Some time ago I wrote my recipe for Homemade Shampoo Made With Jojoba Oil and at the time I got a lot of questions about conditioners. This weekend I found myself out of conditioner and finally remembered I needed to sit and write this post.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Care
To tell the truth, I’m not very picky when it comes to a natural shampoo. For me, it’s much more important to have a good conditioner. Just about any shampoo will create a buildup on the hair shaft – even the good stuff. If you have a buildup of soap and oil and then you “set it in” with a commercially made conditioner you’re likely to wind up with a big mess.
For a few years now, the only conditioner I’ve used is an infused apple cider vinegar rinse. Many people use straight apple cider vinegar, and I would be ok with that in a pinch, but it’s fun to be creative! If you infuse a selection of herbs into your vinegar you’ve got something extra special.
5 Reasons to Use ACV On Hair
1. It is a pH balancer for both the hair and the scalp.
2. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal. This means a lot of great things for our appearance. It can mean better hair growth, and keeping hair follicles healthy and functional.
3. It keeps the skin balanced which helps fight the dry skin of dandruff.
4. It acts as a natural de-tangler. I can certainly attest to this as I have lots of really fine hair that tangles if someone breathes near it. Apple cider vinegar is a life saver for me!
5. It removes soap and oil build-up from the hair without stripping it. This leaves your hair shiny and silky and as a bonus, your hair can go longer between washes!
Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Rinse
Right now I’m loving this recipe for my hair:
- 1 quart apple cider vinegar – find organic raw ACV here
- 2 Tbsp of each of the following herbs: nettles (Urtica dioica), comfrey (Symphytum officinale), rose petals (Rosa rugosa), calendula (Calendula officinalis) – find all of these dried organic herbs here
- Add herbs to a quart jar, and fill jar to the top with warm apple cider vinegar. Note: If you have dry hair you might try adding marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) and if you have oily hair you might like to add sage (Salvia officinalis).
- Cover with a plastic lid and leave out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks. Shake often.
- At the end of the two weeks, strain out the herbs and re-bottle your conditioner for the shower. I leave it in a mason jar, but you may like to put this into a plastic container for shower safety.
To use this rinse I have a cup in my shower. I add anywhere from 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup of vinegar to the cup and fill up the rest of the way with water. Pour over your hair and then rinse out.
This evening I’m going to strain my latest batch of conditioner. I’ve had to use a commercial preparation and my hair simply hasn’t looked its best for the past week!
Other Great Conditioning Alternatives
- Don’t have the time to infuse your vinegar? Mix up this Homemade Conditioner in just seconds!
- Don’t want to make your own? DIY Natural has used and recommends this natural line of conditioners.
- Need a deep conditioning treatment? Check out several Homemade Hair Masks for Dry or Damaged Hair that are simple and natural.