Directions For Whole Head Rinse: Vinegar rinse should be diluted.
> Shake well before use
> Add 240ml warm water to squeeze bottle or spray bottle
> Add 1 - 4 Tablespoons of Herbal Vinegar and mix
> Pour or spray through wet hair after shampooing
> Take care to avoid eyes
> Massage into hair and scalp, paying attention to ends
> Let sit for a couple minutes
> Rinse, or for extra conditioning, leave in and towel dry
> Vinegar scent will disappear as hair dries
> For long thick hair, recipe can be doubled
> For short thin hair, recipe can be halved
> Experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type. Dry hair likes less Vinegar and oily hair likes more.
Points to Note:
1) I find that when I use the squeeze bottle I use a lot less vinegar rinse than when I used to just pour it on my head from a measuring cup.
2) For example of long, thin hair and one 8 ounce (about 240ml) recipe mix will last for 3 to 4 rinses. The premixed vinegar solution will last for about a week without refrigeration.
3) Organic, raw, non-pasteurized vinegar appears cloudy with sediment on the bottom due to the “mother” which contains the natural living enzymes and nutrients.
How Often Can I Use an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse?
Since everyone's hair is unique you should use your own judgment on this. You will need to experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type. Remember--dry hair likes less vinegar and oily hair likes more.
Some say that vinegar rinses may be drying if used every day and it is best to restrict use to two times per week. I used a vinegar rinse every other day for the first few weeks when I switched to natural shampoo -- until my hair adjusted to the new shampoo -- now once or twice a month keeps my hair healthy and shiny. Many customers have found this regimen to work, but do some experimenting!
Do I Still Need To Use Conditioner?
There is no "yes or no" answer to this question. I have long, very thin hair and have found that after using our vinegar rinse my hair is tangle free and after drying it has more body and shine than when I used conditioner. So I would say that you do not need a conditioner.
But you must experiment. If you normally need conditioner and you discover that the lack of conditioner affects the appearance of your hair, I would suggest applying conditioner sparingly to the ends of your hair.
Are Vinegar Rinses Safe For Color Treated Hair?
The information concerning the effect of vinegar rinses on color treated hair runs the gamut from one extreme to the other. On one hand, some folks say that the acidic pH of vinegar will strip some color from color treated hair.
At the other extreme some believe that since vinegar seals the hair cuticle, it will actually help prevent color from fading. Still, others add that a dilute vinegar rinse, once or twice a month, will freshen highlights and enhance shine as it removes residue that has accumulated on the hair shaft.
If you are unsure I suggest a doing a "strand test" on hair that is hidden when you style your hair.