I just wanted to share my recipe for the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse with my own special twist. In this article I’m going to explain what my recipe is, what are the benefits and how I use it in my regimen!
- ½ Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ Rosemary Infused Water
A lot of people recommend using ½ of distilled water but I prefer my rosemary infused water because it adds an extra boost of benefits to my hair. Rosemary infused water is very easy to make! (1 tablespoon of dried rosemary to each cup of water)
Now let’s get to all those wonderful benefits!
Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV has a pH score that is very very close to the pH score of our own hair. So the bottom line is that it works to restore the pH balance of our hair and scalp. ACV has the ability to remove residue from products that you have used in the past. It helps lock in moisture and adds shine to your hair. With continuous use it works as a natural detangler, rejuvenates your hair and leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth. Last but not least ACV also treats dandruff and hair loss which is a problem many people face.
Here are a few more quick benefits on ACV that are NOT myths!
- Improves Hair Porosity by sealing the hair cuticle so your hair can retain more moisture (This is more my low porosity curlies)
- Prevents Split ends
- Reduces Fizziness when paired with baking soda
Rosemary Infused Water is the process of boiling dried rosemary leaves in water for 15-20minutes. It’s that plain and simple and it smells wonderful! It definitely makes the ACV smell A LITTLE better but sadly just a little. Here is a little slide show I put together to show you how I made the Rosemary Infused Water. If you accidentally make extra SAVE IT! You can use it to replace regular water when you spritz your hair at night. It does not need to be washed out.
Benefits of Rosemary Infused Water:
- Reduces dandruff
- speeds hair growth if used AFTER wash
- Adds shine
- Treats graying hair
Word of Caution: Pregnant Women should not use rosemary especially in large amounts!
How do I use it in my regimen?
I do an ACV rinse once a month followed by a deep condition or a steamed conditioning session. I use the ACV rinse after I pre-poo, I alternate it with my shampoo. I shampoo after 2 weeks and then after another 2 weeks I use the ACV rinse. I personally don’t shampoo before the ACV because it is already cleansing my hair and I don’t want to strip my hair. I love love loveee ACV for my hair. When used correctly by applying it to my hair each section at a time. It leaves my hair feeling very soft and manageable. I leave it in for about 10 mins while in the shower and then I do a quick rinse to re-wet my hair. I don’t wash all the ACV out. I apply my conditioner or deep conditioner and stay in the shower for another 20-30 minutes and then wash it all out!
I hope you all enjoyed this article and I hope you all try it and let me know how it works out for you!