Vinegar Conditioner

Use Vinegar to Condition Your Hair. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Commercial conditioners are costly and chemical-laden. Make vinegar your new conditioner, and leave all of that behind.

How to Condition with Vinegar:

1. Mix together one part vinegar (apple or white) with three to four parts water (experiment to see which you prefer).

2. Apply the vinegar mixture to your shampooed hair (try baking soda shampoo). Let it sit for a couple minutes. Then, rinse.

Reasons to Condition with Vinegar:

  • It's free of silicone and all of the other chemicals that are typically found in commercial conditioners
  • It contains a single, all-natural ingredient
  • It removes the build up left behind by other conditioners and hair products
  • It seals your hair cuticles, which locks in moisture and leaves your hair looking shiny and smooth
  • It removes/minimizes tangles
  • It doesn't weigh down your hair like cream conditioners (which translates into more body)
  • Your hair stays cleaner longer
  • It balances the pH of your scalp and hair
  • It helps to prevent/treat dandruff
  • It's cheaper than any commerical conditioner

Tips and Warnings:

  • Your hair will smell like vinegar until it's dry, but should be scent-free after that
  • Hate the smell of vinegar? Dial it back by adding a few drops of essential oil (lavender, rosemary, etc.) to your mixture
  • Miss the scent that your old conditioner left in your hair? Add a few drops of essential oil to your hair brush to lightly fragrance your hair.
  • Stick to white vinegar if you have blonde hair. Apple cider vinegar may darken your hair
  • Proceed with caution if you have color treated hair. Most people report that conditioning with vinegar actually extends the life of their color job (which makes sense since vinegar is often used to set clothing and egg dyes), but your results may vary
  • Expect it to take a few weeks for your hair to adjust to your new conditioning regiment. Commercially-made products strip your hair of its natural oils, so your hair will be used to working extra hard to put them back. This could lead to greasier or drier hair as your body finds its new normal. Most vinegar conditioners find that they only need to wash and condition their hair two or three times a week.
  • Not ready to abandon your cream conditioner entirely? Use vinegar once every couple weeks to eliminate product build up
  • As with any conditioner, you should avoid getting vinegar in your eyes

See Also:

50 More Uses for Vinegar

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