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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Reduce Hair Loss?

Updated on January 23, 2017

Apple cider vinegar has been attributed with a wide range of health benefits, from helping to prevent cancer to providing a helping help to anyone trying to lose weight, lowering blood sugar levels and soothing an upset stomach.

However, one of the most interesting benefits that you might want to find out more about is the fact that it is claimed to help fight hair loss. The average person has up to 150,000 hairs on their head but in many cases we can start to see the signs of hair loss even at an early age.

An Australian study showed that almost three quarters of all men suffer mid-frontal baldness at some point in their lives, while over half of all women over 80 suffer from it. A US study confirmed that 40 million men there suffer from male pattern baldness while a quarter of all men start the balding process at the age of 30 and two thirds by the time they get to 60.

So, bearing those figures in mind it is clear that there are millions of people all round the planet looking to find a way to stop hair loss in its tracks. How could apple cider vinegar fill this need?

How Does It Help?

Apple cider vinegar brings with it a number of benefits when applied to your hair and scalp. It can help to regulate the pH level of the hair and also to clear up any build up of chemicals in your scalp. In terms of preventing hair loss, one of the main points is that this type of vinegar can help to stimulate blood circulation in the head and allow more nutrients to reach the hair, leaving it healthier and stronger. Some studies also show us that the high level of potassium in apple cider vinegar is essential in helping hair to grow strongly and thickly. Yet another possible benefit to using it is that it can help to restore the protective layer on hair that has been damaged by the sun, by too much shampooing or by anything else.

How to Use It

There are some different ways of using apple cider vinegar in order to give your hair a helping hand, although they all involve rinsing your hair with the vinegar. Some people do this by simply putting the vinegar directly onto their hair and scalp. However, others recommend diluting it with water before using it. Another method involves adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the solution, which will cleanse your hair and mean that you don’t need to use shampoo. If you don’t use baking soda then you can use the vinegar after rinsing out your normal shampoo. Once you have applied your chosen rinse treatment it is then a question of leaving it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water. You can choose to leave it on for up to around 20 minutes if you have the time and want to get the maximum benefits from the apple cider vinegar. You don’t need to worry too much about some of the solution running onto your face, as it will help your facial skin rather than do it damage. However, it can sting your eyes if you aren't careful, so you should try to make sure that it doesn't go in them if you can.

The Results

People who use apple cider vinegar to reduce hair loss report that it can take some time for the effects to become obvious in this respect. Having said that, the other benefits such as healthier, shinier hair should be clearer more quickly.

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