Vinegar has got to be one of the most versatile products in your pantry. It can be used in the kitchen, garden, bathroom, laundry, medicinally & as a beauty product. One of my favourite uses is as a hair rinse. Vinegar helps balance your hair’s pH and gets rid of residue left by commercial products, heavy shampoos and conditioners.
If you're making the switch to be more eco friendly, try one of our shampoo bars. You'll also need to try our aromatherapy vinegar hair rinse recipe. It's super easy to make and can be easily customised to best suit your own hair type.
You'll need a used but clean glass or plastic bottle that holds 750ml (a squirt bottle would be even better if you have one!) and mix the following:
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 cups water (you can also use an herbal infusion or tea, I really like chamomile tea or lemon peel & pure vanilla infused in my water)
- 12 drops essential oil of your choice
The basic ratio for this is 1 cup of water or tea to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of essential oil. You can scale it to meet your needs, or start with a small batch to see if you like it.
After I shampoo my hair, I pour some of the vinegar mixture onto my head and rub it in a little. I usually let it sit for a minute or 2, and then rinse out. Some people leave it in, but I prefer to rinse.
Rinsing eliminates the vinegar odour faster, which I have to say was a little hard to get used to at first. No worries – the smell doesn’t linger….as soon as you rinse it’s gone. It makes my hair feel silky and soft, and I don’t need conditioner anymore.
What Essential Oils Are Best For Hair?
There are a number of different essential oils you could choose to add to the rinse that are beneficial for your hair. This is only a partial list and includes some of my favorites for hair care, but there are certainly others that are beneficial for hair as well.
- lavender – for all hair types
- geranium – for normal or dry hair
- parsley – for normal, dry or fragile hair
- carrot – for normal, dry or fragile hair
- cypress – for oily hair
- rosemary – for all hair types and can help with dandruff
- lemon – for normal and oily hair as well as treating dandruff
- thyme – for oily hair and treating dandruff
You can also leave out the essential oils if you prefer! The vinegar alone will still do a fabulous job of cleaning your hair. Leave a comment and let us know what combination you use if you try this out!