Lately, my life has consisted of work, half marathon training, Netflix and emptying out my closet. With the many things that make us busy in life I put my hair on the back burner. I haven’t had a cut in about 7 months so it is was time for a little bit of TLC.
As suggested by a handmade soap maker, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is a great way to soften your hair. Naturally, I didn’t believe her. Vinegar…in my hair?! What? So right after my brief encounter with her beautiful and natural soaps and shampoo bars at a local flea market, I ran (but really I drove) to the closest Sprout’s and picked up a huge bottle of Bragg’s. When I got home, I did a bit of research on how to use this stuff in my hair. I created a basic mixture that I found online but after using this for a few weeks, I came up with my own recipe that works for my own hair.
At first, it took me a while to get used to having the vinegar smell in my hair but once it dried, it went away. I use this mixture about 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair at night. I try not to use it in the morning in case I’m rushing out the door and I don’t have time for a quick blow dry. I make a jars worth of the “conditioner” and keep it in my shower for the week. I also put some in a spray bottle to use as a detangler on days when my hair needs a bit of help untangling.
For the conditioner or detangler:
Mix 3 parts of filtered water with 1 part organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to help with the smell and because lavender oil also conditions the hair.
How to use:
For the conditioner, pour it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing. Make sure not to get it in your eyes. Trust me, it stings! Leave it in your hair for a couple of minutes while you wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. Or you can just stand there in wait. Whatever floats your boat!
So the question most of you are probably wondering – does it really work? Yes! For me, it’s the best conditioner I’ve ever used. I saw a major change in my hair immediately. I also tested it after using Lush’s BIG shampoo, which is probably the most drying shampoo ever, and it worked better at conditioning my hair than the conditioner I usually use. My hair was shinier, softer and it felt cleaner. The ACV also helps remove build-up in my hair and scalp that I get from hair products that I use daily. If you can’t handle the smell of vinegar, this might not be for you. But for those who are looking for a natural conditioner for your hair, give this a shot! My friend also says that she uses this as a shampoo replacement and she doesn’t suffer from dry hair anymore.
If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think! Also share your own recipes and let me know what works for you.