Vinegar/Lemon Juice Rinses: can you overdo it?

How often do you rinse with vinegar or lemon juice?

Can you do it too often? What will happen if I do it too much?


I rinse with one or the other about twice a week.

Does it just remove build up or is it supposed to give you softer, bouncier curls?
I once did vinegar rinses about 3X/week for 6 weeks with absolutely no ill effect and my hair is lightened, but I never use a strong solution like some people do, just 1 Tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup water. I did those to clear a scalp condition but it seems they prevented a 'cone from a hair cream I was using from building up as well. For regular clarifying I actually prefer the "Lemon-Aid" but sometimes I run out of lemons or limes so I do the vinegar rinse or use the VO5 Kiwi & Lime Clarifying CO which seems to work just as well. The one important thing to remember is to keep your hair well moistured just in case they could dry your hair.

The acid rinses help remove mineral and product build-up and they tighten the cuticle so it could restore your curls to their "true" self and make your hair shinier but it won't make your hair do anything it wouldn't normally do.

I'm curious, what's your reason for doing them so often? Do you have hard water?
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
I'm curious, what's your reason for doing them so often? Do you have hard water?
When I was younger I had beautiful bouncy curls. I was using sulfate shampoo, some conditioner, and a light gel with silicones.

After several years on that routine, my hair turned terribley frizzy and dried out - it was sad looking.

I then learned about the CG treatment, and have been doing it for almost a month now. Deep treating my hair in conditioner overnight 2-3x a week. I have noticed that my hair becoming more hydrated but the canopy is dried out still. I do use a diffuser - my hair would be quite limp without it!

My problem is that I cannot bring back the curls I used to have. I am desperate for curlier hair that's soft and bouncy. I was hoping, for some reason, that ACV or lemon rinses would help in some way in addition to the DT and Conditioner. I just didn't want to overdo it and be drying out my hair further.
The ACV rinse and "Lemon-aid" can be drying if used too often or too strong. In fact, using a little too much vinegar or lemon at one time can have that effect. Last Saturday I did my first L.A. in a long time (had done an ACV about 3 weeks ago) but I eyeballed the lemon juice and I think I used too much because my hair didn't feel soft like I remember in the past. Later I put my CO as a leave-in but the curls fell apart soon, like my hair was not well moisturized.

If you're using a gel perhaps you should switch to a volume mousse, or the L'Oreal Studio Line "Out of Bed" cream, you can read the review here. To help the canopy, you could add a drop of a good oil to a bit of your CO and smooth it on there. Btw, what CO are you using as DT?
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
The only conditioner I use right now is TRESemmé Vitamin E Moisture Rich Conditioner.

INGREDIENTS: Water (aqua), Quaternium-18, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract (Sweet Almond), Corylus Avellana Leaf Extract (Hazel), Helianthus Annuus Extract (Sunflower), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Fruit Extract (Fennel), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Quaternium 80, Steareth 21, Dimethicone, Disodium Peg-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Oleamine Oxide, Glycerin, Citric Acid, PVP, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance (parfum).

I don't like the fact that it has a 'cone in it, but from my limited search at Wal-mart, I couldn't find any CG friendly Conditioners that were inexpensive.

Any suggestions?
The silicones are pretty far down the ingredient list and probably are not impacting your curls. I do wonder if your're sensitive to the wheat protein, though.

You're right, it's very hard to find drugstore conditioners without silicones!
The 'cone also has the PEG before it (that means it's water-soluble Teresa). Although the protein is high up on the list it looks like there's no natural emollients in this CO. It does list the Sweet Almond and Sunflower "extract" but that could be from another plant of the plant and not the seeds, it that is so it's really relying on the last few ingredients before citric acid for moisture only. I also frown at a CO containing PVP, haven't found out the reason for that yet but it surely is not to nourish the hair.

As a rule I think TRESemmé COs are mediocre at best... like the rest of inexpensive drugstore brands (and even some of the pricier ones). They're only "good" for people whose hair have no major needs, the rest of us need to look elsewhere, so if this is what you're using overnight no wonder you're disappointed!

As soon as you can you should try to get a better one. Check out a nearby health food store, there are several brands that have CG-friendly stuff. Some people here are using Nature's Gate with good results.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC

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