I have smelled the ACV* and I’m okay with it

*apple cider vinegar

This morning, after scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I came across this – a lovely post from a fellow WordPresser on hair and what it means to clean it without shampoo. 

I don’t consider myself to be a skeptic of home or natural remedies—I have grown up in a household of natural, unprocessed, organic food/juicing consumers all of whom frequent acupuncturists, naturopaths, reflexologists, etc., etc.—and so, I ventured off to the kitchen to measure out a 1/3 cup of baking soda and separately, a cup of water to 2 tbsp of ACV.

The process was interesting. I’ve never washed my hair with baking soda and I really wasn’t sure if I was doing it right. I wet my hair and sprinkled portions of the baking soda into my hand and then massaged it in. Rinsed and then I put my hair in the glass of ACV for a few beats and poured the rest over my head and rinsed.

Baking soda washed and apple cider vinegar conditioned hair. Not bad!

Baking soda washed and apple cider vinegar conditioned hair. Not bad!

Pros:

I could be imagining this, but my hair seems blonder and lighter in weight. This is probably the ACV effect in that my hair is now actually clean of product and build-up.

I have blonde, colour treated hair, and live in Toronto, Canada where it is currently -13 degrees celsius. So needless to say, my hair is generally dry. When I’m staying at my apartment (and not my partners) I use a lot of Aveda products, mostly the Blue Melba shampoo. I have found though, that when I’m consecutively using this product my hair feels dry and rough, I have attempted to combat this issue with using their Dry Remedy conditioner. Now, after only one BSACV wash, my hair does not feel nearly as dry. It even, dare I say, feels soft. I am looking forward to getting my hands on some raw/unrefined coconut oil for some deep moisture penetration as per the This Above All… post.

Cons:

Shower time might be a little more time consuming, but granted this was my first time, I’m sure I will become a lot more proficient.

ACV is a pungent odor. I’m not the hugest fan, but I’m liking what I’m seeing and feeling, so I am totes okay with it.

So overall, I am most definitely going to give this another go, and hopefully make it a staple. Move over Aveda!

Happy hair washing!

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