Though I usually co-wash my short afro hair weekly, in between washings, in order to refresh my tresses, I spritz my hair with a hair rinse. Again, as with any recipe, you can substitute based on your hair care needs (or wants). The following is a recipe that keeps my hair in check – pH balanced and all. Please note my hair type and thickness when gauging suitability of below recipe for your hair.
- Used on Hair Type: type 3c (back); 4a (sides); 4b (crown)
- Used on Hair Strand Thickness: Fine
- 3 – 6 cups cool water – this is an estimate and will be used for final rinse; water should be distilled or filtered – Great for: closing hair cuticle, moisture
- 2 cups warm (not hot) water – this will be used for cleansing/rinse mixture; water should be distilled or filtered – Great for: opening hair cuticle, cleansing
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice – Great for: pH balance, moisture
- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (preferably organic with “the mothers”) – Great for: pH balance, cleansing
- 1 TBSP unpasteurised honey (optional) – Great for: pH balance, cleansing, moisture
- 2 drops peppermint oil (or other essential oil) – Great for: pH balance, blood circulation, hair loss
- Mix 2 cups of warm water with all of the non-water ingredients into a container (pour the 2 -4 cups of cool water into another container and put aside for final rinse).
- Gently comb out hair under waterfall of shower (via fingers or wide tooth comb).
- Pour/spritz liberally the warm mixture onto hair (easier to do in shower!); making sure to massage from scalp to tips. (Let stand for approximately 3 minutes; to ensure proper scalp penetration, you should feel the cooling sensation of peppermint oil!)
- Rinse the warm water mixture from hair with the cool distilled or filtered water set aside.
- Once rinsed, blot the hair with a clean, old cotton t-shirt and style as usual.