Today, we are going to talk a little about apple cider vinegar, or as my husband likes to call it, ‘the man repelling solution’. Over the past year, I’ve started integrating more natural beauty products and concoctions into my life. It started back when Parker was born and I quickly became keenly aware of what I was using on her, which then made me turn the microscope onto the products I was using for myself. It has just escalated from there. Now I check everything I’m purchasing for our home, bodies and beauty on this app. It’s addicting and will slowly make you clean out your entire bathroom cabinet… but more on that later, cause I could probably dedicate an entire post on the clean out I’ve done since discovering it!
Recently, my biggest beauty pet peeve has been the condition of my hair.... or lack there of. Mainly because of a) the New York humidity and b) my own genetics have bonded together and created a deadly marriage. Since it’s so muggy and gross I tend to use more product in my hair to keep the frizzy fro at bay. After a few days (cause hey, I’m a wash your hair maaaaaybe twice a week lady) my hair and scalp have collected a fair amount of dry shampoo and various other products. I didn’t feel like my shampoo and conditioner were really doing the trick to clean all of the gunk out… and I even shampoo twice! So to the internet I went, and what did I find? The best and cheapest solution.
I’m no stranger to the wonders of ACV (as all the true hippies refer to it by) as I use it on my face every night before bed (the most man repelling use of all) as a toner to aid in balancing out my skin - which it has done a miraculous job at for the record. It nearly rivals coconut oil as the great natural multi-tasker since it can basically be used to do everything you need besides make you look like Megan Fox overnight. But most recently, I’ve been using it twice a month between my shampoo and conditioner as a hair rinse. The vinegar removes build-up and residue from your hair and, since residue coats the hair causing it to look dull, removing residue gives your hair more shine. I like shine!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HAIR RINSE::
1 part apple cider vinegar
1 part water
I mix it ahead of time into a glass and place the glass on the sink next to the shower. After shampooing, I pour the mixture over my hair. I tried a spray bottle version once, but didn’t feel like I was getting enough deep into the root of my hair. Then I massage the vinegar into my scalp and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then I rinse it out. Sometimes, if the smell is particularly strong, I’ll then use conditioner in my hair after the vinegar has been rinsed out. But some people swear the vinegar can just be used in place of traditional conditioner. I’m not quite at that level yet.
If your nose isn’t ready yet for the full plunge into the world of vinegar, you can always ease into it with something like Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo. You can also mix in some drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender, to freshen things up.
Do you use apple cider vinegar or have any other natural hair concoctions I should add to my life? Please share!