Okay, before you make that weird look with your face hear me out lol
Holding sprays, styling mousses, heat serums, gels, may make your hair look amazing, but they also leave a residue on your hair over time - even after a good shampoo. *gasp*
I don't know about you but, I used to be a hair product junkie and could never understand how my hair still felt weighed down even after a good wash day. Finding a good clarifying shampoo followed by an amazing vinegar rinse will help remove the residue and is practically like a 'reset button' for the condition of your hair.
How often you do this 'clarifying & vinegar rinse treatment' to the hair really depends on YOUR individual hair condition.
Here are some signs that it's time to clarify/rinse your hair:
-Can't hold a curl while using a curling iron
-Reverts back to curly or wavy after flat ironing
A clarifying shampoo is just a shampoo with stronger cleansers - does contain sulfates [if you are a sulfate-free shampoo user this would be the only time I would suggest using this shampoo] and the best ones contain no polymers, no botanicals, no waxes like cetyl alcohol and no liquid waxes like jojoba oil, or shea butter.
Here are some clarifying shampoos I have used in the past:
-Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
-Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo
-John Frieda Luxurious Volume Clarifying Shampoo
I suggest to lather in your clarifying shampoo only ONCE focusing on the scalp [you want to clean the scalp, not dry out the scalp], leave shampoo in hair for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Use your conditioner as usual, rinse with lukewarm water then proceed on to the vinegar rinse step.
so why contemplate using smelly vinegar in your hair??
Its all about smoothing your hair cuticle and getting that blood circulating in your scalp. Vinegar not only removes build up but it closes the hair cuticle. Our hair cuticle opens when we shampoo our hair, we feed it moisture with conditioner and then its kind of forced to close on its own when we rinse, dry and style our hair. By closing the cuticles with vinegar, the hair slides more easily which results in fewer tangles. As well, vinegar has a tonic action that promotes blood circulation within the scalp.
You can pretty much use any vinegar you'd like, but i prefer to use apple cider vinegar - its popular amongst hair lovers who vinegar rinse their hair pretty often and you can get it at your local grocery store.
Its also very simple to mix - 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1/2 cup of cool water. But you can adjust according to your hair length.
I suggest buying an applicator bottle from your local beauty supply store for even distribution and a less messy application.
I also suggest doing this in the shower with your hair hanging straight back - so the vinegar can run down the hair shaft locking the cuticles down like a chastity belt lol
It's totally up to you if you want to rinse the vinegar out or keep it in after pouring it into your hair. if you suffer from an itchy scalp, I suggest not to do any further rinsing as vinegar restores natural pH balance.
and finally, YES YOUR HAIR WILL SMELL LIKE VINEGAR but once your hair dries, the smell goes away :)
I have been clarifying and rinsing my hair for about a year now, and I have seen a huge improvement in the condition of my scalp. because I wear weaves, I make sure to do a 'clarify/rinse treatment' after every weave take down, to make sure I clean my own hair and scalp of any buildup while it was safely tucked away under the weave.
It seems like vinegar rinses have been a natural way of haircare for many years. Vinegar contains more than thirty important nutrients, a dozen minerals, over half a dozen vitamins and essential acids, and several enzymes. Why not clear the way with a clarifying shampoo every so often to welcome that cocktail of amazingness into your scalp for a healthy & fresh head of hair!
Always remember, not everyone's hair is the same so what may work for some may not work for others.
happy hair & health,
ps: Have you tried the 'clarifying & vinegar rinse treatment' since reading this post? Leave a comment including your hair type and let us know how it worked for you!