Rinses that are Good for Natural Hair
Some of the integral parts of taking care of natural hair is engaging in the right practices. Before you start on any practice, it is important that you know exactly what the process entails, it benefits and its possible disadvantages.
Rinses are good for the hair. Some of the most basic ones include:
Rice Water Rinse
This aids in hair growth and doubles up as a protein treatment. Rice water coats the shaft of your hair thus reducing friction and preventing breakage.
To prepare a rice water rinse, boil a cup of rice and drain out the water. For it to be effective, the water should be misty. After you are done cleansing your hair, pour this over your scalp and head and let it sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Wash it off with cold water to close the cuticle.
Tea rinses are instrumental in preventing hair breakage. If you have been shedding hair then a tea rinse is what you need. You can either use black tea or green tea for this rinse. However, please note that black tea dries out the hair if it is left to steep for long periods. Green tea, on the other hand does not have the same drying effects.
To make the tea rinse, boil about one and a half cups of water. Place your tea leaves or tea bags into the water and let it steep for about ten minutes, if it is green tea, and five, if it is black tea. Let the water cool off before using it. Pour this rinse all over your head after you are done cleansing your hair. Let it sit for about ten minutes then follow it up with a cold rinse to seal the cuticle and wash off the tea as well.
A lemon rinse is done when one has used basic substances to clean their hair. If you use baking soda solution to clean your hair, it reduces the pH of your scalp and hair. In order to restore the pH balance, you have to introduce a slightly acidic substance.
To prepare a lemon water rinse, squeeze lemon juice into a cup. Mix one part lemon water to one part water and pour this over your head and hair after you are done cleaning your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
This is the most common rinse as it is included in almost every regimen. Apple Cider Vinegar, commonly referred to as ACV helps to restore the pH balance of your scalp and hair after a wash. This is regardless of whether you use shampoo, conditioner or baking soda to clean your hair. An ACV rinse is also instrumental in loosening up and washing away any dirt that might still be on your scalp. To top it off, it gives natural hair a lustrous shine.
To do an ACV rinse, pick a brand that ‘has mother.’ Use one part ACV to two parts water to prepare your rinse. Pour this over your head once you are done cleansing and conditioning your hair.