Take olive oil for instance. I use it in my own furniture polish. I use it as a hot oil treatment. It is my personal favorite choice of moisturizer. It has so many benefits that I can't justify not using it. It's also cheap. Dirt cheap. I have recently found one other use for it that I would like to share with you. Back a little while ago Prarie Cottage Rose shared an olive oil cleanser . Well, I was all on that one. Seeing how it's so good for your skin, I definitely thought it a good idea to use it in a cleanser as well. Plus, MW would be inadvertently using it, too. MwaaaaHaaaaaahahahahaha!
I love vinegar, too. It may truly be one of God's greatest gifts to the world. I buy it by the gallon now. I use it in just about every aspect of daily life. I use it as a general cleaner for counters, windows and a variety of other surfaces... It unclogs drains, clears out the coffee pot, makes a great fabric softener, disinfects, does floors, removes hard water and lime scale, kills mildew...the list could go on and on. Read this post if you want to find out more about the miracle that I like to call vinegar. But, today, I want to talk about the new way I've been using it. Let me share, if you will.
For the past year I have been having a hair issue. It started with a perm I got last May. Let me just add here that I have been getting my haired permed since I was 7 years old. Well, last May, shortly after we moved into this house, I had a perm break some of my hair off for the first time in my life. Not good. It began to grow out and I thought I was out of the woods. Then it started breaking off again - months and months after my disastrous perm. For the life of me, I can't figure out why it's breaking off. It's just in one spot on the top of the back of my head. Seeing how my hair has always been the one thing that I usually always felt really great about - this has been a little unsettling for me.
One day while reading one of Pioneer Woman's posts - she was talking about her own hair issues. I would find the exact post for you, but, I'm too lazy. :0) To make a long story short, it all spawned from her extremely hard water. Then I suddenly had a huge light bulb appear over my head. We have very hard water! So hard, that we had to replace the kitchen faucet when we moved in because it had so much mineral build-up that no water would flow out - at all. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. My hair woes didn't begin until we moved into this house. Hmmm....Could it be that my hair breakage is due to the hard water we have? Pioneer Woman's thoughts (and they make much sense to me - because I have to remedy a lot of the same problems elsewhere in the house as she does) was that if hard water was messing up the pipes, the coffee maker and a host of other problems - then there's a possibility that it was messing up her hair, too. Well, vinegar is what we use to clear up these other issues, so, maybe a vinegar hair rinse would work here.
Now, it's not that I really want to go around smelling like a salad, or pickles, or the weird old lady at the supermarket - but desperate times call for desperate measures. Actually, I add a few drops of essential oil to my 50/50 vinegar/water solution to kill a lot of the smell. Once my hair is dry, it doesn't smell any more at all. Either that, or I'm just used to it by then. :0) No, it really doesn't smell any more after it's dry. BTW, I had actually read about doing this vinegar hair rinse in a book a while back, French Women For All Seasons. I had just never really tried it.
I should probably add here exactly what I do. First of all, I make a 50/50 solution of vinegar/water in a plastic sports bottle and add a couple drops of lavender essential oil. But, you could use whatever kind of essential oil you wanted. I just keep this in the shower. I shampoo and condition as normal. Then at the very end, I shake up the bottle to mix in the essential oil, and rinse my hair with it. I don't rinse this out. I just squeeze out the excess water and towel dry my hair. You can use either white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. It really doesn't matter.
I've been doing this for a while now and here's what I have noticed. a) My hair is really shiny and responds much better to styling when I rinse it with vinegar. b) My roots are blending in nicely as they grow out. I don't have that awful line between new hair and old, colored hair. c) My greys aren't showing up nearly like they used to. Yay! And, they are much more manageable.
Now, honestly, I'm not sure if this vinegar rinse is the cure all to my breakage problems. I haven't been doing it long enough to know for sure or not, yet. But, I do see enough of a benefit in other arenas of my hair that I will continue to do this. I'm way past due for a haircut because, I was trying to let that spot grow out. I'll be getting it cut this week and then I'll have a better gauge of how it's growing.
So, now that you've heard my oil and vinegar tales, I hope that you begin to consider viewing oil and vinegar as something that is useful (and safe) for much more than the salad bowl.