Since cutting back on purchasing more commercial shampoos, my most successful homemade solution has been an apple cider vinegar rinse.
It makes my hair so shiny and soft! After doing a bit of research, I learned that hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5-5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). Many of the more traditional shampoos we use are more strongly alkaline - and rinsing with apple cider helps balance the pH of your hair!
All you have to do is mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 quart water. Pour this mixture on your head after shampooing, and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse it off after a few minutes, and your hair will be silky and smooth. Next step: Time to learn how to make home-made apple cider!
Check out more Apple Cider facts here.
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