What is apple cider vinegar?

Having been regularly used in cooking and cleaning purposes, apple cider vinegar has gathered a hugely positive reputation. And if you were to use it for even a short space of time, you would soon realize just why that is. For many people, using apple cider vinegar as part of their regular healthcare has become very popular. However, what could you expect from using this particular product on your hair?

Like many natural products, apple cider vinegar has long been linked with hair care. It’s got a variety of applications, and one of them is that it can really help to improve the condition of our scalp. However, is there any proof of this? Let’s take a look. 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair: Benefits

As mentioned above, using apple cider vinegar for hair has become increasingly common. It’s a topic that is often recommended by people who use natural hair care solutions. Whether or not it is the right choice for you, though, remains to be seen. So, what can we find in terms of proof that apple cider vinegar and hair are a positive combination?

  • Apple cider vinegar is linked with being a strong hair wash product, particularly for scalp health. This comes from the fact that it’s a powerful antimicrobial substance
  • It’s also been linked with being able to help strengthen our hair, minimizing hair breakage.
  • Another link that apple cider vinegar has is being able to help enhance the shininess of our hair naturally.
  • By helping to balance out your pH, those who are higher on the pH scale can find that apple cider vinegar helps to reduce dullness and brittleness in the hair.
  • The presence of vitamins C and B make it a natural product for introducing vitamins and minerals into the system.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

One thing to note about using apple cider vinegar comes from pH balancing. Make sure that you don’t go overboard with use; try and lower the amount that you use if you notice any impact on your hair. If used on the skin, such as on your scalp, then be sure to dilute it as best you can. So long as you don’t make it too strong and you don’t use it too often, though, there are very few health concerns to keep in mind when using apple cider vinegar. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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