Since the beginning of this year Iâ€™ve been working really hard at not washing my hair every single day of the week. I know that sounds like kind of a ridiculous thing to be “working hard” at, but itâ€™s true! It wasnâ€™t my stylist that finally inspired me to do it (even though sheâ€™d been telling me for months), it was the time it took to wash and blow dry my hair everyday. I finally got on the dry shampoo bandwagon and after trying, this kind, then this kind, and finally this kind- Iâ€™ve settled on the third. If youâ€™re in the market for a dry shampoo, water killer is the best in my mind!
Things were all fine and dandy. I was chugging along at about 2 washes per week- my dream being one. And then my scalp started to get really really itchy. Like uncontrollably itchy. I didnâ€™t want to use something like Head & Shoulders since it strips your color, so I decided to try a vinegar rinse this past weekend as I had read it removes build up (from all the dry shampoo) and helps relieve itchiness. I did a little research and found everything from mixing a half cup of vinegar with a half cup of water to mixing one tablespoon of vinegar with a full cup of water as proportions. Quite the difference! Hereâ€™s the method I settled on:
- Mix 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar with 3/4 cup of water
- Place the mixture in a spray or squeeze bottle if you have it (I left mine in the measuring cup, and carried that into the shower)
- In between shampooing and conditioning your hair, pour or squirt the mixture on your roots and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, massaging occasionally. I shaved my legs during this time.
- Thoroughly rinse the mixture from your hair, and condition fromÂ root to end. This is something I never do, but my stylist said it was necessary following the rinse.
Upon blow drying my hair I could immediately feel a different- my hair was definitely shinier, silkier, and had more natural body. My scalp has also been much less itchy, and my hair overall- a lot less oily, causing me to use less dry shampoo. I loved the results! And I canâ€™t believe it was all from vinegar- proves you donâ€™t always need those pricey products.
Iâ€™m definitely going to make the rinse a weekly habit. Many sites suggest adding essential oils to the mix. Wouldnâ€™t lavendar be yummy? You can even clean your hairbrush using vinegar.
Have you done a vinegar rinse? Any other natural hair remedies you can recommend? Iâ€™d love to hear!