I will admit I have hippie-ish tendencies from time to time, I mean, I did graduate from Appalachian State, one of the hippy capitols of the South (Asheville, in my opinion, is the reigning champ in that category). But I have yet to dive wholeheartedly into a lot of the truly hipster-ish ways of living. I’m not Shailene Woodley.
(Not dissing the girl, she was a total sweetheart the three times I’ve met her…but seriously, the girl is a health nut and has some interesting beauty secrets.)
A few months ago, I pinned an article about these DIY hair rinses that supposedly make your hair feel super clean and healthy without all of the chemicals, etc that you find in traditional shampoos and conditioners. It was pinned to my Hair and Makeup board and was soon forgotten about. But lately, if you scroll through the Hair and Beauty category on Pintrest, odds are you will find something pertaining to baking soda and/or vinegar and their uses for your hair.
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At first, I was skeptical. I mean, apple cider vinegar on your hair? I was not about smelling like an Easter egg, thank you very much. BUT, recently, I decided to give it a try. I started off small. I used my normal shampoo, but swapped out my conditioner for the vinegar. There was a smell, of course, but once you rinse it out, you’re good. I noticed a minimal change in my hair and it did seem a bit softer.
My hair is an interesting beast. I say beast because I have yet to truly master my hair’s style or texture. It’s pretty much a copy of my mother’s hair (I’m basically a carbon copy of my mother from head to toe- thanks Mom!) and is very thick. When I get my hair cut, even just a trim, it typically feels like someone chopped an extra pound or so off of my head. Texture and style wise, it honestly depends on the day. My hair is naturally curly, but not the good kind of curly that seems to fall in perfect strands with little to no help. No, my hair is probably more accurately labeled as half-curly, half-wavy…if there is such a classification. The bottom layers of my hair, near my neck are typically the curlier areas, while my top layers are more wavy, sometimes borderline straight. I typically throw on some styling gel, pin some of the front pieces back with bobby pins, and go on my merry way. I’ve also been plagued with a dry scalp for the last few years, which was really my main reason for experimenting with these DIY hair rinses.
Yesterday, I decided to go all the way and try the baking soda as shampoo trick as well as the vinegar as conditioner. I towel dried it first, then decided to blow dry it so that I could straighten it. Even, as I was blow drying it, I could feel that my hair felt softer than normal. Time will tell as to if this will help my scalp issues, but it seems promising, just based on how it’s made my hair feel.
To view the article that inspired me from Pintrest, check it out HERE!