so, jenteel(our resident hair expert) has compiled a mini-series on the virtues of apple cider vinegar(ACV). the information is taken from this site. this is in keeping with my hope that we can get down to the nitty gritty of which products/ingredients are good for natural hair and which are not. thanks j!
“Not only is apple cider vinegar an amazing tonic for the body, but it also is wonderful for the hair! I have incorporated apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my hair regimen yielding shiny, soft, moisturized hair! It is important to purchase raw/organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the “mother” still intact. The “mother of vinegar” is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step. You will know it when you see those little “cobweb-like” things floating around. ACV is highly acidic, so test it out diluted the first time around to see if it dries out your hair; especially if you use chemicals like hair dye or relaxers. You may want to use conditioner afterwards or only use it once a month for clarifying purposes. Your options include either doing a prewash treatment with ACV, washing the hair with the ACV alone or doing an ACV rinse after washing. Enjoy your healthy hair!
Vinegar Hair Rinse
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
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.
Don’t worry about the slight vinegar smell you will notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries.
Make your own healthy after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup (75 ml) of ACV into a quart (1 liter) of water. You can then store this mixture in a plastic bottle and keep it in the shower for ready use.
If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water.
Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing and then rinse it all out, or for extra conditioning, you can leave the rinse on your hair. This natural hair care product can be used once or twice a week or more often as needed.”
I WANT TO HEAR FROM THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE USED ACV BEFORE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT?!