For 1,000s of years people have been reaping the benefits of a vinegar hair rinse regiment. Not only is a vinegar hair rinse natural, it is effective as well. Most shampoos and conditions contain harmful chemicals and additives, even the fancy professional salon products. In fact, anyone would be very surprised to read the label of some of the more expensive products, to only find out these hair care products still contain things like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Many even contain salt as a filler and thickener.

Why are Vinegar Rinses Good for the Hair?

Vinegar has long been used as an effective cleaning agent. Over time, hair receives residue and foreign agents that buildup and cause the hair to look dull and lifeless. The benefits of a vinegar rinse includes removing this residue and build-up, making the hair come back to life and look vibrant. A regular routine will help prevent that dull look from occurring again and retain the pH balance of the hair.

A vinegar rinse will also close the cuticles helping the hair remain tangle free and be more resistant to damage. As a result, it will look shiner and less frizzy becoming more manageable and more attractive. Vinegar rinses can also help treat and prevent dandruff, an infection caused by a fungus.

How to Do a Vinegar Rinse and How Often?

Many people stick with an easy to remember recipe: 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar per 8 ounces (1 cup) of water. A cup will usually do one person. However, longer hair might require more. It is all about personal preference when deciding to use distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. More people seem to pick apple cider vinegar, as it's well known for it's natural remedy benefits. Plus, it does smell quite a bit nicer.

After preparing the rinse and shampooing the hair, apply the mixture onto the hair and scalp as evenly as possible. This can either be left in or rinsed out. The first time it is used, it might be best to leave it in longer to get that residue off. It can also help an itchy scalp to be left on longer. This rinse should not be used as an everyday regiment. A couple of times a week is plenty and one might find that once a week is enough to get desirable results.

To go all natural, try cleaning the hair with baking soda and water rather than a shampoo. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda into about 10 to 12 ounces of water. This might have to be doubled for those with long hair. Pour part of the mixture onto wet hair, and saturate the head and scrub. Then add the remaining mixture and scrub. After a few minutes, rinse it out. Make sure that the mixture is completely washed out and then follow the directions to apply the rinse.

If it can be stood, rinsing the hair with cold water will help achieve the maximize benefits of a vinegar hair rinse by increasing the level of shine.

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