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Using Vinegar for Shiny Hair

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I know that using a lemon juice/vinegar water rinse gives hair a great shine. I don't know if I use it after or before using conditioner. Or do I not use conditioner? Thanks for your input.

By Donna from Victoria B. C.

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By Gloria Hayes [18]02/11/2011

Save money and get beautiful hair! Save the last empty shampoo bottle, half the new bottle between the new and old ones, then in the empty space, fill it 1/3 with white cider vinegar and the rest of the way with water. No need for conditioner, and the suds are phenomenal ! Your hair will be clean with one wash,no need to repeat. One purchased 99 cent bottle of Suave shampoo has now lasted my family of three females with fairly long hair, and one male, almost 4 months, and our hair looks fantastic!

By Lelia Jo Cordell [49]02/09/2011

Hi, Donna,
I have waist-length, naturally-curly faded red hair. (I call it cinnamon-sugar, lol!) I tried the vinegar rinse once. I washed my hair as usual first. Before I got into the shower, though, I mixed 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3/4 cups water. I didn't have a spray bottle so improvised as best I could. I used a clean, empty gallon milk jug. After I'd washed and rinsed my hair, I trickled my pre-mixed concoction over my hair and rubbed it into my scalp and along the hair shafts until I'd used up all of it. Then I stood up, turned the shower back on, and rinsed thoroughly.

I learned one thing very quickly, though, keep this stuff out of your eyes, it stings like crazy! Oh, one more thing. Since my dandruff is chronic and I forget myself constantly and scratch, the vinegar mix also stung my head like crazy! It was worth it, though. My hair was soft, fluffy and manageable. And, since it's just hubby and me and I rarely go out, we didn't care if I smelled like a pickle for a few hours! I really need to try this again, and do it regularly.

By jlyn [3]02/08/2011

I read this on a hair dresser's web site and it works great for me. Put about 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a bottle with a spout (like a hair color applicator bottle) and fill the rest of the way with water. After shampooing, apply to hair, then rub in your conditioner. Leave on a few min. and rinse. This makes my hair feel really clean and conditioned but not with that "built up feel".

By Suzanne [1]02/08/2011

My hair is to my waist. I use vinegar in a spray bottle after the conditioner. Works very well for me! Suz

By Belle [4]02/07/2011

When I use it I Shampoo and condition then rinse then condition with just a little bit to take out the smell of vinegar. I have never used lemon juice with it though! Hope this Helps!

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Archive: Using Vinegar on Your Hair

When you add the vinegar to your hair, do you have to wash it with shampoo afterwards?

Vania from England


RE: Using Vinegar on Your Hair

I would just rinse it really well to get the smell mostly gone. Vinegar cleans so you won't have to shampoo! (07/24/2007)

By tupperangel

RE: Using Vinegar on Your Hair

My Aunt worked in a beauty shop years ago and she always rinsed her hair and my mother's hair in vinegar. They both had dark hair. You need to shampoo you hair first and get all of the shampoo out. Then use 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. Be sure to rinse the vinegar out and then dry. It will really make your hair shine more than the new methods that say it will make your hair shine. It works on dark hair and my aunt used lemon juice for people with light hair. It will also make your light hair shine. Use as the vinegar and water method. Pat in GA, USA (07/27/2007)

By Pat437

RE: Using Vinegar on Your Hair

I was a blonde and my mother had me use a vinegar rinse. You just rinse again with clear water. It works! (07/31/2007)

By bjptl

Archive: Using Vinegar for Shiny Hair

Want your hair to really shine? Put vinegar mixed with a little water in a spray bottle. After shampoo and conditioner, towel dry a bit, spray it on and comb through.

My hairdresser explained how acids lay the hair shaft down and therefore light reflects better. I don't know. All I know is, it works!

Source: Hair by Carl, DeBary, FL

By av8rs3 from Eustis, FL


RE: Using Vinegar For Shiny Hair

Vinegar, like lemon juice makes hair shiny by closing the hair's cuticle by changing the pH and helping to rinse out all other hair products.

But, don't use it because it can easily damage the hair, especially the ends with repeated use. All you need is several Tablespoons in a large glass of warm water. I use it at the end of my shower, after conditioner, then rinse it out. If you don't like smelling like a salad, lemon juice does the same thing. I buy the concentrated lemon juice in a bottle at the dollar store. Vinegar also helps with dandruff because it rinses out all of the shampoo that may be left on the scalp and changes the scalps pH.

I've always done it in the shower as a rinse, but I like your idea much better because it will damage your hair less because you'll use less. Yours is a great idea! I've never thought of using a spray bottle to apply it.

For dandruff: If you make a rinse of nettle tea and massage it into your scalp after washing and conditioning then rinse it out I guarantee the nettle tea will get rid of your dandruff. It works best after using the vinegar rinse on the scalp. You only need a TINY bit of vinegar in warm water. You can buy nettles in any health food store. If you pick your own and hang them upside down they won't poke you after drying for one at least day. (10/12/2009)

By Cyinda

Archive: Using Vinegar for Shiny Hair

After shampooing your hair, pour 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar on clean hair. Let this soak about 5 seconds, wash with clean water.

Apple cider vinegar takes all the remaining shampoo residue off hair follicles and leaves hair shiny and manageable.

Source: Paul Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

By Linda145 from AR


RE: Using Vinegar for Shiny Hair

Even better? Skip the shampoo all together. You can use baking soda in water to clean your hair then use the vinegar to rinse with. Use about a tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water, 2 cups worth if your hair is long. Wet hair and pour it through and massage your scalp for a minute or so. Rinse it out. Then apply a cup or two of water with a tablespoon apple cider vinegar per cup the same way, let sit in hair for a minute or two. Rinse hair and that's it. I've been poo-free for a couple of months now and my hair is gorgeous, silky and shiny, soft and bouncy. If you like you can even add some essential oil to the vinegar rinse, a drop or two is all it takes and the smell is fantastic.

It takes some getting used to. Shampoo leaves your hair "squeaky clean" because it strips out all of the natural oils in your hair. Using this method the oil is not washed away, but that's OK, this is what will make your hair gorgeous. It balances out after a while to where your scalp will only make as much oil as it needs once it realizes that you aren't washing it all away. (02/12/2010)

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