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Home-made conditioner for hair

Okay, this might sound weird, but it really works to keep your hair soft. It's vinegar... regular old vinegar (white, red wine, apple cider) diluted 1:4 with warm water. You just pour a bit of it over your head then rinse it out after shampooing and it leaves your hair really really really soft. And it's not a "my hair is coated with synthetic smelling polymers" kind of soft -- it's soft like petting a (soft) goat or cat kind of soft.

This is my first batch -- I used apple cider vinegar and added a few drops of lemon essential oil. It smells like vinegar when you put it on, but after rinsing it out, there's no smell. I'm going to try white vinegar next. 

 I'm working on some home-made shampoo, too, but the first batch came out too thick -- it works great, but it's a paste, not a liquid, so I'm going to change some proportions on my next batch before I post the recipe here.



Suzy Queue said:

My hair is down to my waist and I use a lot of conditioner so that I can get a brush through it right after showering.  How does the vinegar water solution work on tangles?


January 23, 2009 7:30 PM

Anne Cross said:

Hi Suzy,

I don't know how it works on tangles -- I have very short hair -- but you could always mix up a batch and try it out; if it didn't work you could have the regular conditioner handy.

I'm also making home-made shampoo, but I have to sort of tweak the recipe before I post it. Maybe if the shampoo wasn't drying you wouldn't have the tangles?

If you do try out the vinegar rinse, let us know how it worked on the tangles!

January 24, 2009 5:35 AM

Pat said:

We used vinegar to rinse our hair when we were kids... too many years ago! I still use it now and then and my hair is long, too. If you try it, use it several times before deciding, as your hair will take a little while to "get used to it."

What vinegar does is remove all the shampoo and built up conditioner, so that at first your hair may seem rough, but it will calm down eventually. When you use vinegar, also use a brush and brush your dry hair the old fashioned hundred strokes each day(Although I never make it past fifty) and that will help.  

January 24, 2009 12:50 PM

This Old Housewife said:

<i>I'm working on some home-made shampoo, too, but the first batch came out too thick -- it works great, but it's a paste, not a liquid...</i>

Perhaps you need to dilute more--the shampoo I buy from Sally Beauty Supply in gallon jugs always needs further diluting (says so right on the jug), so I do a 70/30 mix of shampoo to water in the smaller bottles I refill from the big jug.

Try diluting up to 100% before giving up.  I have the feeling you're on to something.  Let us know if it works.

January 26, 2009 8:36 AM

Laundry Goddess said:

This doesn’t work on extremely curly hair, only on wavy or straight hair. My hair frizzed out and stood on end! I want to get ride of my Afro not encourage it. The best thing for curly hair is not to wash it too much and not to brush it out every day. I only wash my hair when my head starts to itch (once to twice a week). I put a cholesterol treatment on twice a month. And I only brush my hair when dripping wet and then put mousse or oil in it to keep the frizzies away. All I have to do it get up in the morning and shake my head and I’m ready to go.  

January 29, 2009 3:32 PM

cheapChic said:

Since I bleach the heck out of my hair,I rather have blond and gray then brown and gray,so my hair is dry so got to condition twice on yeah dry and damaged look maybe back in the eighties but I rather have the hair strAit and condition instead...

So the conditioning helps alot plus I don't have to straiten the hair teehee....

February 2, 2009 12:41 AM

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