ACV Rinse – a first attempt

I’ve looked into trying an ACV rinse for some time to a) help out with dry, itchy scalp issues and b) to clarify my locks and hopefully alleviate that “dusty look” issue.

Here’s the recipe I followed (the measurements are approximate):

  • apple cider vinegar (1 part)
  • water (2 parts)
  • rosemary oil (10 drops)

I’ve tried an ACV rinse about 3 times (3 weeks in a row).

The first time, I shampooed as normal and then poured the mixture over my hair, let sit for a few minutes, and then followed up with a cold water rinse. I felt like some of the ACV smell lingered a bit– though my SL technician said my hair smelled fine.

The second two times, I sprayed my hair and scalp with the ACV BEFORE shampooing. I let in sit for about 5-7 minutes and then shampooed per usual.

The results:

The ACV rinse worked. My hair lost that dusty look and had a bit of a sheen to it. My scalp was less dry (wayyy less dry and itchy). BUT… (note: that’s a big but…) I felt like the ACV rinse was making my hair soft. Given my loose ends, too soft isn’t what I’m going for.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse will still be a part of my routine. However, until my hair full locks, I’ll limit the rinse to once a month.

Has any one else found the ACV rinse to have a softening effect?

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I achieved fluffiness with that good, good stuff.

I’ve officially adorned all natural hair for 13 days now. Within this time frame, I have worn my hair in two-strand twists, a two-strand twist out, hidden under my tam, ‘fro hawk, wash-n-go, and today… a soft afro with one side pinned up (yea, I upgraded to asymmetrical styling apparently!).

Sorry there are no pics. I tried taking some on my camera but it didn’t do my look any justice. My apartment doesn’t have the best lighting for photos. But I digress…

Yesterday morning I was so not motivated to do anything to my hair. Instead of washing and going, I decided to just moisturize my hair, twist up the front a bit, and rock my tam.

I created a concoction, which might just be my new magic juice… that good, good stuff!

  • I had just a little bit of Hask Placenta with Olive Oil left in its spray bottle.
  • I poured maybe 2-3 times as much 100% glycerin in the bottle (to reach the half-way mark)
  • I then filled the remaining half of the bottle with water.

I shook it all up, sprayed my hair, scrunched a bit, put on my tam (with a satin cap underneath), and kept on stepping.

I was so freaking worried that my hair would be hard, dry, tangled, unmanageable. Put I was pleasantly surprised that, when I took off my tam last night, it was soft and felt moisturized.

I decided that I could not wear my tam two days in a row. It’s too soon to get lazy with my hair. An unmaintained TWA is not cute. So, I twisted my hair in fat two-strand twists all over my head.  It was still so soft that I didn’t apply any more product.

This morning, I sprayed ORS Nature’s Shine (love this stuff) on my twists, and I coated my fingers in a bit of Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine (love this stuff too), before unraveling the twists.

Results: Soft, fluffy ‘fro.

Did ya read that? I achieved fluffiness! My hair looks and feels soft.

For the next DC, I’ll be sure to add an egg to balance out all this moisture with a bit of protein.

Gee, I love my hair.

I whipped shea butter… again!

Can you believe I ruined my last batch of whipped shea butter? I left it in the car on a hot day. It melted all the way done. When it became a solid again, there were some realy dark spot. I’m assuming the shea butter or coconut oil spoiled. Needless to say, I threw it out.

Today I made another batch of whipped shea butter. This time I only used 1/2 cup of shea butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil.

The result was a much creamier butter. I think I am going to love it!

I whipped Shea Butter.

I finally got around to making my own shea butter concoction.

I purchased raw shea butter before but never got around to whipping it. And, those familiar with raw shea butter know that it’s hard to apply until it melts in your hands a bit.

Not so with whipped shea butter.

Though I contemplating buying Aloe Vera Gel and other oils to add to the mix, I decided I would only use:

  • 1 cup shea butter (purchased November 2008… shea butter has a shelf life of 12-24 months so I’m going to assume it’s still good!)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (recently replaced emptying bottle)
  • 50 drops grape seed oil (found a tube laying around)
  • 3/4 tbsp honey

Finally, I followed About.com: Black Hair – How to Whip Shea Butter. Well, I sorta followed the recipe. In addition to adding grape seed oil and honey into the mix, I ended up mixing, freexing, mixing, freezing, mixing, freezing, mixing… until I got the desired texture.

And wah-la! Whipped Shea Butter!

Here are my results:

This recipe made enough whipped shea butter to almost fill a 15.5 oz salsa jar. (Recycle and Reuse, right?!)