You’ve Got Food In Your Hair: Hair Rinses
Following on from my post last week You’ve Got Food In Your Hair: Hair Masks, here are the rinses for you. These are great for dull winter hair caused by indoor heating and harsh elements. Try it out if you find yourself with some time on your hands over the Christmas holidays.
Here are 5 hair rinses that you can do at home with everyday ingredients from your kitchen cupboard
Vinegar re-balances the hair shaft by removing build-up and residue (from shampoo, conditioner, styling products), helping the cuticles to lie flat against each other once again, creating shiny smooth hair. Vinegar also re-balances pH levels. This is a great treatment for dandruff* – unless you want to rub urine into your hair, which is one of the most effective naturopathic techniques for skin complaints. Seriously.
- 1 T ACV of white vinegar in 2 cups water
Simply pour it on the lengths of your hair – according to your hair type, you’ll want to stay away from the scalp (unless using it to treat dandruff) as it could make your hair greasy. You can either rinse it out or leave it in as the vinegar smell will disappear as soon as your hair is dry.
You can use this instead of your usual conditioner or after your conditioner. It’s easy just to mix up a whole batch ahead of time, or keep a bottle of vinegar in the bathroom and a ‘squeegee’ bottle (safer than a glass jar) so that you can make your mix up each time you wash your hair.
Once or twice a week is great when using a vinegar rinse. Any more than that might dry your hair out.
Vinegar With Herbs
Adding herbs to your vinegar rinse will bring a natural added boost of oomph to your usual hair colour. This might not be so noticeable after just one rinse so for enhanced colour and shine you’re going to want to use this regularly for some months. You can mix up a batch of herbal vinegar rinse to last you a few washes, just store it in the fridge.
- Boil up 1T of the following herbs in the water. Let it steep for 15 minutes. Sieve it. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water.
- Rosemary – for dark hair
- Chamomile – for blond hair
- Nettle – any colour hair and dandruff
- Thyme – dandruff
- Sage – restores colour in graying hair
- Lavender or Rose – to add a floral smell to all hair types
Lightening Lemon Juice
Lemon rinses add shine to the hair by removing build up which makes hair dull and can also help to remove that green tint that blond beauties can get from swimming pool water. This is especially good for lightening hair, so go for gold blondies! Note: do not use this if you don’t want your hair to lighten at all.
- 2 T lemon juice to 2 cups water.
Use this as your final rinse after conditioning.
Body-Full Shiny Beer Boost
For hair that shines.
- 1 can flat beer (choose one that doesn’t have a really strong smell), 2 t apple cider vinegar (optional), 1 cup water (optional), 5 drops essential oil (optional).
Either apply the beer ‘straight up’ or use the above mix on your hair after shampooing (without using conditioner). Massage through. Rinse.
For added moisture and shine.
- 1 T honey in 1 liter water for added shine and conditioning.
After shampooing (without using conditioner), use this as your final rinse. Leave it in.
Do you have any tried, tested and trusted hair remedies from the kitchen cupboard?
1. 2 t vinegar in 6 t water. Massage into scalp. Wrap a towel around your head. Leave in for as long as possible, 15mins – overnight. Wash hair as usual. Repeat weekly.
2. 1 T lemon juice, 2 T coconut oil. Massage into scalp. Leave in as long as possible or overnight. Rinse out. Repeat 1-2 week.