Time to be honest. . . I battle with dry flaky scalp and buildup. I have been dealing with this issue for a very long time, looking for products to alleviate my issue for years (as well as my dad) with little relief. I remember as a little girl scratching my dad’s scalp so I asked him, “hey dad do you still have dry scalp?” And he said “not anymore.” So I asked him what do you use? His response was Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (ACV), and he hasn’t had an issue with his scalp since.
I was genuinely shocked something so simple, so accessible and so cheap, I could’ve been using this method years ago! Now, the only thing I totally despise about the ACV rinse is the God awful smell. At this rate though I rather have a flake free scalp, I will figure out a method to get rid of the smell eventually.
What is an ACV Rinse?
It is a mixture that is used to relieve the scalp of inflammation and dandruff. Some natural queens use the ACV rinse weekly, others every two weeks, others once a month. The usage of the rinse depends on your scalps needs just like any other product. Essentially ACV is an anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, that helps the scalp.
The Benefits of ACV Rinse
- Restores the natural pH of your hair.
- Flattens the cuticle causing the appearance of shiny hair.
- Makes hair manageable.
- The natural alpha hydroxy acid exfoliates the scalp of build up, dead skin and sweat.
It is extremely easy to make a ACV rinse mix, it only contains two ingredients Apple Cider Vinegar and water, that is it!
- Two tablespoons of ACV
- Fill the rest with bottled/purified water
- Part hair in four sections.
- Spray water detangle.
- Pour the ACV mix on scalp section by section massaging into the scalp working the mix down to the tip. Or use a spray bottle which I have found to be easier.
- Twist the completed section into a bantu knot and let the mixture marinate for 10 minutes with a shower cap.
- Rinse hair, and continue with your normal wash day process (shampoo, condition).
*When I deep conditioned my hair the smell was no longer in my hair.
My hair was noticeably shinier, very manageable and the flakes were no longer existent. I have completed this ACV rinse for the last two months, and after each rinse finishing with my normal wash day plus deep conditioning there was no overly strong ACV smell. Just to ensure that the smell would be nonexistent, I spray my hair with a hair fragrance from the SheaMoisture Collection (Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil on the go Conditioning Hair Fragrance). Or Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Oil Sheen. Both of these items work in hiding any smell your hair has. The ACV Rinse will definitely be a staple in my regimen.
Have you ever tried an ACV Rinse? If you did, was there a noticeably difference in your scalp and hair?