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Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinses can be used for multiple purposes such as: add shine, condition, detangle, remove build-up.

We often mistake dull, limp hair for dirty hair and think more shampooing and body building products are the answer. Often times too much of a good thing is part of the problem.

Many of our hair care products are strongly alkaline and cause a dulling buildup on the hair shaft. Overuse of shampoo, conditioners and styling products can dry out and leave open the protective cuticle scales resulting in hard to manage fly away hair.

Healthy hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale between 4.5 and 5.5. Apple cider vinegar has an acidic pH of 2.9.

Apple cider vinegar rinses help to balance the pH and remove buildup, giving you a softer, shinier, easier to detangle head of hair. Rinsing will close the hair shafts resulting in a smoother surface.

Periodic apple cider vinegar hair rinses can help with a flaky or itchy scalp.
The acids and enzymes in the vinegar kill the "bottle bacillus", a bacteria that is one of the causes for many scalp and hair conditions. The bacteria clogs hair follicles allowing dry crusts to form that itch and flake.

The addition of herbs to the vinegar allows the rinse to enhance hair color and bring out desired highlights.
Sage and Rosemary are often used to help darken graying hair and bring out auburn tones. However, the effects are more like a temporary stain, they won't change the hair follicles to grow darker hair.
Nettles are full of minerals, chlorophyll and anti-fungal properties used to prevent and treat scalp funk.
Sage, rosemary and nettles are a tonic for dry hair and itchy, flaky scalp. .

Basil and lavender essential oils combine for an uplifting, refreshing aroma.

Vinegar rinses can be used once a week or only a few times a month. Every person is different. If your hair is dry to begin with take note how your hair responds and adjust the frequency.

Note: A very common question is if vinegar will harm color-treated hair. According to sources during my search for answers, apple cider vinegar is acidic enough to balance the pH of hair but not enough to strip it. Vinegar will not strip hair color the way chemical lighteners will so it shouldn't remove hair dye.
However, keep in mind that vinegar may change the shade or fade dyed hair if used too frequently. A once a week treatment to remove residues and restore shine shouldn't harm hair color.
For those who have dark hair coloring, just be sure to dilute the vinegar with water before using and don't overdo it.
Blondes who highlight or bleach their hair don't have to worry about the hair color actually fading. Their concern is usually more with maintenance since the hair tends to suffer with dryness and frizz. The use of AVC can do wonders to restore shine and close the cuticles properly.

Also ideal for the 'no poo' method of hair washing where baking soda and apple cider vinegar are used instead of shampoo. For more information on the no poo method of shampoo, read this post:

To use: There are three options

1. Dilute 1/2-1 Tbsp vinegar to 1 cup water for short hair or
1-2 Tbsp vinegar to 2 cups water for long hair.
Shampoo and rinse as usual. Stand with your head over a bowl or sink and pour the vinegar/water mixture onto your hair and scalp. Do this a few times. Let sit a minute or so and rinse with lukewarm water (optional). The final rinsing with water is optional because to not rinse out the vinegar helps with tangles and adds shine.

2. You can just massage a tablespoon of vinegar directly onto your scalp and hair and then rinse. Vinegar is rather strong so use your own judgement which method to use.
For help with a flaky scalp it is recommended to use the direct application method. Massage the vinegar thoroughly onto the scalp and let sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.

3. Get another empty spray bottle. Add 1 TBSP herbal vinegar to the bottle followed by 8 ounces of distilled water. Give it a shake and use as a hair spritz to add shine and help detangle. Best if used on damp hair. Don't spray enough to actually wet hair. Just a spritz and comb and style as usual.

Pregnant and lactating women should check with their physician before using as this rinse contains the herbs rosemary and sage. Being just a rinse, it is most likely fine to use but it is always best to check with your doctor.

This Herbal Vinegar Rinse comes in an 8 oz. plastic bottle with a pop-up type cap.
If you have a preference of the bottle please let me know.
Pictured above are the natural #2 HDPE or blue #1 PET plastic, all easily recyclable.

"I love this hair rinse! I put it in a bottle and spritz my hairs with a mixture of this rinse and water."

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse, Darker Hair, Sage, Rosemary, Nettles, Hair Rinse for Build Up, Condition, Add Shine



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  • Volume: 8 Fluid ounces
  • Materials: apple cider vinegar, rosemary, sage, nettles, basil essential oil, lavender essential oil
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