Posted on October 29, 2009 by Samara

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Black Hair

apple-cider-vinegar-heinzI’ve read and researched about the popular Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, raved and glorified by many naturals. I read about the right way and the wrong way to apply the vinegar rinse to the hair. I tried it twice and I have to admit I can now see what the hype is all about.

The first time I did the rinse I believe I used too much vinegar and my hair suffered. My hair was very hard and dry. I used about 1/3 c of vinegar in 20oz of water. Way too much! I spent the next couple of days trying to restore my moisture balance with plenty of moisturizers throughout the day. I then followed up with an ultra rich deep conditioner(caramel treatment). I was afraid to try it again, but reluctantly I did. Instead of 1/3 c of vinegar, I used 1 TBSP of vinegar in 20 oz as my final rinse. The end result was soft, shiny hair. My scalp no longer itched and I am happy with the results.

This is a great way to clarify your hair and remove impurities from your hair and scalp. You can do it as often as once every 3 days to just once a month. It really depends on your hair and what you feel it needs. Experiment with the rinse to find out what your hair likes and stick with it. The ACV rinse may not be for everyone, but it’s worth a try, and maybe a second one too.

Lastly, do not think just because you are not natural that your hair won’t benefit from this rinse. I highly recommend this rinse to relaxed women as well. Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, just like our hair. It helps bring the hair back to it’s normal pH balance, which is something women with chemical treated hair really needs. So to all you relaxed divas, try it out as well, I’m sure you’ll love the results!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
1 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
20 oz Purified or Distilled Water

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  1. Dang so that’s what happen. I used toooo much. I was wondering if I missed the memo because so many have stated that the rinse actually made their hair softer and here I was looking like a troll doll. I now see that I need to dilute it. Hopefully my results will be evident the next time I attempt to use this clarifying rinse. Thanks again!!

    Comment by Chelle — November 9, 2009 @ 3:10 am

  2. I tried the ACV rinse last night for the first time and loved it. It brought my curls back and the few spots that I could tell were different was “build up”. It cleaned my hair but it didn’t dry it out. The ACV rinse is new staple to my regimen….loves it!

    Comment by LadyLondon — March 23, 2010 @ 11:09 am

  3. I have been using acv for a while and I love it. Recently, I have been considering if I want to stop shampooing completely and I was wondering if acv removes silicone buildup. I straighten my hair and use biosilk to do, so silicone buildup is an issue.

    Comment by Kelsey — October 18, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

  4. I do not recommend discontinuing the use of shampoo. A clean healthy scalp is key to hair growth and the soaping agents in hair cleansers remove product buildup, dirt and debris. ACV only restores the pH and closes the cuticle. It doesn’t completely cleanse the hair. Please continue to use sulfate free shampoos for healthy hair growth.

    Comment by Samara — October 25, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  5. Okay i need some help I am so confused. i want to use the ACV because i heard it was a good detangler but I dont want to stop using the conditioner i have. (Black Vanilla Smoothie, Carol’s Daughter) i have really thick natural hair. Do i have to stop conditioning my hair to use the acv or can i use them together? Like could I conditioner my hair then do the acv hair rinse or do the hair rinse then condition? Which one is better if i can condition and use the ACV without my hair falling out! lolol Please help!!!! Thank you in advance!

    Comment by Pman — January 19, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  6. The ACV rinse is not a conditioner. It is used to return the hair back to its acidic pH. It clarifies and smooths the cuticle resulting in shiny, smoother hair. After I cleanse, detangle, and deep condition, I rinse my hair with water and then use the ACV as my final rinse. I do not rinse this out. So yes, continue to use your conditioner in addition to this rinse

    Comment by Samara — January 28, 2011 @ 3:53 am

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