Who'd think a $3 bottle of vinegar would be this awesome for hair? I have fine, slightly wavy hair that is dry at the ends and oily at the scalp. This keeps everything shiny and smooth without taking away any volume.
I mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two cups of warm water in a water bottle with a hole cut in the lid. Then, after I shampoo and condition as usual (I use Chagrin Valley shampoo bars and 'cone-free VO5 conditioner), I rinse my hair with the ACV/water mixture. I don't rinse this out of my hair. It smells funny and sounds like a weird thing to do, but once my hair dries it doesn't smell like vinegar at all. It's also really helped my itchy scalp.
I was skeptical, but it worked. Try it for yourself. And don't be afraid of the smell. It doesn't smell bad!
Okay so now my bathroom stinks and the people I live with think I'm crazy, but at least I have nice shiny hair :)
This actually does work, I'm very happy with it. My hair did need a conditioner after it though, but maybe that's just me being too attached to my conditioner..
Anyway, try it. What have you got to lose?
Alright MUA, after a disappointing experience with the yogurt face mask, you have redeemed yourself(:
My concoction (lol)
250 mL or apple cider (mines not organic/natural, but I'm sure that would be better)
250 mL or rosemary water (i take 1 tablespoon of rosemary spice and put it in 250 mL of boiling water and then drain it out to just get the water)
The reason I use rosemary water is because it's supposed to make the brown in my hair more vibrant. I haven't really noticed a difference, but it didn't do anything bad so that's okay(:
Now, the results! I've used this twice now, and I've noticed that this does a great job adding enough moisture to my already pretty healthy hair without weighing it down. In other words, I get big volume, but without sacrificing beuatiful hair!
How I apply it: I put my concotion in an empty water bottle, and after shampooing (I use the Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo, if it matters) I apply about 25-50 mL of the liquid on my hair by first pouring it into my hand and then just sloppily throwing it on my hair, root to tip.
It is a very weird texture, especially because it replaces my normally thick conditioner. This just feels like water, and trust me, I had doubts that it would actually moisturize my hair. BUT it did! So try it! What have you got to lose?
Ok, this is pretty amazing. I hurt my back on the 4th and I've been bedridden since so, I was a greasy mess:( YUCK! So, I decided to give this a go since I figured it would cut the grease and OMGoodness! It smells to high Heaven (that's why I deducted a lippie cuz, my kids just smelled my hair and gave an ewwwwwww) but, it is otherwise great. I noticed even while my hair was wet it looked much fuller than usual after I get out of the shower but, knew the real test was when it was dried. I put a little WEN in to mask the smell but, it didn't do it. So, my advice is to treat hair when you have absolutly NO WHERE to go but, to give this a try. I would have never tried this w/o reading about it here on MUA!
This review is for ACV when used as a scalp toner. The ratio that works for both my face and scalp is 1 part ACV and 4 part distilled water.
I switched to a new hair conditioner with jojoba oil a few months ago when my hair was dry and fuzzy. Though it made my hair look great, after a few weeks I started developing acne on my scalp and neck. It started very gradually, at the time my face acne just started to clear up. When the problem persisted, I stopped the conditioner. But the scalp acne refused to go away, and my scalp was itchy all day long even right after shampoo. I tried a few dandruff shampoo with different ingredients which did not help.
One day when I was mixing my ACV toner for face, I decided to mix a large bottle. Before shampoo, I drizzle a cup of ACV toner on my head and massage for about 1 minute to saturate the scalp, then followed with shampoo. I did not leave the toner on my hair like many people did for fear of the lasting aroma.
When I used ACV toner on my face, it was instant gratification. The fact I left ACV toner on my face for a long time probably helped. When I used the ACV on my scalp as a pre-shampoo toner, I did not feel a big difference immediately because I wash it off with shampoo. Only after a few days of using the ACV scalp toner, my scalp started feeling better, and the number of scalp acne has lessened gradually. I also skipped conditioner now because my hair is softer when I massage the scalp with ACV toner.
If you have scalp acne and would like to try diluted ACV to address that, you may need to be patient. It does take a week or two to see the difference. Fortunately, unlike antibiotics , the ACV toner has little side effect and can be used daily.
When there's a chance, I may try the ACV scalp toner after shampoo as leave-in for like half an hour. I'm sure the result would be much more impressive, if I can handle the smell for that long. Will update after trial.
EDIT 6/20/2011 I've been using ACV toner AFTER shampoo and also like the result. It does not address 100% of my scalp acne and dandruff, but definitely helps. Forgot to note that the ACV toner fades my hair color when I dye my hair dark.
When i rinse my hair with this (i use about 3 parts water to one part vinegar) after my conditioner it is SOO soft and smooth, like a super deep conditioning treatment. it's much shinier after it dries, too. and so cheap! It's working great for me on my growing out Brazillian Blowout treatment, it softens and silkens it right back up to where it felt right afterwards. HG. and no joke- I use this stuff for EVERYTHING.
i'll admit, the smell sucks, but it goes away as it dries. just, umm, dont get stuck in the rain or you'll smell again!
i use this on my hair every now and then. it neutralizes the hair's ph and closes the folicle, making hair smoother and shinier.
note that you shouldnt use it straight-- i mix it 1 part ACV to 3 parts water, and rinse it through my hair while in the shower.
als you can also mix with water and use as a toner! the acid in the vinegar has the same affect as a glycolic peel, yogurt, etc.
HG alert! HG alert!
My recipe is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. Put in a spray bottle and soak hair as final step in your regimen. Leave on at least 15 minutes. Rinse out completely.
Great hair tonic for just about everything:
relieves itchy scalp!
Yes, your hair will smell a bit like vinegar, but if you rinse out completely you won't even notice and no one else will probably. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for extra benefit and to mask vinegar smell. I like lavendar, patchouli and rosemary.
Oh yeah and I have only used the Heinz brand of apple cider vinegar, but I am sure it doesn't matter as long as it's pure ACV.
i add 2-3 spoons of apple cider vinegar in 400 ml water and rinse my hair with it. i leave it on. as you sweat the smell comes back, so i prefer to do it in the weekends. but i always add dry lavender and rosemary in the vinegar bottle, so the smell is a little bit less disturbing this way and i get the extra beefits of these herbs (i hope). ACV rinse is really good for itchy scalp, immediately relieving, and thats the main reason i do it. my hair is oily, instead of shampooing too often, i do ACV rinse from time to time. it adds volume too.
I have fairly sensitive skin and it is extremely oily. I've used toners in the past and it seemed to just make my oiliness worse or no change at all. I decided to give the apple cider vinegar a try because its a cheap attempt. And if it doesn't work you can still use the vinegar for cooking! Well at first I put this on with a 50/50 mixture of water/vinegar and it made my face very red and irritated. So I dropped the mixture down to about 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water and it still was a little irritated. But at about 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water it was just right. I've been using this 2 times a day for about 4 days and I have already noticed a difference. My face is a lot less oily throughout the day and a lot softer. I haven't noticed any change in pore size or redness but I'll continue to use and see if that changes. I would recommend this to anyone with sensitive oily skin. Just make sure you dilute it. Only drawback I see is the smell at first but it does go away after it dries.