Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses

From CurlyNikki.com (http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/04/curl-whisperer-on-acv-rinses.html)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses are one of most cost-effective and beneficial ways in existence to improve hair health. A good ACV rinse can remove product buildup, restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair, promote blood circulation in the scalp–which can stimulate new hair growth–and give the hair a soft, healthy sheen.

One of the greatest benefits to those with curly hair, however, is that an ACV rinse will shut down the hair cuticle to protect the inside of the hair shaft from damage. In a previous article, I touched on the pH scale and how acidic solutions close the cuticle, which will keep moisture inside your hair and keep frizz at bay. On average, ACV carries a pH of 3, which is far more acidic than the 4.5-5.5 pH value of hair, making it an excellent and effective rinse for this purpose.

For maximum benefit, some proponents advocate use of only raw, organic and unfiltered vinegar rather than the “sparkling clear” vinegar you usually find on the grocery store shelves. And some individuals also choose to add a base including additional ingredients such as aloe vera, agave nectar, essentials oils, etc. to their ACV rinses as well.

One caution: you need to bear in mind that ACV is an acid–over 100 times more acidic than your hair–and it needs to be respected as such. Acids can and will start to degrade your hair shaft with overuse, so you must be cautious and pay strict attention to your hair’s reaction to frequent ACV rinse use. I personally believe a monthly to bi-monthly ACV rinse provides more than sufficient benefit for almost everyone.

Depending on your hair texture and porosity, you may be able to support a greater amount/frequency of usage than others can, but you must be careful to judge yours accordingly. If you are doing frequent ACV rinses and are seeing positive results, then your dilution ratio is most likely suited to your hair type.

If you begin to notice degradation in your hair shaft–breakage, frayed ends, dryness, brittleness, or more porous hair–then you need to revisit your proportions and make adjustments accordingly.

My Recipe for ACV Rinses

– 2 cups water (I like to use cold water)

– 1/4 cup ACV (I use the Bragg ACV, it’s organic)

– a few drops of essential oils (type does not matter)

Combine these items in a cup and use this as a final rinse when you complete your deep conditioning treatment. It will help to close the cuticle and seal moisture in!

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Oils are here!

Hip hip hooray! My oils from Vitacost came today! I got about six of the oils that Jeni and other ladies from around the blogosphere recommended.

Sesame Oil –

  • Sesame oil is highly nourishing, and excellent for dry scalp treatment. Massaging in the scalp will control dryness and flakiness, thus, helping in hair loss prevention.
  • A regular warm oil massage will increase penetration, resulting in an enhanced blood circulation in the scalp, promoting hair growth.
  • Chemically treated hair that has gotten damaged over time will regain its lost luster, as the oil’s deep penetrating properties will enhance the hair from within.
  • Sesame oil is also known as a natural healing oil, as it is full of antibacterial properties. It will help clear scalp infection, especially fungal.
  • Sesame oil helps strengthen the hair shafts and roots of the hair by nourishing it.
  • Not only does this strengthen the hair you have, but also promotes new hair growth.
  • Split ends and hair prone to breakage and brittleness leading to excessive hair loss benefits from its replenishing and rejuvenating qualities.
  • Rough hair can be softened and made more manageable by conditioning.
  • Sesame oil can be combined with another carrier oil, like almond oil or olive oil while massaging the hair and scalp.

Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sesame-oil-for-hair.html

Grapeseed Oil-

  • Grapeseed oil for hair can also be used for hot oil hair treatments. Since the oil is light and quickly absorbed, heating grapeseed oil and applying it to the scalp and hair ends greatly helps to make hair shiny, reducing brittleness.
  • Dandruff problems as well as seborrheic dermatitis can be reduced by regular application of grapeseed oil on the scalp.
  • The best thing about applying grapeseed oil for hair is that it can be safely applied on all hair types, be it normal, dry or oily.
  • Using grapeseed oil for hair growth is also recommended since vitamin E and linoleic acid present in grapeseed oil helps to strengthen hair.
  • Dry, rough and frizzy hair can also benefit from the use of grapeseed oil as it smooths the hair cuticles, sealing in the moisture and making each hair strand strong.

Source: justgrowalready.com

Jojoba Oil –

  • Deeply moisturizes scalp
  • Seals in moisture
  • Stimulate and promote new hair growth because it encourages the development of new hair cells and helps improve micro-circulation in the scalp
  • Gives hair a lovely shine

Source: http://thejojobaoil.com/hair/

Eucalyptus Oil –

  • Removes dandruff; promotes healthy scalp
  • Stimulates blood and circulation, promoting hair growth
  • Increase elasticity in hair (everyone needs that, right??)

Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/eucalyptus-oil-for-hair.html

Tea Tree Oil –
  • Clarifying – helps remove product build up on hair shaft
  • Improve pH balance of hair
  • Antiseptic properties help unclog blocked hair follicles so that hair can grow again.

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