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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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        Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

        Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

        There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

        “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

        Primal Therapy

        Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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        How it Started

        “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

        It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

        “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

        Delving deeper

        Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

        Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

        Some Methods To Practice Screaming

        If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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        • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
        • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
        • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
        • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

        After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

        Scream Sing

        Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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        • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
        • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
        • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
        • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
        • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
        • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
        • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

        If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

        Scream into a pillow

        Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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        Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

        Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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