Snickety Tip #3: Vinegar restores your hairs natural shine and balances your skins PH level!
If you read our blog post that talks about PH levels in soap, then you know that too often the products we use strip our natural oils leaving our bodies vulnerable to germs and prone to drying. This Saturday’s Snickety Tip will show you how easy it is to restore your natural PH levels. Restoring your natural PH levels can make a huge difference for your hair and scalp in particular.
Your hair, like your skin, needs to be at a certain PH level. Often, shampoo’s and conditioners strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, changing their PH levels and leaving you with dry, brittle hair and either an overly oily scalp or dry, itchy, flaky scalp.
The cosmetics industries response to this is not necessarily to solve this problem by creating PH balance shampoo’s and conditioners. Instead, they create another product to “fix” the issue they created in the first place that is full of chemicals. Enter dandruff shampoo and conditioner containing Pyrithione Zinc. This chemical scores a “4” on the Environmental Watch Groups (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. It is expected to be an environmental toxin. It is also a “persistent or bio-accumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans” and “in wildlife.”
What does bio-accumulative mean?
It basically means that the more you use it the more it builds up in your system. In this case, today’s tip could easily be; the more you use dandruff products, the more toxic they become. That’s not good news.
So, you are telling me I should use vinegar instead of dandruff products?
Yes, that is exactly right! White vinegar restores the PH levels of both your hair and skin. Simply rinse your hair and scalp in white vinegar after you shampoo and wash at least once a week. You can also use it as a toner for your face!
But, vinegar stinks!
Yep, I know, I really dislike the smell of vinegar myself. However, the great thing about vinegar is that the smell disappears quickly. Add a few drops of essential oil or rose water to the vinegar and shake well. When the vinegar scent disappears, you will be left smelling like a great essential oil or like fresh roses.
Rose water is great for your skin!
Essential oils that are great for your skin and hair are:
Neroli, Sandalwood, Chamomile (Roman and German), Lavender, Helichrysum, Ylang-Ylang, and any other gentle essential oil that is known for its moisturizing properties.
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