by Texas Homesteader ~
It’s a well-known fact that vinegar is a natural hair conditioner. It’s said that with occasional use vinegar helps restore the natural PH of your hair and it also cleans buildup from your hair. It not only restores that healthy shine and detangles too.
I’ve tried both regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar for my vinegar hair rinse but to be honest I’ve never really noticed a difference between the two. But here’s the deal – RancherMan hates, hates, HATES the smell of vinegar.
Although no vinegar aroma at all remains in your hair when it’s dry, there is a subtle hint of vinegar as your hair is drying. To please that man in my life I’ve scented my vinegar with my favorite herb – rosemary! (It’s also said that Rosemary is a good herb to use in your vinegar rinse for dark hair)
Today I’m using regular vinegar and the power of the sun to infuse that glorious rosemary scent and benefits into my homemade hair rinse. I lop off a large sprig of the beautiful rosemary plant I have growing right outside my door. Then I wash it off and place it in a quart canning jar and fill the jar with vinegar. After screwing on the lid I place the canning jar outside in that blazing Texas sun. The infusion takes place without further action by me. Yeah, I’m just
lazy errr… environmental that way!
After about 2 days in the sun the bright green fades from my rosemary sprig and I know it’s done. I bring in the jar and strain the vinegar into another labeled jar. Now to make my hair rinse I take a repurposed plastic squirt bottle (I’m a klutz in the shower sometimes so plastic is necessary) and add about 3 tablespoons of my infused vinegar with about two cups of water, shake it up & place it in the shower. I’ve never known my mixture to go ‘off’ and this has worked well for me.
- My hair tends to be naturally dry & I think it may be a little too drying to use a vinegar rinse every day so I use it about 2-3 times a week. Can anyone weigh in here?
- Vinegar will burn if it gets in your eyes so avoid the eyes when squirting the mixture on your hair.
- After shampooing I squirt my rosemary vinegar onto my hair, work it in and let it soak in for about 2 minutes before rinsing out.
- Although some people leave the vinegar in their hair or only partially rinse it out, I prefer to do a more thorough rinse. That’s just my preference. Try it both ways & see what you like.
So there ya go – a more natural hair rinse. It’s inexpensive, it’s natural and it’s homemade. And there’s no new plastic bottle going to the landfill. I love it!
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