I ran out of hair conditioner the other day. (With long hair, that happens a lot, actually.) I have been know to get those “Costco-sized” containers of hair products in the past, just to keep from running out.
But after reading the ingredients on the bottles, as well as eyeing our budget, I decided that I wouldn’t purchase anymore after it was gone. (It was supposedly a “natural” brand
, so I was surprised by what I found on the ingredient list!) Plus, it just didn’t seem to be providing the results I wanted.
I really didn’t want the chemical-filled products that I could get free/discounted with coupons, though. I knew there had to be a better (but still cheaper!) way of cleaning my hair. After browsing through some different books, I decided to make my own!
I mixed together a “rinse” of:
- 3 1/2 Tbl. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 Tbl. Lemon Juice
- Optional: 1 Tbl. Rose Water and/or 10-15 drops of Essential Oils (I like lavender)
- 1 Cup Distilled/Filtered Water
I just poured everything into the old conditioner bottle, and shook it up. A spray bottle would be ideal for easier application, though. If you want a “lightening” effect for blonder hair, you can adjust the ratios of lemon juice to vinegar (increasing the lemon juice).
After working this rinse through my hair, I rinsed out it well in the shower water. Thankfully, there were no lingering vinegar odors. Calvin was impressed by how soft my hair turned out, and I was pleased to find there weren’t any tangles! With long hair, I tend to get tangles easily, which is why I have always used lots of conditioner in the first place. But with my homemade rinse, I was able to easily comb my hair out.