I'm always looking for organic, natural alternatives to the store-bought stuff because aside from being sick of the marketing behind all the beauty products out there (my in-box is like one big beggar fest from PR people asking me to plug their products), I feel better when my life is simple and uncomplicated.
Enter apple cider vinegar. If you have use hair products like hairspray, styling gel or mousse on a regular basis, your hair is likely suffering from product build-up. Apple cider vinegar helps break down this residue, adds body and will even help fight dandruff. There are many ways to use it. Here are some of my favorites:
- A clarifying shampoo: Once a week, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (use more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair) to your shampoo. Rinse and then apply conditioner.
- A hair rinse: Mix 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar into a quart of water. Shake it up and then pour it into a spray bottle. Keep it in the shower to spray on hair after you shampoo. Watch how your hair responds. You may find you don't need to condition hair. You can even leave the rinse in without rinsing it out. The smell will dissipate as the hair dries.
- Dandruff fighter: Apply capfuls of full-strength apple cider vinegar to the scalp and massage in. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Unfortunately, apple cider vinegar is not recommended for color-treated or processed hair. It may strip hair of color.