summer hair care tip

— This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. —

If you’re planning on spending any time at all this summer in the swimming pool {with plenty of chlorine}, in the salty ocean water at the beach, or slathering on any number of hair care products, I have just the solution for you. Summer hair repair ingredients from your own kitchen. Booyah. How do you like that?

Ingredients for summer hair repair:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

Not too bad, right?

Add vinegar into the water, add the baking soda, mix, and you’re done.

That’s it. Can you believe it? Pour the solution over your hair. Let it simmer on your head for about 10 minutes. Rinse. Wash. You’re done. The solution will pull the impurities from your hair, leaving it healthy and shiny as new.

What do you do at home, with ingredients from your own kitchen to keep your hair pretty? Have you ever tried mayonnaise or a beer rinse? I’ve never tried either, but I’ve been tempted. My mother used to rinse her hair with beer all the time in high school; it was the 50’s, it was just something girls did back then.

They also used to wrap their beehives in toilet paper at night, so maybe they aren’t the best ones to look to for advice.

What hair care tricks do you know?

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Hello there! I’m Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I’m super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we’re a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Laurie :

    Club Soda works great too. I live in Japan and for some reason since moving here my hair has been greasy. I use two cans but one would probably work. If you take scalding hot showers like I do take the can out till you are ready to use it. It is a loud boom you are not expecting when relaxing ;)

    • Allison :

      I have yet to try club soda, but that stuff works on everything. Love it.

  2. Laura :

    I just tried this recipe and it was great! It got a lot of dried-in chlorine from the pool out better than anything else I’ve tried. Thanks!

    • Allison :

      So glad it helped! We use it every summer when we get inundated with summer yuck.