This apple cider vinegar rinse and conditioner is ideal for people switching to an all natural shampoo because it cleans your scalp and hair of the petrochemicals left behind by your old shampoo. There are lots of other benefits too. Apple cider vinegar conditioner also leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft, is a great detangler and is safe for dyed hair. Due to the high acidity it will actually close the cuticles and help prevent the dye from fading. Just remember to wait 48 hours after dyeing, to allow the dye before using the apple cider vinegar conditioner.
I thought I would hate this conditioner because of the smell, but it actually doesn’t bother me. However, if it bothers you, substitute another vinegar or add essential oils to change the scent. Also, when you make the switch be sure to assess your needs daily rather than continuing with your old habits. I only have to condition once or twice a week now, instead of every day like I used to.
To make this solution mix equal parts of distilled water and apple cider vinegar. Use distilled water because the impurities in tap water cause it to go bad when bottled for long periods of time. To use, tilt your head back squeeze the solution over your hair, massage it in and rinse out.
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.