Daily exposure to pollution, use of chemicals, and improper diet make your hair lifeless. This increases hair fall, weakens the roots, and reduces the volume of your hair. All this may be reversible, but prevention is always better than cure. Keeping your hair free from dirt and grime is the first step towards retaining its bounce and luster. To reverse the effect of a bad hair day, give your long locks a good apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Apple cider vinegar, which is made from cider or apple has more uses than just being a flavoring agent. It is the best solution for treating all dandruff related problems and retaining the pH level of your hair.
Instructions to Make Cider Rinse
For a basic vinegar hair wash, mix one cup of distilled water with 1/3 cup of cider vinegar. Shampoo your hair and rinse it well. Make sure there is no residual shampoo in your hair. Instead of using a conditioner, use the vinegar mix. To prevent the watery mix from flowing away, pour it on your hair and wear a shower cap. Leave it on for about five minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Once again, rinse your hair with cold water, so that the shaft on the outermost layer of your hair is sealed. The smell of vinegar will go away as your hair begins to dry. As water evaporates your hair will feel lighter, and a lot more shinier. Depending on your hair type you can add essential oils or herbs to the vinegar mix while washing your hair.
Herbs and essential oils for hair enhance the color and texture. They also have a certain soothing effect on your senses, calming your mind, and body.
- Apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons
- Herb of your choice, one teaspoon
- 2 cups of boiling water
- Bring water to boil in a saucepan.
- Add the herbs to the boiling water and let it sit for 15 - 20 minutes so that the water absorbs the herb essence. Turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for another 30 minutes. If you want the infusion to be stronger, increase the amount of herb.
- As the mixture comes down to room temperature, empty it in a bottle. If some of it is left after your hair wash, it can be refrigerated.
- For best results, massage your scalp and the roots of your hair with this concoction.
List of Herbs and Essential Oils
If you are confused about which essential oil or herb would suit your hair type, here's a list of that will help you out.
- Jojoba: Jojoba oil can be used for any hair type. This oil heals extreme hair damage and prevents your hair from further breakage.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is best known to treat coarse hair and split ends. This oil works wonders on hair that has been subjected to several heat treatments.
- Chamomile:The soothing effect of Chamomile on the scalp retracts skin cells. This prevents damage that can be caused by chemical processes, flakiness and psoriasis.
- Tea Tree: Best known to cure dandruff, tea tree also prevents eruptions and allergies of the scalp.
- Yucca: Yucca oil is known to prevent hair loss and cure problems related to dandruff.
- Thyme: Uses of thyme oil for hair can be traced back to ancient Egyptians, who used it to enhance the shine and bounce of long hair. Massaging your scalp with this oil improves blood circulation and prevents hair loss.
- Sage: Sage essential oil promotes hair growth and strengthens the roots of your hair. It is also known to prevent premature balding.
- Rosemary: Benefits of Rosemary essential oil are many. It is an excellent oil for most hair problems. When mixed with apple cider vinegar it restores the lost luster and rejuvenates the roots, bringing them back to life.
Many worry whether the acidic nature of the vinegar will ruin the texture of the hair. Contrary to this belief, the same property cleanses the scalps and enlivens roots and color of the hair, making them look healthy. It neutralizes the pH levels of your hair follicles and adds a sheen to the cuticles. It adds a silkiness and softness to the flow of your hair and removes all the tangles and knots. Adding herbs and oils to the vinegar rinse, will not only make your hair smell luxuriant, but also adds to its vitality.
Your hair reflects your lifestyle and the way you treat them. Thus, to have healthy hair, make your way of living a healthy one.