A great article for DIY lovers! Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV rinse is a natural, quick, and affordable way for a squeaky clean scalp, nourishment for hair growth, and shiny hair you only dream of!

You can also lose weight the natural way when you consume Apple Cider Vinegar. Here is everything you need to know about apple cider vinegar for your health and ACV Rinse for healthy hair.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar, you ask? As the name suggests, it’s made with crushed apples; mixed with yeast and fermented with sugar.

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? Enter ACV Rinse for curly hair.

If you are on Instagram, follow Verna, @vmuse919. Her account is one of the best resources for curly hair!

Here are Verna’s two cents about ACV for curly hair.

This is one of nature’s best gifts and there are so many other benefits. So how does it clean your scalp? According to the USDA, apple cider vinegar has no measurable vitamins, minerals or any other nutritional elements. But, the ‘mother’ does. Apple cider vinegar’s main cleansing power is in its acedic content. Acetic acid is a pure acid with anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties. It’s what gives vinegar its sour taste, smell & low pH. . . Acetic acid cleans your scalp by literally eating through and dissolving particles. It does all this without having to disturb your scalp’s natural acetic environment, leaving it intact. Another great quality of apple cider vinegar is its ability to kill bacteria by penetrating the cells membrane and causing it to release its protons and die. So apple cider vinegar will get rid of potential harmful bacteria from your scalp without stripping your hair’s natural oils. . . Why do an ACV rinse after washing? Not only does apple cider vinegar balance the scalp & hair’s natural pH levels, but due to its acidic pH, apple cider vinegar helps tighten or “close” the cuticle layers of your hair. The shampoo process lifts your cuticles, causing your hair to be rough and tangle easily. Amongst other benefits, a conditioner is supposed to have an acidic pH so it can tighten your cuticles back up and leave your hair more shiny and manageable. Not all conditioners are created equal therefore not all do a good job of this. So after rinsing out your conditioner an apple cider vinegar rinse is used to ensure your cuticles lay nice and flat. . .

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What is ACV Rinse?

ACV rinse is using a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar with filtered water to clarify curly hair. 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 are used to 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. 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 Verna 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!

What does this mean?

If you decide to “champi” or prepoo your culy 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. So all the baddies that cause an itchy and flaky scalp is clarified and cleansed away by a simple 3-minute ACV massage!

  • 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 over 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.

  • Take a spritz bottle 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.

  • Spray on your scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes.

  • Rinse completely with warm water.

  • Use a CG-Safe 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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