Friday, December 30, 2011

An apple a day…

Being natural gives you the opportunity to experiment with a diverse range of products. For instance, I was unaware of Apple cider vinegar hair rinse until going natural. Apple Cider Vinegar is an old natural remedy for conditioning.


 *     Apple Cider Vinegar helps to remove build up from oils & styling products.

 *     It strengthens the hair shaft and balances the PH level of the hair, and;

 *     Increases blood circulation thus promoting hair growth.

Commercially processed apple cider vinegar is refined, as such most of its unique properties have been lost. For best results, buy cold pressed organically grown apples, which contains “mother of vinegar”. This guarantees that it was not pasteurized and has no chemicals or preservatives. The "mother of vinegar" is a normal substance that occurs during the final stages of fermentation. [Recommended Bragg Organic Apple Cider]

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe

I love to cook because I know exactly what’s in the pot! It’s the same with your hair, when you make your own recipe you’re completely in control and certain of what you’re using.

Simply mix 1 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water and apply after cleansing.
Allow the rinse to penetrate for a few minutes.
You may wash it out completely or choose to leave it in.

For a fancier Herbal Apple Cider Rinse, you can add either fresh or dried herbs to the recipe above. Below is a breakdown of various herbs and their uses!

Burdock: great for thinning hair, dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Calendula: conditions
Catnip: Promotes healthy hair growth
Chamomile: a healing and soothing herb to soften hair, soothe the scalp, lighten, condition, and stimulate growth

Horsetail: Helps brittle hair due to its high silica content
Marigold: lightens hair color
Nettle: conditions, improves color and texture, helps with dandruff, irritated scalp, and dry scalp
Parsley: enriches hair color and gives a nice luster
Plantain: great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Peppermint: stimulates the scalp
Red Clover: 
strengthens hair
Rosemary: excellent for all hair types and problems, it acts as a tonic and conditioner, gives luster and body, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out dark highlights in the hair
Sage: traditionally used to restore color to greying hair, excellent for weak hair
Saw Palmetto: good for hair thinning and hair loss
Thyme: good for oily hair, dandruff, and mild hair loss
Witch Hazel: leaves and bark are astringent and cleanse oily hair
Yarrow: for oily hair
Yucca: Navajos swear by yucca root to prevent hair loss and to cure dandruff.
Lavender: useful for all hair types it stimulates hair growth, and degreases                                                                                        


*     Apple Cider Vinegar has a strong smell, but remember its natural; most perfumes we love contain harmful ingredients.

*     I recommend doing this regimen once or twice weekly

*     Use Apple Cider Vinegar as an overnight facial before bed, your skin will thank you!

*    Always do an allergy test to avoid problems.

Good-luck and feel free to share your experience! Happy new year!!