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The Best DIY Rinses for Curly Hair

by Chelsea Castonguay
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If your curly hair is looking a little dull or your scalp is feeling dry, consider rejuvenating your locks with a rinse! Adding a regular rinse to your curl care regime can help refresh curls and stimulate healthy curl growth. Rinses can help lock in essential moisture, help control frizz and reduce breakage. The best part is that you don't have to spend a lot of time or money on rinses, as you can make one with ingredients found right in your kitchen. Below are our three favorite rinses, and you can check out even more great recipes here.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):

We talk a lot about this darling of the natural curl care world. When applied to your strands, ACV forces cuticles to lie flat, helping eliminate frizz. Flatter cuticles means your curls retain moisture better, are shinier and easier to manage. To make this rinse, mix 1 part ACV with 3 parts water. After you cleanse, run the moisture through your hair and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes. Rinse, and follow up with your favorite conditioner. Easy as pie!

Warm, flat beer:

Yup, it's weird and yes, it works. The hops, water and barley have natural oils which help strengthen curls. The sugar also seals down frizzy cuticles and helps curls appear shinier. After you shampoo, run a can or bottle of warm, flat beer through your curls (this is best done in the shower), tuck your curls into a shower cap and allow to sit 3-6 minutes. Rinse your curls and follow up with a thick conditioner to help eliminate the beer smell.

Herbal teas:

You get to pick your poison with this one. For example, black tea can help stimulate your curl's growth due to its high caffeine count. If your curls are feeling dry or damaged, chamomile tea can help calm them (and it smells great). For those curlies with lots of hair and scalp problems (think dryness, dandruff and shedding) green tea can work wonders. To use tea as a rinse, brew a cup of tea and allow it to sit until it's lukewarm. After shampooing, run the tea through your curls, allowing it to sit for 25-30 minutes, but no longer. If your scalp absorbs too much caffeine, it can actually stunt curl growth, so consider brewing your tea weak. This rinse is great to use twice a month.

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