While I haven’t found any studies exploring the benefits of apple cider vinegar rinse for hair there is plenty of anecdotal evidence .
Apple cider vinegar when diluted with water can help restore the natural pH of the acid mantle of your hair and scalp. It also contains natural AHAs which gently exfoliate the scalp removing build up of skin cells and hair products.
How much you need to use varies from person to person, but start with 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of water, adjusting the dilution up or down until your find what works best for you. As a rule of thumb dry hair needs less apple cider vinegar than if you have oily hair or an oily scalp.
You can use a simple dilution of water and apple cider vinegar, but try adding a few drops of essential oils –
Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with one cup distilled or filtered water. Add 5 drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil.
How to use: You may only need the vinegar rinse once or twice a week. Experiment to see what works best for you.
After shampooing your hair put your head back and pour the rinse over your hair and scalp. Leave for a couple of minutes then rinse. Using a squeezy bottle or similar makes application simple and cuts down on potential spills.
Any lingering vinegar smell will go once your hair is dry.
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There are a few recipes available for laundry liquid, but this is the one that's worked the best for me.
To make the laundry liquid you will need:
60g grated castile soap
1.5 litres water
1/2 cup of washing soda
1/4 cup of borax
1 litre hot water
5 litres hot water
a large saucepan
a 10 litre bucket
a long-handled spoon
4 or 5 two litre bottles (you can use plastic milk bottles or similar)
Into the saucepan goes 1.5 litres of water and the grated soap. Warm over a low heat until the soap has dissolved. Then stir in the borax and washing soda. Continue to stir until the borax and washing soda have dissolved and mixture starts to thicken - sometimes this happens quite quickly, but it will thicken more has it cools so don't worry if it still seems a bit runny.
Pour one litre of hot water into your bucket. Then carefully pour in the soap mixture and stir well. Add the remaining five litres of hot water and stir again.
Pour into your bottles. Don't fill the bottles completely as the mixture can become quite thick so you may need to give it a good shake before using. About 1/2 a cup should do an average load.
This simple two ingredient cleanser can be used with any skin type, but is best suited to dry skin.
I've used calendula for it's anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. Cocoa butter is a great moisturiser, particularly for extremely dry skin, plus it's high in antioxidants.
In a double boiler combine the following:
Gently heat until the cocoa butter has melted. Transfer to a non-metallic bowl. Beat until the mixture has cooled and has begun to thicken a little - you want it to be still be pourable. Transfer to a clean pot or jar with a good lid.
To use massage into skin in a circular motion. Remove with a damp cotton pad. Follow with your usual toner and moisturiser.
The cleanser will keep for about 3 months when stored in the refrigerator.
Note: If the mixture thickens too much to be pourable (this can happen in cold temperatures) it can be spooned into the pot or you could soften it a little over a very gentle heat before pouring.
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