Old-fashioned hair rinses

iStock_000001029369_ExtraSmallIt’s a very old fashioned concept to put a rinse through your hair after washing, but you can save on a multitude of commercial leave-in conditioners and sprays if you do.

Beer — stale beer rinsed through the hair after washing can give the dullest locks lots of body.

Vinegar — not only is vinegar great for dandruff and dry scalp, it can also help if you suffer from frizzy hair, as I do. Infuse some apple cider vinegar with rosemary by pouring warm (not hot) vinegar over several sprigs of rosemary in a clean glass jar or bottle. Seal and leave in a dark place for two weeks. The longer you leave it the better it will be.

Rosemary Hair Rinse — Cut several spikes off your rosemary bush (or find one locally that you can use), making sure to cut from the base of the spike so that you don’t harm the plant. Fill a big jar (about 1 litre capacity) with the spikes — chop to size if necessary — and fill ⅔ of the jar with boiling water. Leave for 24 hours with the lid on and then top up the jar with cider vinegar. Use 1 cup at a time and enjoy soft, manageable hair. This rinse will last for about a week, but storing it in the refrigerator will help it last longer.

Lavender Rinse — Follow the instructions for rosemary but substitute lavender spikes.

DidYou Know?

In Nana’s time putting a rinse through your hair after shampooing was something everyone did. Vinegar was very popular, as was lemon juice. To rinse your hair put the plug in your hand basin and lean over the basin. Pour the rinse through the hair and scoop up any that has drained into the basin and reapply. Here’s a guide to suitable Nana rinses depending on the colour of your hair:

Blondes — The juice of a lemon in 600ml of water. Wash out the lemon with cool water.

Brunettes — 2 tbsp malt or apple cider vinegar in 600ml water. Wash out with cool water.

Redheads — 1 tbsp henna powder mixed in 600ml of hot water poured over your hair will keep it bright. Rub well through the hair then wash off every trace.


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