May 1, 2012

Melissa's Hair: Apple Cider Vinegar rinse is a big hit!

The morning after my ACV rinse
Hello Ladies and Gents! I'm here to report that I tried some new things this month and I've found something new to add to my routine. You know my ultimate goal is to grow the biggest 'fro ever. So, I'm always looking for ways to aid my hair during the growth process.

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
The process didn't take too long. The results are amazing! When wet, my curls were quite defined and bouncy. When dry my hair was soft, fluffy, and shiny. In addition, my hair kept it's soft feel for more than four days. Rinsing my hair with ACV makes me want to wash my hair more often. The results will make you a believer. I'll definitely add this to my routine.

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.
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