Not sure if I mentioned this before, but I have been trying to use more natural beauty techniques at home – not just cruelty-free products, but really… just as natural as we can get. I wanted to share one of my favorite natural remedies for hair as of lately: apple cider vinegar. I’ve always heard from others bloggers and even healthy sites while browsing that ACV can act as a conditioner while bringing the shine on like the sun. Hey-ohhhh, true dat. I’m obsessed with it. When I get out of the shower, I smell like a fucking salad and I am 100% okay with it.
I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical at first because usually without conditioner, my hair ends up like a rat’s nest. So many snarls and it’s painful to comb through. NOT THE CASE. The ACV acts as a natural conditioner and makes it super easy to comb through. I was actually shocked to shit, to be frank. Also, the vinegar smell does not linger for long, ladies. As soon as your hair dries, you can’t smell it any longer. But okay, enough of my rambling… let me share my technique with you (so hopefully you’ll try!)
In bottle/dispenser/jar, add:
- 3 cups ACV
- 4-6 cups warm water
Yeah, that’s it. In all honesty, I do not measure out as much anymore. I just kinda dump it all in and decide what works. I’ve done more vinegar and less water, and my hair is fine. Half and half is also a good method. So anyways, I go about my regular shampoo (I’ve been using Yes To Carrots Nourishing Shampoo, but please share yours here. Would love recommendations) and then rinse. Right before I jump out of shower, I put my head back and pour the mix onto my head. If the jar is wide enough, I also will dip my tips in. You can rinse out if you want, but I sometimes leave it in. It’s your call – I go both ways.
Hahahaha. Okay, so then when you get out, comb through and you’ll be surprised by how easy it is – I am still not over it. Yeah, you’ll smell like vinegar for a little while but hey, it’s fine. If it really bothers you, consider adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Aside from loving the results, I am excited to have a less expensive regiment now. Aside from this, I have also vowed to wash my hair less. I was always one of those “shampoo and condition my hair every. single. night.” kinda girls. There’s nothing crazy wrong with it, but I do want my hair to have some breathing room in between washes. I noticed it was getting pretty dry and my split ends were terrible. Washing less frequently allows the natural oils to do their thang rather than being stripped away. I’ve been pretty happy with the results thus far. Hey, if you can even go longer in between washes, power to you. My hair gets greasy pretty quickly, so I stick with every other day, but even on the greasier days… top knot that shit and look fab. Seriously, though – top knots #ftw always.
I’m on the hunt for a good dry shampoo recipe, or even a cruelty-free brand to have around – you know, for those extra greasy moments. So… if you have a natural hair remedy (dry shampoo or otherwise), please share with me in the comments. I’m also a fan of coconut oil masks, but I do that maybe once or twice a month. I’m always looking for new techniques, so don’t hold back from me! xx bianca