Did you know that vinegar is an acid with a low pH that can help improve the health of your hair? The benefits of vinegar include:
1. Tighten the cuticles
If your hair is damaged and the cuticles are upraised (cuticles are the outer layer of your hair, they protect the inner cortex like to how shingles on a roof work), an acidic rinse could help lay flatter and therefore improve shine and remove tangles.
2. Boost your conditioner
Applying a vinegar rinse before you condition could help your conditioner to work better. Conditioners based on quaternary ammonium compounds work better at a lower pH because they stick to hair better. The more conditioner “sticks” to the hair, the healthier and shinier your hair will look and feel.
3. Remove residue
If shampoo isn’t rinsed completely, there can be a dulling residue left behind on hair. This can be especially true if you have extremely hard water, which can result in a buildup of mineral deposits (like soap scum in your shower!). Vinegar can help to remove buildup and let the natural hair shine through. The cleansing quality of the vinegar is also used to fight dandruff, a clean and happy scalp is a healthy scalp.
So, who should use a vinegar rinse?
Anyone that lives in an area with hard water, has product build-up or dull hair, damaged or chemically-treated hair.
So, how do you add vinegar to your hair regimen?
It’s actually really ease to use vinegar and there is no fancy preparation required. Although a lot of the posts on-line make reference to apple cider vinegar (which smells immensely better than regular old white vinegar), you can also use regular old white vinegar to achieve identical results.
The easiest but still effective way to use vinegar is to rinse your hair with vinegar right after your regular shampoo but before your conditioner. Work the vinegar through your hair, make sure to saturate your ends and to massage your scalp. If it is easier, use a spray bottle. Then proceed to condition or deep-condition as normal.
OR if you are a co-washer, then rinse your hair with water before the vinegar rinse and then proceed with the conditioner as you normally would.
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