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Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe for Dreadlocks

Dreads are gorgeous—a true phenomena of natural beauty. However, as many of you know, “natural” doesn’t always mean “easy”, and even though dreadlocks are often thought of as a maintenance-free hairstyle, all dreadlocks do need to be kept clean.

Due to the porous and spongy texture of dreadlocks, an apple cider vinegar rinse is recommended about every other month or so, as a natural clarifying treatment.

The apple cider vinegar rinse is highly effective at clearing away product residue, mold spores, and dirt that may become buried within the dreadlock.

When the apple cider vinegar rinse is complete, the hair and scalp are left feeling lightweight and clean.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe for Dreadlocks


  1. 2 Gallons of Purified Distilled Water, Spring Water (Alkaline) or Filtered Water
  1. 2 cups Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with or without the mother)
  2. 1/2 cup of baking soda
  3. Sulfate-free shampoo


  1. Mix 4 cups of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1 gallon of warmed water in a large basin.
  1. Shampoo the hair thoroughly with a sulfate-free high-quality shampoo (Do not condition). Rinse the shampoo out of the dreadlocks completely. 
  1. Rinse dreadlocks thoroughly with the apple cider vinegar mixture.


Note: In some cases, there may be noticeable buildup in the basin when the ACV rinse is complete. If you do notice that you find a remarkable amount of buildup in the basin, you may want to consider decreasing the amount of products you use in your hair or washing your locs with a high quality, sulfate-free shampoo more often.


The vinegar smell will disappear after your hair is completely dry.






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  • Nya

    The directional end the ingredients in the first part don’t make sense unless I’m missing something. It says get 2 cusp of The Apple cider vinegar but then the directions they mix and pour cups of apple cider vinegar

  • Rodd

    I just did my second ACV Rinse and I love it. Hair is soft, not as bulky, and feels light. It’s even drying faster than normal. I also added a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. Debating on wether to rinse my hair with revaluation water before I condition with my favorite homemade mango butter with essential oils. Check out Jarrett Gilbert on FB. He makes it! You’ll love it.

  • Vin

    I did mine tonight and the temporary hair dye I used from LAST HALLOWEEN finally all washed out! After trying various types and brands of shampoo, this is the best cleaning solution for my locs and scalp.

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