Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo May Be The Reset Your Hair Needs

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Is Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo The Reset Your Hair Needs?

14 March 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

From DIY treatments to products lining shelves, apple cider vinegar has seemingly taken over the beauty industry as of late—but is ACV what your hair needs?

The latest vinegar-formulated beauty product to hit the market is apple cider vinegar shampoo. Promising to clarify and refresh your hair, apple cider vinegar shampoo aims to help your locks look and feel healthier and shinier than ever before. Not sure if an ACV hair product is right for you? Check out our breakdown of everything you never knew you needed to know below.

What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair?

While many people opt for a DIY apple cider vinegar rinse, using the bottle they have in the pantry, we believe that when it comes to your hair it’s best to leave things to the professionals. Since the pH balance of ACV is acidic, it can strip your hair of its natural oils and cause it to feel dry and brittle. Professionally-formulated products use just the right amount of apple cider vinegar to help you reap the rewards without drying out your strands.

Shampoos formulated with apple cider vinegar are a great way to incorporate ACV into your hair care routine. Since apple cider vinegar is known for its clarifying properties, shampoos formulated with apple cider vinegar can help to break down dirt and product buildup for shinier-looking, refreshed locks. Unless the packaging says the shampoo is sutiable for everyday use, apple cider vinegar shampoo should replace your clarifying shampoo, not your regular shampoo.

Who should use apple cider vinegar shampoo?

The short answer is everyone! Apple cider vinegar shampoo can be used on all hair types and textures. All hair, whether it’s long, short, curly, straight, thick, or thin can benefit from using a shampoo that helps to clarify and refresh.

Apple cider vinegar shampoo is ideal for men and women who tend to use a lot of product to style their hair. Over time product can build up on your strands, causing your strands to fall flat and appear dull and lackluster. Shampoos formulated with apple cider vinegar can help to gently break down that product buildup, leaving your strands looking and feeling cleaner, shinier, and bouncier than ever before.

Because apple cider vinegar shampoo strips your hair of product build up and oils—cleaning it deeper than a traditional shampoo—plan to use it no more than once a week. Apple cider vinegar is gentle on your hair when used in moderation, but when used too often it can lead to dry, brittle locks.

Can a DIY apple cider vinegar rinse replace my shampoo?

Simply put? No. While apple cider vinegar has many great benefits for hair, a DIY rinse cannot replace your shampoo. Just like apple cider vinegar shampoo, vinegar rinses should be used in moderation. Vinegar rinses (particularly DIY versions) are typically much stronger than shampoo and when used too often, can leave your hair looking and feeling stripped and dry. If you want to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your hair care routine, using a shampoo formulated with the vinegar is your best option. If you love your apple cider vinegar shampoo so much you want to incorporate a rinse into your hair care routine, pick up Pureology’s Vinegar Hair Rinse formulated with apple cider vinegar. This ACV rinse is formulated with apple cider vinegar and Cactus Pear Flower Extract to help to remove product buildup and leave you hair refreshed and smelling amazing.

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