Rain water being good for your hair is one of my favorite folk remedies. Apparently the fact that rain water is slightly more acidic than tap water is what does the trick. So, I guess using apple cider vinegar on your hair is a close second to standing around waiting for the rain to come. Although I don't particularly mind waiting for rain.
I've been interested in making one ingredient homemade beauty products for a while, because it's actually really simple to get things a little greener at home. You don't have to make an elaborate project or even mix anything together you can just add in one extra thing. Sometimes finding what your one thing is, is a challenge. Some people need oil, some people need a clarifier, some need something to tame frizz. But I'll bet a lot of the things that can make your life a little simpler and cleaner are things you already have around the house.
I'm sure I've mentioned before that I have dry hair. Because of this, I was a little trepidatious to put vinegar on my hair, back when I was doing the no 'poo thing, but it actually can make your hair really shiny. I think I'd gone a little over board when I first used it, which can make your hair a little flat. A frustrating thing, because one of the things I love about having finer hair (as in finer stands of hair) is how much volume it has naturally, because the finer strands separate and tease easily. This also means it tangles easier. I only need to use maybe a tablespoon or two before I shampoo and condition. Some people use it after conditioning. I use it before I get started, but more on that later.
So, I feel like logic would suggest that vinegar would have a drying effect, but it doesn't. It balances the pH on your scalp and then seals hair's cuticle to keep it shiny, and less prone to damage. I have personally seen a huge difference on the ends of my hair, which are prone to dryness, as well as the hair that grows closest to my neck which can get a little fizzy—the part that's noticeable when your hair is up. The ends and the back have both tamed significantly since starting to use vinegar.
All of these things make it easier to brush through when it's wet and less fly-aways when its dry. It can also help to reduce build up on the scalp and reduce dandruff.
So, all in all, I really don't see any downsides, except the smell, which is gone when your hair is dry, or even after you shampoo.
Here's how I use it:
- Take about 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and work it into dry hair with fingertips.
- I usually focus on the front of my scalp and then the base of my neck. I then rinse through with warm water and let it set while I shave, etc.
- Then I shampoo it out and condition as usual.
- I do this about once a week.
Some people prefer to dilute the vinegar before hand with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar and rinse it over already cleaned hair. It's really a process of finding what works for you.