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8 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

We cannot yet declare apple cider vinegar to be a miracle cure. However, according to WebMD.com, Apple cider vinegar has a long history as a home remedy used to treat everything from a sore throat to varicose veins.

Vinegar has been used as a remedy since the days of Hippocrates. The ancient Greek doctor treated wounds with it. In recent years, people have explored apple cider vinegar as a way to lose weight, improve heart health, and even treat dandruff.

Apple Cider Vinegar to Make Your Life Easier

 

The right choice

When choosing apple cider vinegar, make sure you get one that includes the “mother.” The mother of vinegar is used to accelerate the fermentation process and ensure an effective product. Bragg’s is considered by many to be the gold standard for high-quality vinegar that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Be sure to shake it well before use.

Pro tipkirkland brand apple cider vinegar 3-pack

If you’re a Costco member, the Kirkland brand apple cider vinegar includes the mother and is an excellent and cheaper alternative.

I find this in a 3-pack at Costco, for about the same price as a single bottle of Bragg’s the same size, elsewhere.


Here are a few of the ways that ACV may work well for you to treat everyday issues in the same way that it works for so many of my readers and others who’ve reported their results.

Send dandruff packing

Forget all the pricey salon sprays that promise to destroy the fungus that grows on your scalp. Apple cider vinegar’s acidity changes the pH of your scalp and also has antibacterial properties. Make your own dandruff treatment at home that will banish dandruff by mixing equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle.

To use: Shampoo with your cheap shampoo of choice, rinse, and towel dry. Then spray this ACV dilution onto your hair, work it through to the scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse. Do this twice a week and in no time you’ll send away embarrassing dandruff forever. For routine maintenance, use ACV as a conditioner, which follows. Read more

These Hair Products Guarantee No More Bad Hair Days

A past post in which I wailed and whined about my very bad hair day started it. You may recall how I mentioned volumizing, styling techniques, and a great can of hairspray.

That brought an avalanche of desperate queries, suggesting to me that perhaps I’m not the only one dealing with an occasional bad hair day!

Which volumizer? Hairspray? What? Where?!

Not long after, we visited the world of shampoos and conditioners. That stirred up lots more questions and very specific ones as in exactly which products?

So today, I’ve decided to tell. Exactly. Specifically. And trust me when I say that  I’ve tested many—none of which are sponsored, all of which I buy myself.

(From time to time I see these products at stores like Walgreens, King Soopers, Target, Walmart, but never all of them at the same time in the same place—except on Amazon. I am convinced that overall, Amazon does consistently have the best prices.)

Shampoo and conditioner

Currently, I’m using  Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac Shampoo and Conditioner and only because I got them on a terrific sale. My hair is dry, I live in a dry climate, my hair is (surprise!) color-treated and both of these Tigi products are very gentle. The bottles I picked up are huge and since I get at least 4 days out of a hairstyle, they will last a very long time.  Read more