Lemon or Apple Cider Hair RinseOne of the benefits of greening your life is that, not only are you doing your part to preserve the planet, but a number of these ‘green alternatives’ are also better for your health and will save you a couple of bucks.  This recipe for a hair rinse serves all of the above (and depending on your age, you might have heard this from your mother or your grandmother)

Consumers, myself included, seem to be oblivious to the alarming amount of chemicals (often not properly tested for their safety) skin- and hair beauty products contain.  

Although we are exposed to small amounts of these substances at a times, a number of these chemicals do build up in your system over time.  This increases your body burden (toxic level of your body) and will probably start to affect your health sooner or later.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics division, consumers use about 10 personal care products containing 126 ingredients per day.  Scientists have determined that 60-70 percent of what we apply to our skin and scalp gets absorbed into the bloodstream.  For your health, what you put onto your skin is almost as important as what you put into your mouth. Read the label on the next cosmetic you grab and decide if you would swallow that if it was offered on a plate?

Besides the health hazards these products also harm the environment, ending up in rivers, dams and under ground water resources, damaging sensitive eco-systems while the empty plastic bottle probably hits an already toxic landfill.

So, instead of heading for the cosmetics counter for a super-expensive dollop of magic in a (plastic) bottle when your hair is dull and lustrous, try this  super easy hair rinse that will remove soap scum and give your hair some extra shine.  I got this recipe from The Complete Idiot’ Guide to Organic Living (affiliate link). 

For light brown to blonde hair:

  1. Mix the juice of one lemon with 1 cup of warm water in a medium bowl and mix.
  2. Rinse through hair after shampooing.

For darker hair:

  1. Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of  warm water in a medium bowl and mix.
  2. Rinse through hair after shampooing.

tip from All About Going Green

You might want to put your hair rinse mixture in a squeezy bottle before you go into the shower since a squirt cider in the eye can leave you with a teary start to the day. 

You might argue that the cosmetic industry is massive and that your one ‘refusal to buy’  will not even show up on their radar – and maybe you’re right.  But we have to start somewhere and your best chance to make a difference is to vote with your rands and cents – even if it just means not spending them.