Homemade Herbal-infused Vinegar Hair Rinses
The following recipes are adaptations of the herbal-infusion hair rinses found in the preceding section. Long thick hair cut The advantage of herbal vinegars is that they can be made ahead of time and remain well preserved for a year or so. However, they do require a steeping period of 3-6 weeks. They are especially good for oily hair, and for treating fungal infections, itchy scalp and overa1aline conditions. They help remove soap residue and make the hair softer and easier to detangle. Note that vinegars may not be good for very dry hair, although they can be helpful for controlling dandruff. These herbal-infused vinegars are very concentrated, so only small amounts are needed to condition the hair and scalp, which makes them convenient for travel. When diluted with water, these herbal-infused vinegars also make excellent facial astringents. Some of these formulas, such as the Golden, Defunk and Garden Blend Vinegars, also make excellent culinary vinegars when the essential oils are omitted. They can be added to soups, stews, marinades and salad dressings. The formulas that follow are based on choice herbal blends that make excellent conditioners. However, you can also use just a single herb at a time such as chamomile, rosemary or nettle or look through the Botanicals section and formulate your own vinegar blends. Keep in mind that plain vinegar can also serve as a useful and simple hair rinse.
Directions for Herbal-Infused Vinegars with Dried Herbs. Place freshly crushed or powdered herb into a glass jar with a tightly fitting plastic lid. Pour vinegar over the herbs; stir the vinegar into the herb until thoroughly saturated, then cap tightly. Label the jar with the date and contents, and keep in a dark place. Shake daily and let steep for 3 weeks or longer. Strain vinegar when needed.
Directions for Herbal-Infused Vinegars with Fresh Herbs. Use a glass jar with a plastic well-fitting lid and pack it tightly with fresh herbs of choice. Pour vinegar over the herbs and let it filter down through them. Keep pouring in vinegar until the herbs are completely covered by the vinegar, then cap tightly. Label the jar with the date and contents, and keep in a dark place. Let steep for 3 weeks or longer and strain when needed.
Applying Vinegar Hair Rinses. Apply 1-2 tablespoons vinegar to damp hair and scalp, thoroughly massaging it in. Leave it in for a few minutes. Rinse with plain water. You may prefer to dilute the vinegar prior to use in order to make it less caustic. Use 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water, increasing the proportions as needed. Rinse with the diluted vinegar by pouring it onto your head over a bowl or basin, making sure that the ends of your hair are either in or over the container in order to catch the solution as it drains. Repeat the process several times. Make sure that the entire scalp and hair are saturated. Follow with a freshwater rinse. Be careful to keep the solution out of your eyes, since the vinegar will sting.
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