Apple cider vinegar shampoo bar for cleansing, balancing and nourishing your hair
Vinegar has many valuable uses in our household. I love using it while making salad dressings, mixing it with raw masks, and making it my base in my all-purpose cleaners. I love roasting veggies in balsamic, marinating onions in red wine vinegar, removing stains with white vinegar, and even trying the unique blends in our region (my favorite being fig, so far) and recently, finding new ways to use the ultra-trendy apple cider vinegar. These days, I’m using apple cider vinegar to clean and balance my hair.
Although using apple cider vinegar is used for everything from household cleaners to haircare, it uses are nothing new. People have been fermenting apple juice into apple cider vinegar for thousands of years. And, these days, people are adding it everywhere to assist in cleansing and keeping things clean and healthy.
Ideally – when harnassing the benefits from ACV you would use raw + unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains “mother” enzymes and friendly bacteria. If you are in the US, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar contains these properties. Here in North Africa, I use what I can find on the local market.
Apple cider vinegar is often used in cleaners and medicinally by those who love to live chemical-free. ACV is antibacterial and effectively fights some strains of harmful bacteria. It has also gained popularity as a skin and hair care solution.
Why I’ve switched to shampoo bars
- Shampoo bars and homemade shampoo are now my go-to for cleansing my hair. They are incredibly easy to make, and you can create any type you fancy. If you are buying shampoo in a single-use bottle, it can not be recycled and is ending up in the trash. Statistically, less than 10% of plastic gets recylced, so even if you buy quality shampoo that is natural and non-toxic, it is still bad for the environment. While shampoo bar ingredient packaging is mostly plastic you will be able to make dozens of shampoos and conditioners with them, producing minimal waste in comparison.
- Most store-bought shampoos contain synthetic chemical compounds. I do my best to reduce our toxin-load in our household, and none of us miss “traditional” shampoo. Toxins in these shampoos aren’t only bad for you, but they pollute bodies of water.
- We travel frequently, and shampoo bars are perfect for flights. You can even get little tins to store them and keep them safe.
Why I chose apple cider vinegar shampoo bars to nourish and balance hair
- Because it is fermented, Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals and vitamin C. The vinegar is anti-inflammatory, which can assist in exfoliating, combating ailments, like dandruff.
- Apple cider vinegar is acidic and helps normalize pH balance is dull hair, which improves its overall appearance. It is important not to overuse ACV for this reason, also. I would recommend using this magical elixir once a week. Normalizing your pH balance is what allows apple cider vinegar to balance your hair.
- ACV is well known for its all-natural antimicrobial properties. Clean away infection or itch-inducing bacteria or fungi on your skin and scalp.
Why I chose lavender and sage essential oil to enhance these bars
- Apple cider vinegar has a strong vinegar scent, which I like to mask with essential oil. I promise if you do add a quality blend of oils, your hair will not end up smelling like ACV. 🙂 Noted for their ability to aid in hair growth, lavender and sage are heavenly together. They are also antimicrobial, which assists in cleansing the hair.
All you need to do to make your shampoo bar is melt a few ingredients together and place them into a bar mold of choice. I love my round ones since I have these tins to keep them fresh in-between use and when we travel.
So tell me, will you give shampoo making a go? I warn you, it’s highly addictive, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner!
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