Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Locs

My locs are an extension of me and I want to always treat them with proper care. It so easy to form buildup in your hair in general, even more so in locs I have noticed. Because of that I believe it is imperative that you always cleanse and detox your locs. Before I started my loc journey I was a loose natural for ten years and knew when it was time to deep clean my hair. Some of the signs to look for are: your hair feels dull, lifeless, and heavy (accumulation of different products). I see now through my loc journey it is quite the same.

Detoxing your locs is so great since build up doesn’t always happen because of products but also the environment, sweat, debris, etc. Your hair can get dirty period! And with locs you want to make sure your hair stays clean as possible. You don’t want dirt, lint, and products to get trapped in your beautiful locs.

I decided to take that extra step and give my locs some TLC by doing the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse. I would hear so many positive results from doing this treatment I just had to try it myself. At first, I didn’t think my hair needed it. I don’t use any gels, butters, or creamy conditioners in my hair. I only have used quality oils that I know will absorb and nourish my locs. However, I forgot it is summer and I’m usually outside all the time and I don’t always cover up my hair. Realizing my hair isn’t perfectly clean and could actually use a detox.

I’m so glad I gave it a try, I couldn’t be happier. You have to check out my results in the video below! I was so surprised how dirty my hair was and how cleaned it felt! After the rinse and shampoo wash, my locs were squeaky clean. My locs were completely product and dirt free. It was as if I had started my journey over that day because how fresh my hair felt.

I was so elated with the results I wanted to share the process I took and the ingredients I used when doing the ACV Rinse. I added a couple of different ingredients and steps to my rinse for the best outcome.  You definitely want to check this recipe out! Please comment below if this rinse changed your life! How do you detox your hair? Leave a comment and let me know!

Peace, Love & Blessings

Crystal Joy

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe

Here’s what you will need

  • Approximately 2 gallons of water (distilled or purified water would be ideal)
  • 2 cups of Raw Apple cider vinegar with honey
  • 1 cup of Baking soda
  • 10 to 15 drops of each Essential oil
    • Tea tree
    • Lemon oil
  • Bronner’s clarifying Shampoo (Peppermint or Lavender)
  • Basin or a sink


  1. Fill your basin or sink with very warm water until it’s a quarter full.
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar with honey, baking soda and essential oils into your water.
  3. Mix all the ingredients making sure they are mixed well and dissolved. (There will be fizzing which is to be expected)
  4. Submerge your locs into the basin or sink for 15 mins.
  5. Periodically squeeze your locs to release the buildup during the soaking process.
  6. After soaking your locs Rinse hair very wellwith clarifying shampoo

*S.N. If your locs contain a lot of build you many want to do two rinses or soak hair a little longer. Also, you may see a white cast on your locs after the rinse. It is very important to follow up your rinse with a clarifying shampoo. Keep washing your hair until it feels squeaky clean and until the water runs completely clear.

Conditioning After ACV Rinse

Conditioning your locs after such a clarifying detox is a must. Conditioning your hair is an important step in restoring moisture back into your hair. Pump your breaks before you get that conditioner bottle though!! You will want to use an oil or water-based conditioner. Here are a few that are great to use below

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosewater

*If you do choose to use a creamy conditioner make sure the product that you use contains quality ingredients. You don’t want your conditioner filled with a lot of unnecessary ingredients, chemicals, etc.

The best way to lock in the moisture is to use a spritz bottle, fill it with water or rose water and add you favorite natural oil. Use about three quarters of water to one quarter of oil. Remember oil and water will separate so you will need to shake your bottle before each use.

You can also add an essential oil to your conditioner mix as well. Tea tree would be one I would recommend for those with itchy or dry scalp. Make sure when you spray your conditioner mix on your hair that you fully massage it into you locs and scalp thoroughly.

For me personally I like to sit under a dryer until my hair is dry or at least half way dry. Some choose to let their locs air dry, it’s totally up to you. Just make sure your locs are dry before going to bed.

Word of Caution and Advice

If your hair or scalp is sensitive to Apple Cider Vinegar, please don’t use it. If you desperately want to try lowering the amount of ACV you use. If you know you have skin sensitivities do a patch test before performing the rinse on all of your hair.

Never apply ACV or any essential oil to your scalp. You must always dilute with water. If the rinse is too strong just add more water.

Last but not least, everyone’s hair is different. ACV rinses just may not work for you. However, give it a try and see if it does! It could be the very thing you never knew you needed!

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Welcome! My name is Crystal Joy which inspired my website name. I am Believer. Wife.Mom.Minister.Educator, As you can see I wear many hats. My goal is to do them all with excellence. My desire is that my joys will inspire, motivate and encourage you to be the best version of yourself and to thrive at anything you put your mind to. I hope you enJOY my page.

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