ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.



  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels



  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!


That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

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