Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Hair Regimen

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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:

ACV Rinse

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?

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. September 2, 2011 at 7:54 pmBy sending a Testimonial you would not only be hepling me tremendously, you would also be hepling others who are looking for what apple cider vinegar can do to improve their health and general well being

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  2. Love ACV rinse for my hair actually my hair loves it more. Been using it for sometime now and my hair looks and feels so much better. Sometimes I rinse it out other times I just leave it in and it serves as a leave in. Great to use in deep condtioners and hair mask. Two table spoons go along way! You won’t be disappointed!

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  3. How to make a mixture

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  4. How do I use this product

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