|The morning after my ACV rinse|
|Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent and it’s also an effective germ killer. (source)|
I try not to use too many products on my hair, but sometimes do I notice a slight bulid-up. Well, I was cruising the web and I read about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) being used as a way to clarify your hair and add shine. I went on the NIN Facebook page and asked the readers if they used ACV in their hair. I was pleased to see many had used the technique and garnered great results. I was sold, I went to the store to buy a bottle.
There aren't any definite recipes or directions for adding ACV to your routine. Some bloggers use it as an after shampoo rinse, some use it during the deep condition process, while others use it at the end of shampooing and DC'ing. I chose to use it as a rinse.
So here's what I did to get the best results for my 4b hair:
- First, I washed my hair with my favorite shampoo - NuNaat Karite Special Shampoo.
- After rinsing the shampoo from my hair, I dried my hair with an old t-shirt, and mixed up my ACV rinse (recipe listed below).
- I leaned over the bathroom sink and poured the mixture over my hair, stopping to massage the liquid in my scalp and make sure the roots and my ends were getting a taste.
- Once I finished pouring the mixture over my hair, I applied Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque.
- I left the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque on my covered hair for 30 minutes. Rinsed and styled.
|Braid-out on fresh 4b hair|
1 liter of cool water - (filtered or tap) your choice
1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
Optional: Add essential oils for further conditioning and shine enahnceing (i.e. Olive Oil, Rosmary, or Tea Tree)
It's important to dilute the ACV. Using undiluted ACV will strip your hair and leave it feeling too dry.