Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse is a natural, quick, and affordable way to get a squeaky clean scalp, stimulation for hair growth, and shiny hair! Here is everything you need to know about apple cider vinegar for healthy curls!

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I customarily add a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar with my salad. For gut cleansing and detoxifying benefits, drink Apple Cider Vinegar daily but super diluted with water. One tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before each meal is often recommended as an effective dosage for daily detoxification. Remember to drink with a straw to avoid side effects on your teeth. Either way, here are the crazy Apple Cider Vinegar health benefits as explained by Health Ambition:

  • Detoxification
  • Weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Prevents constipation
  • Treats acne if used repeatedly.
  • Normalizes intestinal bacteria
  • Improves stamina and energy.
  • Strengthens your immune system.
  • Regulates blood sugar to aid in diabetes.
  • Potassium in it prevents leg cramps and restless legs.
  • Reduces bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath.

Given all these awesome health benefits to consuming ACV, I thought to myself, is it as good for curly hair as the best curly gurus on Instagram say it is? Has too, right? 

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How I do the ACV Rinse

Since my natural plant-based products don’t buildup, I prefer doing my bi-monthly ACV rinses to refresh my hair. I rinse my hair first to remove old products then dip my hair into a big bowl of warm water premixed with a tablespoon or two apple cider vinegar. Keep 3 minutes, massage my scalp with it and style. That’s it! I was inspired by INGE to do this so watch her brilliant tutorial here.

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What is ACV Rinse?

As the name suggests, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) made with crushed apples; mixed with yeast and fermented with sugar.

An ACV rinse is using a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar with filtered water to clarify curly hair. To clarify means to strip curly hair that has gunk a.k.a. Product build-up, dirt from pollution, oil residue, did I mention product buildup?

If you cowash, you need to shampoo at least once or twice a month. While a DIY bentonite clay is a replacement for shampoo,  ACV Rinse is like a final rinse after you shampoo or cowash. This helps to close the cuticles and lower your porosity level.

Does ACV work the same as shampoo?

The articles I found on Google were conflicting about this, and so, I asked @TheMestizaMuse the same question. She says –

I just watched a video about this very question you’re asking where someone did an experiment with ACV vs. Shampoo. They were comparing it to see how it would “clean” oil build up. ACV was able to interrupt some of the oil but not like the shampoo did. The shampoo was able to completely interrupt the oil. So ACV won’t remove the oil like a shampoo & it’s because of the surfactants. ACV is great for balancing out the pH levels but as far as removing certain things like let’s say silicones or polyquats…it’s not strong enough to remove them. I also found this to be true on the Natural Bloom website with their experiment. While I think ACV can remove some, I don’t think it can remove everything. Hope this helps!

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What does this mean?

If you decide to “champi” or prepoo your curly hair with oil, then you definitely need a shampoo to remove that extra oil. Follow that with ACV Rinse and conditioner/deep conditioner. You be the judge on what your hair needs at the time.

ACV rinse clarifies hair, cleans the scalp and heals it too if you suffer from skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, just to name a few. So if you have dull and limp hair that doesn’t seem to like any products or refuses to form curl clumps then it’s time you tried the ACV rinse. ACV rinse once or twice a month has countless benefits for dry, lifeless curly hair.

How ACV Rinse solves all your hair troubles!

Packed with nutrients, ACV rinse nourishes your hair and scalp. Product buildup, dirt, natural oils, and sweat cause itchy and flaky scalp. This can be cleansed away with ACV massaged into scalp/hair and rinsed OUT within 3minutes!

  • Encourages hair growth.

  • Detangles curly hair.

  • Prevents split ends.

  • Reduces frizz.

  • Adds shine to curly hair.

Improve your Hair Porosity!

Did you know? Balances the hair’s pH – this is good specifically when you have high porosity. ACV can help you reduce your hair porosity to a medium – this is a good thing! Lower porosity means you don’t have to use many products to maintain moisture and balance in your curly hair.

Avoid these rookie mistakes with your first ever ACV Rinse

  • Don’t use the filtered ACV version like I did, results will vary. Use apple cider vinegar with “mother” in the bottle

  • Oil your hair and scalp before treatment to prevent dryness, if you have low porosity curl hair.

  • High porosity curls, I suggest spraying on your hair too to remove all the product buildup.

  • Medium to Low porosity curls massage only the scalp to avoid dryness.

ACV Rinse Method & Recipe

For best results, you want to use apple cider vinegar with “mother” in the bottle. This is the bacteria/yeast goodness you want on your scalp and hair. This is the cloudy ACV liquid not yet pasteurized or filtered through the distillation process.

  • Use a bowl and fill it with one part ACV and 2-3 parts WARM water.

  • For long hair, you could use ⅓ cup ACV to half a litre of filtered WARM water.

  • For short to medium length use 1 tablespoon for two cups of filtered water.

  • Dip your hair and massage your scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes.

  • Rinse completely with warm water.

  • Work with your Conditioner or Deep condition (DC) – do what your hair needs.

  • Style as usual.

  • Remember to refresh curly hair on non-wash days!


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Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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