How to Rinse Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar

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How to Rinse Hair With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can liven up your locks. (hair image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Add shine, bounce and remove build-up from your hair with a simple apple cider vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar is a well-known health food and folk remedy. Acetic acid, the main ingredient, will remove build-up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, glimmering strands. Apple cider vinegar hair rinse will also balance hair's pH level, kill bacteria and is a great cure for dandruff. This rinse in not recommended for colour-treated or processed hair, as acetic acid is a clarifier and can strip hair of colour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Tea ball or muslin bag
  • Rosemary and/or sage (brown hair)
  • Chamomile (blonde hair)
  • Marigold (dry hair)
  • Lavender and/or thyme (oily hair)
  • Burdock, yucca or catnip (hair growth)

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    Basic Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

  1. 1

    Make the rinse by mixing 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 qt. of distilled water. Put the mixture in a plastic bottle and bring it into the shower or bath.

  2. 2

    Shampoo hair and rinse well. Apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair. Leave it in for a few seconds. Rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine. Because vinegar is acidic, using the rinse daily is not advised. Try it once a week at most. Pay attention to how your hair responds and adjust use accordingly. You don't need to condition hair after the rinse.

  3. 3

    Dry your hair with a towel. If you notice a vinegar scent after you're done rinsing, don't fret. The smell will disappear after your hair dries.

    Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

  1. 1

    Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add 3 tbsp of your chosen dried herb into a tea ball or muslin bag. Place the ball or bag in hot water. Let the mixture infuse for two hours.

  2. 2

    Pour the mix into a glass jar when the herbal tonic is cooled, and add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Shake well. Apply the same way as the basic vinegar rinse.

  3. 3

    Add a few drops of lavender, rosemary, lemon or rose essential oil to the basic vinegar rinse recipe if you're not motivated to make an herb tonic.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful to not get vinegar rinse in your eyes. It will burn.

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