Apple cider vinegar hair rinse can add shine and softness
A Student in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! asks:
I have a few questions about home remedies I have heard of or tried. I’ve been told that an apple cider vinegar hair rinse is good once in a while. Is that because it is a clarifier, or is that just nonsense? (It does occur to me that you’d smell like a salad.)
Actually, the vinegar of choice is apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Apple cider vinegar hair rinses have been used for years to give hair more shine and softness. It also has been known to help relieve an itchy, flaky scalp and even dandruff for some people.
A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water as a rinse is a good viable option especially for those of you who have hard water problems. It does work like a clarifier in that it helps to remove residue buildup from soaps and hair products. Apple cider vinegar is low on the pH scale, acidic, and will neutralize the effects of soaps that have a higher pH balance or, are alkaline by nature. Soap and alkaline salts in water can mix to form a deposit that clings to the hair. The apple cider vinegar hair rinse will remove deposits making the hair softer and shinier.
I’m not sure whether it is as effective as a formulated clarifying shampoo, however, there are enough people who have claimed it’s benefits that merits giving it a try if you wish. Here is a simple recipe. Mix 1/3rd cup apple cider vinegar into 1 quart water, keep a plastic spray bottle in the shower and use as a final rinse. If you have long hair you might want to soak your hair in a sink full of this mixture or rinse over the bathtub for easier saturation. Experiment with leaving it in and rinsing it out of the hair. Both ways are acceptable.
For itchy, flaky scalp, you can massage apple cider vinegar hair rinse full strength on the scalp, leave on up to 15 minutes and rinse. Although you may, “smell like a salad,” when your hair is wet, when it’s dried, the smell goes away.
Why don’t you hear of it as much anymore? Not so long ago, shampoos had a higher pH alkaline balance, which left the hair in rough shape. Most all shampoos are now formulated to have a balanced pH which is altogether better for our hair. If you have hard water, try using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water once or twice a week.
You may need to use it more often up front, then less as you feel the results of softer, shinier hair.
• A good rule of thumb on apple cider vinegar hair rinse use; for personal use inside and outside the body, use apple cider vinegar, for cleaning purposes, use white vinegar.
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