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I read this article a few years back about all of the uses for vinegar.  It can be used for cleaning, in the garden, in cooking, medicinally and as a beauty product.  I was amazed – I had no idea the stinky substance had so many uses!  My most recent use for vinegar is as a hair rinse.  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 and heavy shampoos and conditioners. Since I am addicted to all things soap, I figured I should try this out.  

 Here’s the breakdown. 

I used an old wine bottle and mixed the following: 

  • 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, or I’ve read beer is works too.  Not sure I want my hair to smell like beer though)
  • 5 drops essential oil, your choice (I used lavender and rosemary)

my vinegar hair rinse in an old wine bottle. A squeeze bottle would sure work better, but I can't find one this big.

 

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 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.  Enjoy!

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