Pro tip: Apple cider vinegar for shiny hair

Earlier this week I interviewed Julie Ebner, founder/owner of Juju Salon and Organics, for a story I’m working on. During our conversation, we got a little sidetracked talking about DIY treatments for getting naturally shiny hair.

Her secret? An apple cider vinegar rinse.

“It’s a really easy thing to make at home,” she says, adding that it’s effective for all types of hair. “It re-balances the oil production on your scalp, and keeps your color longer, especially with women who have highlights.”

To make it: Buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar (Julie prefers Bragg brand), mix in a few tablespoons to 8 oz. of water, shake it up, and apply to wet hair. Work it through your hair well, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Follow with your shampoo or conditioner.

“It really, really works,” says Julie. “It works really well on curly-haired clients.”

I don’t know about you, but I have officially added organic apple cider vinegar to my shopping list. Will you try it? —Aleigh

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7 Comments on Pro tip: Apple cider vinegar for shiny hair

  1. christina said on

    Interesting, I have heard about apple cider vinegar before, for bringing out the red in your hair… I’ll give it a try tonight and let you know how it goes!

    Also, you can use apple cider vinegar (or regular white vinegar) mixed with baking soda to mop floors and clean bathtubs. I have done this without the baking soda and it works very, very well and it’s nice to not worry about the kitties or myself getting icky chemicals coming through our feet after mopping.

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Vinegar is awesome! I use it to clean my coffee maker, too. 🙂

      How did your hair turn out?


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  2. Rachael said on

    I just started using a vinegar rinse as a way to combat itchy scalp due to dry weather and our hard water. It’s awesome! I made my husband smell my head to make sure I wasn’t going to walk around smelling like pickles all day, and he swears there was no vinegar smell. My scalp felt better and my hair looked shiny!

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Awesome, Rachael! I’ve now officially done this rinse three times, and every time I love the results. 🙂 —Aleigh

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  3. Dark Stardust said on

    Interesting! Alternately, I’ve used Bragg’s cider vinegar to *remove* colour from my hair (at the recommendation of an organic/vegan hairdresser). Leaving the vinegar in for some time really did work well to remove the old artificial colour (bright red) from my hair. =)

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Good to know! 🙂 –Aleigh

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  4. K said on

    It also great as you stated above, except replace your conditioner with it. 😉

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