I love vinegar! I keep 3 different kinds of vinegar in my house at all times. It is so versatile in its use as a kids-safe household cleaner, laundry stain remover, metal polisher and of course for cooking. But the primary use for vinegar in my home is as a natural hair cleanser.
Vinegar is really just bad wine; take some fruit ferment it and in the process you make acetic acid which along with water make vinegar (this is a gross simplification). There are as many different types of vinegar as there are grains and fruits to make it from. When choosing vinegar for your hair I use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Rice Wine Vinegar which are much lower in pH then household white vinegar.
Rice Wine Vinegar Wash
- 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 oz (4 Tbsp) Aloe Vera Gel
- 5 oz water
Pour ingredients into a spritz bottle. Apply top and shake vigorously until well blended. I use the aloe as a thickener which helps keep the mixture from being runny and it is also soothing to the scalp. The spritz bottle simply makes it easy to apply the mixture to the hair.
To Use: Section your hair into 6-8 sections. Spritz vinegar mix on scalp and throughout length of the hair. Agitate with fingertips, squeeze out vinegar and dirt then repeat. Allow to sit on hair for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary.
This RWV wash is great for removing build-up of dirt and oil. It is also good for those with dandruff or itchy scalp due to the acetic acid. The acidic nature of the vinegar will help close the cuticle making hair appear shiner and less frizzy.
For more tips on using natural household cleaner for your hair or locs check out this post. Also, check out this jazzy infused vinegar recipe from lola zabeth.