I don't know when women started using vinegar for hair purposes. Apple cider vinegar specifically has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, but whoever thought to pour it over their hair is part beauty maverick, part genius. You see, a vinegar rinse eliminates grease from the scalp and removes product build-up, leaving hair super shiny, and it's hairdresser-endorsed. Now we know what you're thinking: Surely, there are less stinky ways of achieving great hair, and there are. The trend in hair vinegar was noted by the R&D team at L'Oréal Paris, and they have created a new Geranium Radiance Remedy Shine Vinegar (£10) as part of its new Botanicals range.
Of course, if you do want to take the tradition route, know this: Apple cider vinegar also has a multitude of uses, from reducing blood-sugar spikes (when you shot it back pre-meal) to making a great topping for salad or chips. Plus, there is a simple hack that ensures you won't end up smelling like your local chippy. Keep scrolling to find out how to use apple cider vinegar for hair and to shop the trend, because who doesn't want shinier hair?
Essentially you can use vinegar in three different ways to achieve healthier- and shinier-looking hair.
In place of dry shampoo:
Mix around 100mls of apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle, as this dilutes the vinegar and the aroma and creates an alternative dry shampoo. Christophe Robin is a fan of this technique, telling Well + Good, "unlike dry shampoo, there's no residue, and the vinegar is a wonderful tonic for the scalp."
Robin offers a vinegar-infused leave-in treatment in his own product line-up if you're not a fan of DIY. His Purifying Finish Lotion With Sage Vinegar (£30), is a soothing anti-inflammatory formula that can be used on towel-dried or dry hair to rid the scalp of impurities, dandruff and product build up, while gently cleansing the hair. Perfect for anyone who finds traditional shampoos strip their hair.
To remove product build-up and to soothe the scalp:
In the shower, you can pour a little apple cider vinegar into your hair, working it into your roots before rinsing. "A raw, organic apple cider vinegar like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (£10) is acidic enough that it helps restore the pH balance of your hair, ridding the scalp of buildup, yet it is gentle enough that it doesn't strip your strands of essential nutrients," explains Lindsey Metrus, managing editor at Byrdie U.S.
As a lightweight cleanse and condition for super fine hair:
On fine hair, you can use an apple cider vinegar in place of shampoo and conditioner to prevent a potentially rich product duo from weighing down the hair. DpHue ACV Hair Rinse (£27) leaves hair baby-soft with lightweight volume. Finally, L'Oreal Paris's new offering can be used as a leave-in treatment or on dry hair between washes, either way, this mist is pretty impressive at taking your hair's shine up a couple of notches. Keep scrolling to shop our pick of the best vinegar-based hair products on the market.
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