Apple cider vinegar, or more correctly, vinegar (acetic acid) in most forms, has been used for thousands of years for all sorts of things from treating high blood sugar (and evidence shows this may actually work for mild insulin resistance) to dandruff (which is where a lot of the home wig remedies probably originate).
Some useful applications for apple cider vinegar (ACV):
- Mix a little in with your shampoo to prevent dandruff. My grandpa used to skip the shampoo entirely and used just ACV to wash his hair and scalp. You will smell faintly like vinegar from close up if you do this, though!
- Use a tablespoon or two of ACV with a sinkful of water as a brief clarifying soak for any wig that has product build up or too much shine. You may have to rinse many times, though, to remove the smell. We recommend the kind that has a little honey mixed in. The smell seems to be a little less pungent and the honey is marvelous for human hair. Caution: do not soak for long. We recommend 20 minutes, tops, for synthetic hair and about 5 - 10 minutes for human hair. Make sure you dilute this A LOT. If the water is too acidic, you can actually damage your hair!
- You can achieve similar, less-smelly results by just adding a couple spoonfuls of ACV to a basin of water during your regular shampooing (if you use the CysterWigs recommended wash technique).
- A shot of ACV taken 20 minutes before a meal can reduce the glucose spike that may result from that meal. This benefit is most pronounced in people who are pre-diabetic and insulin resistant, according the most recent scientific studies. There is some very sound science supporting this.
- It makes awesome salad dressing. :)
What ACV will not do:
- It will not magically restore a jacked up wig to brand new condition. Usually the results are subtle. You’ll see the greatest benefit in human hair wigs or wigs with a lot of product buildup. You can actually make a wig frizzier if you don’t dilute the ACV enough!
- It will not prevent your hair from falling out or create new regrowth. Homeopaths have been saying that for ages and there is absolutely no evidence for it. What it will do, instead, is fluff up your existing hair (because it’s acidic) and make the hair look a little thicker. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing!