Depending on the cause of your hair loss, an apple cider vinegar treatment may be able to halt it. Many have used apple cider vinegar for hair loss, with much success. It is normal to lose about 100 hairs each day. You may notice more hair loss when you shampoo your hair, or detangle it. However, the normal growth-loss cycle can be disrupted, and you start losing more hair than you are growing. This is, of course, cause for concern.
There are more than a few causes of abnormal hair loss. Medicines can have a side-effect of hair loss, and that is hard to address – short of stopping the medication. Damage to hair folicules from chemical processing can also cause damage. When a surplus of hormones called androgens are the cause, your hair follicles can be damaged and eventually they may stop producing hair entirely.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is nutrient rich, but even more importantly – it can restore the healthy pH balance of your scalp and hair. It also has anti-bacterial properties, and can help fight fungal or bacterial scalp infections. Lastly, it can remove dead skin cells and dirt that clog follicles and block the hair from growing.
In the book, Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, Paul Bragg explains:
The high acidity, plus the power enzymes in apple cider vinegar, kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions . . . . (including) dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair and often baldness. When the bacteria clog the scalp and disrupt the balance of natural oils, “The oil starved hairs either fall out or break off, causing thinning of baldness”.
If you suspect an infection or an unhealthy scalp, consider adding a few drops of lavender oil (overall hair tonic) or tea tree oil (strong antiseptic) to your apple cider vinegar hair rinse, which is being used for hair loss. Also, you could add rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) into the apple cider vinegar rinse solution. It is known to increase circulation and metabolism of the skin, and is used to treat other scalp disorders, as well.
Normally, you apply an apple cider vinegar rinse by mixing in about 1 tablespoon of acv to 8 ounces of water. That is not an exact formula – rather, more like a guideline. However, hair loss – especially if you think it is caused by clogged hair follicles, fungus, or bacteria – can be treated with a more potent formula. In these cases, consider mixing half apple cider vinegar and half water, and applying it to your scalp. Pouring it out of a glass is an inefficient process (it will flow all over your head and hair), so you may want to use a spray bottle, or old shampoo and conditioner bottles. If you can be precise in the application to your scalp, you can spare your hair from exposure to a more concentrated and drying treatment.
You may also greatly benefit from taking apple cider vinegar internally. For the best results, you’ll want to purchase an un-filter, unpasteurized brand. You would be wise to begin with a small does, perhaps only drinking 1 teaspoon at a time, in a glass of water. But, you can progress to using two tablespoons each time. Drinking the mix more than 3 times a day would be considered excessive.
Apple cider vinegar is an acid. The acidity is harmful to your teeth and throat. Therefore, don’t drink it without adding another liquid. Also, use a straw to drink it, so you protect your teeth from exposure. Again, because of the low pH (acid), you body probably neutralizes it. That is why many people add baking soda to the mix, to neutralize the acid. This spares your body the effort.
If you would like to use baking soda, a good recipe is:
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
If you choose to use this recipe, it could help by making your body more alkaline. This has great potential to help stop your hair loss. In addition, apple cider vinegar is full of nutrients and enzymes. Since you stomach needs acid to digest food, don’t drink the baking soda-apple cider vinegar combination near meals.