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    Default ACV - Rinse out or leave in?

    How does everyone like to use ACV? I have used it, with good results, as my last step after CWCing, but I've been rinsing it out. Would I get more benefits if I used it as a leave-in?

    Thanks in advance for all answers!

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    I've tried it both ways and for my hair type I prefer to leave it in for several minutes but ultimately rinse it out. I think my hair seems a little too lank when I leave it in.

    However, there are people who prefer to leave it in.

    I truly think it depends on your hair type, water and washing method.

    So my advice would be to try it both ways and see what you prefer for your hair.

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    I am currently experimenting with leaving it in, and to be honest, it seems to make no difference on my hair either way. I agree with aMused, though. You don't know until you try!

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    I also leave it on several minutes then rinse it out. I usually rinse it out with cold water.

    I just find it dissipates the smell quicker, not that it really bothers me.

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    I leave in. I used to use it extra strong as my scalp likes it that way. I am now using it weaker as I leave in all the time.

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    Wow - thanks for all the fast replies!

    I've got a SMT on currently, and I think I'll try leaving a weak ACV on when I rinse in a few hours.

    Thanks again.

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    I use a gallon jug, which contains a seriously-cold vinegar/water rinse mix. I use this as a final rinse, keeping in mind how much conditioner I rinse out prior, since the vinegar-rinse will... rinse more out. After that I stick my head back under the shower-water just until my crown warms back up and I can feel some more water beginning to run somewhere between ear and shoulder (a couple of seconds, really). Gently squeeze out excess wet, towel it up turban style. Done.

    ETA: So I guess I basically rinse out my vinegar-mix from the top, but let most of it stay at the bottom/length/ends.

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    I leave it in. Got in the habit of leaving it in because the whole reason I used it was to combat hard water. I figured if I was rinsing it out with that hard water, I was kinda defeating the purpose.

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    I've done an ACV rinse twice and both times, nothing special is happening. For the first one, I mixed it fairly strong, probably 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water, and I hardly rinsed it out. It might have made my hair a touch softer than normal, but negligibly. The 2nd time, I measured and mixed it 1 tbsp to 16 oz. water, and I rinsed it out. My hair was maybe a touch softer than the 1st time, but again, hardly noticeable. I'm afraid my wanting this to do something magical is making me see what isn't there. I did a baking soda shampoo prior to both.

    Is this something that works better on certain hair types, or do all hair types benefit from this? I can imagine the straighter-haired might do better, but I'm not sure why. This ACV rinse did zero for reducing frizz too. Am I expecting too much too soon?

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    I rinse it since my hair is sooo porous if I leave it my hair absorbs the vinegar and I get rusty highlights

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