Apple cider vinegar provides various health benefits including healthy hair growth promotion. Some users have great results with ACV by either drinking or applying it topically.
✓ Prevents hair loss
✓ Stimulates hair regrowth
Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the most popular natural remedies discussed for treating numerous illnesses and symptoms including hair loss.
In this post, we will focus on how apple cider vinegar can help with hair loss.
Organic apple cider vinegar contains essential vitamins and minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C, and vitamin E) that are beneficial for improving overall health symptoms. Some of the common uses of apple cider vinegar include weight loss, detoxification, acid reflux, arthritis, wart removal and finally, possible hair regrowth.
Some people swear by apple cider vinegar and its ability of promoting new hair growth on thinning edges and/or crown areas (See other natural remedies for hair loss here).
The first time I heard about ACV and hair loss was from the Earth Clinic website. According to the site moderator, he says that one of the reasons people lose hair is due to clogged hair follicles. He adds that apple cider vinegar is a very effective natural solution for removing any buildups on the scalp (which also explains why some use ACV for getting rid of dandruff as well).
Also people with prone-to-get greasy hair due to excessive hair sebum production can benefit from ACV as well.
Another point worth mentioning is that ACV may lower iodine levels. So if you decide to orally consume vinegar as a part of natural hair growth remedy routine, it is strongly recommended to take iodine supplements or foods that are rich in iodine to balance it out.
What do people say about apple cider vinegar and hair growth?
To start, similar to any hair loss products or natural home remedies, ACV might not be the ultimate solution to cure hair loss for everyone.
Here are some excerpts (source):
“It has only been 2 and a half weeks and after drinking ACV every day, 3 times a day, I now have new hairs sprouting in my balding patches” (Orally Consumed)
“I tried everything….20 years later started taking ACV for other things and it worked great. My hairdresser asked me if I was taking hair supplements. She said there was noticeable new hair growth (Orally consumed)
“ I had some diluted vinegar applied to my scalp for about 6 hours and washed my hair. That same day, only less hair fell when I washed and combed my hair afterwards. Since then, I use ACV as my last rinse (Topically applied)
Another website I found is about a man who has topically used organic cider vinegar to regrow his hair. He applied it every morning for six months to his thinning areas. Looking at his before and after photos, he seems to have had positive results from it.
How to use apple cider vinegar for hair growth
There are two ways you use apple cider vinegar for hair loss: topical and oral routes.
Vinegar rinse for hair: Get an empty shampoo bottle and mix ¼ cup of ACV with 16 ounces of water. Apply it onto your scalp after shampooing your hair and massage it gently for several minutes. You can use this vinegar rinse mixture once or twice a week.
A Bit of a twist: Mark, the owner of ACV Hub, says that he added 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a bit of cayenne liquid. Then, he rubbed the mixture on the affected area and left it for an hour.
Normal method: Some pepople have positive results by drinking apple cider vinegar daily. They dilute 2-3 tablespoons of ACV with water and drink it once or twice a day after each meal.
A bit of a twist: For people who have a hard time drinking ACV (I don’t blame you), sprinkle it in a salad. It is much easier to consume this way.
Simplest method: Or you can simply go with apple cider vinegar supplements or even gummies. It is less time consuming and much easier to incorporate in your daily life.
Where to buy organic apple cider vinegar – Is there any particular brand I can trust?
While there are number of options to choose from, the most popular one is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Bragg has been the #1 provider of ACV in the market and provides the following benefits:
- Bragg is a large and established company that has been around for years
- They use the unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurized (raw) method to make their organic vinegar
- Unpasteurized vinegar contains mother, the white jellylike enzyme you see at the bottom of the bottle. Apple cider vinegar mother is an evidence of a natural vinegar making process.
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s also very affordable and costs under $15 for 2 packs. With 1000+ customer reviews raving about this particular vinegar, you can’t go wrong with it.
Have your tried ACV for your hair loss? Share your experience below.
Actually, I used ACV as a hair conditioner for several months to get rid of the flaking and itching. It did a great job to remove dandruff, but didn’t do much for my thinning hair. If you wanna go for natural remedies to treat hair loss, essential oils should work better than ACV
ACV with Cayenne Pepper on scalp left hair feeling incredibly healthy after rinsing off after half hour-ish. I think it was very good towards hair health and regrowth, though not applied over long enough period to quantify accurately.
Watch out for the Cayenne Pepper drops causing increased skin sensitivity though! Can cause serious allergic reaction.
At this stage, I would recommend ACV on the scalp without the Cayenne Pepper.
I had tried so many topical oils, vitamins, hair growth remedies, etc for my thinning edges. This went on for at least 5 years. I decided to drink ACV for weight loss without knowing that drinking ACV would help it. After a couple of weeks of drinking 2T ACV and 2T lemon juice with water 3Xs daily, my hair started to sprout. I knew it had to be the ACV because I was already drinking the lemon and water and never saw these results. I can’t believe it!!!!! All that money I spent on so many products that did nothing and all I needed was this. Glad it happened though because I had totally given up.