Pantry beauty secret: apple cider vinegar is awesome for shiny hair! Right next to my tupperware of coffee grounds in my shower, 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 & 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!
Apple Cider Vinegar For Shiny Hair
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. Apple cider vinegar for shiny hair is an awesome low budget beauty trick that you can use over and over again without breaking your grocery bill.1