A vinegar rinse is an easy, inexpensive way to add instant luster and volume to your hair. A vinegar rinse cleanses the scalp, restores its pH balance, and removes debris and build up from the scalp. Vinegar naturally cleans the hair by removing dirt, debris, and product build up from the hair cuticle (outermost layer of the hair). Vinegar gives your hair its natural shine and bounce within minutes.
Here are the steps to follow to do a proper vinegar rinse. (Do not do this on newly colored or highlighted hair because the vinegar can remove color and add dryness to highlights.)
1. Brush dry hair and scalp throughly loosening debris and falling hair. I like using a Wet Brush because of it’s a flat design and it painlessly removes tangles. Brushing your hair and scalp preps them to allow the vinegar to evenly penetrate.
2. Rinse the hair and scalp with water. Make sure the hair is completely saturated.
3. Slowly pour white distilled vinegar onto the hair and scalp. Gently massage the hair and scalp while doing this. The hair should be completely wet with the vinegar.
4. Let the vinegar sit on the scalp and hair for 10 minutes.
5. Rinse thoroughly with water, shampoo, and then rinse again. Shampoo a 2nd time but allow the shampoo to sit on the scalp and hair for 5 minutes. This will help remove the vinegar smell from the hair. Then rinse.
6. Finally, apply a light conditioner, from the roots down the hair shaft, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Use a Wet Brush or comb to evenly disperse the conditioner throughout the hair. This will condition your hair without adding product build up on the scalp and helps remove the vinegar smell, too. (If you don’t have a light conditioner, you can create your own by mixing 50% conditioner and 50% water in a bottle.)
I recommend that you do a vinegar rinse once a month for regular healthy hair and scalp maintenance. Also, if you’re doing this in the shower, the vinegar dripping onto your skin is good too for killing bacteria and pH balancing your skin. If you feel that your hair has a lot of buildup from styling products or heavy conditioning, I recommend that you do this as needed.
Try this technique and let me know what you think! 💋