I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother always would use rain water or melted snow to water her plants, wash her delicates and to rinse her hair. There was always a barrel beside the house to catch rain and in the wintertime after a fresh snowfall, her kitchen would be full of bowls and pails of melting snow. Seemed like a lot of work to me at the time when you could just get water from the tap! Now I understand how mother nature’s naturally soft water is a wonderful ingredient for many things. I now use it to water my herbs and plants, make my soap with it and use it in my apple cider vinegar hair rinse.
After shampooing with my coconut milk or beer shampoo bar, a rinse made with rain water & apple cider vinegar leaves my hair super soft. Raw apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH of the hair and is packed with nutrients that are great for building healthy hair. It gently exfoliates the scalp and can bring relief to dandruff sufferers because of its anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
Rosemary essential oil is my favorite oil to use on my hair. Rosemary essential oil helps stimulate follicles making hair grow longer and stronger. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of the hair.
1 cup of rain water or distilled water
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
10-15 drops of essential oil (rosemary, lemon or lavender)
Empty plastic or glass container
After shampooing, pour some of the mixture on hair and work into the scalp and hair follicles. Leave in for a few minutes then rinse.
Note: the vinegar smell will disappear once your hair dries!