Looking for a conditioner that makes your hair soft, shiny, and manageable? You can splurge on a $20 bottle at your salon that's made with chemical ingredients you don't recognize, or you can stroll into your kitchen and pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar.
While this elixir does have the potential to unveil shiny tresses, the main downside is that pungent scent. Until now. We’ve got a one-ingredient fix to this problem.
But first, why on earth should you consider putting apple cider vinegar in your hair?
Well, think about the anatomy of a strand of hair. Each one is protected by a cuticle comprised of tightly woven scales that lay flat against the shaft and reflect light. When the hair’s normally acidic pH balance goes out of whack from a buildup of alkaline hair products, the cuticle comes undone, leaving hair prone to breakage and giving it a frizzy, dull appearance.
Enter: apple cider vinegar! This acidic solution, often considered to be a multi-faceted miracle worker, can restore pH balance to help repair hair cuticles and leave a blinding (in a good way) sheen all over. Raw, unfiltered ACV also has natural alpha-hydroxy acid that can gently exfoliate the scalp and hair to remove dead skin cells and product buildup.
Now what to do with that strong smell: Lavender to the rescue! Not only is the fragrance sublime, but lavender essential oil is also believed to stimulate roots and improve circulation in the scalp, which is all great for hair growth.
Here’s a super-simple recipe for an alluring apple cider vinegar hair rinse.
Mix ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use less ACV for dry hair, and more for oily hair. Add lavender until the desired scent is achieved. In between or following shampooing, shake the bottle, spray this ACV rinse all over wet hair, and work through from roots to ends. Rinse out and let hair air dry. The ACV scent shouldn’t be noticeable at all, but the calming lavender will linger. With continued use, hair will be revitalized into smooth, shiny locks.
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