What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apples. It is obtained through a process of double fermentation: alcoholic fermentation and acetic fermentation.
During alcoholic fermentation, the sugars present in the apples are converted into alcohol by natural yeasts. This process takes place in an anaerobic environment (without the presence of oxygen) and results in a liquid known as “cider.”
Then, the cider undergoes acetic fermentation, where it is exposed to air and a bacteria called “Mycoderma aceti” or “mother of vinegar” is added. This bacteria converts the alcohol into acetic acid, which is the main component of vinegar and gives it its characteristic flavor and aroma. During this acetic fermentation, the liquid acquires acidic properties and becomes apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has a sour, slightly sweet taste and a subtle apple note. It usually has a golden yellow or light amber color. The quality may vary depending on the production method and the quality of the apples used.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair
Apple cider vinegar is a natural ingredient that has been used for a long time as a popular home remedy for hair care:
How to obtain apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is obtained through a fermentation process. The general process to obtain it is as follows:
Compounds of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for its content of acetic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, and other beneficial compounds. These acids can help balance the pH of the skin, which can be beneficial for people with oily or acne-prone skin. Additionally, the malic acid in apple cider vinegar is believed to help gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells and promoting cell renewal.
When it comes to hair, it has been claimed that apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH of the scalp, which could aid in combating conditions like dandruff. Furthermore, it is believed to provide shine and softness to the hair, as well as help remove excess residue from hair products.
Why is it recommended to use apple cider vinegar with shampoos bar?
Using apple cider vinegar with solid soap shampoos can offer additional benefits for hair care. Here are some reasons why combining them is recommended:
- Removes residues from solid shampoos: Sometimes, solid shampoos can leave residues in the hair due to their composition or hard water. Apple cider vinegar can help eliminate those residues, leaving the hair cleaner and fresher.
- Conditions and softens the hair: Apple cider vinegar has natural conditioning properties that can help soften and detangle the hair. This is especially beneficial for those with dry or damaged hair.
- Restores pH balance: The use of shampoos bar can disrupt the natural pH balance of the scalp, leaving it more alkaline. Apple cider vinegar, being slightly acidic, can help restore the optimal pH of the scalp, promoting healthier and more balanced hair.
- Provides shine and vitality: Apple cider vinegar can help enhance the natural shine of the hair and give it a healthier and more vibrant appearance.