Apple Cider Vinegar

23 Dec

Every weekend (precisely Sunday) I try something new with my hair, wash it, do whatever and spend hours on it. So this Sunday I prepared a hair rinse with apple cider vinegar (which is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, so think soft and smooth…and gets rid of residue and leaves your hair shiny too), distilled water, and some chamomile. I am trying the “baking soda wash” next weekend but I’m excited to have shiny hair this week. After my hair is dried by towel, I will then twist them back (like Jordan Dunn in the picture) and leave it like that for a few days–leaving it alone.

Apple cider vinegar is a cheap, natural product. I paid only a dollar-something for mine at the supermarket and since I only use a few table spoons in each rinse, it will last for months.Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9).

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.

Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.

If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water.

Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing and then rinse it all out, or for extra conditioning, you can leave the rinse on your hair. This natural hair care product can be used once or twice a week or more often as needed.

 

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