. The products are packed with ultra-rich natural ingredients, and the bioactive formulas can soothe itchiness, fight pesky flakes, regulate the pH level of your scalp and leave your hair smoother and stronger.

The WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo helps to gently remove buildup and dandruff and, along with the Avocado Oil conditioner, it helps nourish dry and damaged hair. 

One additional tip: Add Onion Black Seed Hair Oil to your hair care routine as well! 

Onion Black Seed Hair Oil


This powerful combination of plant-powered hair care products can be used to detox your scalp and remove buildup, fight frizz, boost hair growth, and get silky and shiny hair.  

Osheen Jain

Osheen is a freelance content writer passionate about digital marketing and everything related to curating amazing content. She believes in minimalistic living and keeps making lists for unnecessary tasks. Aside from writing, Osheen is interested in Cognitive Science, has a Master's degree in Philosophy, loves reading, and enjoys exploring new places. You can find more about her at osheenjain.com.

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