Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse 

This herbal infused apple cider vinegar rinse was influenced by one of my favorite YouTubers, HolisticHabits. 

When you visit her channel, it is very apparent that she does not have hair like mine. However, that is a great aspect of incorporating natural ingredients into your body care routine. This ACV rinse works for nearly every hair type.

I tweaked this recipe just a bit to infuse two of my favorite ingredients. Rosemary and lavender herbs promote hair and scalp health. They also help to reduce the pungent smell of the apple cider vinegar. 

Apple cider vinegar 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. Since the ph of apple cider vinegar is around a 3, we’ll discuss how to dilute the ACV rinse before application. 

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. If your hair porosity ranges from medium to high, this is a bonus. 

An herbal-infused ACV hair rinse is a perfect follow up to shampoo, or to give your hair special treatment if in need of repair. 

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

  • Distilled Water

The glass bowl pictured here holds about eight fluid ounces. I tossed about five sprigs of fresh rosemary and two tablespoons of dried lavender. Note that dried herbs are more potent than fresh herbs. If using fresh herbs, you may want to increase your quantities.

Pour in enough apple cider vinegar to fully cover the herb. I filled my bowl (almost to the top) with organic apple cider vinegar that still contains the mother.  

Cover the container with lid and allow to infuse for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

The exact quantities depend on how much infused vinegar you are making and your personal preference. 

After a week or two, you will notice that this combination of herbs will change the color of your apple cider vinegar. The fragrance will also be less pungent. I enjoy the scent after the ACV has been infused. 

Infused ACV also is an amazing ingredient to add to homemade salad dressings!

How to Use 

Strain your herbs from the apple cider vinegar. When ready to use, add approximately one teaspoon of the infused ACV to eight ounces of distilled water.

The amounts depend on your preference and length of hair. However, I find that one teaspoon to every eight ounces of water is not too acidic for the hair.

If using more water, add more of the ACV rinse. But always be mindful that the goal is ph balance and healthy hair. 

After shampooing, you can apply the ACV 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 two to three minutes and rinse with cool water. 

I use a shampoo bar + ACV rinse combination in my hair care routine about once 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 that will make an amazing ACV rinse. Instead of two, 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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