Rinse report


Looking for another natural remedy for buildup for your locs? Head to your kitchen for ingredients to remove products, lint, and other impurities. Your locs will thank you….

Apple Cider Vinegar rinse
20 oz. Bottle
1/3 cup ACE
cool water

After washing or co-washing, pour ACV into bottle and fill the rest of bottle with cool water. Pour the ACV/water mix over hair section by section, making sure entire head is saturated. Massage mixture into hair and scalp for 2-3 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

This rinse does wonders for locs. It is a great conditioner in that it closes the cuticle along the hair shaft, allowing more shine. It also helps bring lint to the surface for removal. Try it once or twice a month to see some results.

Vodka Rinse
Add a little vodka to your shampoo to clarify locs. It cleanses the hair and scalp, which stimulates hair growth and create the conditions for healthy hair by removing buildup from the hair follicles. Another bonus: shine.

Oil rinse
Yes, this could be the car wash version of a hot oil hair treatment, but I’ll take it. This is done after shampooing and before conditioning. Use castor oil and pour all over locs. (Castor oil is great for hair-edge hair loss, and it is very thick.) Rinse with warm/hot water. Follow up with conditioner and rinse with cool water to seal the hair cuticle. You’ll have softer locs once dry and shine. Instead of sitting on the hair, this treatment will penetrate locs for maximum conditioning. This could be used as your conditioning treatment as well.


Lemon Rinse
The juice of lemons work in wondrous ways. Lemon juice is a natural astringent, and a word of warning good or bad: It lightens hair color, especially in the sun. It can be drying. A good oil rinse or hot oil treatment is needed afterwards.

Coffee Rinse
Use coffee grounds to make a rinse for brunette hair. It adds depth and dimension to dark hair, and adds shine by removing any excess product build-up. Some claim that coffee acts as a natural dye to infuse brown color back into white or gray hair. Steep about three-quarters of a cup of grounds in a gallon of water—the stronger, the better. Allow it to cool before using. After shampooing and conditioning, add some of the coffee rinse, working it through the hair thoroughly and allowing it to sit between three and five minutes (or longer if you experiment with use). Rinse thoroughly with water.

It’s true what they say, if it doesn’t come out in the wash, it will come out in the rinse. Try one of these today to get your locs ultra clean. Remember, some may be drying, so it’s important to moisturize afterwards with your conditioner or oils. Except for the oil and coffee rinses, that is something to watch out for!

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine


One thought on “Rinse report

  1. White Vinegar is useful to those who suffer from dandruff..flaky scalp can be caused by fungus growing on the scalp. Also, you can get it from someone else (laying on a pillow, sharing a comb/brush or other hair equipment).

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