ACV Tea Rinse vs Cold Water Rinse

The featured image is the water rinse results 3 days later vs the ACV tea rinse results also 3 days later.

This is the 3 month battle for shiny hair I’ve been immersed in.  I stumbled upon an alternative for the cold water rinse about a month ago.  I had tons of herbal tea rinses and plenty of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  On top of that, walking out the house with wet hair is no big deal right now.  So I decided to try something new.  I have super curly thick hair, so I deep condition year round at least twice a week.  I also live in a humid area so frizz all year long is an issue.  I know most people at this point probably know about the popular Cold Water Rinse for shiny hair.  If you haven’t, it’s essentially making your final rinse with cold water before styling your hair.  The cold water apparently shocks the hair cuticle into closing or laying down so that light reflects better off your hair.  It’s a method that is supposed to be good for all kinds of hair textures (curly, straight, etc).  So I tried the cold water rinse for 2 months and I’ve done my Vinegar Tea Rinse for a month.  Let me just say this:  There’s no reason to suffer the cold.

As I mentioned before, I tried the cold water rinse method for 2 months.  Well…those two first rinses were wow.  That water was cold.  However, I didn’t see any difference in my hair until the 4th rinse.  My hair wasn’t dull or dusty looking.  Due to natural hair color having a red base, being in the sun has lightened my hair and sometimes it can appear dull and dry because of the color.  Well the cold water rinse appeared to be helping with that issue.  I also saw a reduction in frizz.  Only certain areas of my hair really have a frizz issue and that’s the very front and back.  Unfortunately, the frizz relief and shine only lasted for 2 days after a fresh wash.  Restyling my hair every other day, even in the summer, is not part of my daily expectations.  I have a lot of hair and it takes time to do.  Granted, my scalp adjusted to the cold water and frizz was down, but the shine and frizz control was only a 2 day thing.  The picture below is my hair freshly styled on the right and what it looks like on the 2nd day on the left.

water rinse


Now for the last month I have been doing an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Tea Rinse.

My current recipe:

1 cup of herbal tea

  1. fresh rosemary
  2. fresh rose
  3. fresh lavender

1/2 cup of ACV

1/4 cup of Honey

Be sure to mix it well and make sure the honey is completely mixed in.  You can substitute the herbs for whatever ones you want.  Please refer to Ingredients in the menu at the top of the page for herbal information to help select the herbs you think would benefit your hair best.

Anyways, I’ve been doing this rinse for the last month.  It took two rinses for me to visibly see the difference in my hair.  Frizz is gone.  My hair has more movement and body.  My hair is still shiny even in poor lighting 4 days later!  The best part is my rinse is lukewarm.  I’m sorry, but that cold water just doesn’t make sense.  I can’t.  So after washing and conditioning or deep conditioning my hair, I pour this rinse over my hair until it’s saturated.  I try not to waste any of it.  Be careful to avoid your eyes!  I then place my hair in a bun at the top of my head and leave it in for at least 30 minutes.  Once I’m ready to style my hair, I do a quick rinse and apply my products.  Keep in mind you can just leave it in if you want to, and keep it moving.  The herbs from the tea kill the vinegar smell and honey helps with that too.  If your edges or forehead feel sticky, it means that the amount of honey is too much for your hair to absorb, but a wet clothe can be used to wipe away the honey residue.  Just decrease the amount of honey a bit the next time you create your rinse.  The picture below is my hair freshly styled on the left and my hair 3 days later on the right.  I didn’t color my hair.  I’ve just been outside a lot lately.  Yay summer!



What’s the final take?  Do a vinegar tea rinse.  Your hair texture may require you to make a couple adjustments that will work best for your hair, but this is the alternative to rinsing your hair with cold water.  It doesn’t really strip your hair because the honey acts as a moisturizer.  The herbs you chose for the herbal tea are important too.  If you are experiencing hair loss the herbs I used may not be best for your hair issues.  By all means adjust this rinse and let us know how it works for you.  As usual comment, like, share, and tell us your remedies that have worked to combat Chlorine, Sea Salt, and fun in the Sun.  Tschus!

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