Wednesday, May 16, 2012

AVC--Apple Cider Vinegar!!! YESSSS it stinks but it's like MAGIC!!!

 I am in LOVE with Apple Cider Vinegar! Here's why...

Background Info
Hair is naturally acidic with a pH of 4.5-5.5 making it close to the pH of the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse. With that being said, many of the shampoos and conditioners we use in our hair are strong bases. The ACV rinse helps to restore hair back to its normal pH.

Using the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse makes the hair softer, shinier , and more manageable. It is a good conditioner, cleansing agent, and germ killer. Another benefit of the ACV is that it closes the cuticles.

How to Mix
I use one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to one cup of water. Usually the total amount of ACV rinse I use is a total of two cups of water, meaning I use two tablespoons of ACV. Some people rinse the mixture out but I do not. I actually apply my conditioner once I have applied the mixture. Once I have my deep conditioner in my hair I let it sit for 30-45 minutes, and then rinse. Also, you can use it a a leave in conditioner and style after application.

How Often
Whenever I shampoo or co-wash I do an ACV rinse. So that equals approximately 2-3 times a week. Do not worry about the smell because once it dries it is no longer stinky.

For Dandruff and Itchy Scalp Relief:
Apply full strength Apple Cider Vinegar to your scalp and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour. Before rinsing out massage the ACV in to your scalp. Also, for an extra strength treatment, infuse ACV with a few drops of tea tree oil.

To Loosen Dandruff:
1 ounce of ACV, 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1-2 drops of rosemary oil, 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

For Extra Shine and Softness:
50% Apple Cider Vinegar, 50% Water, blow dry, then add natural Shea Butter

Don't believe ACV works wonders??? Once you try it, you will wonder how you lived without it!

What is your Apple Cider Vinegar routine?