ACV - before or after conditioner?

SkyeswomSkyeswom Registered Users Posts: 15 Curl Novice
I'd like to try an apple cider vinegar rinse, but cannot find anywhere if I need to do it before or after conditioning.

I found steps to shampoo, then the ACV rinse, then dry. . . when do I apply conditioner?

I would think shampoo, conditioner, ACV - but is that the right order?


  • KilajoKilajo Registered Users Posts: 786 Curl Neophyte
    I used to do it that way but I smelled vinegar all day. A lot of people say the smell goes away but it didn't for me. So now I always apply conditioner after the acv.

    On my EVO
  • TammyHTammyH Registered Users Posts: 90
    The ACV rinse is meant to close the hair cuticle. I did one tonight. My routine was BaSo wash, Cowash, RO, ACV rinse, and LI. If you use BaSo as your clarifier you definitely need to do an ACV rinse.

    The smell does hang around, but it dissipates after awhile.

  • fonkifonki Registered Users Posts: 353 Curl Neophyte
    I personally like to ACV rinse after conditioner.

    I dilute it - 700 mls of water with 2 tbspns of ACV. I leave it in for a couple of mins & then rinse it out with water. My hair does not smell of vinegar afterwards. thank goodness.
  • Cuban-curl-ECuban-curl-E Registered Users Posts: 476 Curl Neophyte
    I do baking soda, RO, then pour 1 Tbsp ACV into 1 cup warm water and pour that over hair followed by LI. Vinegar smell is gone once I've added LI and stylers.
    3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

    Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
    CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
    Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
    LOOB for second day hair

    Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Registered Users Posts: 1,275 Curl Connoisseur
    I use Struttswife's recipe and put the baking soda in my cowash conditioner. Cowash with the mix, rinse, ACV rinse, condition, rinse. I mix the ACV up in a 24oz water bottle with squirt top for easier application. What I don't use gets stored for next time.
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Registered Users Posts: 827
    I do: Cowash, Rinse Out with cold water, cold ACV rinse, squeeze out some extra water then continue with my usual styling (gel, plopping, diffuse, done).
    CG Birthday: 7/25/11
    Type 3a/2c
    Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
    Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave In: ^^^^
    Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
    *Desert Curly*

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