Here’s another great use for vinegar – a hair rinse and scalp conditioner.
Vinegar cleans and softens hair leaving it shiney and easy to control. Vinegar removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts and closes the cuticles. Since the residue that coats the hair causes it to look dull, removing residue gives it more shine. By closing the cuticles, the hair slides more easily and there will be fewer tangles. Vinegar has a tonic action that promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin.
What Kind of Vinegar Should I Use?
Although plain white vinegar will work just fine, Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be the favorite hair care vinegar. Some say that wine vinegar is less drying.
After shampooing apply the vinegar rinse. Now you have a few choices. You may rinse it all out if you want, or leave the rinse on your hair. Leaving the vinegar rinse on your hair helps prevent tangles in long hair. Since the vinegar restores natural pH it also helps prevent an itchy scalp. As your hair is drying you will smell vinegar, but once your hair dries, no smell.
How Often Can I Use The Vinegar Hair Rinse?
Since everyone’s hair is unique you should use your own judgment on this. Some say that vinegar rinses may be drying if used every day and it is best to restrict use to two times per week. I used a vinegar rinse every other day for the first few weeks–until my hair adjusted to the new shampoo–now once or twice a month keeps my hair healthy and shiny. Many customers have found this regimen to work, but do some experimenting!
Some Helpful Hints
Pouring cold vinegar rinse on your hair in the shower may be a more invigorating experience than you would like. (Although if you’re feeling brave, the cold water will give your hair added shine.) Keep a small plastic container of vinegar in your shower. Next, recycle a small clear plastic bottle with a squirt top (your old shampoo bottle may work). Choose the amount of rinse you will need to make for your hair. Mark the vinegar line and water line on your bottle. Now you can pour in the vinegar and add warm water from your shower and squirt the rinse on your hair!