Two Ways How You Can Start Using
Apple Cider Vinegar For Dreadlocks
Homemade hair care doesn't have to be expensive. Apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks is an example of how you can take a simple grocery store item and turn it into a luxurious treat.
When you worry about residue or build up from using hair care products, apple cider vinegar - also known as ACV - can be put to use straight out of the bottle!
Once you have this inexpensive yellow liquid on hand, you'll be ready to enjoy its benefits. It works for every hair type, too.
In fact, there are two key ways that apple cider vinegar can be put to use right now to benefit your dreadlocks...
- softer hair
- reduce dandruff, excess oils and build-up
- acting as a hair cleansing alternative
- closing your hair cuticles to keep hair shiny
Once you keep that in mind, you'll notice the difference in the softness of your hair after using a good rinsing of apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks. That's because ACV has powerful natural acids (acetic and malic) that can break down oils.
It's this same action that helps with dandruff because it removes dead skin from the scalp and neutralizes fungus to help restore a good acid/alkaline balance for your scalp.
Watch Out Because It Burns If You're DistractedA word of caution: be sure to dilute your apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks with water. Applying ACV full strength to your scalp should only be done under the advice of a dermatologist, especially if you leave the shower without rinsing it out of your locs.
As you bend over to run the ACV through your locs, you can ensure that the run-off flows into your container (but don't open your eyes to check because you'll regret it). Take the container full of ACV and pour that over your locs for a second helping!
Your rinse should be just below body temperature. Not too cold, you don't want to shock your system! You do want to close your hair cuticles (for the shine and softness) as well as your scalp pores (to ward off those pesky dandruff flakes).
Ready To See How To Make The Perfect Mix?So what's the perfect ratio of water to apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks? I've seen estimates as diluted as...
1 teaspoon per quart (which is about a liter)
...to as strong as...
half and half
...or even full strength right out of the bottle!
I find 1 part ACV for each 10-12 parts of water works out just fine. Which means if you have one ounce of ACV you only need a cup and a half of water. At just under 2 cups total, you may find that your dreadlocks may need a different amount but it's enough for medium-sized shoulder-length locs.
While some people leave the ACV in their dreadlocks without rinsing it out, you may find the temporary smell too much for you, your friends and family. The odor does go away once your locs dry but it's very powerful. If you like the effect of apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks but not the smell when you leave it in, then it's recommended that you bring a large container with you in the shower.
Whether you leave the ACV in your hair or rinse it out, there are a few ways to reduce the smell over the short-term.
Here's an easy apple cider for dreadlocks recipe that you can make at home in less than 5 minutes...
Dreadlock Tonic1 bottle, Apple cider vinegar
1 bunch, fresh rosemary oil or leaves*
- Fill your apple cider vinegar bottle half full of the herb leaves.
- Seal the bottle and shake to release the natural oils.
- Continue to shake every day for a 3 weeks.
- Strain the liquid with a cheesecloth, ensuring that no herb leaves remain.
* You can use a custom blend of some - or even all - of the following: sage, chamomile, catnip, yarrow, lemon peel, orange peel, basil, lavender.
Don't you just love two-ingredient recipes? If you are interested in homemade dreadlock products, it doesn't get any simpler than apple cider vinegar for dreadlocks!