Marcia asks…How about just rinsing hair with a vinegar/water rinse [to remove mineral buildup]? I use vinegar to remove the buildup of minerals elsewhere, wouldn’t it do the same on my hair?
The Right Brain replies:
Marcia’s question comes from our post on How To Get Rid Of Hard Water From Hair. We talked about using chelating shampoos to remove minerals. But what about an acid rinse as she suggests? Surely vinegar can’t work as well as a product specially formulated to remove minerals, can it? The answer surprised even us!
I decided to test the hypothesis myself. Since it’s hard to see mineral deposits on hair, I used the next best thing – the faucet in Sarah Bellum’s shower. (I swear, I don’t think that girl EVER cleans!)
Here’s what her faucet looks like after weeks (months?) of mineral buildup:
Vinegar vs Water
For the first part of the test I wiped the left side with a paper towel dampened with regular kitchen vinegar and the right side with plain water. As you can see, the vinegar removes significantly more mineral buildup than water alone:
Vinegar vs Chelator
Next I decided to see how well vinegar would do against a product designed for removing buildup: Tilex Tub and Tile Cleaner. Once again I used vinegar on the left. Surprisingly, the vinegar works about as well as the specially designed cleanser:
The Beauty Brains bottom line
While this is more of a demonstration than an actual test to prove that vinegar removes minerals from hair, it is certainly encouraging enough to give it a try. And vinegar is certainly cheaper than chelating shampoo!
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