Interesting Ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar very well may be the most versatile product on the market. ICYDK, you can use it for cooking, cleaning, dieting, and primping. (Your skin and your strands.)

IF YOUR PROBLEM IS... Dull, lackluster hair and an itchy, irritated scalp.

THEN HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION... Once a week, shampoo with your favorite cleanser, then rinse with an apple cider vinegar rinse (before conditioning). Perfect for all hair hues and textures, not only does a quick, refreshing ACV rinse remove any excess sebum and product buildup your shampoo may have accidentally left behind, it also helps neutralize an overly acidic scalp's pH level while sealing each strand's shaft to give your mane a smoother, shinier overall finish. Most importantly, it kills off "bottle bacillus" (a.k.a. hair follicle clogging-bacteria) which often causes itchy dandruff and hair thinning.

Of course you could purchase one, like John Masters Organics Herbal Cider Hair Clarifier & Color Sealer ($17), Phyto PhytoCidre Vinegar Rinse ($19.45), or Therapro Mediceuticals Final Finish Lite Acidifying Rinse ($14.99), or you could quickly make your own.

Interesting Ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar
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You'll need:

-A jug of distilled water
-A jar of organic apple cider vinegar
-An empty shampoo bottle

Here's how you do it:

1) Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with a quart of distilled water in an empty (but clean!) shampoo bottle.

2) Give it a vigorous shake, then saturate hair with your DIY clarifying rinse. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it out with cool water. 

3) BONUS: Add in a few drops of an herb/floral essential oil if you'd like. Peppermint adds an extra cooling sensation, while rosemary is stimulating, and rose is soothing.