summer hair care tip

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. stephenie :

    Want to try that. Do you pour it on after your regular shampooing?

    • Allison :

      I did it BEFORE. It’s very vinegar-y smelling so I shampooed after I used the mix. Let me know what you try, and how it works!

  2. Kathleen :

    I do this and it really works! My hair is reddish and the apple cider vinegar brings out the highlights. Though I only use it every week or so, because it started to dry my hair out when I was doing it more frequently. It’s nice how smooth the vinegar leaves your hair.

    • Allison :

      It leaves your hair more red? How cool is that? What a cheap way to keep your hair bright and beautiful!

  3. Rebecca :

    I’ve been using this stuff in place of shampoo and conditioner for a couple years now. Once my hair adjusted (it takes about a month before your hair stops over-producing the oils that the detergents in shampoo and conditioner strip out of it), it felt great. now, my hair feels awful when I use regular products. I just keep two squirt bottles in the shower–one for baking soda/water (use first), and one for diluted apple cider vinegar(use second). The vinegar smell doesn’t stick around after you rinse, so there’s no need to clean your hair again. Also, I only wash my hair a couple times a week, which seems to keep it healthier than every day.

  4. jonathan :

    great ideas ,regular brown vinegar works just as well ,we mix it with water and use it as a finel rinse.

  5. Kara :

    Is this safe to use on colored-treated hair?

    • Raven :

      I was thinking the exact same query. Would this strip out color products at a faster rate?