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DIY Hair Rinse

I don’t know about you, but I love DIYs! Especially for bath, body, and beauty purposes. I first came across the base of this recipe while reading The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. She talked about adding apple cider vinegar to water forming a hair rinse to combat buildup along the scalp. I took this hair rinse base and decided to add in a few essential oils that I knew contained benefits for healthy hair. This has become my favorite hair rinse!

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is great at strengthening the health of your hair and scalp. Do you struggle with dull hair? Adding this vinegar to the rinse can help restore shine! Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to reduce itchiness of scalps and improve dandruff.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender oil can work wonders on dry and damaged hair. I love adding this oil to the rinse to add extra conditioning power for my dry hair. Plant Therapy also makes a lavender hydrosol that can be used as a hair spritzer for added conditioning!

Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary is a simple oil to add to your haircare routine. It’s a great additive to your favorite shampoo, hair masks, and hair rinses. Rosemary has healing properties that aid in reducing excess oil production, promotes a healthy scalp, and has been known to promote healthy hair growth.

Cedarwood essential oil

Suffer from a flaky scalp? Try adding cedarwood to your shampoo. Cedarwood is great at promoting a healthy scalp and reducing flakes. I will be honest with you; this is one of my least favorite smelling essential oils. If needed, add a couple of extra drops of lavender to cover us the smell! You definitely don’t want to leave this out of the rinse as cedarwood has so many great properties for hair health!


3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

4 drops lavender essential oil

4 drops rosemary essential oil

4 drops cedarwood essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a small cup. Fill the rest of the cup with water. While in the shower, slowly pour mixture onto hair massaging as you go. I like to pour a small amount at a time and massage that into my scalp and hair. Once you have thoroughly massaged the rinsed into your hair and scalp, follow with your favorite shampoo and conditioner!

This hair rinse is so simple to make and use and has amazing benefits for a healthy scalp and hair. The rinse is gentle enough to use weekly if needed. I tend to use the rinse 1-2 times per month. You will be amazed how soft and shiny your hair will be!

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