In the beginning, I thought ACV was a clarifier to be used only before washing your hair and was good for removing product build up (little did I know). But I soon discovered that ACV is one of the holy grail products of hair care. That ACV is not only good for the hair but also for the body. I can’t get into the body’s benefits, that is another whole blog.
So, what is this awesomeness of ACV rinse for the hair and scalp??? Continue reading to learn more…
The awesomeness of ACV is its cleansing power which is due to ACV’s acetic nature. ACV is an acetic acid…pure acid with extreme anti-bacteria and anti-fungi properties. ACV’s cleansing power not only cleanses your scalp without stripping your hair of its oils but it also kills bacteria and does not disturb the scalp’s natural pH balance.
In summary ACV provides: –
- Dandruff and itchy scalp relief
- Removal of product build-up
- pH balancing
- Increased shine
- Closes the hair cuticle
When I first started my hair journey I used to use ACV only as a clarifier before washing my hair because I am low porosity chiquita and I always had product build up. So, when I saw a lot of natural chiquitas using and talking about ACV rinse, I was like wait… what. I use ACV as a clarifier, am sure you have heard of ACV (1:3) ratio right. I began to think, if I use ACV has a clarifier how can I use it as a rinse??? And why would I want to clarify my hair after washing and conditioning.
Talk about being uninformed, ACV rinse and the ACV clarifier is the same thing lol. Some people use it before they wash their hair and others do it afterwards. Please note there are some chiquitas who use Aloe Vera juice instead of ACV to balance their pH. I have seen that it is mostly High Porosity chiquitas that use Aloe Vera Juice or Gel to balance their pH because it works better with their hair porosity. As I have said a million times, biko, please know, understand and monitor your hair before you try something new and then watch how your hair reacts after.
So, if you are like me and are wondering about using ACV rinse on your hair and think it will remove all the work and moisture you just worked into your hair. Worry not, the ACV rinse cleans your scalp further before or after your wash and condition your hair. It removing excess build up and tighten your cuticles while maintain your scalp’s pH balance. The ACV rinse is NOT used after the LOC or LCO method.
When you wash your hair with a shampoo (this process opens up / lifts up the hair cuticles), then this is followed by a conditioner, which is supposed to have an acidic pH level to tighten your cuticles back up. So even if you use the ACV after deep conditioning and regular conditioning, you lose nothing, ACV is just extra cleaning, balancing your pH, and tightening your hair cuticles without stripping your hair oils. How you use it is your call (but most people like to apply it after washing, conditioning and deep conditioining). Below are the images of the before and after effect of an ACV rinse on the hair strand. You can see how the strands’ cuticles are opened before the ACV rinse and closed after the ACV rinse.
image : GreenBeauty
The use of ACV Rinse
First thing to understand is that too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing at all. So, you now know that ACV is an acetic acid, purely acid, meaning that ACV’s pH level is a 2 and so you NEVER EVER want to use ACV on its own without diluting it with distilled water (pH of 7) on your hair.
When doing the ACV rinse you always want to bring the ACV’s pH level into the safe zone of the pH scale (between 4 and 6). To do that just dilute your ACV with distilled water. Apply the ACV rinse to your hair and scalp, using your fingertips to massage the rinse into your scalp and hair itself. Don’t ignore the hair, leave it in for 3 to 5 mins then rinse it out. I suggest you use a spray bottle instead of an applicator bottle when applying the rinse to your hair because the rinse stinks and it will run all over your face, neck, and back. It is just messy when you use an applicator bottle, plus bending over the sink hurts your back.
Some people use the 1: 3 ration with an essential oil of their choice while others use 2-4 tbsp of ACV, 16oz of distilled water and 1-2 drops of their preferred essential oil.
If you are using the ACV rinse once in a while then you could go with the measurement of 1 ounce of ACV and 7 ounces of distilled water which will gives the total solution a pH of 3 (mind you, this is still not in the safe zone.)
But if you plan on using the ACV rinse regularly then make your ACV : Distilled water solution a pH of 4 by mixing 1 tsp pf ACV and 8 ounces of distilled water.