This Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Conditioner is ideal for people switching to an all natural shampoo because it will help clean your scalp and hair of the petrochemicals from your old shampoo and it will leave your hair feeling incredibly soft. It is also safe for dyed hair as long as you wait 48 hours for the dye to set, and due to the high acidity it will actually close the cuticles and help prevent the dye from fading.
To make this solution mix equal parts of distilled water and apple cider vinegar. You want to use distilled water because the chemicals used to treat tap water will make the conditioner go bad. To use, tilt your head back squeeze the solution over your hair, massage it in and rinse out.
Although I thought I would hate this solution because of the smell, I continue to use it regularly as a conditioner. The smell didn’t bother me and I only have to condition once or twice a week now, instead of every day like I used to. When you make the switch be sure to assess your own needs rather than continuing with your old habits too. Also, if you prefer the smell of another vinegar you may substitute it for the apple cider vinegar, or you may add essential oils to change the scent.
It is worth noting that this vinegar rinse will sting your eyes. I had trouble dispensing this solution from a normal conditioner bottle without getting it in my eyes, so I purchased New Direction Aromatic’s Damia Bottle which has an insert that allows me to squeeze the conditioner right into my hair. This solution is also thin enough to be dispensed from a spray bottle if you prefer.
I like the routine of conditioning daily, so I dilute the solution to 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts distilled water and use it every day.