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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.

        Featured photo credit: SunKids via shutterstock.com

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2018

        The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

        The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

        It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

        If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

        One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

        Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

        In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

        Why you can’t sleep through the night

        The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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        Stress

        If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

        Exposure to blue light before sleep time

        We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

        While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

        Eating close to bedtime

        Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

        Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

        Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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        Medical conditions

        In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

        The vicious sleep cycle

        The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

        Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

        You get a bad night’s sleep
        –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
        –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
        –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

          You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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          How to sleep better (throughout the night)

          To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

          1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

          What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

          Here are a few suggestions:

          • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
          • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
          • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
          • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
          • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

          2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

          What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

          • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
          • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
          • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
          • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

          3. Adjust your sleep temperature

          Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

          Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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          Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

          Sleep better form now on

          Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

          I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

          As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

          Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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