Is this something that only hippies do?
Nope. I thought it might have been at first, but it turns out a lot of otherwise-normal folks are out there, living their lives without shampoo. They lurk among you, and you’d never know it.
My hair is a greasy mess. How can I fix it?
While the ACV will make your hair shine like a dream, it can also make it a little greasier than you may like, especially if you’re not using the baking soda. Basically, your hair is a greasy mess because it has stuff in it. Re-visit the baking soda.
Or, if you’re in a pinch, pick up some baby powder or anything with talcum. It’ll soak up some of the oil and buy you time between washes. Sprinkle some on your hair brush and brush it through. But be thorough and go light with it–otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you’re wearing a powdered wig.
Brushing with a natural fiber brush is a good idea, anyway, because it evenly-distributes the hair’s oils. Of course, this does present a problem to curly girls, who may opt to achieve shine by smoothing a silk scarf over their strands, which can have a similar effect.
Great, I used the ACV, and now I smell like a salad. Help?
This happens when you use too much vinegar. But luckily the smell doesn’t really linger at all. But if you’re concerned, there are a few more “natural” solutions that folks have recommended. First, is a brown sugar scrub following the ACV, which works like a charm. It makes the hair look and smell great, and somehow negates the vinegar stink.
Another tip I received was using a tiny (very tiny) amount of vanilla extract in damp hair, to make it smell like cookies. Which works, but because the vanilla has some alcohol in it, it can strip the hair if used in large quantities.
Finally, several people have recommended soapworts, which is also known as Saponaria, which is an herb that lots of natural beauty products use. I haven’t tried this one yet, but many women swear by its light fragrance and cleaning abilities. It’s available at a lot of natural food stores.
Is this safe for color-treated hair?
I’ve yet to get a straight answer on this. A lot of people on the very reputable source known as the internet say that ACV can strip the color, but several stylists I called said that they didn’t think it would hurt. In fact, one mentioned that white vinegar can even lock in color. If you’re concerned, ask your own stylist. But because a lot of stylists are pretty invested in shampoo, they may not be able to give a straight answer.
Hope these tips help! Keep sending me your questions and I’ll keep trying to answer them–and don’t be afraid to share your tips in the comments, because we’d all love to hear them.