Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

by kcurly on January 13, 2009

in Organic/Natural Products and Ingredients,Product Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

What is an ACV rinse?

  • final rinse that is made from diluted water and Apple Cider Vinegar
  • can remove buildup
  • provides sheen (or shine) to hair
  • increases manageability
  • smooths the hair

I have experienced all of the above when doing an ACV rinse and do it about once a month at least. Your hair won’t be a different head of hair, but you will notice a difference in the way it looks and feels. I feel it’s especially helpful to people who choose not to use (or rarely use) shampoo.

Please make sure you dilute the ACV before using it, if not your hair will be hurtin for certain ;) . I dilute about 1/4 cup of ACV in 2 cups of water and use during my final rinse. You may have to play around with your dilution ratio.  Do not rinse it out. The smell does linger until my hair is almost dry, but it’s not overwhelming.

Here are some interesting articles on ACV:

CurlChemist: The Scoop on Vinegar (

Apple Cider Vinegar is a Versatile Natural Hair Care Product (



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  • Bronze Trinity

    I just have a question. When you do the rinse do you condition your hair beforehand? And if so, won’t strip your hair of the conditioner?

  • kcurly

    Trinity, I do condition before hand. My hair never feels stripped as long as it’s a very small amount of ACV diluted in a lot of water. Hope that helps!

  • Bronze Trinity

    Thanks! I tried it last night and it made my hair so smooth, soft, and easy to detangle. It didn’t feel stripped. Some people actually leave it in so I think I will try that next week. Who would have thought something so simple could be so great? I was shocked!

  • Bronze Trinity

    You know I also noticed my curls looked looser so there wasn’t as much shrinkage. I did a curly fro and it came out so soft and perfect the next day! The bottle of ACV I bough will probably last a long time and at $6.50 thats cheaper than the conditioners I used to use!

  • kcurly

    Trinity, I’m glad you liked it! I never wash mine out when I do mine, definitly try it next time!

  • JBH

    How often can you do an ACV rinse? I noticed you said you do it at least once a month. Would a weekly ACV rinse be too much? Thanks!

  • naturalhair58

    Help!! A few days ago, I deep conditioned with Ojon, did an ACV rinse, my leave-in is Cantu Shea Butter and I twisted with IC gel. The next morning I did a twist out and my hair was frizzy, and I had a lot of shrinkage. Any suggestions- I don’t know what happened.

  • kcurly

    JBH, I don’t see anything wrong with doing it once a week if your hair likes it. I’ve seen some ladies say that they do it once a week and their hair loves it.

  • kcurly

    Naturalhair58- for the shrinkage, a good thing to do is air dry your hair after you’ve done washing/detangling. Then do your twists on dry hair. This allows your length to be seen more, though you do need to be careful when handling your hair dry.

    As for the frizz, have you tried a butter or cream after your leave in one each section before you twist? Also, was your hair completely dry when you took the twists out or did you go to bed on wet twists? I find both these things can create frizziness.

  • Bessie

    I haven’t tried this in a long time… thanks for the reminder :-) It does a great job in adding sheen and the hair cuticles appear to lay smoother. I’ll need to restock on this stuff, hope to try it soon.

  • Angela Muhammad

    Hi! This is my second attempt at going natural. First time I didn’t know how to properly care for my hair. Now, I’m learing how to do that. I’m in the transistion phase and my sister was telling me about the acv rinse. I have a I shampoo first and then do the rinse and what do I use for shampoo that doesn’t have sulfate in it? What do I do 1st, 2nd, 3rd…Thanks!

  • kcurly

    Angela, you don’t need to shampoo before the ACV rinse. It needs to be the last thing you rinse your hair with. If you want a sulfate gentle cleanser, try castile soap. Do a search on my blog for it. I’m not big into shampoo, but I have a few reviews on here of gentle shampoos. I hope that helps.

  • erica johnson what did i dooo

    well my hair was growing very well drinking 8 cups of green tea a day oil it down daily THEN I GOT TO HAPPY I MESSED AROUND WITH SOME ESSENTIAL OILS AND BURNED SOME OF MY HAIR OUT, IT WEAKEND MY HAIR. SO NOW IM TRYING TO REBUILD MY HAIR, HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deb

    does acv kill fungus/bacteria? I have bad danfruff and was wondering if the acv rinse would “kill” the bacteria that’s living on my head. Sounds gross, I know, but I’m also wondering if it’s halting my hair growth too.

  • Jaye

    Ok…looking to experiment with the carmel deep conditioner & acv rinse. However, I want to know if I should shampoo 1st, deep condition, then acv rinse??? Please advise, for I would like to try this asap! : )

  • mabel

    This is my second week of using acv rinse it works very well on dandruff and soothes fizz. Avc rinse leaves my hair soft and shiny. thanks!

  • steph

    how often can i use ACV on Transitional hair

  • kcurly

    steph, that’s probably based on the individual…I would think no more than once a week…just experiment and see what works :)

  • Lynora

    Can an ACV rinse be used to clarify?

  • Dolly

    try this.
    u will need:
    2 cups boiling water
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (use lemon juice if blonde)
    about 2 tablespoons FRESH herbs (i reccomend using rosemary)
    1 pot, 1 ladel, and one empty bottle (shampoo, soap, etc)
    1.boil the water
    2. add the vinegar or lemon juice and herbs.
    3. cover with lid and let steep at least 15 mins
    4. turn off heat and let steep 30 more mins
    5. let cool COMPLETELY! (other wise it will fry ur hair)
    6. pour cooled mixture in bottle.
    7. use after rinsing out shampoo squirt some in and let sit 1 min
    this gives ur hair an AMAZING shine and will add a rich gloss!

  • Chelsea

    ” final rinse that is made from diluted water and Apple Cider Vinegar”

    Use diluted water, eh’? How might I do that? LOL… I think you mean diluted ACV.

    Don’t choose the ACV that the poster used. Use the organic variety with the “mother” intact. Look up “acv mother” to get the definition. I use Bragg brand acv.

  • kcurly

    Chelsea, I’m happy that you’re finding joy in correcting my post. Sorry that I’m not “purrfikt”.

    Tell me, do you really think anyone thinks that I meant to dilute water? I think your post was just out of mean spiritedness. And people can choose to use whatever ACV they want. Not everyone, myself included, can buy organic all the time.

    But I do thank you for sharing.

  • MsDee

    Hi, Im a newly natural myself. But although I agree with your post, I do agree with Chelsea with using the organic kind as well. From my understanding the ACV with the “mother” is better for the simple fact that its not over processed compared to the other kinds. In fact some have actually experienced their hair type changing from a 4b to a 3a/b in a matter of a few months using the rinse weekly. And tyhe pricing is not too overwhelming. But thanku for posting this either way. Take Care:)

  • Marion Pecina

    It’s exhausting to search out knowledgeable individuals on this matter, however you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • Candy Girl

    ACV is great! I have experienced shiny, smoother hair. Less shedding and breakage. Definitely dilute with water, for my hair, I use half water, half ACV. For my face, I use two parts water to one part ACV. My skin is no longer oily, I have been using it on my face and hair for two months. I love it!

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