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3 Vinegar Uses for the Hair

3 Vinegar Uses for the Hair

Aside from being a kitchen essential and a worker of small miracles in the bathroom, vinegar is also a dynamo in the beauty department. Applied externally, vinegar has long been used to make hair silky and lustrous. And contrary to intuition, it doesn’t leave a lingering waft of vinegar with each shimmy of your shiny mane.

You can use white distilled vinegar, but unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” of vinegar. The mother occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules and is a rich source of probiotics. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars probably do not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.

Restore Shine
Vinegar works to restore luster by removing build up from other hair products. It leaves hair smooth and silky and is said by many to remove tangles. Depending on your hair type, you may want to use it once weekly, or as often as three times weekly. It may cause minimal dryness to hair, so some people like to condition first, then use a vinegar rinse. To make a vinegar rinse, add 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups warm water, add a a drop of essential oil if you like, and work into hair.

Hairbrush Cleaning
Remove old hair from brush. Make a mix of half water and half vinegar, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, and soak your hairbrush overnight. Rinse and brush.

Scalp Help
To clean your scalp, improve its health, and fight dandruff, rinse with a solution of ˝ cup vinegar mixed with 2 cups of warm water after shampooing. You can add a few drops of sage oil, you can also leave the rinse on for up to 30 minutes. A scalp rinse can be done daily, and should be done at least once a week.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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6:10AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

vinegar is so versatile, i read a post the other week about 101 uses for it!

8:25PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks

12:05AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

As a child I had very long hair and my Mother insisted on a "vinegar rinse" for it -- for
shine. The smell of vinegar gagged me but she would not stop doing it -- until I could do my own hair. Still gag at that smell!!!!

3:52PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Gracias por la info.

2:03PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:48AM PDT on May 20, 2014

Cool :)

1:00AM PDT on May 2, 2014

I love vinegar - it seems to do just about everything!

5:22AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Better choice instead of chemicals

4:11PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

I never believed this would work but its awesome! Just a Tbsp. of vinegar in cup or two of water poured over your hair is better than any conditioner you've ever tried!

1:09PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thanks.

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