ACV for Color Treated Hair?

I've been using ACV rinses on my hair for a while now, and I love the results. I suggested it for my mother, but she's concerned it will mess up her hair color. Does anyone know if ACV has any effect on hair color?
I do them, and it hasn't seemed to do anything bad to the hair or my color.
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I do them, and it hasn't seemed to do anything bad to the hair or my color.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Thanks! I guess I'll go make her my new hair guinea pig now.
ACV can fade hair color if done too strongly or too often, but if she dilutes well and doesn't do it daily it should be fine.

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Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 03:25 PM.
ACV rinsing actually helps to keep red colors from fading as fast.
ACV can actually help preserve color -- it's acidic and so it closes the cuticle. You don't want to do it daily, obviously, but once a week should pose no problems.
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So do you mix one part ACV and one part water - or something like that? Do you do this after cowash. What does this actually do? Does it take out product buildup? Thanks!
So do you mix one part ACV and one part water - or something like that? Do you do this after cowash. What does this actually do? Does it take out product buildup? Thanks!
Originally Posted by Dalolly
Noooo -- that would be WAY too much vinegar. Generally, use about a tablespoon of vinegar to every cup of water.

There is no absolutely right way to do an ACV rinse, but here's how I do it:

1. Wet hair thoroughly
2. Pour the ACV rinse over your hair
3. Apply conditioner and let it sit a few minutes
4. Rinse out conditioner as you normally would -- the vinegar will come out at this time, leaving no aroma behind (opinions vary on this point, but I've yet to have my hair smell like vinegar when using this method)

ACV rinses remove product buildup and just generally perk up your hair. They don't remove 'cones, though.
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So do you mix one part ACV and one part water - or something like that? Do you do this after cowash. What does this actually do? Does it take out product buildup? Thanks!
Originally Posted by Dalolly
Noooo -- that would be WAY too much vinegar. Generally, use about a tablespoon of vinegar to every cup of water.

There is no absolutely right way to do an ACV rinse, but here's how I do it:

1. Wet hair thoroughly
2. Pour the ACV rinse over your hair
3. Apply conditioner and let it sit a few minutes
4. Rinse out conditioner as you normally would -- the vinegar will come out at this time, leaving no aroma behind (opinions vary on this point, but I've yet to have my hair smell like vinegar when using this method)

ACV rinses remove product buildup and just generally perk up your hair. They don't remove 'cones, though.
Originally Posted by jillipoo
That's about how I use it, except I rinse a bit before i put the conditioner in. I use the same vinegar to water ratio.
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a TBS per CUP?! Oh, maybe that was the problem. I just used white vinegar as a rinse the other day, about 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water, maybe 1/3 to 2/3? IDK. But it did rinse out some of my haircolor. It's been almost 4 weeks since the color, but it did noticeably lighten it.

Maybe the ratio was just way too strong, or maybe I have hard water buildup (not cones though) and the color was not penetrated, but rather sat on top of the hair and coating. Hmmm. Any thoughts?

I'm thinking I'll start doing a weaker vinegar rinse a few days before coloring to remove any buildup. And not doing one afterwards though.

ETA: my hair felt reaaaaaalllly silky afterwards though! Does this mean anything?

And would white vinegar be about the same as AC?

Sorry for all the questions, but I don't usually vinegar rinse because I use Color by Robert Craig --not traditional color-- and I worry about fading my color.

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a TBS per CUP?! Oh, maybe that was the problem. I just used white vinegar as a rinse the other day, about 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water, maybe 1/3 to 2/3? IDK. But it did rinse out some of my haircolor. It's been almost 4 weeks since the color, but it did noticeably lighten it.

Maybe the ratio was just way too strong, or maybe I have hard water buildup (not cones though) and the color was not penetrated, but rather sat on top of the hair and coating. Hmmm. Any thoughts?

I'm thinking I'll start doing a weaker vinegar rinse a few days before coloring to remove any buildup. And not doing one afterwards though.

ETA: my hair felt reaaaaaalllly silky afterwards though! Does this mean anything?

And would white vinegar be about the same as AC?

Sorry for all the questions, but I don't usually vinegar rinse because I use Color by Robert Craig --not traditional color-- and I worry about fading my color.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I used white vinegar on my red highlights, and my hair was bouncier, shinier, and I could finally see them indoors. Previously, they only showed up in sunlight.

I filled up one of those big disposable cups with 2 inches of WV and the rest with water, so it was heavily dilluted, which I think helped with the smell and keeping the color.

ACV is used because it's smell is supposedly smells the least, but I used WV because I know if I go in to a store to buy some ACV, I'll break the PJ pact.
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a TBS per CUP?! Oh, maybe that was the problem. I just used white vinegar as a rinse the other day, about 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water, maybe 1/3 to 2/3? IDK. But it did rinse out some of my haircolor. It's been almost 4 weeks since the color, but it did noticeably lighten it.

Maybe the ratio was just way too strong, or maybe I have hard water buildup (not cones though) and the color was not penetrated, but rather sat on top of the hair and coating. Hmmm. Any thoughts?

I'm thinking I'll start doing a weaker vinegar rinse a few days before coloring to remove any buildup. And not doing one afterwards though.

ETA: my hair felt reaaaaaalllly silky afterwards though! Does this mean anything?

And would white vinegar be about the same as AC?

Sorry for all the questions, but I don't usually vinegar rinse because I use Color by Robert Craig --not traditional color-- and I worry about fading my color.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Yes, I think you used too much vinegar.

I use RC color, too, and I do a vinegar rinse a couple of times a month -- I have seen no ill effects to my color.

Any vinegar will do. Apple cider is just considered the least offensive to the nose, I think, but white accomplishes the same acidic effect.

For sure your hair should feel silky and soft and bouncy after a vinegar rinse! That is one of the main benefits of doing one.
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That's right, you're an RC junkie too! So, what's your routine with the Color and ACV rinses? When do you do them, how soon after color, before? I need help from someone who uses both.

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That's right, you're an RC junkie too! So, what's your routine with the Color and ACV rinses? When do you do them, how soon after color, before? I need help from someone who uses both.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I color every three weeks (sometimes four). I do ACVs when my hair is lifeless, and lately that ends up being once, maybe twice a month. I have never done an ACV less than a week after coloring my hair -- I don't know if that's intentional but I suspect on a subconscious level, it is. I doubt that a vinegar rinse soon after a color treatment would matter much, but I still like to wait. I've sometimes done one a day or two before I color, as it helps me knows that I've removed product buildup and better prepared my hair to receive color.

If it's any help, StruttsWife once posted that vinegar rinses are actually one of the better things you can do for color-treated hair becaues the acid nature of the vinegar acts to close the cuticle, thereby helping to keep color in -- as opposed to baking soda rinses, which raise the cuticle and release color.
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CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
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Good to know! I'll try it again, but more diluted, a few days before I color.

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