Why use a vinegar hair rinse? Three main reasons: shine, overall health and managability, and dandruff prevention. Oh, and as a side benefit, it also helps promote hair growth. Good stuff!
Vinegar removes built up product residue from your hair. Product residue makes your hair look dull, so removing it gives your hair more shine.
It also closes the cuticles on the hair shaft, which makes light reflect off your hair, making it look shiny and smooth - less frizz!
Closing the cuticles makes your hair more managable and resistant to damage because it slides more easily with fewer tangles.
Vinegar hair rinses help treat and prevent dandruff by balancing your scalp's correct pH levels. Hair products make the scalp too alkaline, which creates an environment where dandruff-causing fungi and bacteria can grow. Vinegar restores a healthy level of acidity and reduces itching.
It also promotes blood circulation in the scalp - good for hair growth.
This is ridiculously easy:
Combine in an old clean shampoo bottle:
Although plain white vinegar will work, choose organic raw apple cider vinegar for the most beauty benefits. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains enzymes, minerals and probiotics, which other vinegars often lack due to processing, filtration and heating.
Some folks say wine vinegar is less drying, although I haven't personally noticed a difference.
To power it up even more, add one of the following essential oil blends.
Caution: Don't use peppermint and rosemary essential oils if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Use essential oils with caution on skin during pregnancy.
Apply your vinegar hair rinse after conditioning and either rinse it all out or leave it on your hair. Leaving the vinegar rinse on your hair helps prevent tangles. As your hair is drying you will smell vinegar, but once your hair dries there's no smell.
Vinegar hair rinses can dry out your hair if you use them every day, so only use them once or twice a week.
Herbal hair rinses can help soothe inflammation and irritation caused by heat styling and chemical hair treatments. Especially important for oily hair and dandruff.
Here's how to make a herbal hair rinse:
1. Combine 2 cups (500ml) distilled water with herbs (see the table below) in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
2. Remove from the heat and let steep for an hour.
3. Strain out the herbs and pour into a large dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
4. Add 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar. If you want, you can add a drop of the same essential oils as the herbs for added oomph.
To use your herbal hair rinse, simply pour it over your hair after conditioning, rub it gently into your scalp and then rinse. Voila! Shiny, healthy hair!
You may be able to find raw organic apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket. If not, try a health food store or order it from Amazon.
I prefer Mountain Rose for all my basic ingredients, like the dried herbs. I trust them - their quality is always great, their prices are good and their customer service is terrific.
For essential oils, I use doTerra. After comparing and experimenting
with my recipes, I saw that recipes using doTerra's oils worked faster
and better - plus I never experienced any of the glitches like headaches
or skin irritation that happen with some other brands.
doTerra's oils cost more, which makes sense because with essential
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something stronger and cleaner makes sense to me. (Plus I actually use
fewer drops than the recipes call for, which cuts costs. Genius!)
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If you're someone who loves choices, Amazon is great. You can compare, read reviews, and there's lots of price ranges to fit your budget. Just remember to buy the best essential oils you can afford - they go directly into your bloodstream, so you don't want junk.
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