My hair hates California water. Its been a sitcky, frizzy mess for months, and full of what feels like product build-up. Which, is odd because other than a defrizzer before I blow dry I don't use any product. At first I thought it was my shampoo so I changed shampoo 4 or 5 times before I finally figured out it's the water. Silly me. I did some research online and found that a water purifier for my showerhead is probably what I need for a long term solution. I needed something NOW, so I did a little more research and discovered that Apple Cider Vinegar could help.
To be honest, I was skeptical and about ready to cut all my hair off and start over. But, I relented since that won't help me with the water problem anyway. Mixing essential oils with the ACV helped cut back on the smell enough for me to enjoy using it. And to my surprise, it really did work! I wouldn't say my hair was back to what I was used to in Kansas, but it was much better. About 85% better. My hair didn't feel sticky anymore, I could blowdry it much easier, and it was much shinier. At this point, I'll take it. Follow the instructions below to see if you can revitalize your hair and let me know in the comments if it worked for you.
1 squeeze bottle
2-4 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops Sage Essential Oil
Fill the squeeze bottle with distilled water and add 2-4 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar. (I used 3 Tbsp. for my hair). Add the drops of essential oils and gently shake. Hop in the shower and wash your hair with shampoo and rinse and usual. Being careful, not to get in your eyes, squeeze the ACV wash over your scalp and the rest of your hair. Flip your head upside down and do the underneath side too. I applied half the bottle and let it sit in my hair while I shaved my legs and then I applied the remaining half to my hair. It's probably a good idea to let it sit on your hair for a few minutes, however you choose to do it. Rinse and apply condition as usual. Then rinse.
I plan to do this about twice a month. I'm worried it could dry my hair out if I do it more often. I hope it works for you.
If you want to know why I choose the oils I did:
Rosemary-- I just LOVE the smell of rosemary and mint together. It'd divine. It also supports rejuvenation of skin (my scalp counts as skin, right?)
Peppermint-- Again, rosemary and mint.......they make my heart sing. I also wanted a nice gentle, tingly feeling as I cleaned my hair. I knew peppermint would do it.
Sage- Sage was known by the Lakota Indians as a purifier and I figured my hair needed a major purifying. Plus, it also helps support healthy skin, so I thought it would be nice on my scalp. I also just like the smell and I think it blends well with rosemary and peppermint.
Other oils you could try would be: Tee Tree (Melaleuca), Eucalyptus , and/or Lavender.