How to Rinse Hair With Vinegar for Thinning Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Adult males most often experience hair loss. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. Females sometimes face thinning hair or balding as well. Apple cider vinegar is often used as an at-home hair care product for both men and women. The acidity in apple cider vinegar is close to the acidity in natural hair. Hair is mildly acidic, as is apple cider vinegar. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter hair care products are potent and can damage hair. Apple cider vinegar, though, balances your hair's pH. It can also remove build-up caused by other hair care products.

Create an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a pinch of cayenne powder.

Add essential oils to the rinse to increase the fragrance. A few drops of lemon, rose or lavender essential oils will scent the hair rinse.

Apply rinse to scalp before you shampoo. Leave the rinse on your hair for 30 minutes to an hour before shampooing.

Massage your scalp while shampooing and rinsing your hair.

Use an apple cider vinegar rinse one to two times per week.


Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar closes the cuticles in your strands of hair. These cuticles are responsible for protecting your hair shaft. When they're closed, your hair is smoother and shinier. Apple cider vinegar also conditions and effectively cleans hair. It can help with dandruff problems and to soothe an itchy scalp. It's also used to remedy head lice. Before going to sleep, apply an apple cider vinegar mixture to bald spots. Combine one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a royal jelly capsule. Leave the mixture on overnight. Drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water can also help combat hair loss. Drink this mixture daily for three weeks.


A thyroid condition could also contribute to hair loss. If you have difficulty growing your hair using at-home remedies, consider consulting a doctor. Too much Vitamin A or not enough folic acid can also contribute to hair loss. Don't use water that is too hot when rinsing or washing your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cayenne powder
  • Essential oils
  • Moisturising shampoo
  • Royal jelly capsule
  • Water
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About the Author

As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.