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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.

Here’s why you should never underestimate the versatility of apple cider vinegar:

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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.

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        Last Updated on August 15, 2018

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

        Video Summary

        Why is it important to train up our core strength?

        There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

        This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

        Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

        In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

        One Exercise, multiple benefits

        There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

        By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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        When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

        Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

        In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

        What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

        What will happen when you start doing planks every day

          1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

          Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

          • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
          • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
          • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
          • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

          2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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            Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

            Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

            3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

              Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

              4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                5. You’ll improve overall balance

                  Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                  6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                    Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                    7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                      Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                      How to hold a plank position

                      1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                      2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                      3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                      4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                      5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                      6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                      7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                      Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                      Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                        How to improve your plank time gradually

                        1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                        2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                        3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                        Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                        Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                        You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                        • Prolapse
                        • After prolapse surgery
                        • Pelvic pain conditions
                        • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                        • Previous childbirth
                        • Overweight

                        Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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