ACV…Don’t Believe The Hype
Unless today is your first day as a natural, you’ve probably heard about ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinses. I decided to try one last weekend after reading yet another thread raving about it on Nappturality.
I looked at five different recipes and found five different ones. Additionally, no one can seem to agree on ACV’s actual use.
Some say it’s a clarifier. Others proclaim that it simply restores your hair’s pH balance after shampooing. And I’ve seen dreadheads swear that it eliminated all signs of lint.
To further complicate things, everyone seems to use it at different points in their routines. I’ve seen it done before a wash, before conditioning, as a final rinse, and even in lieu of actual shampoo.
That being said, I’ll definitely be trying this again to give it a fair shot. The information that I found during my research was all over the place.
(Always do your own research, readers. What works for one doesn’t work for all.)
Let’s get started.
- ACV purchased from a grocery store
- 13 oz spray bottle
- measuring utensils
I opted to wash, ACV rinse, condition, then apply leave-in.
I measured out 1 tsp of vinegar. Some of the recipes I read were using as much as 50% vinegar 😯
Vinegar is acidic, people. And that stuff can burn!
I filled the rest of the bottle with lukewarm water. I sprayed my entire head, being sure to thoroughly saturate everything.
When I was finished there was this much left:
I threw on a shower cap and let it marinate for 15 minutes:
I then rinsed it out ans continued with my routine (condition, leave-in).
This was my final result after adding my Neutrogena moisturizer and vitamin E oil:
Can you see how clean my scalp is? The sheen? The fluffiness?
After all the hoopla I’d read about ACV, I expected to see Jesus Himself come down and lay hands on my head.
Truth is, my hair looked and felt as if I hadn’t even used it.
Like I said, I’m going to try it again this week. I believe I need to use more vinegar and I maybe do it before I shampoo or as a final rinse.
So stay tuned for part two.
Have any of you lovely readers done an ACV rinse? How do you do yours? Help a sista out!
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