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Friday, January 9, 2009

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Sisterlocks

I finally gave myself my first apple cider vinegar rinse. I reconsidered doing it after Wendy mentioned to me that she had given herself one recently.

Afraid that I would smell like a salad, I had put it off, but much of the scent disappeared after one cold rinse and was gone after a quick shampoo.

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I don't use many products, but I was wondering whether I would see a little more shine and pliability after the rinse - and I did. My locks were a bit softer and a tad shinier. Interestingly, I have noticed less flaking as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse can help lift dandruff. The apple's malic acid acts as an emollient and defoliant. The acidic pH help remove oil and the soap film residue left by alkaline shampoos.

Most recipes online will suggest diluting the apple cider vinegar 1:1 or 1:2 with water. Other sites, that discuss its' use as a rinse for locs, may tell you to use it straight.

I used it straight from the bottle at room temperature. I washed my hair first with sisterlocks starter shampoo. Then I slowly poured it all over my hair and let it drip into a large bowl in the sink. I poured the apple cider vinegar that was left in the bowl over my hair for a second rinse. Finally, I rinsed thoroughly with very cold water and did a quick shampoo.

This site claims that apple cider vinegar cures almost everything short of cancer and AIDS (go here). There is a long disclaimer at the end of the page, but it's worth perusing if you have an interest!


sunsail said...

I regularly rinse my hair with vinegar-- but i'm lazy, and really haven't sought out the apple cider kind.

i usually spritz it on my scalp and hair, full strength, place a shower cap on and do some housework for an hour or so. then i wash my hair and condition as normal. I'm terrified of build up and nasty smells. so far, i've had neither. gotta keep it clean!

Docs Locs said...

Hey Sunsail,
You shampoo afterwards too?

I couldn't smell the vinegar after rinsing, but others could when sniffing up close!

A quick shampoo with a clarifying shampoo afterwards works for me!

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