ACV for Curly Hair

by Stephanie B
(Atlanta, GA, USA)

French translation

I have naturally curly hair that is usually curly and bouncy.

But from color bleach and the use of flat irons my curls have been flat and stringy.

I was told that ACV would do the trick, and it actually worked.

I would shampoo, drench my hair in ACV, put my hair in a plastic cap, let it sit for 30 min-45 min, rinse, condition, then style as usual.

I do it once a week and now my hair is back to curly and bouncy. It took me 3-4 times to get the results I wanted.

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Apr 10, 2011
'Thyroid' Hair
by: Anonymous

Six years ago, my hair was the envy of almost every woman I came across. People couldn't resist touching it. It was very thick, straight and hung down to my hips.

But then I became sick with Graves Disease (overactive thyroid), which later developed into Thyrotoxicosis (life-threatening) and I was told I had to have Radioactive Iodine treatment or I would "drop dead at any moment".

My hair reacted very quickly to the illness and treatment, and began falling out in massive amounts. It became incredibly dry and one night in bed, my partner and I could hear it actually sound 'crunchy' when I moved my head on the pillow.

Friends said I looked like I'd aged 20 years overnight as my skin 'withered', whilst my hair was all but dead (yes, I know hair is already dead, just bear with me, ok?) and the rate at which it fell, increased.

Then I remembered things I'd long forgotten: apple cider vinegar and pure gelatin powder. I knew (unflavored) gelatin was an important supplier of protein for starving hair and that ACV would help restore the pH.

Rushing to my cupboards, I put 2 tsps of unflavored gelatin in a jug, added half a cup of cold water and stirred, then added half a cup of boiling water to help it dissolve and 2 tsps of apple cider vinegar to prevent it from setting.

Letting it thicken for a few minutes, I applied it to dry hair, saturating it with the mix. I left it on for 15 minutes, then lightly washed it out with any old commercial shampoo I had on hand.

To rinse, I added a 2 tablespoons of ACV to 1 cup of cool water, a 1/4 tsp of pure vegetable glycerin and a few drops of whatever essential oils I had on hand, which happened to be patchouli and lavender, and mixed.

Rinsing the shampoo completely out of my hair, I poured the ACV mix all over it, massaging it into my scalp and ends really well and left it in. I did not rinse it out, which I personally believe is very important.

Because I was in a rush for an appointment, I DID blow dry my hair; it was so soft, but also 'fluffy' and very static-y. So, I pulled out my trusty hair iron (straightener) and straightened my hair, without using heat styling products. (I can almost hear your horror!)

The result? It was buttery soft (far more than when using conditioners and heat styling products). It looked amazing and 'fresh' and 'alive'. Then I rubbed a few drops of lavender essential oil in the palms of my hands and smoothed it over the ends of my hair (but not necessary).

It's still long (mid-back length now), but I began receiving compliments on it from the first time I used the gelatin and ACV. Some even asked if I'd colored it, because it looked so vibrant and shiny.

The point is, if it works so well for someone in my condition, how much more so will it work for someone without any major problems? I even use the gelatin as a face mask and spray ACV on my skin now as well and I almost look as good as I did before the illness.

Isn't nature wonderful?

Jun 11, 2010
by: Anonymous

Do you still put something in your hair to make the curls look nice or do you just leave it?

Jun 11, 2010
by: Anonymous

Do you put any styling product in after(gel pomade serum etc) you do the rinse?

May 21, 2010
Wavy hair!
by: Amy x

My hair was the same, I never dyed it but was using flat irons to much and it made my hair go straight but frizzy after I washed it!

Now I have some vinegar mixed with 3 parts water in a spray bottle, I comb my hair after I wash it and spray this into my hair but I don't rinse and once it drys my waves look amazing!
I love it! :D

Nov 30, 2009
Diluted or not?
by: Rochelle

Did you drench your hair in straight Apple Cider Vinegar or was it a diluted rinse version?

Would love to know.

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