Vinegar Hair Rinse

Natural hair rinse recipes

Why use a vinegar hair rinse? Three main reasons: shine, overall health and managability, and dandruff prevention. Oh, and as a side benefit, it also helps promote hair growth. Good stuff!

1. Awesome Shine

Vinegar removes built up product residue from your hair. Product residue makes your hair look dull, so removing it gives your hair more shine.

It also closes the cuticles on the hair shaft, which makes light reflect off your hair, making it look shiny and smooth - less frizz!

2. Less Tangles

Closing the cuticles makes your hair more managable and resistant to damage because it slides more easily with fewer tangles.

3. No More Dandruff

Vinegar hair rinses help treat and prevent dandruff by balancing your scalp's correct pH levels. Hair products make the scalp too alkaline, which creates an environment where dandruff-causing fungi and bacteria can grow. Vinegar restores a healthy level of acidity and reduces itching.

It also promotes blood circulation in the scalp - good for hair growth.

Basic Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe

This is ridiculously easy: combine 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups (500ml) distilled water in an old clean shampoo bottle.

Although plain white vinegar will work, choose organic raw apple cider vinegar for the most beauty benefits. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains enzymes, minerals and probiotics, which other vinegars often lack due to processing, filtration and heating.

Some folks say wine vinegar is less drying, although I haven't personally noticed a difference.

To power it up even more, add one of the following essential oil blends.

Dry Hair

5 drops lavender, 1 drop each chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ylang ylang

Oily Hair

5 drops rosemary, 4 drops juniper OR lavender, 1 drop cedarwood

Thin Hair/ Hair Loss

5 drops rosemary, 3 drops peppermint, 2 drops bay


5 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops rosemary

Caution: Don't use peppermint and rosemary essential oils if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Use essential oils with caution on skin during pregnancy.

Click here to see the best essential oils for your hair color.

How to Use Your Natural Hair Rinse

Apply your vinegar hair rinse after conditioning and either rinse it all out or leave it on your hair. Leaving the vinegar rinse on your hair helps prevent tangles. As your hair is drying you will smell vinegar, but once your hair dries there's no smell.

Vinegar hair rinses can dry out your hair if you use them every day, so only use them once or twice a week.

Herbal Hair Rinse Recipes

Herbal hair rinses can help soothe inflammation and irritation caused by heat styling and chemical hair treatments. Especially important for oily hair and dandruff.

Here's how to make a herbal hair rinse:

1. Combine 2 cups (500ml) distilled water with herbs (see the table below) in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove.

Normal to Dry Hair: use 3 tablespoons each dried Chamomile and Lavender.

Oily Hair, Thinning Hair or Dandruff: use 3 tablespoons each dried Peppermint and Rosemary.

Click to buy organic chamomile, lavender, peppermint or rosemary.

2. Remove from the heat and let steep for an hour.

3. Strain out the herbs and pour into a large dark glass or PET plastic bottle.

4. Add 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar. If you want, you can add a drop of the same essential oils as the herbs for added oomph.

To use your herbal hair rinse, simply pour it over your hair after conditioning, rub it gently into your scalp and then rinse. Voila! Shiny, healthy hair!

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