Do you want healthier, shinier hair?
Look no further…you need a hair rinse.
I started using a homemade rinse quite awhile ago to remove build up from hair products.
But I’ve learned that there are more reasons to use them.
Read on to find out how a good hair rinse nourishes your hair and how you can make your own hair rinse easily.
Did you know that your hair has shingles?
Well, sort of.
Your hair is made of a hair shaft that is covered by cuticle.
The cuticle is overlapping layers that cover your hair, kind of like shingles on a roof.
When the cuticle is in good shape, the layers lie flat and your hair looks shiny and healthy.
The layers open when you shampoo your hair, so a good rinse will:
- remove build up of hair products and other toxins so your cuticles are healthier
- close cuticles so your hair slides more easily and you get fewer tangles
- improve circulation to your scalp
- retain a good pH balance
- help with hair conditions like hair loss, dry scalp, dandruff, and more
Healthy Vinegar Hair Rinse
1/3 cup filtered water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup aloe vera juice
1/4 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum (optional, but makes for a nicer texture)
5-10 drops essential oils of choice (I recommend Native American Nutritionals.)
1. Combine all ingredients in a container and mix well.
2. Store in a plastic container in the shower.
3. To use, mix 1 T with approximately 1 cup water and pour over freshly shampooed hair.
4. Massage in and rinse out if you desire.
1. You could just use more apple cider vinegar and water instead of the aloe vera juice, but aloe vera has many healing properties that I prefer using it.
2. You can either leave this rinse in your hair or rinse it out. Leaving it in for awhile, especially for the first use, will likely help remove more buildup, residue and toxins.
3. Use at least once per week to several times per week.
4. I keep a plastic cup in my shower. When I am ready to rinse my hair, I pour about 1 capful of the rinse into my cup. Then I add shower water to make up about 1 cup of water plus rinse. I dump all of that on my head after shampooing.
5. Use whatever essential oils you would like. Following is a list of optional oils and their potential benefits.
Oily Hair – rosemary, lemon, lemongrass, basil, patchouli, ylang ylang, tea tree
Dry Hair – peppermint
Hair Growth – rosemary, basil, lavender, ylang ylang, cedarwood
Dandruff – clary sage, lemon, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, tea tree
SOURCES FOR INGREDIENTS:
3. Plastic Bottle – I reused an old plastic bottle (the most environmental way to go :)), but you can purchase plastic bottles with flip tops at Mountain Rose Herbs. Just look under “Plastic bottles” (I’m pretty smart, huh?).
4. Guar Gum- I use NOW Brand. I love that company for supplements, etc.
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Do you use a hair rinse?