Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

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When I do my ACV rinse I do it the same way Curly_Diva does. I do it about every other week, and if I don't use shampoo I use cond. and baking soda. You would think that since the ACV before the cond. is backwards, but the cond. I use after the ACV is almost all natural, so I don't have to worry about buildup. But I can really tell the difference, my products are absorbed in my hair better and seems much easier to work with.
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My 4-year-old has a LOT of hair. I'm unsure if 2 cups of the rinse would be enough to rinse her. The only reason it'd be enough for me is because I have my hair cut short--if it were long, 2 cups would be nowhere near enough. Would I just grab as if making her hair into a ponytail and rinse the 'ponytail' part, or does the rinse need to be on the roots as well?
My 4-year-old has a LOT of hair. I'm unsure if 2 cups of the rinse would be enough to rinse her. The only reason it'd be enough for me is because I have my hair cut short--if it were long, 2 cups would be nowhere near enough. Would I just grab as if making her hair into a ponytail and rinse the 'ponytail' part, or does the rinse need to be on the roots as well?
Originally Posted by sinistral55
If you want to make more you can. My hair is armpit length, fairly thick and I used 2 cups of rinse today. The trick is to tilt your head back and pour into the roots slowly, and let the rinse run down the length of the hair. I part my hair down the middle and pour half of the rinse on one side, then the other half on the other.

I've tried ACV rinses both before conditioning and as a final rinse, and I prefer to use it before my conditioner. Most of the time when I use it as a final rinse my hair feels really dry and straw-like (plus the smell is). I say most of the time because today I used it as a final rinse and my hair feels great! Here's what I did:
I made a tea using a little over a cup of water and some dried rosemary and oatstraw. I strained the tea and added a little honey and ACV to it. Then I whisked in a squirt of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose. (The conditioner and the herbs mask the smell of the ACV quite nicely, btw.) Then I added a little bit more water. The verdict: my curls are really well-defined and they are MOIST! Hallelujah! I will have to try this again.
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How often should you do this to your hair and what are the benefits?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by Mo_Gemini22
Mo_Gemini, I don't lose as much hair in the detangling process with this method. I sponge apply it to my hair and scalp using the sink (as per the Crown and Glory method). I have to say that it gives me really amazing results and my hair feels nice and clean without feeling stripped.

I apply one part ACV and three parts water. I used to do half and half, but I have a feeling that might be too acidic. I hope that helps.
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If you just used the ACV and water without any herbs or essential oils, would your hair smell? And would it smell any less if you did it before the conditioner?
After I take out my weave I'd like to do a super clarifying wash to make sure all the build-up is gone. I'd also like to do a super conditioning type thing.

So could I...

Baking Soda wash
ACV rinse
Deep Condition
Leave-in Conditioner

in that order? I'm not a fan of deep conditioning before clarifying which is why I'd Baking soda wash first no matter what. Would it make sense to do both BS and ACV? The website says to condition after the ACV rinse, but should I deep condition, acv, leave-in condition?
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Last edited by pulchri2dinous; 03-26-2009 at 01:20 PM.
After I take out my weave I'd like to do a super clarifying wash to make sure all the build-up is gone. I'd also like to do a super conditioning type thing.

So could I...

Baking Soda wash
ACV rinse
Deep Condition
Leave-in Conditioner
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Sounds good, and I would definitely ACV anytime you use baking soda.
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After I take out my weave I'd like to do a super clarifying wash to make sure all the build-up is gone. I'd also like to do a super conditioning type thing.

So could I...

Baking Soda wash
ACV rinse
Deep Condition
Leave-in Conditioner
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Sounds good, and I would definitely ACV anytime you use baking soda.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
This scares me. All I can think of is how I use vinegar and baking soda to keep my drains clear (in my home). I can't imagine having that reaction on my head.
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faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
After I take out my weave I'd like to do a super clarifying wash to make sure all the build-up is gone. I'd also like to do a super conditioning type thing.

So could I...

Baking Soda wash
ACV rinse
Deep Condition
Leave-in Conditioner
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Sounds good, and I would definitely ACV anytime you use baking soda.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
This scares me. All I can think of is how I use vinegar and baking soda to keep my drains clear (in my home). I can't imagine having that reaction on my head.
Originally Posted by hippychic
That's why you water them down a lot. The baking soda is alkaline (as are soap and most shampoos), so you need the acidity of an ACV or citric acid rinse to restore you hair's pH.
(With the baking soda wash and ACV rinse you don't get the volcanic reaction of mixing straight vinegar and baking soda, BTW.)
Here's a recipe from Live Curly, Live Free:
Baking Soda Clarification
With some silicone-based products, clarification must be done to remove the product that builds up over time on the hair shaft. Rather than resort to sulfate-based shampoos to remove this build-up, which can damage and dry the hair, a baking soda cleanse is preferable:

Combine:
1 tablespoon baking soda
3 tablespoons silicone-free conditioner

Apply mixture to the scalp and massage firmly, then continue to massage the mixture down the hair shaft to the ends. Work into hair well. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and follow IMMEDIATELY with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

Note: you MUST follow any baking soda cleanse with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Baking soda is alkaline -- meaning it will raise your cuticle and open up your hair shaft. The apple cider vinegar is acidic and will close your cuticle back down. If you don't follow the cleanse with an ACV rinse, you'll be leaving your hair shaft open and setting yourself up for more frizz than you'd probably like.
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Thanks for the responses! I just do 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda to 2 Cups Warm Water and 1 Tablespoon of ACV to 1 Cup of Warm Water.
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Sounds good, and I would definitely ACV anytime you use baking soda.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
This scares me. All I can think of is how I use vinegar and baking soda to keep my drains clear (in my home). I can't imagine having that reaction on my head.
Originally Posted by hippychic
That's why you water them down a lot. The baking soda is alkaline (as are soap and most shampoos), so you need the acidity of an ACV or citric acid rinse to restore you hair's pH.
(With the baking soda wash and ACV rinse you don't get the volcanic reaction of mixing straight vinegar and baking soda, BTW.)
Here's a recipe from Live Curly, Live Free:
Baking Soda Clarification
With some silicone-based products, clarification must be done to remove the product that builds up over time on the hair shaft. Rather than resort to sulfate-based shampoos to remove this build-up, which can damage and dry the hair, a baking soda cleanse is preferable:

Combine:
1 tablespoon baking soda
3 tablespoons silicone-free conditioner

Apply mixture to the scalp and massage firmly, then continue to massage the mixture down the hair shaft to the ends. Work into hair well. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and follow IMMEDIATELY with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

Note: you MUST follow any baking soda cleanse with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Baking soda is alkaline -- meaning it will raise your cuticle and open up your hair shaft. The apple cider vinegar is acidic and will close your cuticle back down. If you don't follow the cleanse with an ACV rinse, you'll be leaving your hair shaft open and setting yourself up for more frizz than you'd probably like.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
whew! thank you
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I like apple cider vinegar rinses. I mix about 2-3 tlbspoon with 8 oz water. I haven't noticed any adverse reactions
I actually did my acv rinse before I shampoo and condition and it works fine. I guess you just have to find what works for you. I try to do it at least once a month.
I think I'll be doing it once a month too.
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Can you do a baking soda rinse and a ACV rinse while micro braids are in your hair? I wouldn't want my braids to frizz up lol
So I just tried an ACV rinse this evening....I think I like it!!

Co - wash - Suave coconut condish
Rinse
Apply a little Trader Joes Nourish
ACV rinse
Rinse with Water
Apply HE HH and some coconut oil

Voila

hair is still trying to dry....but mmmmmmmmmmmmmBOY have i got some shiny moisturized curls happening!!
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How often are you ladies doing this? Once a week, once every two weeks, etc?
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I did an ACV rise for the first time ever today... my hair is amazing!! I will be sure to add this to the routine (about once a week or two, of course). LOVE it!
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I'm glad that this thread is still active. I did an ACV rinse for the first time in years, several weeks ago. Definitely helped with clarifying for me, whether it was supposed to or not. I don't think I need to do it regularly, but every 2-3 months will probably work well for me.
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