Monday, January 23

Rave: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses

"Apple cider vinegar, produced through the fermentation of fresh apple cider is a rich source of minerals (particularly potassium), vitamins, enzymes and amino acids." (Source)
One of the most important steps in my regimen that I don't believe I've addressed at length here on HIA is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses. By doing just a little internet research, I have seen that ACV rinses are beneficial for those who suffer from scalp conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Some people have also testified that it has helped their hair growth by cleansing the scalp of debris. However, for me, the most important benefit is that with it's acidic pH, it helps to close the hair shaft which results in smooth, soft hair with better moisture retention. Below I've included pictures of what the hair shaft looks like when its open versus when it's closed:

Open hair shaft. (Credit)
Closed hair shaft. (Credit)
This is the only benefit of those that I found in my research that I can testify to! And boy, can I tell the difference when doing the ACV rinses and when I don't!

I've been doing ACV rinses consistently for about 12 weeks now (since my last relaxer) and I am definitely sure that this step is a staple in my regimen at this point!

I will note, however, that I do not use organic ACV, I use the regular one that you find next to the white vinegar in the grocery store. However I do plan on switching to the "real" stuff in the near future!

Here are some helpful links to start you out researching on the benefits of ACV (found from a simple Google search):


Do any of you ladies incorporate ACV rinses to your regimen? How does it work for you?


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I've been thinking of implementing the ACV rinse in my hair care regimen as well as my daughter's. I will be checking out these links!!!

  2. I bought some ACV at the beginning of my hair journey ( Dec 2011) and I have yet to use it. I will be trying it out some time in the near future to see if I notice a difference.

  3. If I self relax, I will use an ACV rinse to help me be sure that I am completely neutralized. Other than that, even though I bought a big ole jug...I haven't used it! lol.

  4. Like ECP I always use ACV as a final rinse during my relaxer process. At other times I only do a final rinse with it occasionally. I really should do it more often!

  5. I use it occasionally. Actually last time was 2 days ago. I don't use it regularly, I listen to my hair and it when the porosity(which I'm still confused about) is high because it lays the cuticles down and improves moisture retention for ME. I use organic ACV and my mix is 1 tblsp acv to 64oz water. Works like a charm every time.

  6. I've been curious about ACV rinses for a couple years, reading about it on the various sites. Now that I'm transitioning I think I'll definitely have to give it a whirl. Thanks and God bless!

  7. I have ACV but I'm too scared to try it. I think I tried it once but I didn't really see a difference. How do you perform your rinse?

  8. I haven't done a rinse in a while, think i will be doing one this weekend. Great post!

  9. I haven't tried it yet but reading your post reminded me that I have been meaning to do it. I have used it on my skin and it has done wonders for my blemishes!

  10. ACV with the mother is the best!

  11. OMG Thanks so much. I JUST purchased some two days ago, plan to use it on my next wash day. That closed shaft looks pretty lovely, my hair would love me for that. I think I got the regular kind like you. Does the organic ACV work better or serv a different purpose?



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