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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Loss

| By David Friedman
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Loss
Improved hair health is one of the many benefits of apple cider vinegar. Photo Credit cider making 2 image by alice rawson from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Apple cider vinegar is renowned as a folk remedy, offering host of health benefits. These include lowering cholesterol, fighting cancerous cells, regulating blood sugar, hypertension prevention and as a weight loss aid. This substance is rich in vitamin and mineral content, as well as enzymes and amino acids. It is no surprise that apple-cider vinegar can naturally protect your hair from hair loss.

Remove Build Up

Human hair has an ideal concentration on the pH scale fluctuating from 4 to 5. Its acidity is comparable to a vinegar rinse composed of 1/3 of a cup of apple-cider vinegar mixed with one liter of water. The acidity of this mixture means washing hair with apple-cider vinegar can help maintain the pH balance of your hair and remove buildup at the same time. Many hair-care products available are severely alkaline, which can have a detrimental effect on your hair. Using highly alkaline or acidic shampoos may cause hair to become dry, brittle and break off more easily.

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Scalp Health

The mild acids and enzymes present in apple-cider vinegar help destroy bacteria that cause uncomfortable scalp conditions like dandruff and itchiness. When hair follicles are clogged, bacteria creates crusty flakes on the scalp. If hair is deprived of oil, it falls out and breaks more easily, resulting in hair loss and possibly baldness. Rinsing your scalp with the apple cider vinegar and water mixture can rid you of the bacterial causes of hair loss.

Stimulate Hair Follicle Growth

Efficient blood circulation is paramount for strong, healthy hair. An article published in 2002 on Alive.com, states apple cider vinegar stimulates better circulation to your hair follicles. As blood circulates through your arteries, essential nutrients are carried to hair follicle cells. The more efficient circulation you have, the more nutrients reach these follicles, strengthening your roots and promoting a healthy head of hair.

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author image David Friedman
David Friedman began writing professionally in 2004. His work appears in the "Daily Illini" and various websites. Friedman is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and has Bachelor of Science in exercise science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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