Due to a recent post and additional requests, this post is a dedicated how-to for ACV rinses:

This is the recipe I started with and is my quick go-to

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar


Combine the water and ACV into a bowl or cup. Slowly pour over hair, scrubbing scalp and hair to remove buildup. To smooth the cuticles and restore PH balance, you can also use this rinse as your final step after washing, conditioning and detangling.

A good ACV rinse can remove product buildup, restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair, promote blood circulation in the scalp--which can stimulate new hair growth--and give the hair a soft, healthy sheen.

This is an herbal infused version to help with any other scalp issues

Here are some recommended herbs to use with apple cider vinegar:

  • dark hair- Parsley, Rosemary, Sage
  • light hair- Chamomile, Flannel Mullein, Marigold 
  • red hair- Henna 
  •  oily hair- Lavender, Thyme, Witch Hazel, Yarrow 
  •  dry hair- Marigold 
  •  brittle hair-Horsetail 
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 Make your own herbal hair rinse: Place 2 tablespoons of the dried herb (or herb mixture) into a muslin bag or tea ball and put in a warmed tea pot. Pour 2 Cups of boiling water over the herbs and infuse for 2 hours. Allow the liquid to cool then pour it into a jar. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and mix well.

To add extra fragrance to the herbal rinse, try adding a few drops of lavender or lemon or rose essential oils.

Create quicker concoction by using essential oils. Just add 5 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup of ACV. When ready to rinse hair, take 1 tablespoon of this mixture and add it to 1 cup of warm water.

These Essential Oils work best with ACV: Lavender Lemon Rose Rosemary Sage.

ACV has many benefits:

  • Reveals your hair's natural sheen by removing product residue
  • Damaged hair has upraised cuticle on a microscopic level and ACV can help them close and gives a shinnier appearance while making hair easier to detangle.
  • On some fancy chemical level that I am not going to get into dealing with pH, it helps conditioners penetrate hair better
  • It prevents devastating hard water build-up