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Vinegar for Hair? Ask Annie

Vinegar for Hair? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I’ve read that vinegar is good as a hair rinse. Is this true? It surely is cheap enough, but why does it work? –Jenny, VA

Dear Jenny,
Hair rinses are meant to soften and nourish your hair and return it to its naturally acidic pH. Organic apple cider vinegar is a good rinse for the hair and scalp; it not only returns them to their naturally acidic pH, it is an alpha hydroxy acid and removes dead skin cells from the scalp and residue from the hair.

Try making your own apple cider infusions by soaking lavender or rose petals in the vinegar for a few months, straining and using the resulting vinegar as a hair rinse! Make the concoction in a glass jar, such as a canning jar, and fill with the plant matter and then cover it all with vinegar screw the lid on tightly and set for at least six weeks. This also makes a nice holiday gift. Good luck!

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:45AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Fascinating stuff. . . putting the hair care product industry in redundancy

4:17PM PDT on May 4, 2014

Yes, and it's also good for enhancing the red tones in your hair. If you're wanting more blonde highlights, then rinse with a 50/50 mix of lemon juice and water. HOWEVER, after doing so, you may want to apply a bit of coconut oil to the ends of your hair, because it can make it somewhat dry after several treatments.

6:20AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

I love it!

1:26AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Vinegar for hair? Yes! I saw impressive results!

4:46PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

But will the smell of vinegar make men weak in the knees when they come near me?
Hmmm,

7:56AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Vinegar for anteater fur?????

8:58AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

I've tried an infused vinegar hair rinse more than once on my hair and it does make it softer. I didn't know about the dead skin cell part...good for the scalp. Thanks.

10:53PM PST on Dec 7, 2013

thank-u

8:27AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks..

7:22AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thanks

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