DIY Herbal Hair Rinse Recipes

Why spend a ton of money and use products full of chemicals? Make these simple hair rinse recipes for shiny, healthy locks.

Gorgeous, shiny, healthy hair is universally desirable—and easy to achieve. First, the basics: Eat well, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep, and these will be reflected in the condition of your skin and hair. Additionally, keep your scalp and hair clean and well-nourished. You can also enhance the condition of your scalp (and hair) by using easy, homemade, all-natural herbal rinses. Hair rinses will help you achieve a healthy head of hair by boosting circulation, cleansing your scalp and conditioning your hair.

Natural hair rinses are easy to make.  Here are some simple hair rinse recipes for you to create at home—enjoy!

 

 

More Easy, Natural Hair Rinses

Try these rinses after shampooing. For added shine, when directed rinse hair with the coldest water you can stand. This will get your hair super clean and allow the hair cuticle to lie flat.

Calendula petals: To brighten blonde hair, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1⁄4 cup of calendula petals; let cool. Use as a final rinse post-shampoo.

Catnip: For a quick dandruff cure, brew a strong tea of dried catnip leaves and boiling water and massage into your scalp after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

Lemon juice: The juice of 1 lemon and 1 cup water mixed together brings back life and shine to dull hair. Use as a final rinse after shampooing, following with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon water.

Baking soda: 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water mixed together gets your hair really clean and removes all traces of styling gels and hair spray. Massage well into hair and scalp and rinse with warm followed by cool water.

Apple cider vinegar: 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water gives your hair shine and bounce. Use as a final rinse after shampooing and then rinse well with cool water.

Flat beer: 1 cup of flat beet will give your hair body. The beer scent will not remain once your hair is dry. For extra body, use beer as your final rinse (do not rinse out).

Tomato juice: 1 cup of tomato juice will remove any odor, such as smoke, from your hair. Massage into hair and rinse with warm, then cool water.

Rosemary-Thyme Rinse (All Hair Types)

Makes 12 ounces
Rosemary and thyme have been used for centuries to darken hair and keep it soft and silky. They also have natural antiseptic properties, which give this rinse the added bonus of keeping your scalp healthy and clean. After several uses, you will notice the results. Herbal rinses need to build up over time, but the advantage is that your hair will darken quite subtly and naturally.

• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 2 cups boiling water

1. Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow leaves to steep until cool. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container.

2. To use: After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. Do not rinse.

Blackberry Leaf Rinse (All Hair Types)

Makes 12 ounces

This rinse can gently enhance your hair color, deepening the color of dark hair and highlighting lighter shades. The green prickly leaves make a cleansing rinse that treats dandruff and will leave your hair clean and shiny, and works on all hair types and colors. If you cannot find fresh blackberry leaves, look for dried leaves in the bulk bin of a natural food store or for herbal tea made from 100 percent blackberry leaves.

• 1⁄2 cup clean fresh blackberry leaves
• 2 cups water
• 2 to 3 fresh blackberries (optional)

1. Place leaves in a small saucepan and cover with water. For a hint of natural color, add a few fresh berries to water, if desired. Bring water to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes.

2. Remove the pan from stove and allow to sit 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and pour into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. You will have a yellow- green liquid with a mild berry scent.

3. To use: Use as a final rinse after shampooing.

Refreshing Lavender-Mint Rinse (All Hair Types)

Makes 8 ounces

This rinse will add shine to dull, limp locks. Mint and vinegar clean your scalp and leave your hair smelling fresh. Mint is energizing and will give your scalp a tingly feeling. Lavender is cleansing and mild, so all skin and hair types can use this rinse. The vinegar also rids your hair and scalp of any leftover residue from styling gels or soap-based shampoos. Use this rinse monthly.

• 1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1⁄2 cup fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon fresh or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried lavender leaves
• 1 cup boiling water

1. Place vinegar and herbs in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let mixture cool completely and then strain.

2. To use: Apply the solution to the scalp as a final rinse after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

Irish Potato Rinse (Brunette Hair)

Makes 12 ounces

This old folk recipe darkens and conditions; it darkens grays and can add gentle highlights to brunette hair. You may apply this rinse several times before noticing any color change.

• 2 cups cold water
• 1 cup fresh potato peelings (from about 4 to 5 potatoes)
• 1 to 2 drops rosemary essential oil

1. Pour water into a medium saucepan. Add potato peelings and heat over medium until mixture boils.

2. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely. Strain mixture into a clean container and add rosemary oil.

3. To use: After shampooing, massage rinse through your wet hair, into your scalp and through your hair ends. Do not rinse. Save any remaining rinse in the refrigerator.

Sage Rinse (Brunette Hair)

Makes 12 ounces

Sage leaves can darken hair and cover gray hairs.

• 2 cups water
• ¼ cup fresh or dried sage leaves

1. Boil water and pour over sage leaves. Let mixture cool and then strain out all solids before using.

2. To use: Pour over clean hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse.

Chamomile Rinse (Blonde Hair)

Makes 12 ounces

This rinse is good for lightening fair hair.

• 2 cups water
• ¼ cup fresh or dried chamomile flowers

1. Boil water and pour over chamomile flowers. Let mixture cool and then strain out all solids before using.

2. To use: Pour over clean hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse.

Rhubarb-Chamomile Rinse

Makes 12 ounces

This rinse works best on blond or light-brown hair.

• 2 cups water
• 1 ⁄4 cup chopped rhubarb stalks
• 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers

1. Place all ingredients in small saucepan and gently heat until boiling.

2. Remove from heat and allow to steep until cool. Strain off all solids and pour into a clean container.

3. To use: Massage into clean, damp hair has a final rinse. Do not rinse.

 Hibiscus Rinse (Redheads)

Makes 12 ounces

This rinse will give red highlights to light or dark hair.

• 2 cups water
• ¼ cup fresh or dried hibiscus flowers

1. Boil water and pour over hibiscus. Let mixture cool and then strain out all solids before using.

2. To use: Pour over clean hair as a final rinse and do not rinse out.


Janice Cox co-authored a book with her daughter Lauren Cox, EcoBeauty—Scrubs, Rub, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends  Look for it in bookstores nationwide.

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