That's the last thing we want when switching over to an all natural hair care routine.
But don't worry, you won't smell like vinegar once your hair dries.
Baking soda does a great job clarifying (i.e. removing buildup from) the hair and scalp. It is weakly alkaline though which isn't the proper pH for your hair.
The vinegar is mildly acidic and counteracts the alkalinity of the baking soda. This reestablishes the hair's natural pH balance. Vinegar also works as a conditioner and natural hair detangler.
You'll need to adjust the amount of vinegar (just like the baking soda) depending on how long your hair is, whether it is curly or straight, how damaged it is, etc.
A good place to start is 1-2 ounces (30-60 ml) of vinegar to 8 ounces of water (230 ml).
If your hair turns out too dry, you'll need more vinegar. If it turns out too greasy, you'll need less vinegar.
Cleaning your hair with these two inexpensive ingredients is just as quick as easy as using regular shampoo and conditioner.
Here are the steps:
- Wet your hair well
- Add a little of the baking soda mixture to your scalp and work in with your fingers.
- Rinse well.
- Condition with the vinegar hair rinse - again working it in with your fingers.
- Rinse well.
That's it! It does take a little playing around to get the right amount of both ingredients for your hair. But once you figure it out, you'll be left with smooth and silky hair that will actually be healthy.
Remember, conventional shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients that coat your hair strands with chemicals to give the illusion of health.