ACV, is the acronym used for Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s a natural procedure often used on hair to help clarify the hair and rid it of build up caused by the use of hair products, and just natural elements we encounter on a daily basis.
But the Apple Cider Vinegar movement doesn’t always work for everyone. If you can attest to it being a total fail, here are eight alternatives that you can use, also natural, that can help you do, what the ACV didn’t.
Baking Soda, mixed with warm water (a teaspoon to one pint of water) or added to the lather of your shampoo. Or simply, sprinkle the baking soda on top of the lather of your shampoo and wait for the bubbles to happen, which will help clear your hair of all the unneccessary build up. This is a great option for naturals with extremely oily hair.
Try using honey and warm water during the final rinse of your shampoo and conditioner. You see, sometimes, we already have everything we need for great hair, it just so happens to be in our kitchen cabinet.
Dilute 100 % pure apple juice (not sweetened) with warm water. Add that to your final rinse and it should clear you up pretty good.
For my vegetarians out there, instead of using honey, try using Agave and warm water to your final rinse.
Good ‘ol coconut water just does the body good, all the time. Fresh 100 percent coconut water contains a whole slew of vitamins such as C, B1, B2. B3, B5, B6 and amino acids, and antioxidants, which are nothing more than pure gems when it comes to clarifying your hair. Try using that, along with warm water to your hair, and it should be pretty clean.
Add half part grape fruit juice (with the pitts) to two parts water to your final rinse. The acid in the grapefruit should definitely help keep your hair clean.
Fresh Rosemary boiled in water for 10 minutes. Use the twigs and everybody. Let it cool. Once cooled, use in hair for your final rinse.
Try using an organic white willow bark herbal rinse.
So there you have it ladies. It’s just that simple. If you’re using the ACV method and its not working, try these alternatives. I promise you, one of them has to work.
For more information about caring for your natural tresses, pick up a copy of Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair, the book that Essence Magazine calls “Your Natural Hair Bible”.