I recently noticed that my hair was lacking a little bit of shine, instead of buying one of the expensive conditioners from the store, I decided to try an apple cider vinegar (ACV) hair rinse! I’ve heard a lot about vinegar hair rinses, seen a lot of YouTube videos about them but was still a little skeptical. After trying it once however, I am hooked! No longer do I need to spend tons of money on conditioners laden with weird chemicals promising to “fix” my hair! The first day that I used my ACV hair rinse I even got asked if my hair was recently cut because it looked so healthy! Best of all, is that all you will need to join me in the land of silky, soft hair is some vinegar (white or apple cider) and water!
You may be wondering why on earth anyone would use vinegar as a replacement for conditioner? Well the evidence is irrefutable! Vinegar has a similar pH as the ideal pH of your hair. Vinegar also works effectively at removing icky reside from your hair and while removing that build-up will close the hair shaft leaving strands shiny and soft! Not only that but the vinegar rinse can also prevent dandruff, itch and hair loss when rubbed into the scalp!
Now for the fun part! You can choose to use either white or apple cider vinegar, though apple cider vinegar has a slightly better smell. There is no exact science to the ratio of vinegar to water for your rinse. I have mid-length extremely thick hair (and a lot of it) so I filled a mason jar with 1/3 ACV and 2/3 water. Thinner hair would probably do with a few tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water, however experimenting until you find your perfect ratio is best. Other than the density of your hair, another thing to keep in mind while figuring out your perfect ratio is whether or not your hair is dry or oily. Dry hair enjoys less ACV while oily hair drinks it up more.
Now you can use your rinse! Decide whether or not to shampoo beforehand, but you definitely will not need conditioner. As mentioned, the vinegar will remove gunky build-up from your hair, which is great for those who don’t like to shampoo. After shampooing (or not) use the vinegar rinse on your hair, pay special attention to ends and roots (especially if you are looking for it to help with dandruff or itchy scalp). Allow the rinse to permeate your strands by putting your hair into a shower cap for 5 minutes. Once that five minutes are up you can choose to rinse the vinegar out of your hair or finish up your shower without further rinsing the vinegar out. Keeping the rinse in is great for longer hair as it prevents tangling. I like to lightly rinse my hair before getting out of the shower and always use lukewarm water. For the vinegar to do it’s best job, it is preferable that you don’t use super hot water, instead go for warm water and perhaps even rinse out your hair with cool water for added shine!
You may be wondering about the vinegar smell… Don’t worry it does go away! The odour was something I definitely worried about the first time I tried a vinegar rinse as the smell does linger while the hair is drying, but once your hair is dry the smell vanishes! I promise! However, if the smell is something that really bothers you or that you are worried about, try infusing your vinegar rinse with some essential oils or herbs. To make an herb rinse; choose your herb of choice, boil water and use water to infuse the herb for two or more hours, once your herbal liquid has cooled you can pour it into a jar or container and add your ideal ratio of apple cider vinegar. If you use essential oils, simply add a few drops to your water and vinegar rinse.
The great thing about a vinegar hair rinse is that it is safe to do as often as you like depending on your hair. Remember that everyone has different hair with varying textures, length and damage so do what works for you. I would not, however recommend doing a vinegar rinse every day as it can be drying. Instead start with once every two weeks and work your way down to twice a week once your hair has adjusted to the vinegar rinse! I do my vinegar rinse once a week and my hair looks incredibly healthy and shiny and feels extremely soft!
Have you tried a vinegar hair rinse? Do you find that your hair looks even more beautiful (and your wallet much thicker) after trying the vinegar hair rinse?
Enjoy beautiful hair!