Shiny Happy Hair Tips

One of the perks of living in Southern and now Northern/Central/What the heck is this region called in California, is…hard water. YAY!! That, wonderful element of our plumbing in our old overpriced rentals, paired with my love for sun, salt water, styling products, coconut oil, and beach waves, leaves my bleached blonde lob looking like Garth from Wayne’s World. Or Duff From Guns N’ Roses. Awesome.

In other words, my hair gets nasty, frizzy at the ends. and just plain weird. Which it never did before we moved to Cali. My verdict: hard water sucks. 

But there are two easy cures. Hallelujah. 

First off, you can buy a water filter. I bought this one from Amazon, and it works wonders. My mom bought one too (after using mine.) 

Secondly, and more economical, is to do an apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair. This is no recent new phenomenon. It’s something I was reluctant to try, but once I did, my hair went from looking like Garth (or Duff) back to the shiny lob I know I am capable of. 

I am just too lazy to do it as much as I need to (once a month, or once every other week), and did it yesterday. It reminded me I need to stop being lazy, take the extra 3 minutes, and rinse out my darn hair with some vinegar. 

There are a bazillion recipes, posts, pins, etc. So just consider this my seal of approval. 

Shiny happy hair rinse:

• Shampoo and rinse our your hair like you normally do.

• Mix 3 tbs apple cider vinegar with 8 oz water (Do this before you hop in the shower. Save water people.)

• Pour the apple cider mixture all over your hair. It helps to turn the water off and towel dry it first so it really can soak in. Also be sure to not let it run in your eyes. It is vinegar. Vinegar stings. 

• Wrap your hair up in a top knot or bun or something. Then let it sit for 3-5 minutes while the vinegar magically seals and smoothes out your hair shaft, soaks in, and and makes you smell like a never ending bowl of salad from the Olive Garden. 

• Rinse your hair out, and condition your hair as usual. People say you don’t have to condition, but I just have to. Sorry. 

• Let your hair air dry, and be totally amazed at the results. And how the vinegar smell totally disappears and you don’t smell like a salad bar afterwards.

Seriously though, it has done wonders for my hair. 

I just told Siri to remind me to do the rinse once a month now too.

Shine on. 

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