Earlier this month I was over at the fabulous EVERYTHING blog Moptop maven. I say everything because this blog is so versatile it’s amazing. She cooks, shops, creates, and it’s just simply a very entertaining and inspiring blog to visit. So I was reading moptop maven’s Budget fashionista post and finally got around to doing an apple cider vinegar hair rinse this weekend after months of contemplation. I found this great YouTube video by chocolate tresses which is a very simple and to the point video on how to do your ACV hair rinse.
Some Benefits of ACV Hair rinse:
– helps restore hair’s ph balance
-Helps remove buildup
-Helps with hair loss and dandruff
-Helps close cuticles providing more shine and manageability
-Great for most if not all hair types
Basically the measurements for the apple cider vinegar hair rinse are:
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of vinegar
Preferably distilled water and organic ACV but I used what I had. Otherwise I would have put it off again.
Chocolate Tresses had a great idea using a water bottle, but I actually had an empty Dickinson’s witch hazel bottle and poured the measurements in there since the bottle has a great small hole which I can use to distribute throughout my hair much easier.
I initially wanted to use the ACV rinse right after my shampoo but I was reading several posts on Black Hair Media and their experience with acv and noticed most ladies use it in between or after certain washes, treatments and final rinses so I chose instead to use it as a final rinse. After I shampooed my hair with Hair one this week, I went ahead and used Roux porosity control conditioner since it’s been a while since I’ve used it (More info on roux porosity and here too). I just left roux porosity control in for about 30 seconds, rinsed. This helps my hair become much softer and accept moisture better. After that, I put in Ion’s reconstructor for about 10 Min’s because this past month I have been overloading on moisture and put my hair way off it’s protein balance and noticed my hair was coming out in very long strands, shedding, oily and was not feeling too strong so I used Ion’s reconstructor. As usual after using it, my hair felt stronger and noticed a lot less shedding while rinsing.
Rule of thumb is to moisturize after a protein treatment so I followed up with La Bomba avocado deep conditioner. La Bomba and I usually have issues but I think I found what the problem is. I noticed that La Bomba will only penetrate my hair when I use it with at least 15-20 Min’s. Instead of 2-3 hours of it sitting in my hair while I do stuff around the house. So with that in mind I went under the dryer for 15 Min’s. After rinsing La Bomba out, I followed up with Mane N Tale conditioner. I’ve been using Agadir’s daily moisturizing conditioner, but right now I’m trying to incorporate a little more protein into my regimen so Mane N Tale did just the trick for me.
Then the awaited moment, the ACV rinse. All I did was rinse out the Mane N Tale conditioner and simply rinsed my hair with the diluted Apple cider vinegar mix I made. I just rinsed my hair with the ACV mix in the shower, I did not rinse the ACV mix afterwards. I was a bit skeptical about not rinsing it out at first because I was wondering about the smell and whether or not my hair may be hard. But actually neither happened, after my hair air dried the smell was non existent and my hair was so soft and shiny, I was amazed. Usually when I air dry my hair is super dry. But it felt very nice and my curls were shiny throughout the day.
So these were the result after several hours very shiny manageable curls. I love my curls and was very pleased to see how moisturized they looked and felt. This week I ran out of Chi keratin mist which I will be buying again since it turned out to be a great leave in for me. So instead I used cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream which turned out great for my curls. While my hair was almost dry I then moisturized with ORS olive oil in the jar and sealed with castor oil.
I love cantu shea butter repair cream because it’s usually my go to when I feel my hair is needing a little protein boost in between washes. It strengthens my hair while at the same time making it really soft and the scent is divine.
I really liked the apple cider vinegar rinse and it’s my new found friend. I will be incorporating acv rinses into my WLC regimen every two weeks especially since I’ll be air drying most often during the summer. I want to lay off the rollersets for a bit and pamper my curls so my next step is coming up with a moisturizing spritz for my hair. Also trying to keep my hair in balance is key for me. My hair tends to like protein so I guess I will try to keep that in mind as well.