Summer is the time to DIY with herbs and vinegar is an easy way to save those lovely herbs because it's acidity is perfect for easy and save preservation. You can make an herbal vinegar for salads or for your hair. Simply pick or buy some of your favorite herbs, pack into a clean mason jar, fill with vinegar and let steep in a cool, dark-ish spot for a few weeks. Strain, rebottle and label. Be sure to label- I always think I'll remember what I've picked or made but months later there I am sniffing to try and determine exactly what's in the jar.
An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse is a great addition to your natural hair care routine. Rinsing with ACV is super nice when you are making the transition to shampoo bars because it helps to keep your hair at the proper pH level. We highly recommend an ACV rinse if you are new to shampoo bars. And if you've been using shampoo bars for awhile, chances are you've found the perfect bar for your hair type and you don't want to switch around. ACV rinses can help "clarify" which is simply getting rid of product build up.
There are lots of benefits of rinsing with ACV including-
- less tangles, less frizz because an ACV helps smooth the cuticle. Think of the cuticle as the outer layer of your hair, sort of like bark on a tree.
- more shine because if your cuticle is smooth it lies flat which increases shine.
- helps clarify and reduce build up.
- adds bounce without weight.
- ACV rinse is a tonic for your hair with nutrients that help stimulate hair growth.
- full of natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help soothe an itchy, flakey scalp.
- balances the pH of your hair especially with shampoo bars.
It's easy to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse. In general, you can use any type of vinegar but apple cider vinegar is the popular choice. A natural unprocessed vinegar will give you the "mother"- full of bacteria, nutrients and enzymes. When you're ready to use the vinegar on your hair put some in a spray bottle and dilute with water. How much depends on your hair type, in general 1/4 vinegar for dry hair and 1/2 and 1/2 for oily.
There are many herbs which are beneficial to your hair. Our favorites include rose petals, rosemary, chamomile and calendula petals. Pour your vinegar into a glass jar add your herbs, fresh or dried. Place in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking and admiring occasionally. Strain to remove all the herb bits and pour back into your clean glass jar. Remember to dilute before use.
It's fun and relatively easy to make your own ACV hair rinse and it's a great way to use garden herbs. But for busy folks who want a high quality natural hair rinse filled with our own Maine island flowers try our handcrafted Herbal Vinegar.
And remember always be a Goldilocks and experiment to find the right combination for your unique hair.