Hi and welcome to Beauty with Aimee! I’m Aimee and today I want to talk about hair I struggle constantly with my hair and there’s a lot of things going on with it. I don’t know if you know about hair texture but I just learned a couple days ago about something called curl pattern. This applies to all of us and understanding the curl pattern of your hair allows you to better understand what kind of products to use and how your hair will react. To me, this is a really revelatory idea. I had no idea this existed! I looked into it and my curl pattern is 2A, 2B, 2C depending on what part of my head you’re talking about This is pretty common to have different curl patterns on different parts of your head. What I found is that 2A, to give you some reference, is wavy, but not really wavy. 2B is more wavy and 2C is even more wavy. On the back of my head, I have a pretty serious wave pattern going right here. It makes it really, really hard for me to have the smooth, pretty hair that I would like to have. This relates to the baking soda and apple cider vvinegar rinse that I’m going to be talking about and testing. I found out about this (curl patterns) in the course of trying to figure out what to do with my hair. My hair is a nightmare and it drives me crazy!! So, I decided to try this natural set of products that you can find in your pantry. I have them in my house already, might as well try it, right? The baking soda treatment… there’s a whole bunch of different ways you can approach this and I did all kinds of research. Everyone has a different way to do it but what I decided to do is one approach where you take your shampoo, preferably sulfate-free, and you use your usual amount of shampoo. You mix it with about a tablespoon of your baking soda. You mix it up really well, maybe you add a little water just so that you can make sure it moves through your hair properly. Then you gently, very gently, work it through your scalp. This resets your scalp and opens up your hair follicle. Your hair is at a pH of about 5, ideally. But our hair tends to get more alkaline and what happens when it gets alkaline? The hair shaft opens up, which is what we’re (intentionally) doing with the baking soda. We’re actually changing the pH of our hair to a more alkaline state, causing that shaft to open up which allows us to release all that dirt and nastiness that gets caught in our hair from the environment, from products, from just everything. It’s a good reset button. Then, it’s important after you’ve done that, and you’ve cleaned everything out, to bring it back to a lower pH level that’s going to seal up that cuticle, make it nice and smooth and shiny. That’s where your apple cider vinegar rinse comes in. The apple cider vinegar seals the cuticle, shines up your hair and makes it so that it’s manageable and it doesn’t get all tangled! All this sounded amazing to me and I got really excited and I decided to try it. I’m going to take you through this whole process step-by-step. First of all, I’m going to show you how to mix the shampoo and the baking soda, how to apply it to your hair, and particularly your scalp. Then I’m going to show you how to rinse, really thoroughly. Following that step, I’m going to show you the apple cider vinegar rinse, how much vinegar-to-water ratio I applied and exactly how I apply that to my hair. Following that, I’m going to do a cool water rinse, which is very important to seal the hair cuticle and that’ll be about it. It’s really quick and easy. This is my shampoo and baking soda mix, I added a little bit of water to make it a little bit easier to put in my hair. This should help clarify and just reset my scalp and all that product build-up. I’m just gonna see how this goes, I’ve never done this before. I wonder if I should just pour it over my head? You don’t want to put too much You don’t want to scrub too much on your scalp because you can actually abrade it with the baking soda so you just want to gently work it through your hair and it will do its work without hurting your scalp. Now I’m going to rinse and you need to rinse especially a lot with baking soda. The next step will be the apple cider vinegar rinse after the water rinse. Now I rinse with warm (or cool/cold) water and I want to squeeze out my hair (gently). I had already mixed about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in here and this is about two cups of water. You want to make sure your acid mixture is not too strong because it can actually burn your scalp but if it’s done correctly, and it’s diluted enough, it will help to seal the hair cuticle and make your hair really shiny and reset the pH balance. You just pour it over your hair and leave it for three to five minutes Try not to get it in your eye. OH, OW! Then, you want to use your wide toothed comb, to comb it through your hair. Now we’re gonna let it sit for three to five minutes. It’s been five minutes now that I’ve done the apple cider vinegar rinse and I am ready to rinse with warm (or cool/cold) water. I’ve rinsed my hair with warm (or cool/cold) water after the apple cider vinegar rinse. I do smell a bit like a salad, but as I understand it once it dries, that will completely go away. I should be left with shiny, sealed hair and I’m really excited about that! My next step will be to squeeze out my hair gently and then apply conditioner. I like the Kirkland brand from Costco. It’s less than ten dollars and it has no sulfates so it protects my colored hair. I have pretty thick hair, so when I apply my conditioner, I get a pretty good dollop, probably about a half dollar size. I emulsify in my hands and then I apply it from the midpoint down, concentrating on the ends. Then I take whatever’s left and then put it on the top and this keeps it from getting too greasy at the roots which produces its own oils. Then I kind of take whatever is left over and really work it into the bottom under here. As my final step, I take my wide toothed comb, which I keep in my shower, and then I just work the conditioner through my hair Then I let it sit for about five minutes. Now, as my last step, I’m going to rinse with cool water. I try to get it as cold as I can so that I can seal the cuticle of my hair that much more. This increases shine and makes it more manageable. Now I’ve done the cold water rinse of my hair, post conditioner. Now I’m just gonna gently squeeze out. Then I will gently towel dry with my towel. You don’t want to do this clarifying mask more than once a week or it will start to strip your hair. The clarifying portion is the part with the baking soda. You don’t want to do that too much. Doing it once weekly will help reset your hair and the apple cider vinegar you also don’t want to do more than twice a week for the same reason. The acetic acid which is the apples part of the apple cider vinegar, is really good for your hair. But too much is a good thing – I mean – a bad thing. I hope you enjoyed that process. What I found is that it was very quick and easy! It just required a little prep ahead of time and I really felt like the baking soda cleaned my hair really thoroughly. I really liked that I did notice that it made my hair feel a little bit rougher in that initial stage (the baking soda) and it’s definitely important to do that apple cider vinegar rinse to follow. After that (apple cider vinegar rinse), I felt like my hair was especially soft and it felt like it was more manageable. I think this is definitely a worthwhile treatment to do periodically Some people say to do it one to two times a week. For me, I would say start at maybe once a week. If you feel like you can do more, than go from there. For me, I don’t think I want to do this too frequently because I think it would actually cause more problems than help. I like it and I do recommend it. Whether it’s a total miracle product like I’ve heard touted, I don’t know. Maybe the results increase with time, which is certainly a possibility. If you enjoyed the video, which I hope you did, please give it a like! I would appreciate if you subscribe to my page. Tell others about me, spread the word, it would be cool. You have any questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to seeing you the next time. I’ll be producing videos every Wednesday. Just to let you know, next week, we’re going to be doing a hair mask treatment involving avocado and mayonnaise! Yay, it’s a very, very deep conditioning treatment that you want to do maybe once a month to really, really deeply moisturize your hair, make it smooth and shiny. I’ll take you through that whole step-by-step project, project, process?? (I can’t talk!) next week on Wednesday. Hope you look forward to that one. All right. I’ll talk to you soon and I appreciate you!
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