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Apple Cider Vinegar to Rinse Your Hair?

Apple Cider Vinegar to Rinse Your Hair?




Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is something that I use to add a bit of flavor to my salads and so when I first heard that it can be used as a hair rinse I was very skeptical. Then I thought about some other things that I use in my hair that could also be considered as food like coconut oil and egg (yes egg) - suddenly using an apple cider vinegar hair rinse didn't seem so strange after all. As it turns out ACV has many characteristics that make it a great (and affordable) hair care solution. Let me share with you what I have come to learn about the benefits of using an apple cider vinegar rinse on your natural Afro hair. 

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
First a quick explanation as to what apple cider vinegar actually is. ACV is vinegar that is made from apple must or cider as it more commonly called. Fresh apples are crushed and left to mature in wooden barrels where they will go through the fermentation process to make organic ACV. Raw, organic ACV is the best type to use in hair rinses.   

Benefits for Hair 

It Improves The pH Balance Of Your Hair 
The delicate pH balance of your hair is often negatively affected by the use of commercial hair rinses but because ACV is slightly acidic it actually helps to restore balance to your hair and make it soft and shiny. If you normally have an itchy scalp the AVC can help to alleviate this condition, as it will help to restore the pH balance of your scalp as well it will be a lot less itchy as a result. 

It Helps To Prevent Hair Damage And Treat Hair Loss
People who are suffering from hair loss can use ACV hair rinses to help stimulate regrowth in their hair. AVC is known to have a smoothing effect on hair cuticles and it will actually seal your hair cuticles, helping your hair to retain more moisture, encouraging it to grow and making it smoother. Because of this smoothing effect ACV is very effective at preventing damage to hair like split ends and breakage. 

It Can Cleanse And Conditioner Your Hair
This article is mostly about using ACV as hair rinse but when combined with baking soda it also makes an excellent cleansing shampoo. It is a good conditioner as well and it makes it easier to detangles hair because it flattens the surface of hair and allows you to comb through it easily. When used as a rinse it will also remove any product buildup without removing the natural oils from your hair.

* Bonus: Apple cider vinegar rinses are great for removing lint and other buildup on dreadlocks!

Make Your Own ACV Rinse!
If you want to try using an ACV rinse on your natural afro hair you will be happy to know that it is super easy to make. You will only need equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water but ensure that you get a good quality raw ACV from an organic brand so that you can get the most benefits for your hair. Mix the two ingredients together and voila! You now have your very own homemade apple cider vinegar hair rinse. 

To use your homemade ACV rinse, simply use a spray bottle to spritz the rinse all over your hair. If you don’t have a spray bottle you can just pour it on but make sure that it is evenly distributed throughout the hair. Leave the ACV rinse in for a few minutes so that it can be absorbed by the hair and work its magic. Next rinse your hair thoroughly so that all of the ACV is removed. You don’t have to use any conditioner when you use an ACV rinse and your hair will come out feeling nice and soft when you are done. 

Apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful, natural rinse for your hair and it’s no wonder why so many women who are looking for natural hair care solutions are starting to use it. It has many benefits but the end result is typically hair that is clean, soft and free of product buildup. 
Have you used an ACV rinse before? We would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Zunammie K.


Product Review: Curlformers CorkScrew



Curlformers Review, 4 years on.

The last time I Used Curlformers I was on my transitioning journey, and I loved creating Victorian steam punk styles with them.



Now completely natural, I decided to take the plunge again this time with corkscrew curls

So how do the Curlformers work?



Curlformers Review




What Curlformers Say:
Perfect for all ages and all hair types, wigs and weaves. Best of all, Curlformers will never cause heat damage—we guarantee it. Packed in our luxury, dark silver, satin vanity bag, take Curlformers anywhere to create salon quality curls-on-the-go. Each kit includes 40 Long and Narrow Curlformers: in 2 new exciting colours: 20 dark blue for clockwise curls and 20 dark blue with a gold strip for anti-clockwise curls.

What did I think?
I am still very much in love with these for heatless curling. I absolutely loved the new packaging, with luxury vanity bag. The instructions are very easy to use and the Coconut Oil and Honey provided for a conditioning treatment left my hair feeling smooth and tangle free. So I'm not that great at styling my own hair, so Joliette is going to hook me up next week and I'll update this post with styled pics. 

I would recommend using a gel or styling product, like the Joliette Curl Me Soft, to give a glossy sheen to the curls.


As I didn't style my hair this time round, I will concentrate on the quick styling options this gave me. Usually an up do requires a whole lot of brushing and gelling but after using the Curlformers and Soft hood, my hair was easy to come and brush together. So thumbs up for easy stretching option too. I possibly put them in a bit too tight so my scalp was a bit tender after wards but all in all, love 'em!

Update:
I did this as Niki's second pair of hands (Check Out her Review) and got some great images and also figured out that you need to stretch out the Curlformer the squeeze the neck. Curlformer comes off super easy and no pain! 




4 out of 5

The Soft Hood 
What Curlformers Say:
The Deluxe SoftHood hair dryer attachment is a fast and easy way to dry your hair when using Curlformers. Best of all, it will never cause heat damage—we guarantee it. Our patented, design features for optimum performance include larger hood capacity and maximum ventilation for faster and even heat distribution and It’s easy to use with an adjustable chin strap and drawstring. The SoftHood can even be used to process a conditioning treatment. Just apply to damp hair, cover with treatment cap, and place the SoftHood over the top. Switch on the dryer to a comfortable setting and leave according to manufacturer’s instructions before rinsing and styling. It’s that simple!

What I thought?
This is a great addition to any natural girls arsenal. Now I have used similar types of dryers before, but what I loved about this one was the size. It is huge and the adjustable chin strap drawstring means that you can pull it to whatever size you want and for us, kinky curly girls this is a GodSend. Truing to fit all your hair under one of these hoods can be tricky at times and the large standing hair dryers you can buy are expensive.
I used a cooler setting on my dryer and my hair was set in about 30ish minutes
So I would give the soft hood top marks.  

5 out of 5


Giveaway

We are teaming up with CurlFormers to giveaway a free set in April!
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Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu



March Giveaway with ColorCones

Our March Giveaway is in association with ColorCones


Its the March giveaway! We've teamed up with ColorCones to give you something special for Spring.

Do you dye your hair? Have you always wanted to do highlights?

Forget fiddly foils, those 60’s colouring caps and highlighting combs, Colorcones hold the solution to fuss free, accurate hair colouring at home.

Specifically designed for curly, afro and fly-away hair types, the cones make it easy to get the right colour exactly where you want it for targeted, stunning results. If you can imagine it, you can create it with Colorcones. From dip dyed ombre effects to balayage and precise highlighting, using multiple tones is easy too with the use of colour coded cones. 

Once you have tried Colorcones you will never go back to using foils. They are made from 100% natural rubber and reusable, simply rinse and dry after use.

What are we giving away?
The First Five of our readers who go through to 'shop' when ordering a Pink/Orange retail pack from Colorcones.com, will be sent them Free Of Charge including UK Posting & Packing.

Just use code frodie1 at check out.



Wait there is more!

For all you Clever, Afro Curly Hair Girls – we are giving a super Springtime Special price of £14.95 per Colorcones Kit and Colorcones now offer a complete KIT for just £20.00. This includes either a Bleaching set for Highlighting, enough for 2 x applications or a Quality Hair Chalk that you ‘paint on’ with water for a more vibrant – no mess colouring (great for youngsters too)!  

This new hair colouring gadget is the biggest game-changer for highlighting hair since the foil. 
But much better because, they are reusable again and again and again!

You get to place the colour precisely where you want it - from Sun Kissed Highlights to a Quick Root Refresher. No Mess – No Fuss – just Brilliant! 


Check out my review of ColorCones showing why I think they work so well for Afro hair.

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu
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