Palette Cleanser: Vinegar Rinse for Shimmery Shiny Hair

I thought I'd give y'all a break from my usual food and DIY posts, and write a quick palette cleanser about my favorite household ninja: distilled vinegar. Seriously, is there anything it CAN'T do? Vinegar, oh how I love thee. Let me count the ways...

  • When my beautiful cast enamel Le Creseut dutch oven (also known as my favorite piece of cooking equipment) gets "flavor" stains, a little distilled vinegar in the base for about 10-15 minutes makes it look just like new.
  • Vinegar cleans my parrot's cage, as the fumes are not toxic for the little turd-bird.
  • A quarter of a cup of vinegar added to each load of laundry in the washing machine makes my clothes smell AMAZINGLY fresh -- even my nasty taebo clothes that had previously come out of the wash every time smelling like an old man's left foot due to the massive amounts of crazy sweat that had become a permanent part of their very fibers (no offensive to old men's feet).  
  • Vinegar gets sticky label-and-price-tag residue off of glass.
  • Vinegar cleans my coffee maker.

And now, vinegar makes my hair soft and shiny. Click here to read all of the awesome benefits of a vinegar rinse. As a naturally curly haired gal, I typically let my straightened hair go 2-3 days in between washes, to allow some recovery time after sending my curls through H-E-double-hockey-sticks and back (also known as a "flat iron"). I use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oils as needed. Recently, I've noticed that my hair has become duller....and so, I decided to give a vinegar rinse a shot!

You simply mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar, and pour it over your hair. I recommend doing this in the shower. And be mindful of your eyeballs!! No peeking whatsoever, or the vinegar will punish you. In the eyeballs.

Let the mixture sit in your hair for about 5-10 minutes, so make sure you find something to do while you wait....isn't it about time you shaved your legs? Hmmm?

Rinse the vinegar out of your hair, and wash, condition, and style as you normally do. I have the world's most sensitive nose, and I did not smell even an inkling of vinegar odor in my AMAZINGLY SOFT AND SHINY HAIR. Ooo la la! Check me out!

Be honest -- who's off to do a vinegar rinse now? Try it!!

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  1. I have a gallon of vinegar in my pantry...hmmm. Thanks for linking up!

  2. Guess it makes sense...Vinegar does everything already - why wouldn't it make your hair shiny too?!?

  3. What a great use for vinegar! I am really getting into replacing chemical beauty products and cleaners in my house for natural ones. I love this and will definitely have to try it. I would love it if you share this at my linky party this week: Have a great weekend!!

  4. This looks great, but your before picture looks really great too! Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous day!

  5. It won't strip color out of my hair will it? I would hate to try it only to have all that expensive color wash down the drain.

    1. Hi there, Jen! That is a great question. When I had looked into vinegar rinses I did not see any warnings or complaints regarding color fading. With that said, though, I honestly have no clue if it will strip the color from your hair. I'm sure there are a lot of factors that go into it, like hair type, color type, dye type, etc. I'd recommend trying the rinse on a small section of your hair at the top of you neck first, or checking with a hair professional.

    2. I have two friends that use this method and who dye their hair. They both said that it does strip some of the color out of your hair.

  6. Are you applying it to dry hair or dampened hair?

  7. This is just what I needed. I've been noticing a lot of build up lately, so I'll be giving this a try tomorrow! I know in the past when I've even used a little apple cider vinegar, it's worked wonders!


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