Frugal Beauty: apple cider vinegar for shiny hair

Right next to my tupperware of coffee grounds, I keep a spray bottle that contains a mixture of apple cider and vinegar. I’ll spray this on my hair after I shampoo and condition. I use it about once every week or two weeks. I use dry shampoo on a regular basis, and I find this apple cider vinegar mix is the best way to wash out buildup that shampoo misses.

If you have 1hr+ to spare, you might want to combine this with my olive oil and honey hair mask.

You’ll get good results without it, the vinegar rinse is the perfect follow-up to ensure your wash all the honey out of your hair!

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my hair post apple cider vinegar rinse

Directions:

Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Wash and condition hair has normal, then spray damp hair with apple cider vinegar rinse.

It’s not necessary to massage into your scalp, since this mix is only for your hair, but you can work it through you locks as needed. I have very thick long hair so it definitely takes some serious finger-combing to get every strand.

Let sit ~5 minutes. Hair will feel sort of weird: like it’s being dried out rather than being moisturized, but I assure you it is. Be aware that this mixture will NOT feel like a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment that makes your hair feel slippery and silky when wet. Hair will feel just like wet hair, maybe even a little dry, like damp straw. This is OK!

Rinse with water for 1-2 minutes. Hair will still feel kind of like damp straw and smell like vinegar. Still OK!

Towel dry damp hair, then blow dry as normal. Hair will continue to smell like vinegar until it is 100% dry. Once you hair is dry, it means the vinegar has evaporated and you shouldn’t smell it anymore. If you think you smell it, it’s because you’ve been breathing it in for the past 30 minutes and are confused, but if you’re still self-conscious, go ahead and spray your hair gently and sparingly with a scented hair product or perfume.

Once dry, hair will look ridiculously shiny to the point that people should wear sunglasses and not look at you directly when outside because your locks will reflect the sun like a mirror of the Gods. You’re welcome.

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Comments

  1. Also, if you ever wash your hair with shampoo bars, it can sometimes leave your hair with a weird feeling – acv rinses tend to help with this too (I think I read it’s something about the ph balance)!

    • That is such a good idea actually because the main reason I DON’T use shampoo bars is because they leave such a weird residue in my hair. I’ve tried them, because I think they’re awesome environmentally but I just couldn’t deal with the waxy feel post-shower.

      • Ditto, the only one I have found that does leave that waxy feeling is from Lush, but their stuff is so full of fragrance and stuff that I don’t like to use it too often… so I just buy their shampoo bars for travelling (one less carry-on liquid to worry about!).

  2. I just now realized what bugs me so much about your over the top rah rah feminism thing.

    You eschew gender roles passionately when it comes to money and careers, or children’s toys, or people calling women “chicks”, (yes, I saw that on Twitter) yet embrace them fully when it comes to your appearance. Kinda seems to me like you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    And then you throw jabs at me for being sexist when I appreciate women for their beauty? (All while missing the obvious irony that my schtick is just as over the top as yours is, except mine isn’t supposed to be serious.)

    Anyway, just my two cents. If you all need me, I’ll be at a middle school somewhere explaining why girls are no good at math.

  3. Hmm interesting with the ACV rinse. I don’t do it because my hair is shiny enough as is, but if you use a lot of hair products (gel, mousse, etc), I think it works well.

    Do you wash your hair with honey? I do it with soap nut liquid these days.

  4. Oh and you should try coconut oil instead of olive oil.

    Studies have proven that it actually absorbs into your hair shaft, unlike other oils.

  5. Shiny! I might have to try that!

  6. I recently started rinsing my hair with apple cider vinegar to get rid of residue due to hard water. I wish I had discovered it sooner! It’s such a cheap fix. You can also add some baking soda to your shampoo and do the vinegar rinse after.

  7. always nice knowing some cheap tricks to get my hair so shiny people are getting mesmerized just by looking at it!;-) Definitely have to get some apple cider vinegar on my next trip to the grocery store!! thanks for the tip:-)

  8. great. Apple cider vinegar really keeps my scalp free from dandruff and itch

  9. Just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve taken this on board as my one and only conditioning technique and it works AMAZING! I really appreciate the info.

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