I’ve been having more bad curl days than good recently so I decided it was time to give my curls some deserving TLC. It’s easy to get complacent and stick with a routine that is working for you and forget to add in those little extras. However, I think it’s always good to try new things out (and products, because lets face it that one miracle cure-all-product has to be out there…) and to spend some extra time on your curls every now and again. My hair was feeling a bit limp, lifeless and generally blah. When it gets like that I always start with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse because it’s cheap, it’s easy and it gives my hair a chance to start over. Apple cider vinegar rinses are great for curls and provide a number of benefits.
- ACV removes product build up naturally so there’s no need to use harsh shampoos. It also doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils like a shampoo would.
- It promotes healthy hair growth.
- ACV helps to smooth and seal hair cuticles which results in less frizz (hurrah!), shiner hair and less split ends.
- ACV seals the cuticles of your hair so more moisture is retained. You’re moisture deprived curly hair will give you the thumbs up.
- ACV is full of good stuff. This includes antibacterial and anti fungal properties which can help itchy or dry scalps.
- ACV does some fancy chemistry on your hair. Hair and sebum (scalp oil) is PH 4.5 to 5.5. When your hair and scalp are at this natural PH state the acidity helps to keep the cuticle closed because acid causes the cuticle to contract. The acidity also keeps fungi and bacteria at bay so you don’t get any nasty scalp issues. Doing an ACV rinse helps to balance your hair/scalp PH back to its natural state.
- It’s cheap and readily available. Plus it has ‘mother’ in it which I think sounds weird but wonderful (‘Mother’ is basically the living bacteria and nutrients that you find in organic vinegar which is what makes it so ace).
2 tablespoons of ACV
**This rinse can strip hair colour so I’d recommend doing a strand test if you have coloured hair!** I have had no problems on my highlighted hair but everyone’s hair is different so best to check!