The world of natural hair has really opened me up to different and sometimes never heard of ways of taking care of my hair. Apple Cider Vinegar rinse was one of those and it really surprised me to the point where it has gone on to become one of my favourite things to do with my hair.
The first time I read up on doing an ACV rinse I’m not going to lie I was a bit skeptical but the benefits sounded so good (and I was desperado because the state of my hair at the time was just sad) that I ventured to the shops and bought a bottle of AVC. My hair was going through a dry, dull spell and no matter how much I spritzed, moisturized, conditioned and sealed it stayed all kinds of dry. I was quarter to joining that cut life full on but not before trying out this last resort.
The products we use on our hair can cause product build up over time and as much as we wash our hair weekly sometimes it’s not enough. That is where clarifying comes in; it’s really like vim for your hair. It cleans your hair and scalp of any goat ass impurities, pretty much starting your hair on a clean slate which further improves your hair’s moisture retention.
This is where learning your hair comes in because your hair will signal to you when it needs clarifying so be in tune:
- if your hair feels dry, looks dull no matter how much you moisturize it is time to clarify.
- when you start feeling like products don’t work on your hair, experiencing a stunt in growth clarifying can help open up blocked pores.
There are a number of natural ways to clarify your hair like bentonite clay and baking soda but I opted for Apple Cider Vinegar because it was the most common solution I came across, the easiest to carry out and my mother vouched for it.
warning: it smells and its a little messy but worth it.
To carry out an ACV rinse with minimal mess I suggest using a spray bottle instead of a bottle with a nozzle. I use a 100ml spray bottle with a 1:4 acv/water ratio for the mix. Before you go ahead with the rinse I suggest draping yourself with a towel because it can get a bit messy.
- Section out your hair and first start with your scalp. Spray the ACV mix onto your scalp and really work it in: massaging and really giving your scalp a good cleansing.
- Spray the mix onto your hair and work it through until done with all sections.
- I usually repeat the process a second time because I’m extra but you don’t have to. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and let it sit for 10-30minutes.
- Rinse out and continue with your regimen. After an ACV rinse I do a cowash, deep condition and moisturise. Also you can ACV rinse before or after any stage of your wash regimen depending what the needs of your hair are. ACV can also be added to your conditioner in order to create a cowash.
I do this every two weeks and it has really helped my hair stay on track. I’ve noticed that my hair is really and truly moisturized and I haven’t had a dry, dull moment in a minute.
An ACV rinse while you got braids is also a major key.
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