This year I celebrated my ten year natural hair anniversary. That’s right, I’ve been natural for ten whole years so you can only imagine how many products I’ve tried. After all of the trial and error, I can finally say that I have a pretty good idea of what works for my hair and what doesn’t. I may try a new product here and there but I’ve been using my daily products for a while now.
I was never really a big fan of doing Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses when I started out on my natural journey. I kept reading how it worked as a clarifier. I even watched (and understood) KimmayTube’s videos on pH Balance and knew how it worked to close the hair cuticle. Still, no matter how many times I tried, it just didn’t seem to do anything for my hair. Then I found out about the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Bragg’s. I thought maybe that would make a difference but it still seemed like nothing was happening.
|My hair after an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
(detangled with the Denman Brush)
I honestly couldn’t believe how good my hair looked. I didn’t even want to put anything else in it because I was afraid to mess it up. Now, whenever I do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, I always make sure that I’m using enough vinegar. I always eyeball it but I would say it’s at least a 1/4 cup (at the bottom of a tall water bottle) and then I fill it to the top with regular water. I’m so glad I decided to try it again. It definitely works for me…finally.
I’ve been learning in the past few months that it’s not just the pH that is important but also the ingredients. This little experiment made me realize that it may be the glycerin in the product that always gives me the “Ramen Noodle effect” which is why I always need use oil and conditioner underneath. Also, living in a dry climate where there is no humidity present can also add to the drying (not moisturizing) effect of the glycerin. For now, I’m avoiding the Eco Styler or using it sparingly until I can figure out the combination that works for me.
|Before applying the aloe/gel mix
|My hair with Aloe/ Gel mixture
applied to one section