At times we search long and far to the solution for our beauty needs. Marketers would love to sell you high priced soaps and shampoos with outrageous ingredients and unnecessary additives and dyes. Well luckily Mother Nature has provided us with one of the simplest, best, and naturally occurring beauty products. It is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It’s hard to get better than an ACV rinse. I’ve even made apple cider vinegar on accident!
So what are the Uses of an ACV Rinse?
An ACV rinse will usually be slightly acidic water, with that acidity coming from the apple cider vinegar. The purpose of this rinse is to smooth the hair shaft back down after your alkaline shampoo bar raises it up. If you don’t smooth them back down with an acidic rinse you’ll notice that your hair feels quite coarse and tangles really easily. If you don’t use a shampoo made from true soap with a higher pH, you won’t need an acidic rinse to counteract the effects of your alkaline shampoo. You can infuse your rinse with tea, herbs, essential oils and other hair goodies. The primary purpose of the ACV rinse is to smooth the hair shaft back down so your hair doesn’t catch on itself tie itself into knots. Obviously this is much more important for people with long hair.
Well it should go without saying that vinegar is a cleaner. ACV rinse is no different. There is nothing as natural and simple as an ACV rinse for your hair. And it is one of the rare cleaners that will make your hair thicker and smoother. It seems odd that ACV being such a strong cleanser would actually condition your hair but that is exactly what it does. And because it conditions and fortifies your hair it reduces and sometimes even repair split ends. There are even some that claim that ACV rinse can be a treatment for baldness. I would say that the science on that is iffy at best. But it certainly is cheap enough and harmless to give it a try if that is your style.
How do I use ACV Rinse?
There are articles that will tell you to use ACV just as a hair rinse and that shampoo should be used first. I argue that it depends on the person. If you have naturally oily hair then this could make sense. If your hair is a natural dry or even a thin hair I would say try ACV just on its own and see how your hair reacts. You probably don’t want to just use ACV by itself though. We have used a 1 part vinegar to 1 part water solution with great results.
The easiest way to use ACV rinse is not use it as a true rinse but an after-shower rinse:
- Make an ACV rinse of 1 part water and 1 part ACV
- After your shower or bath pat your hair off of extra moisture.
- Moisten hair with the ACV rinse
- Keep hair moist and wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes
- Rinse hair out with warm water.
You should see immediate results. Your hair will be stronger, less prone to damage, and will even help heal split ends after just a few ACV rinses.