Sunday, May 20, 2012

Clarify Hair Naturally (Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse)

One of my favorite ways to treat my hair is by giving it an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. Most people use an ACV rinse to remove product buildup in place of a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos strip hair of its natural oils and that can cause excessive drying and who wants that?  I initially used an ACV rinse only to help remove buildup.  I fell in love with it after seeing that it also made my curls more defined, bouncy, shiny and fluffy!  YAY ACV!  After that I had to find out what other benefits ACV rinses have besides removing buildup.

  • Closes the hair cuticle to protect the inside of the hair shaft from damage
  • Removes buildup (cheaper and with less damage than clarifying shampoos)
  • Can restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair
  • Give hair a healthy sheen
  • Promote blood circulation of the scalp
  • and I am sure more that I don't know about
Please keep in mind that ACV is an acid and overuse can cause degradation to your hair shaft.  I have not seen any adverse side effects and will continue to use it 2-3 times a month.  I use it AFTER washing and conditioning since it is hard for conditioner to get through closed hair cuticles after using the rinse.

Some people use plain water.  I had to be a little extra of course :)  I boil water and then let dried rosemary, black (English breakfast) tea and peppermint tea seep for a while.

I don't have a particular brand of apple cider vinegar I use, but for this batch I used Target's brand:

I use a 64 ounce container and filled it with 48 ounces of the rosemary/tea water and 16 ounces of ACV.  For me this is enough for 3 rinses and I keep it in the refrigerator.  I like to use it cold.  I don't know why, but it works for me.  When I first started using ACV, I used less and suggest anyone doing it for the first time to use less also to see how your hair reacts to it.

Once it is cool I add a1/2 tablespoon of an essential oil.  I usually use tea tree oil, but I used peppermint oil this time.


  1. Omgosh! Thank you for this! I was doing my ACV rinse with just ACV and water alone! I like your way better! I think I'll try this next time! Question: do you put this is a spray bottle or just pour it over your hair?


    1. I am sorry I just noticed your question. Some people I know do use it in a spray bottle and even use it as an everyday spray. I don't feel I need that so I just use it as a final rinse.

    2. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the body’s storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. A study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels. Read more at:

  2. Try it! The peppermint is such a refreshing addition.

  3. Cold water (or ACV rinse in this case) helps to close the hair cuticles...that's why your hair feels much more smooth and may look shinier.

    1. Yes, that was mentioned in this post already under the section about benefits.

  4. wow,would try something else apart from the normal ACV and water am used to. thanks for sharing

  5. Cold water (or ACV rinse in this case) helps to close the hair cuticles.
    how to use apple cider vinegar for hair at home