Shampoo is not good for your hair!
There… I said it.
The average consumer will go through more shampoo than conditioner, when it should really be the other way around. Thankfully a hair stylist told me several years ago that frequent or daily shampooing can lead to a dry scalp. But after doing my own research, that’s not the only problem that can occur.
Our family uses about 70% all-natural products that are consumed daily – whether that be food or hygiene. We made a conscious effort to get “back to the basics” and remove items from our life that are just unnatural and, frankly, unhealthy. Of course, this isn’t always feasible and sometimes convenience takes priority.
My body began rejecting some ingredients found in standard shampoo – which lead me to explore other hair treatment options that were less harsh on the hair and also more natural.
I read an article regarding the benefits of “apple cider vinegar” on our bodies; such as balancing the pH of hair/body (something I needed), soothing a soar throat, balancing the digestive system, naturally treating sunburn, detangling hair and more.
Here are 2 useful articles on the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
- 10 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar on Your Hair
- 7 Surprising Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar by Dr Oz
This has become a preferred way to treat my hair and keep it healthy. Twice a month, I use my own version of an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse. It has been proven to eliminate frizz, create shine, and certainly keeps my hair healthy and strong.
How to Make Mara’s Hair Rinse
What You Need:
– 1 non-breakable jar or container
– Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic is optional)
– Aromatic essential oils
– A wash cloth (optional)
– Access to water
Start by filling 3/4 of the container with the vinegar. Fill the other 1/4 with water. Add 5-6 drops of an essential oil of your choosing to help mask the slight smell of the vinegar. I choose to add Lavender oil to my hair rinse because it’s calming and adds a pleasant fragrance. Shake the jar lightly and set aside until you’re ready to use.
Washing Directions (with wash cloth):
While in the shower, wet the wash cloth with water and then pour a small amount of the hair rinse onto the cloth. Apply liberally to your hair and let it sit for a couple minutes. Rinse.
Can you feel the difference already?
I do not use a wash cloth with this method and simply flip my hair upside-down while dumping a small amount of the hair rinse over my head. It is still just as effective.
To be honest, my hair is hard to tame. I’ve tried straightening gel and other products for years. None of them worked.
This hair rinse has given me the best results with hair straightening… and I can leave it this way for at least 2 days.
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