Apple Cider Vinegar + Water =

SMOOTH, SILKY, SHINY HAIR!

Did you know that this was good for your hair?

Okay, I am new to this trick and was very skeptical. Over the past eight months, I have tried quite a number of products. Most of which did absolutely nothing for my hair, but leaving dents in my pockets!

I read about this solution in “The Curly Girl” book, as well as online and watched in youtube videos.  I’m getting to the point where I am absolutely tired of trying new things that just DON’T WORK. BUT, I had to try this. I actually bought the bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) about two weeks ago. I knew I would eventually get around to it.

A couple of days ago after one of my 2-hour stints at the gym, my hair needed a wash, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t use shampoo anymore. I simply co-wash (wash with conditioner) or rinse with water. It depends on the day. My hair is very porous so, this works best for me to maintain some sort of moisture control.

So, I co-washed my hair one time. Then, I added more conditioner and let it sit for about 15 minutes for a deeper conditioning. Then, I added 1 oz of ACV to 5 oz of water. After rinsing the conditioner out, with cool water, I poured the ACV/water mixture over my head as my final rinse. I DID NOT rinse it out with water. And, that’s it!

I immediately noticed a difference in how my hair felt. It was very soft. It had actually felt as if I had already applied a cream or oil to my hair. Then, I applied my leave-in conditioner, oil (to seal) and cream (to lock in moisture) – also known as the LOC (leave-in, oil, cream) method and proceeded to style my hair.

For the last couple of days, my hair has remained soft. Usually, once my hair dries and the oil soaks in, my hair gets hard and I have to apply a lot of oil to re-moisturize and get it back to the same level before I washed it. Although I still apply oil daily, I really have not needed to – just a habit. I am pleased with the outcome and had to share!

The reason ACV & H2O works so well, and has for others, is because the acid in ACV helps to restore ph balance in your hair. It also helps to close the cuticles and make the hair smooth, as well as to maintain moisture and give the hair shine.

Defining Curls using the Curly Girl method!

I am learning to work with my 4C, corkscrew curly, hair. I’ve gotten quite frustrated at times. It’s thin, fragile and has a very tight curl pattern. A friend introduced me to a book called:

Curly Girl: The Handbook                           by Lorraine Massey

I was really happy to read a book about curly girls and their curly hair problems and solutions. There were so many great stories and solutions. What I learned was that girls with curls, no matter what nationality, have struggled with taming, styling and understanding how to maintain their curls. It was actually very comforting!

The author, Lorraine Massey, is a hair stylist who has worked with many different curly hair types – including her own – and has so much great advice! The contents range from hair type and curl pattern to styling and homemade recipes for maintenance.

At this point, I have only tried one remedy for maintaining moisture and defining my curls – conditioner! Styling with conditioner is something I would have never thought possible. I know what you’re saying “you are supposed to rinse the conditioner out, then style.” NOPE, not curly girls! See, the thing about curly hair is that it is more fragile than straight hair. So, the conditioner helps to strengthen and fill in the holes in the hair shaft. It also works like a setting lotion. BUT, you can’t just use any conditioner. It has to be alcohol free and botanical. Botanical conditioner is combined with fruit oils, plant oils, and other emollients that are good for moisturizing your hair.

So here is the result of my testing this method:

I found my curl! I am so excited and have received so many compliments. Shrinkage is my only dilemma, and I’ve decided to no longer worry about that. My hair shrinks about 75-80% of it’s true length. It just is what it is!