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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
It's pickles and salad time! No, we are not gonna eat pickles and salad today. And plus that is gross! I rather have cucumbers on my salad instead...but we are getting off topic...

I bring to you another DIY product:

The Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (ACV).

Of course, you can use a clarifying shampoo or even clay to cleanse your hair. But when you have a long term style, like Senegalese twists (or really need to clarify your hair), it's kind of tough to get the actual cream or clay on your scalp to cleanse your hair. And you may have a few clumps left over in your style...you don't want that. So for effective cleaning of your scalp, hair, and even the extensions, ACV will do it for you.

Why ACV for cleansing hair?
I just said , 'So for effective cleaning of your scalp, hair, and even the extensions, ACV will do it for you.' But hey, let's dig deeper...

So what's so great about ACV for my hair?

Oh I'll tell ya! Vinegar is mainly used for cooking purposes ("in the collards baby!") or for household cleansing ("get that baby's handprints and food stains off the walls!"). But little do people know, vinegar can also be used to promote healthy scalps and hair. The benefits are:
  1. Natural/Organic
  2. Great cleaning agent and conditions
  3. Balances the hair's PH levels
  4. Removes product build up
  5. Relieves itchy scalp, treats dandruff, and kills germs
  6. Stimulates new hair growth
  7. Closes the hair cuticle
  8. Gives hair a soft and healthy sheen
  9. Did I mention it's Natural/Organic?
What about white or plain vinegar?
In my experience, I have found white vinegar to work just fine as using ACV. However, I did notice that using plain or white vinegar caused my hair to be more dry than using ACV. I just had to load up on my leave-in, which is no biggie. The more moisture, the better. So either one will work just fine...but to be biased, I rather use ACV.

Are there any cons to using ACV?
Other than reeking of pickle essence for 2 hours, there is one I would like to discuss. See, I saw this article, Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar are Not Effective Natural Hair Cleansers!? Microscope Photos Show Surprising Results! from Black Girl, Long Hair written July 11, 2014...so this is a very recent study. Natural Haven used her own shed hairs, which were oily from her often-use of coconut oil and Shea butter, to test if the cleansers (water only, conditioner (cowash) , bentonite clay, rhassoul clay, baking soda and ACV) were effective cleansers. She found her findings with the use of her microscope:
  • Water only - not clean, but spread the oil over the hair strand
  • Shampoo - removed the oil completely
  • CoWash - removed the oil with small traces left
  • Bentonite - similar to CoWash
  • Rhassoul - similar to CoWash
  • Baking Soda - similar to Water only
  • ACV (10 min) - similar to Water only

So although this study shows that ACV is similar to Water only when cleansing, I still find the benefits of using ACV is greater than the con of not cleaning fully in Natural Haven's study (and stinking, just saying). And honestly, my scalp, hair, and extensions cleanse with ACV well...but I still found the study very intriguing. So without more time wasted, let's get to the cleansing...


The Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (ACV)


I use ACV specifically for long term styles to cleanse my scalp, hair, and extensions. I do this twice a month during the duration of the style...if you don't at least cleanse once during your long term style, there will be lots of build up, stink-fest, and environmental yeast in your hair - YA FEEL ME??


The recipe I use is:


Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of ACV
5 drop of peppermint
(basically 3 parts of water to 1 part of ACV)

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Mixing up the products!

  1. Separate your style in 4-6 manageable sections
  2. Spray and massage scalp with the ACV rinse
  3. Spray and rub downwards the length of ALL hair (yours and faux) with ACV rinse
  4. Bantu knot your sections to hold the ACV rinse
  5. Leave on for 15 minutes, then completely rinse out with cool water
  6. Proceed with conditioning, leave-in and drying regimen

My experience:

I have done this the ACV rinse for two years now, but only when I get a long term protective style (Senegalese twists, sew-in, crochet braids, etc). This effectively cleanses my scalp, closes my hair cuticles, and even makes the extensions look beautiful as well. So I followed it exactly how I wrote it out for you.

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

HOWEVER!!! This is my first time adding peppermint essential oil to my ACV rinse. I thought, "Hey, since ACV makes me stink of pickled veggies, why not add the peppermint oil to cover the smell a bit AND get the benefits of easing the scalp itch and stimulate hair growth?" So I added a few drops of peppermint for the extra hair conditioning to the ACV. It did cover up the smell a bit and the pickle smell did not linger like it would before. So I'm gonna stick with the peppermint essential oil added to the ACV.

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Using the ACV rinse felt so good to my scalp. As I massaged my scalp, I could actually feel the product build up rising up. It was cool and disgusting at the same time. So when I rinsed my hair with cool water, I saw the oils and product buildup run down the drain. Whoa!!! Cool!!! Ewww!!! Wow!!! Yuck!!! My Oh My!!!!!!

My hair did frizz up a bit, but I can easily lay that down with oil or my Shea butter mix. So yes! I really like the rinse. Half a bottle of the ACV rinse was all I needed. It felt pretty good to rinse my scalp with the ACV rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse To Clarify Fine, Natural Hair

If you choose to do the ACV rinse, do at least twice a month to keep your hair healthy and shiny. You can also adds herbs, juices, and other oils to your ACV rinse if you want to really doctor it up to your own hair needs.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse To Clarify Fine, Natural Hair

Natural hair says: if you have a long term style, try the ACV to cleanse your hair and keep your extensions looking neat. If you find the ACV is not working for you, try using diluted shampoo or diluted clay. Just make sure you clean your scalp and hair at least once or twice a month to continue on your healthy hair journey.

 Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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