August 19, 2012
Did you know that apple cider vinegar is actually good for your hair? You might think it would dry out your hair and scalp, but that’s not the case. I have very dry hair, and have been using this natural treatment for a while with only great results.
Apple cider vinegar purifies the hair; removing product build-up from the hair and scalp. It adds softness, body and shine.
It’s a natural product, it costs just pennies, and most of us probably already have it in our pantry.
Here’s how you do it:
- Make sure that you use apple cider vinegar, not white distilled vinegar. I’ve used the more expensive organic apple cider vinegar in a pinch, but I usually just buy the cheap store brand and haven’t noticed any difference. I know organic is always preferable when it comes to what we put in and on our bodies, but in this case I’m not stressing about it.
- Shampoo your hair as usual, rinse and towel dry. Gently sprinkle the vinegar onto your head aiming for your scalp rather than the hair ends. I say “gently” because you do NOT want a drop of this vinegar flying into your eyes! I probably use around 1/4 cup of vinegar, but you don’t need to measure. Just keep sprinkling until you feel like your head is saturated.
- I usually do this over the sink instead of in the shower since I want to leave it on for a while. I think the chance of getting vinegar in your eyes in the shower is greater too, with all that water spraying around. If you’re doing this treatment in the shower though, make sure the container you take into the shower isn’t glass.
- Once you get the vinegar on, massage it into your scalp and work it around, again being careful to protect your eyes from any wild splashes. Work it through to the ends, and use a wide tooth comb to distribute it. Be careful, wet hair is fragile.
- Leave the vinegar on for a few minutes. I usually aim for around 15 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse the vinegar out in cool water. I think cold water adds shine too because it closes the cuticle of the hair. Massage your scalp to rinse free any build-up the vinegar has dissolved, and rinse, rinse, rinse.
- Condition and style as usual.
You might notice a lingering trace of vinegar aroma for the next couple of days when your hair is wet, but once it’s dry there’s no tell-tale smell. No one will accuse you of smelling like a salad!
I like to use this treatment once a week if possible to keep product build-up to a minimum. Give it a try!
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