ACV as a Natural Hair Conditioner – Bees Personal Review
Wouldn’t it be incredible to find a natural hair conditioner for an astonishing transformation?
“Who has time for natural hair conditioner?” I thought.
I was your typical new mom: no cut, no style in forever and the root touchups are far and few in between (at no fault of my mother, who is my most incredible stylist!). When I did make it into the salon, my request was simple – make it match my natural color. This request does not simply flourish out of my absolute love for my natural colors… after all, I liked to play with all the colors once upon a time. These days, I’d like to match it closely for the sole reason of not having to come back too soon.
Point? My hair was taking a beating. The products, whose ingredients seep into our nervous systems and bloodstreams within 90 seconds within contact, weren’t helping. The shampoo that smelled simply heavenly had to go. The conditioner that sleeked my hair into a slimy, filmy yuk was at the end of it’s rope.
I set out to find a natural hair conditioner solution. The search for a solution, honestly, wasn’t long. I found one that was not only natural but promised to deliver exceptional results. They call it – Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV.
Still, I was a bit skeptical and resistant to the idea of putting this pungent stuff into my hair. Boy, I am glad I did and here’s why.
You Probably Need an AVC Treatment if…
My hair is long, color processed, and for many years treated with products like hair spray, gels, and frizz tamers. I wouldn’t say that it was too damaged but it wasn’t at it’s optimal either. I suffer from crazy frizz and dullness.
The first step on my hair journey was to stop everyday washes. Then, I often in for an all natural shampoo (I can read all the ingredients in mine). Now, I’m tackling my hair conditioner.
- You have a dry, itchy, and/or flaky scalp
- You have stressed/damaged hair
- You have chemically processed hair
- You have dull hair
- You have frizzy hair
- You have no idea what the ingredients in your hair conditioner are
Bad for Your Health Ingredients in Hair Conditioners
Harmful Ingredients Lurking
I knew the stuff I was using before wasn’t exactly natural or good for the health of my hair but what else are you gonna do, put apple cider vinegar in your hair? Of course not. We are to believe that this here product is for thicker hair, this one is for smoother, this one straightens, that one curls. It’s enough to make your hair stand on end (is there a product for that? lol) They sure do smell pretty, though, right? I used to be the one in the Target shampoo and conditioner aisle unscrewing tops and sniffing my path to a purchase.
Here’s the secret to gorgeous hair: health. Healthy hair doesn’t come from chemicals. Healthy hair comes from nature. What most of us use is an idea that someone sold us with pretty cosmetics and sleek marketing. But once I opened my eyes to it, wow.
It’s a scary world out there and most of us move through it with intentionally closed eyes. I know, I do it. But I don’t always turn a blind eye. This being one of those cases. Here are just some of the horrid ingredients found in today’s household hair conditioner that are detrimental to your health:
– Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Along with their chemical cousins, these are in just about every conventional commercial shampoo and body wash. The scientific jury is still out on whether these irritating detergents cause endocrine disruption; however several known carcinogens are by-products of their processing, 1,4 dioxane, and nitrosamine.
– Parabens: methylparaben, propylparaben, & ethylparaben are preservatives. They’re also likely hormone disruptors and environmental/potential human carcinogens. Avoid them.
– Phthalates (fragrance). If your shampoo or body wash says ‘fragrance’ on it, it may contain these dangerous plasticizers. Yes, the same ones recently removed from baby bottles because of health concerns. These chemicals are immune system toxicants and impact the reproductive system.
– Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde often forms in processing or in use, and masquerades on labels as other named preservatives; diazolidine urea, imidazolidinyl urea, quarternium-15. Reactions include allergies and neurotoxicity.
– Toluene. An industrial solvent and VOC found in almost all nail polish and some hair coloring. Yuk!
– Ethanolamines (diethanolamine/DEA, triethanolamine/TEA & monoethanolamine/MEA). These chemicals are emulsifiers and foaming agents, potentially toxic, and easily absorbed by the skin. They can cause liver and kidney damage, especially with repeated use. Avoid even the coconut-derived cocamide DEA/MEA, and lauramide DEA.
– Propylene glycol.
There are probably hundreds of genius uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. Following are ACV benefits as a natural hair conditioner.
Okay, as much as I dread math (am an artistic soul) here is a bit of simple arithmetics for ya’ll.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Bragg (the one I use and love) is $6.99 for 32 ounces. This comes out to about 64 uses which will last you well over a year! I was going to do the comparable math for a brand name hair conditioner for an average bottle costing around $10 but I think this point is crystal clear… $6.99 for a YEAR of incredible locks that is all natural is beyond worth it. Why have I not been doing this all along? Damn marketing and their schemes!
Seriously, not to brag, GORGEOUS! I got a compliment on my hair the very first day I used it. The first DAY! The shine is what caught the attention of a woman at the local mall as we were at the check-out line. It really is all the proof I need that ACV natural hair conditioner not only delivers but turns my hair into a beautiful mane of luscious hair.
Yes, I will testify that I continue to get compliments on my hair quite often. And why wouldn’t I? My hair is shiny, smooth, and silky right out of the shower. I don’t mean to brag, really. I just am in awe of the transformation. I really regret not taking before and afters.
I noticed that it took my hair one-third of the time for my hair to dry than it did using my brand name hair conditioner. It also didn’t’ stick to my back and shoulders like a gross, limp medusa. Have I mentioned I really hate product in my hair? This amazingly natural hair conditioner that used to sit in my kitchen made my hair so light, airy and dried remarkably quick, I couldn’t believe it!
And can I get an amen on saving some time having to blow dry it if you don’t have to? It’s great to have a choice in not having to do anything to it after a wash but put a brush through it. Just wow.
No more itch. No more flake.
Though I can’t attest to this claim personally, I hear that AVC organic hair conditioner is said to be a stellar way of clearing up dandruff and the associated itch and dryness. Now, that’s a miracle, isn’t it.? Considering that if you walk down the shampoo aisle you’ll find quite the array of choice of dandruff shampoo. But, if you ask me, if something clears up skin and relieves itch and comes from nature as AVC does, it’s a win, win, win, win, win, you get the idea.
Just like Brazilian Hair Straightening!
Okay, not really. But seriously close! Really. The second time I used the ACV treatment I didn’t use a blow dryer. My result was elegantly tousled, wavy hair with incredible shine within about an hour after stepping out of the shower… completely dry. PS., my hair is NOT thin… it’s not too thick either, but it’s not thin.
Balances hair PH level & removes build up and product yuk.
BAMs ACV Natural Hair Conditioner Process
Prepare before the shower
- Mix 1 Tbs of ACV (I love this one: Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar) and 1 cup of warm water
Here are the steps
- Wash your hair as you normally do. I use the same shampoo my little one uses, which is all natural and absolutely incredible. In case you’re interested, you can find Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo at Amazon. I found this company pretty early on (she was only a few months old at the time) and I am so grateful. Certainly, 4.3 stars out of 536 reviews speak for themselves. The company itself is pretty great too!
- After shampooing, tilt your head back, starting at the roots, pour the ACV/water mixture through your hair working it through to the ends.
- Rinse thoroughly
Optional Essential Oil Infusions
Use 3-5 drops of essential oils listed per 1 cup of water and ACV mix. Here are BAMs favorites:
- Lavender – BAMs pick >>> Aura Cacia – Organic Lavender Essential Oil, 0.25 oz
- Lemon – BAMs pick >>> Aura Cacia – Organic Lemon Essential Oil, .25oz
- Rose – BAMs pick >>> Essential Oil Rose Otto (rosa Damascena) .125 oz, from Aura Cacia or Essential Oil Rose Absolute (rosa centifolia) .125 oz, from Aura Cacia or Precious Essential Oil Rose Absolute w/Jojoba .5 fl oz from Aura Cacia
- Rosemary – BAMs pick >>> Organic Essential Oil Rosemary, 0.25 oz, Aura Cacia
- Sage – BAMs pick >>> Organic Essential Oil Clary Sage, 0.25 oz, Aura Cacia
Lengthening the time you keep it in your hair had no effect on mine. So, you’re free to work in and wash out or soak. It’s really up to you and so simple, you can’t mess this up. Simple is awesome in a mom’s life!
I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week and do the ACV routine every time. My hair loves it! If you’re just starting out I’d say go slow and adjust to your personal liking. Some will fear of leaving their traditional conditioner behind, and I understand the feeling, but I am so glad I tried it.
As stated above, washing your hair less often helps build up your own, natural, healthy oils that work with your own unique body that produces healthy, shiny, smoother hair locks.
Side note: It might sound icky but marketing is only successful if it makes your decision for you without your knowledge. And marketing says you must shampoo and condition once a day. Care to take a guess at why?
I think that goes for brushing your hair twice a day, drinking a glass of milk with dinner or orange juice with a healthy breakfast.
At 33 grams per 12 ounce serving, it falls slightly behind Coca-Cola. However, a glass of soda contains about 145 calories, while a glass of orange juice has 165 calories. So while you’re saving about 2 teaspoons of sugar, you’re still getting more calories overall with orange juice.
– Tammy Dray of Live Strong
…but I digress… (sorry for the rant)
Don’t worry! The smell doesn’t linger.
It’s weird and I didn’t believe it either. But it’s true so there’s no need to put any product in. The idea, after all, is keeping it natural.
Twitter Praise for AVC Hair Conditioner
Mix apple cider vinegar and water. Apply on hair, let sit for a few mins, rinse. Helps remove build-up and leaves your hair silky and shiny.
— Beauty Store (@beeaauuuty) June 10, 2015
An apple-cider vinegar rinse works like clarifying shampoo and leaves your hair with great shine. — Make up tricks (@makeup_triks) June 1, 2015
— MixedChicks (@mixedchicks) May 29, 2015
Get shiny, frizz free hair! Give your hair a final rinse after wash with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. pic.twitter.com/7xw8s68dVR
— sugarbox (@sugarboxin) May 25, 2015
I was a definite skeptic. After two months of AVC hair conditioning therapy, I am so happy I took the plunge. This Organic Apple Cider Vinegar conditioner treatment is a miracle worker.
I am now a believer and happy I came across this natural hair conditioner remedy. It saves this mom invaluable time, money, and patience. Never going back!
If your hair is stressed, processed, frizzy, dry, etc… this is the product for you! If your scalp is dry and flaky, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar will rescue your dome quickly and naturally!
BAMs Apple Cider Vinegar Pick
Your Take on the ACV Hair Conditioner
If I have any updates, I’ll be sure to let you Bees know.
In the meantime, tell me what your experience is? Have you tried this hair conditioning remedy? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Are you skeptical or have questions not answered in this post?
Let’s get a conversation going. I’m looking forward to your feedback in the comments at the end of this post.
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