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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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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


10:21PM PST on Mar 7, 2014

thnx for this care2

11:06AM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Need to check this out myself.

9:13PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Already use this but thanks for the article.

4:48AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

I started using the info at this site with using baking soda and vinegar for shampooing and conditioning hair.

Ive found that the 1 Tblespoon vinegar (apple cider) in a glass of water and rubbing that into hair then leaving it to sit 1min. works great as a detangler and conditioner. My hair is now so much shiner too :) .. Its working even better then my expensive natural conditioners. Im truely amazed at what this has done for my hair (seems the even longer I use it, the even better the result. Then I touch up the dryness right at my hair ends with a tsp of coconut oil).

7:32PM PST on Jan 19, 2014


10:41PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks for the ideas.

6:16PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Yep, like many of you, I've also been using apple cider vinegar instead of shampoo for a couple of years. Sometimes I will work a little baking soda into my scalp first. I made the switch for financial reasons, but also love that it is natural, as I am not one to use styling products in my hair. My hair has way more body now than it used to and fewer split ends.

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