I’m so excited to share with you all my first new natural beauty find of the year: coconut vinegar! I discovered this little tincture at a health tradeshow – and it caught my eye because of my love of all things coconut. I use coconut oil in my face oils for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, in my cooking for its low steaming temperature and cholesterol lowering properties, and coconut sugar as a natural sweetener because its low on the glycemic index. So, while the sales person spent time chatting me up about its benefits and features, I was already converted and snapped it up. And what do I do? Not what any normal person would – try it on salads, or in a veggie stir fry (like it is often used in south Asian cuisine). No, I took the bottle right into the shower to test it out as a hair rinse.
Yes, I’ve used apple cider vinegar many a-time as a hair rinse and it clarifies the scalp so well that you actually get a squeaky clean feeling on your hair and in your follicles. I figured that vinegars are vinegars and that they’d work similarly. So, I applied about a cup and a half of it into dry hair, massaging it into my scalp. Then I worked any excess on my hands into my hair and down its ends. If you try this at home – one note: be careful to tip your head back while doing this. Don’t let it seep into your eyes like I did because Yowyzas! it stings. Then I let it sit as I did all my other washing up before rinsing it out of my hair (not shampooing it out).
Well, my hair felt amazing! First its great for clearing out flakes and build up. This is important for those of you with flakiness or dandruff because while you may think you need less cleaning and more moisture, its can be the opposite You need to keep your scalp as clear as possible so that the bacteria from dandruff that feeds on dead skin cells are kept at bay (trust me, its worked for many of my clients). Secondly its fantastic for softening. Coconut vinegar is packed with minerals from the coconut water or coconut sap it is derived from and contains zinc, iron, manganese, potassium, copper and magnesium. Coconut sap also possesses all nine amino acids and these proteins are a wonderful treatment for our hair.
So if you are looking for a quick and simple head and hair revitalizer, try a coconut vinegar rinse. Its a nice holistic vanity debut for the new year!