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Old 05-21-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
 
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Okay, when I posted last week in the baking soda thread, I had noticed that none of the recipes/recommendations in the Curly Girl book contained apple cider vinegar. I wasn't sure if I should read anything into it or not, so I've been trying to find out more.

So far, I've mainly found several websites that talk about it being a natural cleanser and give suggestions for use. But as far as hair care professionals, I haven't really seen acv recommended.

Today I finally found this and it gives me a little "closure."

"Never clarify with apple cider. If your hair is curly or coily, you will dry out your natural sebum and the hair will become brittle."--Diane Da Costa

http://www.naturallycurly.com/super-...ane-da-costa-4

I know lots of women swear by their acv rinses, but for those that aren't sure if acv is for them, this info might be helpful.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:02 AM   #2
 
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Hmm... I disagree with that. I hate the smell of ACV, but it leaves my hair feeling like silk when wet, as it restores the acid level. This is especially helpful in hard water areas I think (and definitely if using shampoo or BS, which are alkaline).

I think it would be drying if it wasn't rinsed out, but left for a few minutes then rinsed, I find it helpful. I tend to use lime juice instead these days - smells much nicer and has the same effect.
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I use acv dilute about 5:1 with water and I don't rinse it out after. I went on a man...sorry woman hunt about two weeks about looking for info and couldn't really find anything either so I just tried it. I love how it makes my hair feel. Since doing that and DC my curls are so much more defined and hair is a lot softer. IDK, something I did find in my search is that you have to try products/recipes out to see if they work for you. There is a whole thread about products that got rave reviews from people and then when someone goes and buys it, it doesn't work. Learn what your hair likes. Even if others say you shouldn't do it.
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I disagree also

ACV works really well for me and it restores the pH balance of your hair. It is acidic and tightens up the cuticle. Makes my hair feel like silk and removes buildup on my hair.

as to why hair stylists dont reccomend it is a very good question. If it is b/c they say it is drying then they can say that Baking Soda is also drying ...if used too much.

I use the ACV after shampooing and before conditioner. I rinse it all out.

some people even say it helps with dandruff

my question would be which is better to clarify baking soda or ACV?
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:20 AM   #5
 
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I never use baking soda, as even a tiny amount dries my hair out as much as shampoo ever did, due to the alkalinity. It probably works better in soft water areas, whereas I think in hard water areas an acid rinse is better.
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I always forget to clarify until I have a serious run of bad hair days. Last week I did a diluted ACV rinse. I poured it on with my cowash and left it on for awhile, then rinsed and conditioned. The results were fantastic.

I've used the baking soda in the past, and it does remove buildup, but I don't think it seals the cuticle or restores the ph balance to your hair. I could be wrong that, but I think that's the difference.

The ACV really makes my hair feel good. I couldn't possibly leave it in though because of the smell.

Everything in moderation, I suppose.
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One more point. Baking soda can strip your color if you use too much and too often. ACV actually seals and protects your color, according to what I've read here on the boards.
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acv rinses also leave my hair really soft, i always rinse afterwards
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Here are some exerts from a few websites I visited, I also added a link to give more info on the benefits of acv for the hair. you can also do a google search "apple cider vinegar benefits"

ACV is the natural king of skin remedies. It is wonderful for itching and scratching pets as well as a superb skin and hair conditioner. Good old apple cider vinegar either straight or diluted 50/50 with water can be applied directly to the affected area and allowed to dry. It will eliminate dandruff, rejuvenate hair, skin and help sweeten and balance the pH levels in the body.

Vinegar is also claimed to be a solution to dandruff, in that the acid in the vinegar kills the fungus Malassezia furfur (formerly known as Pityrosporum ovale) and restores the chemical balance of the skin.

Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used to deep clean dreadlocks, removing residue and even beeswax. One method involves spraying a mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water onto the hair, letting it soak in, rinsing with water, and repeating this process as many times as necessary.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it's a good conditioner and cleaning agent and it's also an effective germ killer.
http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/natural-hair-care-product.html

even if you don't use it in your hair, use it internally for all around good health

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Here are some exerts from a few websites I visited, I also added a link to give more info on the benefits of acv for the hair. you can also do a google search "apple cider vinegar benefits"

ACV is the natural king of skin remedies. It is wonderful for itching and scratching pets as well as a superb skin and hair conditioner. Good old apple cider vinegar either straight or diluted 50/50 with water can be applied directly to the affected area and allowed to dry. It will eliminate dandruff, rejuvenate hair, skin and help sweeten and balance the pH levels in the body.

Vinegar is also claimed to be a solution to dandruff, in that the acid in the vinegar kills the fungus Malassezia furfur (formerly known as Pityrosporum ovale) and restores the chemical balance of the skin.

Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used to deep clean dreadlocks, removing residue and even beeswax. One method involves spraying a mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water onto the hair, letting it soak in, rinsing with water, and repeating this process as many times as necessary.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it's a good conditioner and cleaning agent and it's also an effective germ killer.
http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/natural-hair-care-product.html

even if you don't use it in your hair, use it internally for all around good health

http://www.bragg.com/

great info, thanks for posting this
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