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Acid rinse, the magic touch for shiny hair

THEsuitable for all hair, even dyed ones, it helps to shine and fight frizz. If you want, you can do it as often as you wash your hair. See how and with which products

Ever heard of acid rinse for hair? As the expression itself says, it is a matter of carrying out thelast rinse, to remove residues of shampoo and conditioner, with a acid solution. The classic grandmother’s remedies used (and continue to do so) vinegar, considering it one of the beauty secrets of hair. Rinse your hair withvinegar – of wine or apples – would make them shiny and bright, to the point that cosmetic companies were inspired by this ancient secret to formulate acid rinse products. But let’s go in order.

What is the acid rinse used for?

The acid rinse is intended for restore the pH of the hair, which is altered by washing by the shampoo (any type of shampoo). To eliminate sebum and impurities, all cleansers must have a higher pH (from 4 to 6) than the hair, which instead is 3.5. In this way, however, in addition to washing, shampoos change the pH of the hair. In practice? The hair fiber is found with the raised cuticles, risking to appear dull and frizzy. This is the reason why, in a self-respecting hair routine, we recommend the use of a conditioner or conditioner. But this is not always enough, especially if the hair appears frizzy and dull, despite tons of post-shampoo product. Also, it makes sense to “dirty” the hair with excess conditioner or mask? It’s the easiest way to weigh them down, actually. This is where acid rinse can come in handy: it helps seal the cuticles, allowing them to literally return to their place. Like this the hair will be shiny and smooth (in the sense that the fiber will be smoother to the touch).

How is acid rinsing done?

The acid rinse consists of rinsing the hair with do-it-yourself acid solutions or with ready-to-use products. In the first case, you can use the classic apple or wine vinegar or lemon juice. If, on the other hand, you prefer to use the products, you are spoiled for choice: the market offers different formulations designed for straight or curly hair, and in convenient and practical formats. How are they used? After washing your hair, applying conditioner or mask, rinse well with running water. At this point you have 2 methods available, depending on the product format. If the acid rinse is in spray, it vaporizes evenly on wet hair. If, on the other hand, the product has a dispenser, it is distributed in small drops on ends and lengths. In both cases, drying is done immediately with a hairdryer.

Acid rinse products

In the gallery below, look at the products for mirror-effect shiny hair, as they restore the correct pH of the hair.


Brilliance Rinsing Vinegar by YVES ROCHER
Eliminates the limescale that is deposited on the fiber, responsible for the opacity of the hair.


Contains coconut and pomegranate vinegar, hydrolyzed vegetable keratin, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.


Curly acid rinse from BIOFFICINA TOSCANA
Thanks to its acid pH it seals the cuticles of the lengths and retains the hydration inside the hair for an immediate shiny and brilliant effect.


Rinse of shine based on 11 essential oils, a blend inspired by the Fioravanti alcohol, that is a traditional vegetable mix, associated with acerola vinegar. It favors the closure of the cuticles and the removal of limescale residues.


Leave-in by SHAMPORA
A personalized cream formulated on the basis of the individual hair structure. It is applied after shampooing to neutralize the drying action of limescale. On the Shampora e-Comm site.



The do-it-yourself acid rinse

The most suitable recipes for acid rinse are based on half lemon juice, vinegar and not too hot water. Mix the two ingredients and pour the solution on all lengths and ends, or you can proceed with a cloth soaked in the acid solution to gently dab on the hair.