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Natural Beauty Tips: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Care Recipes

Natural Beauty Tips: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Care Recipes

Have you ever thought of apple cider vinegar as being part of your haircare routine? It might seem strange to think that the bottle of brown liquid sitting in the bottom of your food cupboard could have such a big impact on making your tresses look amazing but there are many ways that apple cider vinegar can revive, restore and promote healthy hair.

Full of nutrients and antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be an important and staple part of your hair and beauty regime. Find out exactly how apple cider vinegar hair treatments help your hair and the ways in which you can use it for obtaining natural, beautiful locks without the expensive products you can buy in the shops.

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Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Hair

1. Reduces Dandruff

ACV is antibacterial so targets the fungus that causes the dry, itchy and flaky scalp that results in dandruff. Using an ACV rinse weekly will help get rid of dandruff altogether.

2. Removes Product Build Up

ACV acts as a great hair cleanser. Our hair products tend to build up over time and leave hair limp and a bit lacklustre. Massaging ACV into the hair and scalp gently removes any leftover product and gives your hair a new lease of life.

3. Acts as a Conditioner

ACV helps hair retain moisture and so acts as a natural hair conditioner. If using an ACV rinse then there is no need to use your usual hair conditioner as well.

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4. Prevents Hair Loss and Encourages Hair Growth

ACV’s antibacterial properties help unclog and cleanse the hair follicles. Clogged up hair follicles can slow down the rate your hair and can cause hair to fall out prematurely. Using ACV stimulates the blood circulation which strengthens the hair roots and promotes a healthy hair growth. This isn’t a quick fix though; you will need to give it some time to take effect.

5. Detangles Your Hair

ACV seals the hair cuticle and flattens the hair surface allowing your comb or brush to glide through your hair more easily. This flattening of the hair surface also results in shinier hair too.

6. Restores Protective Layer

Over time the hair’s protective layer can get damaged by heat appliances, UV light and general hair products. ACV restores the protective layer giving you much healthier locks.

7. Improves Porosity

If you suffer from dry hair then it’s probably because your hair’s porosity or ability to retain moisture is poor. ACV’s acidity can improve porosity by sealing the hair cuticle. This also means less dry, split ends.

8. Restores Natural pH Balance

Hair is naturally slightly acidic and shampooing can cause the pH balance to move away from this. If you use an ACV rinse on your hair it can restore its natural pH balance resulting in happier and healthier hair.

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Reduces Frizz

If you’re prone to frizzy hair then using ACV as part of a rinse and baking soda hair treatment then it can lessen the amount of frizz and leave you will wonderfully smooth, great looking hair.

What Type Of Apple Cider Vinegar Should You Buy?

It’s important what kind of ACV you buy. Many ACV products may contain harsh chemicals or even pesticides (it’s made from apples after all) so make sure you find a good organic version that won’t contain any of these added toxins. Although these aren’t overly harmful, it won’t work properly for hair loss treatment as the chemicals could prevent the goodness that’s in ACV from working. Organic ACV will be a much more cloudy looking liquid rather than a deep brown colour.

It’s also very important to get the unpasteurised ACV as this is the kind that actually contains all the great nutrients that gives its health benefits. Pasteurised ACV is stripped of its goodness and so won’t work as efficiently and to its full potential.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Treatments

Here are some simple homemade hair treatments using ACV that you can use on a regular basis. Make sure when using ACV not to get it in your eyes as it may cause them to sting a little. It’s also a good idea to experiment with the concentration of ACV as more oily hair likes more ACV in the rinse and drier hair likes less so start with 1 part ACV to 4 parts water and see how it goes. Don’t worry about the smell either; this naturally disappears as the ACV dries.

Simple Apple Cider Hair Rinse

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    This rinse will contain the beneficial enzymes, bacteria, pectin and trace minerals for your hair and is the easiest way to incorporate ACV into your haircare routine. Rinse the hair with this after shampooing to give it condition, shine and manageability as well as many other benefits.

    • Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water.
    • Add the mixture to a spray bottle for more convenience.
    • After shampooing spray the rinse liberally onto your hair and scalp and massage in for a minute or two.
    • Leave in for a further couple of minutes and then rinse out thoroughly (no need to follow with conditioner)

    Apple Cider and Baking Soda Hair Remedy

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      This can be used to wash and condition your hair without the use of conventional shampoo and conditioner. Shampoos contain a large amount of ingredients that cause build up and change our hair’s pH balance. Try this out once a week to give your hair a good deep cleanse and condition.

      • Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water.
      • Apply the mixture to dry or wet hair making sure you work it into the roots and the ends.
      • Leave in for a couple of minutes and then rinse with warm water.
      • Use the 1 part ACV and 4 parts water solution to rinse through the hair.
      • Rinse after a few seconds with warm water.

      Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils

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        Adding essential oils can add extra conditioning to your ACV treatment. Not only that but it adds as lovely smell to the mixture minimising the smell of the vinegar. Try using peppermint, lavender or citrus to boost the conditioning effects of this treatment.

        • Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water.
        • Add a few drops of essential oil.
        • After a few seconds rinse with cold water (cold water will further seal in moisture and create extra shine).

        Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff Treatment

        If you have a problem with dandruff then using ACV can help immensely. When using this treatment make sure you don’t have any open sores on your scalp as it may sting a little. If you do then just dilute the ACV down with water and if you do this you can leave it on overnight if you want.

        • Use undiluted ACV and apply it directly to your scalp.
        • Massage it in gently and leave for 1-3 hours.
        • You can use a warm towel or a shower cap to really get the ACV to penetrate your scalp.
        • After 1-3 hours, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat this once a week until the problem is fixed.

        Featured photo credit: SunKids via shutterstock.com

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        Last Updated on August 20, 2019

        How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

        How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

        Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

        Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

        I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

        You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

        Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

        When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

        I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

        Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

        Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

        Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

        1. The Inner Critic

        This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

        • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
        • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
        • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
        • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

        The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

        Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

        2. The Worrier

        This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

        The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

        3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

        This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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        This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

        The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

        4. The Sleep Depriver

        This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

        The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

        • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
        • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
        • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
        • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

        How can you control these squatters?

        How to Master Your Mind

        You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

        Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

        There are two ways to control your thoughts:

        • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
        • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

        This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

        The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

        Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

        For the Inner Critic

        When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

        You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

        For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

        You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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        “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

        If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

        • They rile up the Worrier.
        • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
        • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
        • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
        • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

        Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

        Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

        For the Worrier

        Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

        Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

        You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

        • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
        • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
        • Muscles tense

        Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

        If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

        Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

        “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

        Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

        If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

        Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

        Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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        For example:

        If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

        “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

        Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

        “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

        Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

        For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

        Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

        The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

        • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
        • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
        • Muscles tension

        I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

        Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

        Breathe in through your nose:

        • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
        • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
        • Focus on your belly rising.

        Breathe out through your nose:

        • Feel your lungs emptying.
        • Focus on your belly falling.
        • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

        Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

        Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

        One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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        Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

        For the Sleep Depriver

        (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

        I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

        Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

        1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
        2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

        When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

        From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

        For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

        If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

        You can also use this technique any time you want to:

        • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
        • Shut down your thinking.
        • Calm your feelings.
        • Simply focus on the present moment. 

        The Bottom Line

        Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

        You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

        Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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