Happy Monday, everyone! I pray that you guys have had a great couple of weeks and that you've all aced your midterms (secretly praying that I have as well). Anyway, this past Saturday I decided to try something new with my hair; a new method to cleaning my scalp and "resetting" my curls. I decided to try my first Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse!
ACV has many benefits for your health, but who knew that it was great for your hair ? I've heard and seen videos about ACV rinses and I was a little skeptical about it. I thought that it was going to completely strip my hair and that I was going to find big chunks of my hair in the shower, but before I do ANYTHING, I ALWAYS HAVE TO DO RESEARCH!
So.. What are the benefits to an ACV rinse?
Hair is mildly acidic, which rates on the pH scale from 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to ACV on the scale (2.5 pH). Because of the soapy, stripping products that we use, it produces build up on the scalp and hair shaft.
Rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar will balance the pH of your hair, remove buildup and dandruff and literally reset your hair. If you suffer from an itchy scalp, an ACV rinse will help relieve the irritation. It promotes a healthy scalp, which promotes hair growth and moisture retention.
According to apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com, "rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage."
What I did to achieve my results:
In order to cleanse your hair with ACV, you're going to need:
- A spray bottle
- Apple Cider Vinegar (you can buy one at any grocery story)
- Water (I used room temperature water from a water bottle)
- A towel (preferably from your laundry basket)
- Hair clips (optional)
I free handed the apple cider vinegar and water ratio, but i knew that I wanted a little over half of water than ACV in the mixture. I poured the ingredients in the spray bottle and shook it so that it could blend evenly.
After mixing, I sectioned my hair off into four sections and put a towel around me because it can get very messy. With each section, I sprayed the ACV into my scalp, massaging it for a minute and then spray it down my hair shaft. I worked it through with my fingers to make sure that all of the buildup from previous products were being removed.
Once I finished every section, I massaged my scalp for five minutes and racked my fingers through my hair before I rinsed my hair in the shower with cool water. After rinsing the ACV out, I proceeded with my normal wash day routine (see My "Jazzy" Wash & Go Routine).
Was it a thumbs up or a thumbs down?
THUMBS UP! - I suffer from an itchy scalp and wanted to "reset" my curls. Immediately after I rinsed the ACV with cool water, I saw results. My hair was softer, my scalp felt extremely clean without feeling stripped and my curls popped beyond belief.
Normally, when I do my wash and go's, I have to rewash my hair after three days because my scalp gets itchy and my hair won't hold the moisture, which we all know is imperative. Today is Day 3 of my wash & go and my scalp still feels as clean, my hair still feels moisturized and my curls are as defined as they were after I did the rinse on Saturday.
I am definitely going to continue to do this rinse once a month. I usually use shampoo once a month to cleanse my scalp and hair, but now, I may possibly get rid of using shampoo all together.
Another positive detail about the ACV rinse is that once your hair dries, you WON'T smell like apple cider vinegar! Isn't that just perfect? Whoever came up with this concept is a genius!
If you guys decide to try it on your own, let me know how you like it! Make sure you take pictures and videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag and share your results with #allthatjazACV.
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