ACV: Take Two


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Even though my first ACV attempt was a flop, I couldn’t throw in the towel without giving it one more try.

This time I increased the amount of vinegar but applied it at the same time in my routine, after my shampoo and before conditioner.

I used 1 tsp vinegar to 1 cup water. I thoroughly saturated my hair -focusing on both my hair and scalp this time-  and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

It started to tingle near the 10-minute mark and I couldn’t wait to rinse it out. I could definitely tell  the vinegar ratio had been upped.

I then added conditioner, rinsed, applied moisturizer and sealed with oil.


3 things that I noticed:

  • My scalp felt extra refreshed and tingly)
  • My dreads were light and fluffy
  • I seemed to need less oil for sealing



Sounds like a hit, right? Not quite.   

I still didn’t get the epiphany that everyone else seems to. No lint being magically whisked to the surface or mounds of dirt and residue dislodging from the core.

Aside from the tingly scalp, my hair feels the same after a thorough washing with my regular shampoo, or even after using my regular clarifying shampoo.

So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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11 Responses so far.

  1. It’s always good to give something a second try unless it seemed harmful. I did a bentonite clay treatment, and I didn’t notice anything special. I am going to make another attempt.
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  3. Kwamé says:

    Hi, just read your first and second try with the acv rinse. Sorry you didn’t get quite the results you were looking for. Have you tried the acv with baking soda, lemon juice and sea salt? I tried it for the first time this weekend and I’m very pleased. My locs are 6mos old and just wanted to head things off at the pass. There was significant cleansing and I noticed a couple of locs where the lint did come down to the tips of the loc. I’ll be doing it every six months as the acv can be a little harsh on the hair. I followed with washing 3x and spritzed with a rosemary and olive oil mix and then retwisted the roots, no gel. I am very pleased with my hair. It’s shiny, clean and healthy! Email me if you have any questions.

  4. ibedaredblasian says:

    I soak my locs in the rinse on my & my daughter’s hair…10 to 20 minutes. Results are awesome! My locs are lighter shinier & retain more natural moisture. Once a month routine for me.

  5. Tiff says:

    I tried it and right now my hair is so hard dry and tough. I was expecting to see n feel what everyone else was talking about but it never happened. Maybe I used to much vinegar but oh geez I can’t get a comb through my hair. My hair is already curly and it looks great but if you touch it you would see what I mean. HARD. I will never do this again. Like u said if it ain’t broke don’t fix it huh.

  6. D says:

    Hi Dear,
    I find the ACV rinse marvellous! After I use it my hair is clean soft shiny and looks black and healthy. I use 15ml(1tsp) of vinegar to 1 cup of water mix well and use after I shampoo then condition my hair.
    The ACV I use is organic and has the “MoTher” in it the brand I use is “Omega Nutrition” but you can also buy “Braggs” found at bulk barn or at a organic health food store. Hope this helps

  7. Confused says:

    I’m a little confused, why would you think you need to put chemicals and junk (conditioner) back in your hair after cleaning it all out with vinegar? It seems kind of pointless like washing your car and driving through the rain.

    I’m also confused about the person who mentioned bentonite clay… what exactly were you expecting to see? The clay binds to metals and removes toxins that you cannot see with the naked eye. As for claims that it removes lint that is scientifically impossible.

    As for lemon juice, yes it works but be warned this will lighten your hair.

    Personally I will not use any chemicals on my locks so all sudsy shampoos are out. It must be actual soap as in oil/fat+lye+salt or baking soda sometimes clay/diatom. And it is always followed by ACV and that’s it.

    Use what you like but don’t be fooled by outrageous claims and don’t give up after the first few tries it takes much longer for your scalp to adjust to not being attacked by a multitude of chemicals.

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