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:

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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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.

5.  Use whatever essential oils you would like.  Following is a list of optional oils and their potential benefits.

Oily Hair – rosemary, lemon, lemongrass, basil, patchouli, ylang ylang, tea tree
Dry Hair – peppermint
Hair Growth – rosemary, basil, lavender, ylang ylang, cedarwood
Dandruff – clary sage, lemon, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, tea tree

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 Native American Nutritionals.  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.

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

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  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the post. Dosen’t aloe vera juice require refridgeration? Have you noticed an issue with keeping it in the shower for for a length of time?

    Thanks. Your blog is great

    • I’ve never read that it needs refrigeration. I have tried natural hair rinses that have similar ingredients and I think the shelf life from opening to usage is 6 months, but it never lasts that long :). It gets used up pretty quickly. You are so welcome!

  2. This is interesting! I love the idea, and wish I had these ingredients on hand.

    I’d love to share this with my readers at the Hearthfelt Hopes linky party. Please give it a thought; you’d be the perfect fit! :)

  3. What a coincidence! Just yesterday I started actually using an apple cider rinse I made and my hair feels amazing. I have really curly, coarse, dry hair and it did wonders. My hair is so soft and not frizzy at all!

  4. I just switched to apple cider vinegar and trying the nopoo. I need a hair cut before I decide if I like it. I LOVE the plain acv rinse! I didn’t think I would, but I sure do.
    The vinegar smell dissipates VERY quickly– your hair will not smell if you rinse the conditioner out.
    I have not tried leaving acv in and not rinsing– I imagine it would stop smelling, but take a while– so that may be where I’d use an EO.

    I’m thinking about giving this a try with a half batch and using a fresh aloe plant– ours is growing quite big and I don’t think it would miss it if I took a few pieces off to add some to the conditioner. I wonder if this will be similar- or if aloe is cooked or processed in some way?
    Jessica

    • I don’t know about that, but the aloe gel is what easily comes from inside the plant and the juice is produced from a different part of the plant so there are 2 different things there. I don’t know if they are interchangeable in this way. Sorry :).

  5. I think I pretty much Evernote clip every article you post :)

    My husband uses ONLY vinegar to wash his hair these days. After a few weeks of his hair readjusting it’s oil levels (and, boy were those fun), his hair looks great. This might be a nice way to keep him from having to use conditioner too. Right now he adds some Wen to his hair to soften it.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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. :)/

  12. Pooja Pal says:

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