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
- 2 Gallons of Purified Distilled Water, Spring Water (Alkaline) or Filtered Water
- 2 cups Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with or without the mother)
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Sulfate-free shampoo
- Mix 4 cups of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1 gallon of warmed water in a large basin.
- Shampoo the hair thoroughly with a sulfate-free high-quality shampoo (Do not condition). Rinse the shampoo out of the dreadlocks completely.
- 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.