Nourishing Hair Rinse — and Why You Should Be Using One

An Nourishing Hair Rinse for hair health. Find out how to make it, how easy and inexpensive it is, and why you should be using one!

Do you want healthier, shinier hair?

Look no further…you need a hair rinse.

I started using a homemade rinse quite awhile ago to remove build up from hair products.

But I’ve learned that there are more reasons to use them.

Read on to find out how a good hair rinse nourishes your hair and how you can make your own hair rinse easily.

Did you know that your hair has shingles?

Well, sort of.

Your hair is made of a hair shaft that is covered by cuticle.

The cuticle is overlapping layers that cover your hair, kind of like shingles on a roof.

When the cuticle is in good shape, the layers lie flat and your hair looks shiny and healthy.

The layers open when you shampoo your hair, so a good rinse will:

Benefit of Hair Rinse

remove build up of hair products and other toxins so your cuticles are healthier
close cuticles so your hair slides more easily and you get fewer tangles
improve circulation to your scalp
retain a good pH balance
– help with hair conditions like hair loss, dry scalp, dandruff, and more  

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SOURCES FOR INGREDIENTS:

1.  I purchase my aloe vera juice at Vitacost.  You get $10 off your order of $30 or more through this link.  Or you can find it on Amazon.

2.  I get all of my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils.  Read my Best Essential Oils series to find out why.  I also have some oils left at cost on my Natural Store Page.

3.  Plastic Bottle – I reused an old plastic bottle (the most environmental way to go :)), but you can purchase plastic bottles with flip tops at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Just look under “Plastic bottles”  (I’m pretty smart, huh?).

4.  Guar Gum- I use NOW Brand.  I love that company for supplements, etc.

 

Essential Oils Per Hair Needs

You can adjust this hair rinse according to your personal needs.

Following are some essential oils to consider for use.

Oily HairRosemary, Lemon, Lemongrass, Basil, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree
Dry HairPeppermint
Hair GrowthRosemary, Basil, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood
DandruffClary Sage, Lemon, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli, Tea Tree

NOTES:

1.  You could just use more apple cider vinegar and water instead of the aloe vera juice, but aloe vera has many healing properties that I prefer using it.

2.  You can either leave this rinse in your hair or rinse it out.  Leaving it in for awhile, especially for the first use, will likely help remove more buildup, residue and toxins.

3.  Use at least once per week to several times per week.

4.  I keep a plastic cup in my shower.  When I am ready to rinse my hair, I pour about 1 capful of the rinse into my cup.  Then I add shower water to make up about 1 cup of water plus rinse.  I dump all of that on my head after shampooing.

 

For More Great DIY Personal Care Products, check out:

The Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers
Simple Nourishing Hand and Body Cream
Nourishing Lip Scrub
Hand and Body Sugar Scrub
Jojoba Oil Face Wash
Rose Water Spray

Do you use a hair rinse?

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom.

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  1. Aloe Vera juice? Can I just use 1/3 cup of the gel from my aloe plant’s leaves?

    • You will get a slightly different product b/c the gel is thicker and it has different properties, but since it’s an external use I don’t know that it will be a big problem.

  2. Hi, I tried using just apple cider vinegar thru my hair after shampooing it – did not help to smooth it- was no good. I do have colour in my hair – can you recommend something else I can use?

    kind regards

  3. Just tried this for the first time except I mixed soda and vinegar together with water, before pouring it onto my scalp. My scalp feels less oily, itchy and cleaner now. My hair is soft and shiny. However, it is flaking even more and my hair loss has increased. =(

    I also need to confess to having been allergic to Chinese vinegar internally. Any idea what went wrong?

    • If you are allergic to vinegar then that could be your problem. I personally would stop using it. Do you have a problem with other vinegars internally? Are you rinsing it out completely? Perhaps something else is going on? Of course, I am not a doctor and can’t medically advise.

  4. I have blonde fine hair and get foils put in it. I find apple cider vinegar makes the colour go funny. Has anyone else have this problem?

  5. I dye my gray hair. Won’t the ACV wash out the color? Please advise alternative. Thank you.

    • It shouldn’t affect your hair from the research that I have done – it’s diluted as well. I can’t promise but that is what I have found. Thanks!

  6. Couple of questions – do you have any recommendation on which brand apple cider vinegar to be used if not making it ourselves? in one of the ocmments you made you made apple cider vinegar yourself but not able to find ur link for it. also for aloe vera juice the one which is there on vita cost site from ALO i bought the same from costco but they have either honey or the mango one. is it ok to use the flavored one for this rinse or maybe not?

    • Hi there. I just put a link in the post so I hope that helps. I would think the flavored would work but it depends on the ingredients. If there’s a lot of other stuff you might not want that. :)/

  7. Pooja Pal says:

    Thanks Adrienne for your prompt response. .will definitely look out for ingredients. .can’t wait to try it out

  8. Any recommendations on a rinse for those who live in deserts and can’t use humectants like aloe? Just moved here, and it’s seeping all the moisture out of my hair instead of retaining it.

  9. I’d like to try making this for my daughter, but she’s allergic to Aloe Vera. Is there something I could use in its place?

  10. I see a lot of natural products add vinegar…what is the alternative? No matter how many or what flavor of EO I add the vinegar smell does not disappear for me in household or beauty products, not even when dry; my hair either…I just can’t do it and my husband can’t stand it, either. I read that vodka or lemon juice is a good alternative-what have you found?

  11. I can’t wait to try this! I love that you provide recommended essential oils for different hair problems. Thank you so much Adrienne for this recipe! 😀

  12. Angie Jessup says:

    I’ve had ACV recommended before as a hair rinse. Since I only use a temporary color on my hair I’m afraid it will strip the color off sooner than the 8-10 weeks. What do you think?

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