Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

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How often should you do this to your hair and what are the benefits?

Thanks!
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ACV rinses help to remove some types of build-up from the hair and close the hair cuticle. Think of your hair as being made up of rows of shingles, like you'd see on a roof. These hair shingles, or cuticles, can be in a "open" position (depending on various things), which makes the hair strand feel rough to the touch and look dull. Being that hair has a naturally low (slightly acidic) pH, things like vinegar rinses can help close the hair cuticle and lock in moisture and protein. Vinegar rinses can also help reduce tangles.

The pic on the left below shows hair with cuticles open; the pic on the right shows hair with the cuticles closed.


As for how often to do this, I think once a week would be sufficient. You don't want too much of a good thing, though - over-acidifying the hair can lead to damage.

I hope that helps!
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Thanks! Do you have a receipe?
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Leave in - Sheamoisture Curl Milk, KCNT, Giovanni Direct
Deep Treatment - Apoghee Two Step Protein Treatment, Giovanni Nutrafix
Moisturizers - Carefree Curl Gold Spray
Stylers - Sheamoisture Curl Smoothie
PreciousJewel, thank you so much! I had no idea. When I get home tonight I'm going to try it.

Here is a recipe I found on Motowngirl.com

Apple Cider Vinegar Mix
1-2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 cups room temperature distilled water
A couple drops sage oil (optional)

Mix items together and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning or conditioner washing
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

I'd forgotten to do one of these for a while and did one last week. I forgot what a difference it makes.

I use 50% water/50% vinegar, but some people use far less vinegar, like just a few tablespoons. You'll have to experiment.

I mix up a large yogurt container full and pour it over my hair and leave it for 30 seconds or so before rinsing very thoroughly. Apply after cleansing, before conditioning.
wild~hair, I read your post incorrectly and thought you said you pour yogurt on your head LOL I was like eww apv and yogurt must be funky

I remember yrs back when I used to get relaxers they would usually put vinegar with water in my hair. It would BURN like crazy! I never asked why they put it in my hair, just figured they knew what they were doing. Yeah right!

I'm going to try to try the apple cider vinegar tonight
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

wild~hair, I read your post incorrectly and thought you said you pour yogurt on your head LOL I was like eww apv and yogurt must be funky
Originally Posted by mariag002
Yeah, that would be nasty. It would probably get all curdled and stuff.

Mix items together and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning or conditioner washing
Originally Posted by mariag002
I've always done it between washing and conditioning, but when I saw this I thought I'd give it a go. I really like the results. Better curls today. Thanks for the tip!
I did this last night and I was amazed at how my hair came out. For some reason the frizz in the front is gone. I don't know if its the moisturizing lotion or the apple cider vinegar, but hey I'm not going to question it.

preciousjewel76 thanks for the tip!
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

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My mom used to do an ACV rinse after she washed my hair when I was little. My hair was very shiny. I will have to go back to this.
I did this last night and I was amazed at how my hair came out. For some reason the frizz in the front is gone. I don't know if its the moisturizing lotion or the apple cider vinegar, but hey I'm not going to question it.

preciousjewel76 thanks for the tip!
Originally Posted by mariag002

No prob! Glad you like it!
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I haven't done this in a while, need to get this back into my regime, will do it on my friday night hair pampering time!

Thanks for the tips everyone.
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my hair is super soft after doing an acv rinse!!
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I do it when I remember to (not often) but it does make the hair feel good and lowers the pH (good thing). 1 or 2 tbs in 2 cups of water. Apple cider vinegar
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My hair is in need of some shine and I thought I would give this a go.
I have read all the information on mixing but I am not sure if this should be used as a final rinse, or should you rinse after using this?
By the way doesn't this smell!!!

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acv rinse
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Being that hair has a naturally low (slightly acidic) pH, things like vinegar rinses can help close the hair cuticle and lock in moisture and protein.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
Thanks for that explanation! But now I'm wondering: if this is the case, wouldn't conditioning after the ACV rinse, as many suggest, be of limited use since the cuticle is closed at that point? And would rinsing with water after the ACV rinse undo the whole thing, anyway?

What have people found? I've tried ACV rinses twice, and liked my hair both days, although I wasn't sure I saw a huge difference. But I water-rinsed, conditioned and rinsed again after the ACV rinse.

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Being that hair has a naturally low (slightly acidic) pH, things like vinegar rinses can help close the hair cuticle and lock in moisture and protein.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
Thanks for that explanation! But now I'm wondering: if this is the case, wouldn't conditioning after the ACV rinse, as many suggest, be of limited use since the cuticle is closed at that point? And would rinsing with water after the ACV rinse undo the whole thing, anyway?

What have people found? I've tried ACV rinses twice, and liked my hair both days, although I wasn't sure I saw a huge difference. But I water-rinsed, conditioned and rinsed again after the ACV rinse.
Originally Posted by wavycurly40+
I could be doing it in the wrong order. Not sure.
BC Feb 2008
3c, 4a. HE, castor and jojoba oil, acv rinse
Thanks for that explanation! But now I'm wondering: if this is the case, wouldn't conditioning after the ACV rinse, as many suggest, be of limited use since the cuticle is closed at that point? And would rinsing with water after the ACV rinse undo the whole thing, anyway?

What have people found? I've tried ACV rinses twice, and liked my hair both days, although I wasn't sure I saw a huge difference. But I water-rinsed, conditioned and rinsed again after the ACV rinse.
Originally Posted by wavycurly40+
I haven't tried it yet, but now I will! I agree with you though. It seems like you should do the ACV rinse after your conditioner and probably not run water through your hair after you do the rinse.
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Can you do a vinegar rinse with regular white vinegar? It smells horrible, but does it work the same way?
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Yes, I think so. Botticelli Babe uses regular white vinegar because she can't stand the smell of ACV... she says it works like a charm as well
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