Using chemical hair products on a daily bases and even on a weekly bases, has many harmful effects on our hair. Even conditioners, which are supposed to protect our hair from further damage, if used too often, can upset the scalp and hair follicle.
Soaps and shampoos harshly strip the natural oils from the hair and skin, leaving a feeling of dryness. Also, hair drying (which is sometimes inevitable) and bad weather can additionally worsen its condition.
In search for the perfect solution to protect our hair, we reach for expensive hair products, not knowing that the key ingredient to vital, healthy hair is found in our kitchen.
The use of vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for cosmetic purposes can be tracked back to the Romans and was fashionable during the nineteenth century as vinegar de toilette. They also mixed it with plants or essential oils for an even better effect, but we will get to that later.
First thing is first. In order to treat something, first you have to know more about it. The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and protects it like the bark on a tree. The cuticle is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof. It is the condition of the cuticle scales that determine weather you are going to have a bad or good hair day.
Your hair has smooth appearance when the cuticle is unbroken and in good shape. Light reflects off the cuticle, when the layers of the cuticle are tightly knit together, thus making the hair shine. When cuticle layers are open and not knit together, the hair will feel rough, coarse and brittle. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect it, giving the appearance of dull and lifeless hair.
Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It closes the cuticles of the hair making it reflect light, or in other words, making it shiny. It also detangles it, and after using it, it leaves it soft and smooth.
But that is not all. Here is a list of all the benefits from using this cheap miracle worker:
– Conditions naturally.
– Improves porosity.
– Treats hair loss.
– Helps remove dandruff.
– Clarifies the scalp.
– Balances the pH levels of the scalp.
– Reduces frizz.
– Treats dry and itchy scalps.
– Prevents split ends.
With that being, it time to get to work and give apple cider vinegar a try. Here is a recipe that is 100% effective and gives results after the first wash. However, I suggest long term use for healthy and vital hair, as it is not harmful neither for the hair nor the scalp.
Herb and vinegar hair rinse
Adding the right herbs for your type of hair is very important. For an example, use rosemary and parsley if you have dark hair. Sage is good for darkening gray hair. Chamomile highlights blond and light brow hair, calendula conditions, lavender and lemon verbena add fragrance, linden is excellent for frequently shampooing hair and nettle controls dandruff.
– 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
– herbs of choice
– 2 cups boiling water
Boil the water and add the vinegar and herbs. Allow to steep for 30 minutes. After the infusion cools, refrigerate it for later use. You can use it after you have finished rinsing the shampoo out of your hair, just pour and massage your scalp. Then rinse it out with fresh water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just leave it in and towel dry. I was a bit skeptical about this, but the vinegar scent disappears as your hair dries.