Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
This herbal infused apple cider vinegar rinse was influenced by one of my favorite YouTubers. Her channel is HolisticHabits.
When you visit her channel it is very apparent that she does not have hair like mine. Her hair is naturally straight and extremely long. But that is one of the great things about incorporating natural ingredients into your body care routine... they work for nearly every hair and skin type!
I tweaked this recipe just a bit to infuse two of my favorite ingredients. Rosemary and lavender promote hair and scalp health. They also help to reduce the pungent smell of the apple cider vinegar.... at least a little.
Apple cider vinegar alone gives the hair shine and helps to restore the hair's natural ph level. The average ph level of healthy hair is 4.5 to 5.5. Often shampooing the hair raises its ph level. However, a natural acid, like apple cider vinegar brings the ph back into balance.
Hair with a ph level that is too high can be dry and frizzy. Some also experience dry and flaking scalp. Apple cider vinegar closes the hair's cuticles which leaves the hair shiny, moisturized, and promotes hair health.
An herbal-infused ACV hair rinse is a perfect follow up to any Abundantly You, 100% natural shampoo bar.
This hair rinse is super easy to make and contains only three ingredients! Let's get to the recipe...
•Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
•Dried or Fresh Lavender
•Dried or Fresh Rosemary
•Fill a glass container with dried or fresh lavender or rosemary. (Note that dried herbs tend to be more potent)
•Pour in enough apple cider vinegar until the herbs are covered.
•Cover with lid and allow to infuse for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
The glass bowl pictured here holds about 8 fluid ounces. I tossed about 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. Then I filled my bowl (almost to the top) with organic apple cider vinegar.
The exact quantities depend on how much infused vinegar you are making and your personal preference.
You will notice that the herbs will change the color of your apple cider vinegar. The fragrance will be less pungent. Actually, I like the scent after it has been infused. This infusion would also be great to use in a homemade salad dressing.
How to Use
When ready to use, add approximately 2 tablespoons of the infused ACV to a glass jar or bowl of distilled water. Remeber to strain any herbs.
The amount depends on your preference and length of hair. However, I find that 2 tablespoons are potent enough.
Shampoo and rinse your hair and scalp. You can apply the hair rinse in a few different ways. You can take the bowl or jar of water/vinegar mixture and pour it over your head in the shower. You can also put your rinse in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair and scalp. Leave the herbal hair rinse in for a minute or two and rinse with cool water.
I use a shampoo bar + ACV rinse combination in my hair care routine about 2 to 3 times a month. This combo clarifies and nourishes my hair. Herbal apple cider vinegar keeps my scalp healthy, setting the stage for hair growth. The frequency of use depends on what will work best for your hair.
Store the rest of your infused apple cider vinegar in the refrigerator. If stored properly, the shelf life of an herbal rinse is a very long time.
Herbal rinses are easy to make and use. There are a variety of herbs to choose from. You can use a single herb if you'd like. Lavender, rosemary, horsetail, and peppermint are wonderful choices. Before selecting an herb for your rinse, do some reading first. Some herbs like sage could slightly change the color of your hair over time.
If you are excited to try this DIY, be sure to leave a comment below!
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The Abundantly You Bath and Body Team