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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

There's a lot of talk about how great vinegar rinses are for your hair, and I'm here to tell you it's all true. Why? Well, your hair is made up of layers and layers of protein. The gentle acid in apple cider vinegar smooths those layers, making hair shiny and tangle-free. I've always had serious issues with tangles because my hair is so fine (and crazy-looking), but for the first time EVER, I don't have tangles! It's true that the smell is not great, but adding essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, lavender, or whatever strikes your fancy really helps. Once your hair dries, the smell will dissipate. It's not a perfect system, but it's better than nasty conditioners. Here's my recipe for an easy vinegar rinse:

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

1/4 c organic apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp organic honey
1-2 drops of tea tree oil
1-2 drops of peppermint oil

Combine ingredients well. Mix with 3/4 c water before use.

It's very easy to make this in larger batches. I usually just estimate by filling a small squirt bottle (a Go Toob, for example) with vinegar and a big squeeze of honey with enough essential oil to make me happy. I keep a big plastic cup in the shower and just do a 1:3 or 1:4 ratio of vinegar mixture to water when I rinse. It's super easy!

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