This natural ingredient transformed my scalp and gave me shinier hair
I’ve struggled with oily hair my whole life, and going more than a day without washing my hair has always felt like a cruel and unusual punishment, especially during the summer. Like sticky flypaper hanging from a wall, my scalp acts like a magnet for collecting dry shampoo, hairspray, and everything else it comes in contact with, which ultimately weighs my hair down. I tried clarifying shampoos for a while, but because of my skin’s sensitivity to ingredients like sulfates and chlorides, my scalp was often left itchy and dry. Desperate for alternatives, a friend suggested a simple kitchen ingredient—apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is made from apples using a fermentation process that produces live cultures, minerals, and acids. Recent scientific studies praised vinegar for its many transforming benefits, including its outstanding antimicrobial properties that benefit health, skin, and hair. Stephanie Diaz, a hair colorist at Bumble and bumble, loves using apple cider vinegar because of its acidic nature: “Apple cider vinegar can prevent bacteria growth on the scalp, balance the pH, and remove surface impurities.”