How to: Baking Soda Wash & Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse7:55 AM
Below I list the step by step instruction of what I did. You can see the result here.
The BS wash & ACV Rinse is every 2-3 month for me. If you have really bad dandruff, then you welcome to do this every month. Just make sure you condition your hair/locs.
After you have done your Baking Soda Wash & ACV Rinse, you can do a quick test to see if it was successful. Most blogger call it the "Scratch Test". Scratch your scalp, and your finger nails should come away clean, without any build up.
Baking Soda Clarification
With some silicone-based products, clarification must be done to remove the product that builds up over time on the hair shaft. Rather than resort to sulfate-based shampoos to remove this build-up, which can damage and dry the hair, a baking soda cleanse is preferable:
1 tablespoon baking soda
3 tablespoons silicone-free conditioner
Apply mixture to the scalp and massage firmly, then continue to massage the mixture down the hair shaft to the ends. Work into hair well. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and follow IMMEDIATELY with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Note: you MUST follow any baking soda cleanse with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Baking soda is alkaline -- meaning it will raise your cuticle and open up your hair shaft. The apple cider vinegar is acidic and will close your cuticle back down. If you don't follow the cleanse with an ACV rinse, you'll be leaving your hair shaft open and setting yourself up for more frizz than you'd probably like.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
There is some debate on whether or not an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse alone can clarify the hair; however, it is helpful to bring the hair back into balance after an alkaline solution has come into contact with the hair and will shut the cuticle back down. Repeated use of ACV rinses can be drying, so limit use to once per month at most:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup warm water
Pour the mixture over the hair after cleansing (do not rinse out), then condition as usual. Any lingering smell will dissipate as the hair dries.
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After I do the BS wash & ACV Rinse, I apply the Sisterlocks Moisture Treatment. "How to:" for Sisterlocks Moisture Treatment can be found here.
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