July 22, 2011

Try a Vinegar Rinse for your Hair

I know what you're thinking: why would I want to put stinky vinegar on my hair!? Just hear me out - it's not as awful as it sounds, and the results are worth it. Turns out vinegar is really good for hair and skin. Vinegar helps balance your hair's pH and gets rid of residue left by products like heavy shampoos and conditioners.

Here's the breakdown:

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (white vinegar will work too, but apple cider is best for your hair)
  • 2 cups chamomile tea (you can also use water, other herbal infusions, or I've read beer works too. Not sure I want my hair to smell like beer though)
  • 5 drops essential oil, your choice (I used lavender and rosemary)
After I shampoo my hair, I pour some of the vinegar mixture onto my head and rub in a little. I usually let it sit for a minute or 2, and then rinse out. Some people leave it in, but I prefer to rinse. Rinsing eliminates the vinegar odor faster, which I have to say was a little hard to get used to at first. No worries - the smell doesn't linger....as soon as you rinse it's gone. Makes my hair feels silky and soft, and I don't use conditioner anymore.
If you're wondering what essential oils (or herbs) you should use, here are some suggestions that are all hair friendly:
  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • mint
  • eucalyptus
  • geranium
  • parsley
You could also make an herbal infusion and mix that with the vinegar instead of water. Rosemary is especially good for hair, so you could simply infuse some fresh or dried rosemary leaves in water and mix that with the vinegar instead. Or you could leave out the herbs and essential oils all together. It will still work great.I hope you'll give it a try, and let me know how it works for you!

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Margaret said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I have lots of rosemary in the garden that needs to be out to good use.

Heidy said...

I was a little weirded out when I saw the title of this post, but now I'm thinking I am going try it! I've always wondered how to get the buildup from conditioners to go away... I've bought expensive shampoos that promised to do that. Who knew there was an inexpensive item in my pantry that could do the same thing (probably better). Thanks Karla!