In recent years, apple cider vinegar (ACV) has gained popularity as a natural remedy for various health and beauty concerns. Among its many touted benefits, ACV is often praised for its ability to promote hair health. One aspect that contributes to its effectiveness is the pH balance of ACV. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of pH balance, how it relates to apple cider vinegar, and the correlation between ACV and hair health.
Understanding pH Balance:
pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity, and it is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. A pH value of 7 is considered neutral, while values below 7 indicate acidity and values above 7 indicate alkalinity. The hair and scalp have a natural pH range of 4.5 to 5.5, which is slightly acidic. This acidity helps maintain the integrity of the hair structure and supports the scalp’s natural defense against bacteria and fungi.
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented product made from crushed apples. During the fermentation process, sugars in the apples are converted into alcohol and then further fermented into acetic acid, the main component of vinegar. ACV has a pH value of around 4.25-5 , making it slightly acidic, and the exact pH level of hair! This acidity is what gives ACV its potential benefits for hair and scalp health.
Benefits of ACV for Hair:
1. Restoring pH Balance: When used as a rinse or diluted solution, ACV can help restore the natural pH balance of the hair and scalp. This is particularly beneficial for those who use hair care products or experience scalp issues, as these can disrupt the pH balance, leading to dryness, itchiness, and even dandruff. Shampoo, hair color and especially relaxers are extremely alkaline for the hair, so we need to bring the hair back into balance. At Estrella, we have an incredible ACV shampoo, BALANCE (previously Luminous Stars), by Estrella Collection, and Oshala Farm's Hair Rinse! (psst, stay tuned tuned for our new scalp and hair loss potion! )
2. Sealing the Cuticles: The acidity of ACV helps in closing the cuticles of the hair strands. This smooths the hair’s surface, reduces frizz, and enhances shine. By sealing the cuticles, ACV also prevents moisture loss, which can lead to dry and brittle hair.
3. Scalp Cleansing: ACV possesses antimicrobial properties that can help combat bacteria and fungi on the scalp. This may be helpful for individuals with scalp conditions such as dandruff or scalp acne. However, it is important to note that ACV should be used in moderation, as excessive use can disrupt the natural balance of the scalp. We recommend using this in conjunction with another more hydrating shampoo, or using this in lieu of shampoo when you don't want to wash your hair but get it wet in the shower.
Apple cider vinegar’s pH balance plays a significant role in its potential benefits for hair health. Its acidity helps restore the natural pH balance of the hair and scalp, leading to improved hair texture, shine, and scalp condition. However, it is essential to use ACV in moderation and to dilute it properly to prevent any adverse effects. If you have any concerns about using ACV or specific hair conditions, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a dermatologist for personalized guidance.
Remember, while apple cider vinegar can be a valuable addition to your hair care routine, it is not a magical solution for all hair problems. Consult with Tara, Annette or your hair stylist for a proper haircare regime.
Maintaining a balanced diet, good hygiene practices, and a holistic approach to hair care will yield the best results in promoting healthy and lustrous hair.