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Hair Rinses From Home

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With kinky and curly hair types, dryness and lack of moisture is a constantly complaint.

For this main reason, it is recommended to not wash hair often.

The reason why curly hair curls is because, genetically, the hair is not designed to allow natural scalp oils to penetrate the entire hair shaft. This is why straight hair is straight and curly hair is curly.

But that does not mean one should never wash their hair. It’s quite necessary to at least rinse your hair once a month or as needed.

A hair rinse is a way to quickly wash away dirt and grime build up on the scalp and the hair itself. It does not get the hair 100% clean but that is not the goal with a rinse. The immediate sweat and dirt you have accumulated is washed away though some natural oil may still sit on your scalp.

Frankly, you want the natural oils to stay there!

Some naturals find rinses so beneficial, they have tossed their shampoo in the trash altogether.

Rinses can be made of anything. One of the most popular is the apple cider vinegar rinse or ACV. ACV is so popular because it cuts through dirt fast, leaving the hair almost squeaky clean for some naturals.

A baking soda rinse is another way to get hair uber clean sans the soapy the suds. Baking soda has an abrasive texture to it, so it soaks up dirt very impressively.

These rinses and many more can be made at home. Some of them will require a little patience and other you can make in seconds.

The ACV Rinse

This rinse involved a spray bottle and 1 part ACV and 3 parts distilled water. Spray the rinse on your hair, focusing on the scalp first. Allow the rinse to sit for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

The Baking Soda Rinse

Mix 1 parts baking soda and 2 parts distilled water. You may been to massage the baking soda onto the scalp for about 5 minutes or less. Rinse.

Sea Salt Rinse

The sea salt rinse is popular for giving the hair extra shine. As salt as an abrasive texture as well, it absorbs dirt very well, too. Mix two tablespoons of sea salt in a spray bottle of 3 cups of water. Spray onto hair and scalp, then rinse.

The Lavender Rinse

Lavender not only smells heavenly but it soothes an irritate scalp. You can do a lavender rinse a couple ways:

    1. Buy some lavender leaves and soak them in hot water, as if you were making tea. Allow it to cool and mix it with a 2:1 ratio with distilled water. You’ll want more lavender water has it is already aqueous. Spray onto hair and scalp, massaging it on the scalp for as long as you like and then rinse


  1. Make a lavender extract. This will require the lavender flower pedals and some 100 proof alcohol.
    1. Take a very small mason jar and fill it all the way to the top with lavender pedals.
    2. Pour the 100 proof alcohol over the pedals.
    3. Seal the jar tight and place in a dark area (i.e. cabinet).
    4. Wait 4 weeks and remove the lid from the jar. This allows the lavender to fuse with the alcohol. (FYI: if you are not big on using alcohol, vegetable glycerin can be an alternative, though you may have to allow it to sit in the cabinet longer.)
    5. You now have a lavender extract

You can now place several drops of lavender extract into your spray bottle and use it has a rinse. You can do the method listed above for rose extract, almond nut extract, rosemary extract, lemon extract, cocoa nut extract or any extract of your choice for a great DIY rinse.

Consider making several extracts at once so you can place drops of all of them in your spray bottle for an incredible rinse and daily moisturizer!
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