Vinegar is a common ingredient which is found in our kitchens. It is very useful in adding an extra flavor to the food. The main process behind obtaining vinegar is fermentation. It is an acidic solution which is made of many diluted alcoholic products. The most common products used are wine, beer and rice. It mainly consists of acetic acid in it. Also, water and other chemical flavoring agents will be present in it.

Apart from its kitchen usage, vinegar also has many of the health and beauty benefits. The acidic nature in vinegar is capable of killing the bacteria and germs that are present in our body. When it comes to skin and hair, it can be used as a beauty ingredient in various masks. It has great cleansing and healing properties. This can add a natural glow to our face, skin and hair.


In this article, I have explained the benefits of using vinegar for hair. I have also explained the ways it can be used for curing dandruff and itchy scalp. Simple at home methods of using vinegar for enhancing hair growth, their shine and preventing hair loss has also been covered. Also, the things to be kept in mind while buying vinegar have also been mentioned.

Best Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair
Benefits Of ACV For Hair
Apple cider vinegar for hair growth
Hair Loss Treatment with ACV
Apple cider vinegar For dandruff
ACV For Itchy scalp
Vinegar To Make Hair Shine

 

Vinegar for hair
Vinegar for hair

Best Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair

There are various types of vinegar available in the market. But when it comes to hair, there are a few things that should be noted while buying it. All the kinds of vinegar differ in their acidity levels. The distilled vinegar is the one which is said to be more concentrated. But you cannot use this on your hair due to the high acid content which can affect your scalp and hair. It might lead to hair damage and infections too. But still, you can use this on your hair in diluted form. Mix water with the vinegar in a ratio of 1:2 to use it safely [In 1 cup of vinegar, add 2 cups of water]. This can prevent your hair from any infections and damages.

The most popular vinegar,  is Apple cider vinegar[1] which has a normal acidic level. The acidity level in this is suitable for your hair. So you can prefer using this while preparing hair masks. You can use it in both diluted and concentrated forms. This will not cause any infections or hair damage. The apple flavor in this will also be mild. This will also add a mild fragrance to your hair.

Vinegar, that is suitable for hair

Normally, there are two types of vinegar available in all varieties. One is filtered vinegar and the other one is unfiltered. Always prefer the unfiltered one. Filtered vinegar is the one that contains no nutrients in it. All the essential elements will be removed and only the extracted juice will be present. Unfiltered vinegar is the one which contains all the bacteria and enzymes. These agents make the solution more powerful and useful. They are very necessary as it contains a lot of benefits for the hair. So whenever you buy vinegar, there are three important things to be noticed. They are:

  1. Organic
  2. Unfiltered
  3. Raw

Always check for these three things to be mentioned on the bottle. Do not buy it for hair when any of the above is not mentioned. This vinegar appears cloudy. It also has a small amount if sediments in it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular types of vinegar available in the market. It is the one which is made of fermented apple juice. This vinegar is made in a two-step process. The two-step process is more similar to how alcohol is made. In the first step crushed apples (or apple cider) are exposed to yeast[2].

The apple cider vinegar is packed with a lot of nutrients in it. It has pectin, biotin, folic acid, niacin and pantothenic acid in it. The vinegar contains a list of vitamins namely Vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin b6 and vitamin C.  It also contains a small amount of certain minerals, like sodium, phosphorous, calcium, iron and magnesium. Other than these, it is enriched with a significant amount of citric acid too.


Benefits Of ACV For Hair

Cleansing agent

Apple cider Vinegar is an excellent cleansing agent for your hair. It removes all the impurities and dirt present in your hair. This helps in maintaining your hair very neat and clean. It cures all the fungal infections in your scalp. This makes your scalp free from any of the infectious agents. It also removes the itchiness in your scalp regions.

Balances the natural pH

Naturally, oil secretion is done by the sebaceous glands present in our scalp. This natural oil prevents our hair from any fungal infections. But we often use shampoos and hair lotions. The chemicals present in these products strip the natural oil away from our scalp. So, the scalp becomes dry. Apple cider vinegar has a pH level as same as these natural oils. So, when this is applied to our hair, it can help in maintaining the pH of our hair. The lost natural oil properties can be restored using apple cider vinegar.

Adds volume and natural curls

We often use heating products such as curlers, blowers for making hair curls. Many lotions and creams are also used which consists of a lot of chemical agents in it. This might lead to many of the hair problems and hair damage. By using apple cider vinegar, we can make natural curls. These natural curls will exist for a longer duration when compared to the curls obtained using heating products. Apple cider vinegar will not cause any side effects or hair damage. These curls will make your hair to look denser and more voluminous.

Cures Sun Burnt scalp

Repeated exposure of scalp to the sun causes sunburns[3]. It leads to redness of the skin, inflammation in the scalp and its increased itchiness. Continued exposure will increase the chances of hair damage and hair loss. Apple cider Vinegar can cure these sunburnt scalp regions. Diluted Apple cider Vinegar solution can be applied to the burnt regions. This can give you relief from pain and itchiness. It also contains astringent properties in it. These properties will help the burns from further infections.

Removes clogging in the pores of the scalp

Like all other organs, proper breathing is very essential for the hair cells too. Improper oxygen supply can lead to hair cell damage and weak hair follicles[4]. The clogged pores in the scalp will inhibit proper oxygen supply to hair. We often use various hair products like gels, lotions, shampoos and creams on our hair. Not washing the hair properly makes these products to get settled in our scalp. This leads to the formation of product buildups on the scalp. These product buildups block the pores in your scalp and hair follicles.

Dead skin cells are also a major reason for clogged pores. The alpha hydroxy acid present in vinegar helps in exfoliating the scalp. So, using vinegar for hair can be the best solution for clogged pores. It removes all the blockages in pores and supports proper breathing of hair cells.

Treats split ends and breakage

When excess heat or chemicals are applied, it affects the outer layer of hair. The chemical treatments on hair affect the normal texture of hair. The outer cuticle layer of hair gets damaged entirely. This leads to split ends and hair breakage. Applying apple cider vinegar can cure these hair problems. It also prevents your hair from further damages.

Promotes hair growth

The shafts on the cuticles are vital for hair extensions. We often undergo chemical treatments for hair and use lotions and shampoos. This will lead to the sedimentation of the residues on the cuticle. These sediments affect the shaft in your hair. This will lead to the inhibition of hair growth. Also, the hair will become very weak and dull. It will further lead to the growth of uneven and frayed hair. When vinegar is applied on hair, it removes the residues. It makes the shaft region free from any blockages. So your hair will continue to grow well.

Adds fragrance

It makes your hair to smell fresh all the time. It removes all the agents that make your hair smell bad. The apple flavour gives a mild fragrance to your hair.

ACV For Hair Growth

Apple cider vinegar is capable of promoting the blood circulation in your scalp region. This will stimulate the growth of healthy hair follicles. The acidic nature of vinegar helps in curing the infected and damaged skin cells. The organic acids present in the vinegar increases cell turnover. So, new cells are formed which will increase hair growth. It also cleanses the scalp region. Vinegar helps in protecting your scalp from any bacterial and fungal infections. It is known to contain most of the natural nutrient supplements. So, this helps in supplying proper nutrients to your hair follicles.

Vinegar tightens the pores in your scalp regions. So, your hair will become strong and thick. Pollution and usage of chemical agents can damage your hair growth. It helps in preventing your hair from the damage caused by such external agents.

With Coconut Oil
With Cayenne pepper
With Baking soda
With Aloe Vera Gel
With banana

 

Vinegar for hair

With Coconut Oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil 4 tbsp
Honey 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 4 tbsp of coconut oil with the vinegar.
  3. Then add 2 tbsp of honey with the vinegar mixture.
  4. Mix the three ingredients well using a spoon.
  5. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and also in the scalp region.
  7. Give a massage to your hair while applying it.
  8. Then cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic cover.
  9. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  11. You can use a mild and sulfate free shampoo for washing your hair.
  12. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Coconut oil is widely used by most of us on a daily basis. When mixed with vinegar, it supports the growth of hair naturally.

With Cayenne pepper

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Cayenne pepper 1 tbsp
Water 1/2 cup
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Directions for Use

  1. Pour 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper powder with the vinegar.
  3. Then add 1/2 cup of water with the vinegar mixture.
  4. Mix the three ingredients well until vinegar gets dissolved in water.
  5. Now, brush your hair with a fine-toothed comb.  Then divide it into small sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar solution to your hair. Make sure that you have applied on each strand of your hair.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Then remove the cover and start massaging your hair for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Now start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  11. Mild and sulfate free shampoos can be used for washing your hair.
  12. You can also apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness in hair.

Cayenne pepper has the ability to strengthen your hair follicles individually. So, when mixed with vinegar it can stimulate the growth of new hair follicles.

With Baking soda

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Baking soda 1 tbsp
Coconut oil / Essential oil 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of coconut oil or essential oil with the vinegar.
  3. Then add 1 tbsp of baking soda with the vinegar mixture.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water into the mixture.
  5. Mix all the ingredients well using a spoon. Stir it until baking soda gets dissolved in vinegar
  6. Now, remove all the tangles in your hair and divide it into sections.
  7. Then apply the vinegar mixture on each strand of your hair and in the scalp areas.
  8. Gently massage your hair while applying the vinegar mixture.
  9. Use a hair cover or a plastic cover to cover your hair.
  10. Leave your hair undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes.
  11. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  12. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  13. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

When vinegar is mixed with baking soda, it can help you grow long and strong hair.

Baking soda

With Aloe Vera Gel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Aloe vera gel 1/2 cup
Honey 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take a small bowl and pour 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into it.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel with the vinegar.
  3. Then add 2 tbsp of honey with the vinegar mixture.
  4. Mix the ingredients well until the aloe vera gel gets mixed with vinegar.
  5. Now, comb your hair and divide it into sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp regions.
  7. Gently give a massage to your hair while applying it.
  8. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  9. Leave your hair for 20 to 30 minutes.
  10. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  11. Mild and sulfate free shampoos can be used for washing your hair.
  12. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Aloe vera gel has the ability to regrow your hair. When mixed with vinegar it increases your hair growth[5].

With banana

Ingredients Required Quantity
Banana slices 10 to 15
Apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp
Grapeseed oil 1 tbsp
Honey 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take a few banana slices and put them in a bowl. Mash the banana slices until it becomes a paste.
  2. Then add 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with the banana paste. Mix it well.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil into the mixture.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well using a blender.
  5. Now make your hair free from tangles and divide it into a few sections.
  6. Start applying the mixture on each strand of your hair and on the scalp regions.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave it to get dry for 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Then remove the hair cover. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  10. You can use mild shampoos for washing your hair. Hair conditioners can be used to get rid of the dryness in hair.

Bananas are rich in potassium which can strength the hair follicles. This pack will also help in repairing your damages hair cells.

Hair Loss Treatment with ACV

Hair loss can happen due to various external and internal factors. Some of the internal factors are diseases affecting the scalp, weak hair follicles, dead skin cells, improper moisture level or a dry scalp[6]. Some of the external factors are pollution, chemical treatments, heating your hair, fungal and bacterial infections. Vinegar can be a solution for all of the above problems. It removes all the external agents that cause hair fall. Vinegar also makes your scalp healthy by strengthening it. It strengthens your hair follicles by removing the blockages.

It helps in maintaining a proper oxygen supply for the skin cells in your scalp. This can make your hair fresh and healthy.

With Rosemary essential oil
With Avocado
With eggs
With Honey
With Orange Peel

Hair loss

With Rosemary essential oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Rosemary essential oil 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of rosemary oil with the vinegar.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water with this mixture.
  4. Mix the ingredients well using a spoon.
  5. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  7. Give a massage to your hair while applying it.
  8. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  9. Leave your hair undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes.
  10. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  11. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  12. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Rosemary oil strengthens the blood circulation in your scalp. So, this pack will hel you in preventing hair loss[7].


With Avocado

Ingredients Required Quantity
Avocado oil 2 tbsp
Apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp
Honey 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take a small bowl and add 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in it.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of avocado oil into the bowl and mix it well.
  3. Now add 2 tbsp of honey into the mixture.
  4. Stir the ingredients well using a spoon.
  5. Then comb your hair to remove the tangles. Start applying it on your hair. Apply it evenly on your scalp regions.
  6. After applying it, cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  7. Then, after 20 to 30 minutes, remove the cover from your hair.
  8. Gently massage your hair for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  10. Use mild sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  11. Then apply some hair conditioner or lotion to keep your hair moisturized.

Avocado[8] helps in soothening your scalp and promotes hair growth. When mixed with vinegar it works well in preventing the hair loss.

With eggs

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp
Milk 3 tbsp
Egg 2

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 eggs and break them in a small bowl. Beat it well until the white and yolk part gets mixed well.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the bowl.
  3. Mix it well. While mixing add 2 tbsp of raw milk into it.
  4. Mix the ingredients well using a blender.
  5. Then brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Divide your hair into smaller sections.
  6. Start applying the mixture to your hair. Apply it well on the roots of your scalp areas.
  7. Gently massage your scalp regions for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Then cover your hair with a plastic cover or hair cover.
  9. Leave your hair to get dry for 30 to 40 minutes.
  10. Now remove your hair cover and start washing your hair with warm or cold water.
  11. Use a small amount of shampoo for washing your hair. Prefer mild sulfate free shampoos for washing.
  12. Hair conditioners can be used for preventing the dryness in your hair.

Eggs[9] nourishes your scalp with the essential nutrients supply. So, this pack will prevent your hair from falling down.

With Honey

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Honey 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of honey with the vinegar.
  3. Mix the two ingredients well using a spoon.
  4. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  5. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  6. Give a massage to your hair while applying it.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  10. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  11. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Honey[10] keeps your hair conditioned all the time. So, this will prevent hair damage and reduces hair loss.

With Orange Peel

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Lemon peels – dried 5 pieces
Orange peels – dried 10 pieces
Purified water 1/4 cup
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Directions for Use

  1. Take a few dried orange and lemon peels. Grind the peels using a grinder or a mixer into a fine powder.
  2. Then mix the powder-mix in a 1/4 cup of water.
  3. Mix the solution well.
  4. Then add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the solution. Stir the ingredients well using a spoon.
  5. Now remove all the knots in your hair. Divide your hair into sections.
  6. Start applying the mixture on your hair. Apply it well on the roots of the scalp.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair to get dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the cover from your hair. Gently massage your hair for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Then rinse your hair with cold or warm water. Use a small amount of shampoo for washing your hair.
  11. An adequate amount of conditioner can be used to prevent dryness in your hair.

The folic acid in orange peels increases hair growth and prevents hair fall. So, this hair mask will work well in reducing the hair loss.

ACV for dandruff

Dandruff is mainly caused due to the dryness in your scalp region. Excessive oil secretion can cause the skin cells in the scalp to clump together. This will start appearing as white flakes after a few days. Vinegar can prevent your hair from excessive oil secretion. It absorbs all the excess oil present in your scalp. Vinegar also has the capability to control the oil secretion. It maintains the normal moisture level in your hair. This prevents your hair and scalp from getting dry.

Certain other reasons like severe scalp conditions can also cause dandruff[11]. Some diseases like dermatitis and eczema will lead to scalp damage and dandruff. Vinegar can treat such severe scalp conditions and infections. Vinegar enriches your hair and scalp, thereby, preventing them from further damages.

With Chamomile tea
With Aspirin Tablets
With Lemon
With Oatmeal
With Fenugreek seeds

Dandruff

With Chamomile tea

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Chamomile tea bag 1
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Take a 1/4 cup of water and boil it for a few minutes.
  2. Then put a chamomile tea bag into the boiled water. Leave it for a few minutes. Pre-used chamomile bags can also be used –  put 2 such teabags in water.
  3. Now take only the chamomile solution by removing the tea bags away.
  4. Then add 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the chamomile solution.
  5. Stir the ingredients well using a spoon. Mix it until the vinegar gets dissolved in Chamomile solution.
  6. Comb your hair well and split it into small sections.
  7. Start applying the mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair starting from roots till the ends.
  8. Gently massage your hair while applying it.
  9. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  10. Leave your hair undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes.
  11. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  12. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  13. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Chamomile tea has the ability to soothene your scalp by reducing dandruff. When vinegar is mixed with camomile tea, it becomes a great remedy for curing dandruff.


With Aspirin Tablets

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Aspirin tablets 3
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Take 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 3 crushed aspirin tablets into the vinegar solution. Mix the solution well until the tablets get dissolved in vinegar.
  3. Then pour the vinegar solution in 1/4 a cup of water. Stir the solution well until it gets mixed.
  4. Use a wide-toothed comb and remove all the tangles in your hair. Then divide your hair into sections.
  5. Start applying the vinegar solution on your hair. Apply on those areas of your scalp where dandruff is more.
  6. Massage your scalp region while applying the solution.
  7. Then cover your hair with a plastic cover or hair cover.
  8. Leave it to get dry for 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Now remove the cover from your hair. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  10. Mild sulfate free shampoo can be used for washing your hair.
  11. Do not rub the scalp region while washing. It might affect your hair follicles.
  12. You can also use hair conditioner to get rid of dryness.

Aspirin helps in exfoliating the flakes caused due to dandruff. So, this will help in treating the scalp with dandruff.

With Lemon

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Lemon 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of lemon with the vinegar mixture.
  3. Mix the two ingredients well using a spoon.
  4. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  5. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  6. Give a massage to your hair while applying it.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  10. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  11. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Lemon is enriched with citric acid in it. Citric acid can be the best cure for reducing dandruff in your scalp.

With Oatmeal

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Oatmeal 1 small cup
Purified water 1/4 cup
lemon juice 1 tbsp
Essential oil (based on your choice) 10 drops

Directions for Use

  1. Take a small bowl of water and boil it. Heat it under a low flame.
  2. Now put a small cup of oatmeal into the boiling water.
  3. Heat the mixture until the oatmeal starts boiling. Stop heating it when you see bubbles.
  4. Now leave the mixture to cool down for a few minutes.
  5. Then add 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the mixture.
  6. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 10 drops of essential oil. Any essential oil based on your choice can be used.
  7. Stir the ingredients well using a blender or a spoon.
  8. Then divide your hair into small sections.
  9. Start applying the mixture on your hair. Spread the mixture on the areas where dandruff is more.
  10. Then cover your hair with a plastic cover or hair cover.
  11. Leave your hair for 30 to 40 minutes.
  12. Now remove the cover and start washing your hair. Use warm or cold water for washing your hair.
  13. You can also use shampoos for washing your hair. Do not use hard shampoos which have a strong fragrance.
  14. Use conditioners to get rid of dryness in hair.

Oatmeal has the ability to reduce and inhibit the growth of dandruff in your scalp. This hair mask can reduce the dandruff to a greater extent.

With Fenugreek seeds

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds 5 tbsp
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Take 5 tbsp of fenugreek seeds and soak it in a small cup of water. You can soak the seeds at night and prepare this the next morning.
  2. Take the seeds out from water by morning. Then grind the seeds using a mixer or a grinder. Grind it until the seeds turn to a paste.
  3. Then add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with the paste.
  4. Mix the two ingredients well using a spoon or a blender.
  5. Now, comb your hair and divide it into sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  7. Massage your hair for 2 to 3 minutes while applying.
  8. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  9. Leave your hair undisturbed for 40 to 45 minutes.
  10. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  11. You can use mild and sulfate free shampoos for washing your hair.
  12. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Fenugreek is know to cure many of the scalp problems. When mixed with vinegar, this can reduce the dandruff in your scalp regions.

ACV For Itchy scalp

Itchy scalp can be due to many reasons. Dandruff, scalp infections, dirt and other impurities can be the major reasons for this problem. Itchy scalp might lead to redness, inflammation and pain in your scalp regions. It will also lead to hair fall and har damage. Vinegar is packed with excellent healing properties. The acetic acid present in the vinegar helps in healing the scalp wounds.

The infections and other scalp problems can also be treated with vinegar. It makes the scalp regain normal conditions. Applying vinegar solution on hair can prevent the itchiness in your scalp. You can also use vinegar hair sprays regularly to get rid of scalp problems[12].

With concentrated Apple Cider Vinegar
With diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
With Yogurt
With Lavender essential oil
With Bentonite Clay
With Mayonnaise
With Olive oil
With Tea tree oil

With concentrated Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  3. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  4. Massage your scalp while applying the vinegar.
  5. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  6. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  8. You can use mild and sulfate-free shampoos for washing your hair.
  9. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

You can use this as a hair spray[13] daily. This prevents your hair from getting dried. It also helps remove all the tangles and knots in your hair. The frizziness in your hair will be removed when you use it on a daily basis.

With diluted Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Purified water 2 tbsp
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Directions for Use

  1. Take 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of water to the vinegar.
  3. Mix it properly until vinegar gets dissolved in water.
  4. Then comb your hair well and divide it into sections.
  5. Start applying the diluted vinegar solution to each strand of your hair. Apply it starting from the roots till the tips of your hair.
  6. Then cover your hair using a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  7. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Then remove the cover in your hair. Start washing your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use mild & sulfate-free shampoo for washing your hair.
  10. Hair conditioners or hair moisturizers can be used for preventing the dryness in your hair.

Diluted Apple cider vinegar can be used for a hair rinse. You can rinse your hair with this apple cider solution before applying other masks. You can use it daily before going out. It forms a protective layer in your hair which prevents your hair from pollutants, dirt and other impurities.

With Yogurt

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Yogurt 1/2 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Pour 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of yogurt with the vinegar.
  3. Stir the mixture well until vinegar gets dissolved in yogurt. You can also add water to adjust the consistency.
  4. Then remove the tangles and divide your hair into sections.
  5. Now apply the vinegar solution in each strand of your hair. Apply it on the itchy scalp regions of your hair.
  6. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  7. Leave the vinegar mixture on your hair for 30 to 40 minutes.
  8. Then remove the hair cover. Start washing your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. Use some mild sulfate-free shampoo to wash your hair.
  10. Hair lotions or moisturizers can be used to prevent the dryness in your hair.

Yogurt can make your scalp to be cool and soothen it. This hair mask will remove the itchiness in your scalp.

With Lavender essential oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Lavender essential oil 2 tbsp
Rosemary essential oil 2 tbsp
Purified water 1/4 cup
Directions for Use
  1. Take 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Pour 1/4 a cup of water into the bowl. Stir it until vinegar gets dissolved in water.
  3. Then, add 2 tbsp of lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil into the bowl. You can use any number of essential oils based on your preferences.
  4. Mix the solution well using a spoon.
  5. Use a wide-toothed comb and remove all the tangles in your hair. Then divide your hair into sections.
  6. Start applying the vinegar solution on your hair. Apply on those areas of your scalp where dandruff is more.
  7. Massage your scalp region while applying the solution.
  8. Then cover your hair with a plastic cover or hair cover.
  9. Leave it to get dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
  10. Now remove the cover from your hair. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  11. Mild sulfate-free shampoo can be used for washing your hair.
  12. You can also use hair conditioner or lotions to get rid of dryness.

Lavendar oil is good for reducing scalp issues like inflammation and dryness. This can work well in treating itchy scalp regions.

How to use vinegar to make hair shine

Due to many factors like chemicals, pollution and dead cells, hair becomes dull. The natural glow and shine are lost. The normal texture of your hair also gets affected. Using apple cider vinegar can help you in regaining the shine in your hair. ACV helps by moisturizing your hair. It also keeps your hair conditioned[14]. This prevents the frizziness in your hair. When apple cider vinegar is applied your hair becomes fresh. This makes your hair to shine and glow. It also makes your hair soft and smooth.

With Bentonite Clay

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Bentonite Clay 5 tbsp
Purified water 1/4 cup

Directions for Use

  1. Take 5 tbsp of Bentonite clay in a small bowl.
  2. Pour 1/4 a cup of water into it. Mix it well until the clay turns to a paste.
  3. Then add 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into the bowl.
  4. Blend the ingredients well until the vinegar gets mixed with the clay.
  5. Use a wide-toothed comb and remove all the tangles in your hair. Then divide your hair into sections.
  6. Start applying the clay on your hair. Apply the clay on each strand of your hair.
  7. Massage your scalp region while applying the clay.
  8. Then cover your hair with a plastic cover or hair cover.
  9. Leave it to get dry for 30 to 40 minutes.
  10. Now remove the cover from your hair. Rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
  11. Mild sulfate-free shampoo can be used for washing your hair.
  12. You might find some residues of clay while washing. Do not rub the scalp region while washing, but wash more gently to remove them.
  13. You can also use hair conditioner to get rid of dryness.

Bentonite clay has excellent healing properties in it. So, it makes your hair to be healthy and shiny.

With Mayonnaise

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 4 tbsp
Mayonesse 1/4 cup
Purified water 1/4 cup
Eggs 2
Honey 2 tbsp
Directions for Use
  1. Break two eggs and put them inside a small bowl. Beat the eggs until the whites and yolks get mixed.
  2. Now, add 1/4 cup of Mayonesse in the bowl. Add a small amount of water. Mix the ingredients well until Myonesse gets mixed with the egg.
  3. Then add 4 tbsp of vinegar into the mixture.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of honey into the bowl.
  5. Mix all the ingredients well using a spoon.
  6. Now, remove all the tangles in your hair. Wash your hair once before applying the paste.
  7. Then apply the vinegar mixture on damp hair. Apply it on each strand of your hair and in the scalp areas.
  8. Gently massage your hair while applying the vinegar mixture.
  9. Use a hair cover or a plastic cover to cover your hair.
  10. Leave your hair undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes.
  11. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  12. You can use mild and sulfate-free shampoos for washing your hair.
  13. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Mayonesse enriches each strands of your hair. It keeps your hair conditioned and makes it look with more shine.

With Olive oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp

Directions for Use

  1. Take 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Then add 2 tbsp of olive oil with the vinegar mixture.
  3. Mix the two ingredients well using a spoon.
  4. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  5. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply it on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  6. Gently massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  10. You can use a mild and sulfate-free shampoo for washing your hair.
  11. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Olive oil helps in maintaining the normal moisture content in your hair. This helps your hair to be fresh and shiny all the time.

With Tea tree oil

Ingredients Required Quantity
Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp
Tea tree oil 10-15 drops

Directions for Use

  1. Pour 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and add an equal quantity of plain water to it, mix well.
  2. Then add tea tree oil with the vinegar mixture.
  3. Mix the two ingredients well using a spoon.
  4. Now, divide your hair into sections.
  5. Start applying the vinegar mixture to your hair. Apply on each strand of your hair and in the scalp region.
  6. Massage your hair for a few minutes while applying it.
  7. Then cover your hair with a hair cover or a plastic cover.
  8. Leave your hair undisturbed for 40 to 45 minutes.
  9. Then remove the cover and start washing your hair with cold or warm water.
  10. You can use mild and sulfate-free shampoos[15] for washing your hair.
  11. Apply some conditioner or hair moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Tea tree oil improves the healthy of your scalp by proper nutrient supply. So, your hair will look more bright and shiny.

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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 28/2/2019



Tharaa Nagendran

Health & Wellness Content Writer at Glowpink
A passionate writer and a creative artist who loves artworks. Writing and Doodling are the two things that give me serenity. Being as a Health and Fitness content writer, I find myself more responsible. I enjoy delivering contents that helps in enhancing the lifestyles of people.
Tharaa Nagendran
A passionate writer and a creative artist who loves artworks. Writing and Doodling are the two things that give me serenity. Being as a Health and Fitness content writer, I find myself more responsible. I enjoy delivering contents that helps in enhancing the lifestyles of people.

17 Comments

  1. When I have a sensitive scalp, is it better to go for the home remedies containing the apple cider vinegar? Will it make any side effects on my sensitive scalp when used regularly until I get rid of the hair issue? If no, then also mention if there are any specific remedies that could be used on sensitive scalps.

  2. Hello everyone! I have treated my hair with the artificial color and it’s been more than 6 months after taking up the color treatment on my hair. Initially when I did the color treatment my hair looked very bright with the treated color. It looked more shiny and also fresh all the time. But then, as days went the color in my hair started to fade day by day. And also the constant usage of certain hair care products has made the color in my hair to get damaged. Now both the treated and the natural color of my hair have got faded and broken. This made my hair look damaged and uneven in the color and the structure. It has also leaded to the breakages of hair in between which makes my hair look in varied lengths. Though I cut my hair, I continue to get the same problem. I couldn’t find a solution for this. Will any of the natural homemade apple cider remedies that are specified in this article would help me to get rid of this issue. If yes, please mention the remedy that could treat my color damaged hair.

  3. Awesome piece of content with so much natural remedies that could get rid of most of the hair damages that is happening in most of our hair. Literally in love with the way you delivered each and every piece of information. Thanks a bunch for sharing such useful posts on your blog. Will keep on following your blog and looking for more updates on different and new topics.

  4. How often can i use the apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay remedy on my hair? Can I use it twice in every week or more than that? Will this cause any side effects on my hair and scalp if it is used more number of times. Also please mention if this bentonite clay hair mask would create any odor in my hair.

  5. Will the usage of cayenne pepper remedy on my scalp cause any irritations and redness on my scalp? Can I add more amount of pepper while preparing the mixture? Or should I use only the amount of ingredient as per the given specifications in the remedy? Will using more in quantity cause any ill effects on my scalp and hair?

  6. Hello everyone! I am a 24 year old woman and I have a very long hair that would come till my hip. My hair often turns frizzy and extremely dry whenever I take hair wash. Most of the days, I apply oil on the same day of taking hair wash due to the excessive dryness in my hair. I have also changed a lot of shampoos as it might be a reason for making the hair to become dry. But then, it didn’t work and still I face the dryness and frizziness issues in my hair. Now I started applying oil ever night before going to sleep. But I don’t know how far this will work in treating my frizzy hair. I wanted to know whether apple cider vinegar could help me in curing the dryness in my hair. If yes, then please mention the remedy to be followed to get rid of dry and frizzy hair. If no, then please suggest an alternative method that could effectively cure this hair problem.

  7. Hai VIANNE OWEN! You can use bentonite clay mask on your hair for about a maximum of two times per week if you have oily type of hair. It is more better if you opt for using it once a week if you have normal type of hair. Do not use it more than two times a week even if you have oily hair. When you use it more than two times a week then there are high chanced for your hair to become extremely dry. Then your hair will become too frizzy and brittle. This might take away all the moisture and oil content in your hair. So your hair will become very rough due to the dryness. You will lose the smoothness and softness you had in your hair. So, use it as per the requirement and the type of hair you have. Using bentonite clay mask on your hair will not create any odor on your hair. In fact, your hair will start to feel and appear more fresh and clean after using it.

  8. Hello FERNANDA JHONSON! You can use the cayenne pepper on your scalp and hair without any fear. This will not create any side effects when you use it in the appropriate levels. When you have sensitive scalp, then it would be better if you do a patch test before applying it directly on your scalp and hair. For this you can apply it on any parts of your body like hands or legs. If you face any irritations, burning sensation, itching and redness on the applied region, then you have to surely avoid using them. But when you don’t face any of the symptoms then you can absolutely use them. It will not cause any ill effects when applied on scalp and hair. The next question is regarding the amount of cayenne pepper to be used in the mixture. For this you have to strictly stick to the given set of instructions. Use the ingredients as per the specified quantity given in the article. Do not use more amount of cayenne pepper than the specified level. This can cause irritation and redness on your scalp when you use more amount of cayenne pepper. And also stick to the given timings. Leaving the cayenne mixture to stay on your hair and scalp for more time than the given duration can cause side effects like inflammations, irritations and burning in your scalp.

  9. Hello JERIN JOSEPH! Apple cider vinegar is a perfect choice for all types of hair problems. You don’t have to get afraid in using them even when you have a sensitive scalp. This will not cause any side effects on your scalp and hair. In fact, for your information apple cider vinegar are an effective cure for the scalp psoriasis and other fungal and bacterial infections. Other than the burning sensation the apple cider vinegar will not cause any effects when used on scalp and hair. If you feel the burning sensation to be more, then you can dilute the apple cider vinegar with a little amount of water and then use it. While diluting always prefer 1:1 ratio as this ratio is very safe to be used on any type of skin irrespective of the issue you face. You can use any of the home remedies that are specified in this article. And when you use the tea tree oil remedy do not forget to dilute it with the purified water before using it. Since you have a very sensitive scalp, tea tree oil might be strong for you.

  10. Thanks a lot NATALAYA LAURISTEN for sharing your views on the usage of cayenne pepper on hair and scalp. This information is very useful for me and also will be helpful to prevent any side effects that could occur due to the wrong usage.

  11. Hello YASU KUNO! No more worries regarding your color damaged hair when you have apple cider vinegar to treat them completely. When you apply the artificial colors to your hair, the colors will penetrate deep into the Keratin or protein layer in your hair. Keratin or protein layer in a hair is the most important one to define the structure and color of your hair. So these colors will alter the natural color present in your hair by making changes in your hair. So, your keratin layer gets completely damaged and this will eventually lead to the breakage of hair unevenly. So, your hair will also lose the protein content and thus becomes very weak and dull after a few days of treating your hair with the colors. Apple cider vinegar can really help you with this by treating your color damaged hair. For preparing this mixture you will be requiring the following ingredients
    • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 3 egg whites
    1. Firstly take a bowl and add about 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar solution into it. Then add about 2 tbsp of olive oil into the vinegar solution.
    2. Now take about 3 eggs and break crack the shell and put them into a bowl.
    3. Try to separate the egg white form the yolk in the bowl.
    4. Now take the egg white and pour it inside the apple cider solution.
    5. Mix all the ingredients well suing a spoon until the egg mixture turns frothy.
    6. Then start to apply the egg and apple cider vinegar mixture on your hair
    7. Make sure that you cover all the areas of your hair without leaving any of the hair strands empty. Focus more on the areas where you have color damaged hair.
    8. Now leave the egg mixture to be there on your hair for about 20 to 30 minutes.
    9. Then you can start to rinse your hair with warm or cold water.
    10. You can also use a mild herbal shampoo while washing your scalp and hair.
    Follow this remedy for at least once in a week to get rid of such color damaged hair types.

  12. Hi GISELE REYES! Apple cider vinegar has the ability to cure the dryness issue you have in your hair if it is used in the correct proportions with the proper ingredients as byproduct. Also remember that when too much of Apple cider vinegar is used on your hair it might also lead to the excessive dryness in your hair. And you should always dilute the apple cider vinegar with any other product while using on dry hair. Do not use it in the concentrated form directly on your hair. So, you have to be very careful in using apple cider vinegar on your dry and frizzy hair. I have listed a few of the remedies that are specified in this article which are suitable for the dry and frizzy hair.
    1. With Honey
    2. With With diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
    3. With Coconut oil
    4. With olive oil

  13. Hey guys! I have an oily scalp by nature but now the oil secretion in my scalp has got increased. This has made my hair to become very greasy and oily. My hair also looks very dull and unhealthy most of the times. Whenever I style my hair it only lasts for a few minutes and then it returns back to the normal state. This occurs mostly due to the excess oil present in my hair and scalp. And the excess oil and greasiness in my hair ahs made my hair smell literally bad. Though I use many hair sprays and wash my hair regularly with the herbal shampoo, this bad odor stays in my hair and scalp. And most of the dust particles are getting stuck on my scalp and hair. This eventually results in too many tangles in my hair. The excess oil also affects the appearance of my face as it offers an overall dull appearance to me. I do hair wash many a times in a week to get rid of this excess oils secretion in my scalp. But this is not working well and it helps only up to a maximum of 1 day to get rid of the excess oil. Can I control this excess oils secretion in my scalp using vinegar? Can I make my hair to get rid of this excess oils secretion issue? Will this work effectively in reducing the oil and also removing the impurities from my hair and scalp? If yes, can you please mention which of the remedies to follow on my hair and scalp? Also please tell how often I should use it on my hair.

  14. Hello! I have a daughter who is of 16 years old. She was repeatedly telling that her scalp is itching a lot a couple of days back. When I checked her scalp and hair, I came to know that her hair is infected with too many head lice and nits. Now the presence of head lice has also got increased and it causes irritations and itchiness in her scalp. Her health is also affected because of this. I tried changing the shampoos that she uses regularly. But then nothing happened dafter changing that. I also brought a few head lice creams and lotions that are available in the normal medical stores. After using those head lice lotion, she got several small bumps on her scalp which looks similar to the small pimples which we get on our face. Now I am really very much worried in not knowing what to do for both these issues. Should I take her to a doctor and consult with them regarding this? Or should I use any home remedy for curing those bumps and head lice on her hair and scalp. She is also facing hair fall problem now. It would be very grateful if anyone could offer a nice suggestion for this problem. She says that those bumps on her scalp are not painful. Will this cause any other effects on her hair and scalp? Will apple cider vinegar help in making her to get rid of this problem? Please do suggest me a solution for this problem.

  15. My suggestion would be to suggest a doctor as your daughter has got bumps on her scalp. These bumps have occurred on her scalp due to the usage of those head lice lotions and creams on her hair. So, at first you have to find a proper cure for that. Please do not go with any other home remedy randomly for curing those bumps. Because now you will not know what could make those bumps to get aggravated. So, please take you daughter to a doctor and get proper advice from them by explaining it everything from the initial stages. Also, take the product that you use on your daughter’s hair along with you and show it to the doctor. They will be able to offer you the right solution based upon the condition of those bumps on her scalp. Later on once the bumps get cured completely you can concentrate on curing the lice problems. Apple cider vinegar is efficient in eliminating all the eggs of head lice from your hair. But they cannot make those adult lice and nits to get eliminated. So for the adult lice and nits you can use tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil. You can apply this mixture on her hair and leave it to stay on her hair for about 30 to 40 minutes. Then you can either use a small toothed comb and brush your hair completely or take hair wash with an herbal shampoo and pat it properly. You can see those adult lice on her head falling down from her hair.

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