BENEFITS OF AN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE
- Closes the hair cuticle to protect the inside of the hair shaft from damage
- Removes buildup (cheaper and with less damage than clarifying shampoos)
- Can restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair
- Give hair a healthy sheen
- Promote blood circulation of the scalp
- and I am sure more that I don't know about
Please keep in mind that ACV is an acid and overuse can cause degradation to your hair shaft. I have not seen any adverse side effects and will continue to use it 2-3 times a month. I use it AFTER washing and conditioning since it is hard for conditioner to get through closed hair cuticles after using the rinse.
HERE IS HOW I MAKE MY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE:
Some people use plain water. I had to be a little extra of course :) I boil water and then let dried rosemary, black (English breakfast) tea and peppermint tea seep for a while.
I don't have a particular brand of apple cider vinegar I use, but for this batch I used Target's brand:
I use a 64 ounce container and filled it with 48 ounces of the rosemary/tea water and 16 ounces of ACV. For me this is enough for 3 rinses and I keep it in the refrigerator. I like to use it cold. I don't know why, but it works for me. When I first started using ACV, I used less and suggest anyone doing it for the first time to use less also to see how your hair reacts to it.
Once it is cool I add a1/2 tablespoon of an essential oil. I usually use tea tree oil, but I used peppermint oil this time.