Regardless of texture or length, the unavoidable side effect of hair styling is buildup. Whether you’re reapplying an itch spray to box braids or extending the length of beach waves with a sea salt spray, the scalp ends up littered with a mix of the product and whatever natural sebum (oil) is produced. If it weren’t for product buildup products, we’d be drowning in gook and washing our hair every day.
Though apple cider vinegar has long been a remedy for zapping bacteria and delivering antifungal properties to the skin, its popularity within hair care has skyrocketed in recent years. Understandably so; it does a lot. Not only is it rich in the vitamins our strands need for a brighter shine; its natural acidic levels can also aid in balancing the scalp’s pH levels without overdrying. Now, with an innumerable amount of ACV formulas out there — from hair rinses to dry shampoo — it would be easy to assume that it’s the only solution for product buildup.
However, for those who find ACV to be irritating or off-putting, there are indeed other equally effective options. Like this all-natural, DIY-friendly ingredient, charcoal is also a detoxifier that relieves itchiness and literally acts as a magnet for dirt particles. Witch hazel, which feels similar to ACV, is ideal for soaking up excess oil like it does for the face. And let’s not overlook the number of oils, such as tea tree, that can provide the clarifying effects of a shampoo in between washes. If you’re not quite buying into the ACV hype, here are some alternatives that work just as well.
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Originally posted on StyleCaster.