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Herbal hair rinses are a *must* in my natural hair care routine! Depending on the herbs you use, herbal hair rinses can help relieve scalp conditions (like dandruff), enrich your hair color/enhance natural highlights and stimulate the scalp to increase hair growth!
I also love adding raw apple cider vinegar to my herbal hair rinses because it gently cleanses the scalp and removes residue/product build up from the hair. It can also help soothe scalp conditions due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Plus, apple cider vinegar detangles the hair and leaves it soft and shiny.
Keep reading to learn two ways to make your own DIY herbal hair rinses! (or watch the video below).
How to use: Add a few tablespoons of herbal vinegar into a large glass or bowl and dilute it with water. I bring the bowl (with the herbal vinegar) into the shower and fill it up with the shower water. Then I dip my ends into the rinse and let it soak in for about 30-60 seconds. I then dump the excess over my scalp/hair and leave it in for 1-2 minutes. You can leave it in or rinse it out. I use these rinses around once a week.
* How much herbal vinegar you’ll need depends on how much hair you have and the length of your hair. If you have short hair you might only need 2 Tbs, if you have long hair you may need 4 + Tbs. Experiment and find the dilution that works best for the length and thickness of your hair! I have thick waist length hair and use 4-5 TBS.
* I store mine in the fridge to keep it fresh. It should keep for a year if stored properly.
How to use: Once cooled, it’s ready to use on your hair/scalp. Simply dump over your head from scalp to ends (after shampooing/conditioning). Leave on for a few minutes and then leave in or rinse out. Use your herbal rinses as often as necessary.
* I get 1-2 uses out of a batch. If you have some left over, you can store it in the fridge for a couple days and use it next time you wash your hair.
Rosemary– Stimulates circulation to the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth.
Lavender – Balances oil production and soothes the scalp (great for before bed!)
Sage- Relieves dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. Can gradually darken the hair.
Horsetail– Strengthens hair and reduces breakage during hair growth.
Calendula- Soothes scalp conditions and great for dry hair.
Peppermint- Helps calm an inflamed scalp. Stimulates blood flow to the scalp.
Thyme- Balances oily hair and has antiseptic and antifungal properties that soothe the scalp.
Parsley– Helps to add shine and luster to the hair
Chamomile – Great for blonde hair since it will bring out highlights. And a little FYI If you don’t have chamomile flowers, you can use Chamomile tea. And this goes for all the herbs.
Bulgarian Rose- Helps relieve scalp conditions (you can use something like Rose Nectar)
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