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Old 07-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default Stinky vinegar rinses- are there options?

My hair loves vinegar rinses and vinegar/water refreshing spray that I make but does it ever stink especially in this hot humid weather. I got a few weird stares yesterday and I knew it was because of the vinegar smell.

Does anyone here know of a simple cheap home recipe for another kind of acid I could mix with water to replicate the shine and curl enhancement I get from the vinegar/water combo?

Would citric acid do something similar?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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How strong is your vinegar rinse? Should be well diluted so the smell wears off pretty fast. Alternatives include selecting products that are appropriate acidity for hair in the first place, roughly pH 4.5. Komaza Care and As I Am brands are big on this.

Other acids could work, but many are drying and/ or are keratolytic (breaks the bonds in the keratin protein of skin and hair) so I would not be allowing them to build up on the hair by using them as a 'refresher'. IIRC citric acid is a mild keratolytic, acetic acid (in vinegar) is not.

Ingredients that can enhance curl include magnesium sulphate (epsom salts), coconut oil, honey or hydrolysed protein.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:09 PM   #3
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What about adding a few drops of essential oil like lavendar? Maybe that'll mask the smell somewhat. Although when your hair dries, it should not smell at all.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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Apple cider vinegar works just as well as white vinegar and the smell isn't as strong.

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Old 07-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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It should be diluted to 1/4 cup of vinegar per cup of water. At least that's what I've always read.
You could put some drops of essential oils in. I used to make my vinegar with tea instead of water, but make sure the tea is the same color as your hair. For example, I used chamomile on my dark blonde hair.
I never had a problem with a vinegar smell, it always went away after my hair dried. Maybe the tea always masked the smell.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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Default try essential oils

I always put a few drops of Young Living essential oils in with my vinegar rinse. They're the purest, most potent that I've found. We used lemongrass last night, and it smelled so good. My daughters' hair today smelled so fresh. Rosemary is good, too, but sometimes lavender is too mild. We use about 1-2 Tbl. apple cider vinegar in a 2 c. container and only 2-3 drops of essential oil.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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I never smell it once its dry

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:42 PM   #8
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I've heard lemon juice will remove build up on hair and sells better too. I haven't tried it myself though...
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