Final-Rinsing the Hair - An Introduction
So, you're done washing your hair and ready to leave the shower. You've rinsed out the shampoo/hair cleansing product you are using, but did you rinse?
I mean, final rinse?
You: what the heck is final rinse?
Me: I'm so pleased you asked!
Not All That New - Except Maybe the NameIn days of yore, ladies with a longing for lovely locks finished their hair washing routine with a rinse of rainwater, rosewater (if they were rich) or water with an added dash of vinegar. The purpose – 'to remove dullness from the hair'.
Back then, hair cleansers were quite a bit harsher than the advanced hair cleansing formulas we have available on the market today. And perhaps this is part of the reason it was most common to wash the hair only once every 4-6 weeks.
Even though it's not quite fair to compare a final rinse to a commercial hair conditioner, we are looking at some similarities. Both are designed to leave the hair silky soft and manageable.
But contrary to using commercial hair conditioner, the process of using a proper final rinse leaves the scalp rebalanced.
When Did My Scalp Loose Balance?Washing the hair - even just wetting the hair - raises the pH of the scalp.
Average pH of skin and scalp: 4.5 - 5.0
pH of water: 7.0
pH of soaps, shampoos: from 8.0 - 12.0
It is impossible to not upset the pH balance of the skin and hair when washing it.
Enter the Final Rinse.
A good final rinse helps restore the skin and scalp to its natural pH state. This not only leaves the hair with a healthy glow, but helps battle dryness and itchiness.
Now That We Know - How Do We Do?In upcoming posts, we're going to be making our own final rinses. Not only are there a multitude of possibilities for personalisation, but final rinses are pretty budget-friendly as well. You may even find your hair no longer needs your regular conditioner after you've made your own final rinse creation.
Do TellDo you use a final rinse in your hair? What is your favourite kind?
More About Hair and Beauty Fashion in the PastHow to shampoo the hair: from New York Times 1908
A variety of beauty tips from the early 1900's