I found a recipe over on Natural Afrodisiac for an apple cider vinegar rinse for the scalp. Most ACV rinses for locs are meant to be clarifying, in order to remove product buildup from the locs. Since I don't use product in my locs often because they don't get twisted, I'm not too worried about product buildup. I will be trying a clarifying rinse in the future, but right now, I'm more concerned about my scalp, hence this pre-shampoo treatment rinse.
Step 1: Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying and Dandruff Pre-Treatment1 cup filtered/distilled water1/4 cup apple cider vinegar5 drops tea tree oil1/2 teaspoon olive oilJuice from 1/2 lemon or 1 tblsp lemon juice (optional)Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray or pour mixture onto hair, focusing primarily on the scalp. Wrap hair in a towel for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Follow with normal shampooing.The original recipe also calls for a post-shampoo rinse that doesn't get rinsed out, but I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, so I didn't make it. I made in the above rinse in an old Gatorade bottle, one I could squirt it out of, drenched my scalp and wrapped my hair in a towel. I didn't use the lemon juice and generally eyeballed the measurements, and within seconds, I could feel the itch dissipating and my scalp tingling. I'm actually typing this with the towel on my head and my shower running in anticipation of the shampooing out. Since I won't be doing the post-shampoo rinse, I intend to condition with Organix Coconut Awesomeness conditioner (not exactly the real name, but close enough and my favorite scent), and then I'll moisturize my scalp to prevent the dry scalp from returning too quickly.
Wish me luck! Updates on the scalp condition will be on their way :)