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Herbal Hair and Scalp Rinse

With just a few ingredients from your pantry and spice rack, you can make your own Herbal Hair and Scalp Rinse to help alleviate dry scalp, volumize, moisturize, and add shine to your hair!


herbs (chamomile, calendula and rosemary) on a white plate

One of the things I love about this hair product is that you can customize it with what you have or what your hair prefers. Play around with the option to figure out what works best for you!


Watch Me Make It


The Recipe I Used

This is how I made the herbal hair and scalp rinse in the video above, but keep reading if you want more ideas.


Herbal Vinegar Base:

1 cup steaming hot apple cider vinegar

2 TBSP dried chamomile (soothing to the scalp)

2 TBSP dried calendula (soothing to the scalp)

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (relieves dryness)


  • Steep the herbs in the vinegar for 2-4 days. Longer is fine too.

  • Strain the herbs out of the vinegar.


Final Herbal Hair and Scalp Rinse (aka tonic):

1 cup water

2 TBSP Herbal Vinegar Base


  • Combine water and herbal vinegar in a plastic squeeze bottle.


How To Use Herbal Hair and Scalp Rinse

As with everything, there are options!

  • Shampoo and rinse hair. Avoiding the eyes, use the squeeze bottle to flood the scalp with the tonic.

  • You can simply squeeze out excess from your hair and towel dry (not my favorite method, I prefer to rinse it out), or gently rinse the tonic out of the hair. (once dry, your hair will not smell of vinegar)

  • If the tonic does not leave your hair fully moisturized, flood the scalp with tonic, and squeeze the excess from the hair. Then, add a small amount of conditioner to the ends of your hair, and gently rinse.


I love using shampoo and conditioner bars like these -> Shampoo Bar / Conditioner Bar

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Vinegar or Not to Vinegar, That Is The Question

I get it. Not everyone loves apple cider vinegar as much as an herbalist! People worry that their hair will smell of vinegar (it won't), or they just can't stand the smell of vinegar at all and don't want to use it. If this sounds like you, I have good news. While you will be missing out on the great benefits of the vinegar, you can still get the benefits of the herbs by simply using water in place of the vinegar.


Make a strong tea by pouring almost boiling water over your herbs. Let them steep for a few days. Then, just like I do with the vinegar base, dilute 2-3 TBSP of the tea with water and use that in your squeeze bottle.


Herb Options

I love the combination of Chamomile, Calendula, and Rosemary for all hair types. However, maybe you want to play around and experiment with other herbs. Lavender always makes a nice addition, but here are a few other suggestions.


For oily hair: Lemon Balm, Peppermint Yarrow

For dry hair: Elderflower, Marshmallow root

To enhance blond highlights: Lemon peel, Lemon juice

To enhance brunette coloring: Black tea, Sage

To enhance red coloring: Hibiscus flowers, Rose hips


Pin It For Later

pinterest graphic showing finished hair tonic and a plastic squeeze bottle and leftover base vinegar in a mason jar

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