Apple Cider Vinegar
When I went natural, I was immediately converted into a kitchen beautifician — literally and figuratively. More and more I find myself reaching for products usually found in the kitchen. One of my favorite “hair” products is apple cider vinegar. To be honest, I never purchased ACV until I went natural. I’ve purchased white vinegar — to clean chicken and mirrors, alike– but not ACV. But like other vinegars, its acidity and cleansing properties are beneficial.
With an acidity close to natural hair, it counters many of the alkaline properties of common hair products like shampoos and conditioners. In addition to balancing ph, apple cider vinegar has cleansing properties. It can also close cuticles and impart shine Convinced that apple cider vinegar should be added to your hair regimen? Here are three uses for apple cider vinegar on natural hair:
An ACV rinse is a great way to close your cuticles and impart shine. After your wash, use a mix of one part ACV and three parts water. An ACV rinse is a very easy step you can add to your hair regimen.
ACV Hair Cleanse
Have a a lot of buildup? Try using ACV as a cleansing agent. To cleanse hair, you will need to increase the amount of ACV used in the ACV rinse recipe. Instead, use about 50% ACV and 50% water. You can also let the ACV sit on the hair a little longer before rinsing so that it can cleanse the hair.
Bentonite or Rhassoul Clay Mix
A bentonite or rhassoul clay mix is not only a great hair clarifier, but also makes your curls pop. My favorite recipe includes bentonite clay, aloe vera juice, and apple cider vinegar. First, you place the clay in a plastic (non-metal) mixing bowl, then add some aloe vera juice, and ACV. Mix with a plastic spoon until it reaches a yogurt consistency. The amount you use will be dependent upon the length of your hair.
Apple cider vinegar is great for natural hair. It’s only downfall is the strong smell. Thankfully, the smell dissipates once the hair dries.
How do you use apple cider vinegar on your hair?