It started with feeling like there was junk still in my hair after showering one day. Too much conditioner weighed down my luscious curls and left me wondering how much leftover product was really stuck in my hair. And from how long ago?
The more I consideration I did, the more I realized that potentially my hair could be harboring hair products from longer than I would like. So I decided to do some research to find an all natural hair rinse as my solution.
I read about all the different and wonderfully natural hair cleansers and I created my perfect all-natural hair rinse for my thick locks. Here is a list of the ingredients I use and then at the bottom of the post you’ll find a recipe to make your own natural hair rinse at home.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Heads up! This smells. If you’re really sensitive to vinegary smells, be careful with this. I usually only put 1/4 cup in my natural hair rinse, but you can test it out and see what works best for you.
The smell will go away once your hair is completely dry, but while it is wet, be aware of this potentially unpleasant aroma. I usually plan ahead and make sure that if I’m going out in public or will be in close proximity to people [I like], then I wash my hair the night before so it’ll be dry by the next morning.
I use Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar because it is organic and good quality while still being inexpensive.
2. Green Tea
While you brew up your morning cup of green tea, go ahead and make a batch for your hair. I personally use two tea bags to make the hair rinse stronger because I use more water than I do with a cup of tea and I want extra cleansing products in my hair rinse.
I personally use Bigelow Classic Green Tea Bags because there are a lot of tea bags and I enjoy the taste! For a cup of tea, not the hair rinse...
3. Filtered Water
You can always water down your all-natural hair rinse with more filtered water (or regular water) to suit your personal preference of strength and smell.
Sometimes I will add more water to the bottle after a few uses when I need a little more rinse.
Your DIY All-Natural Hair Rinse
Here is the recipe for the all-natural hair rinse with detailed measurements. Feel free to experiment with your own preferences.
- 1/4 cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups Green Tea
- 1/4 cup filtered water
Combine all ingredients into a 20+ oz container, I use a reusable water bottle that I got at the dollar store. I like having the spout to make sure I don’t go overboard and pour it all out on accident.
Pour a small amount on dry hair and let soak in for a few minutes. Rinse completely.
Sometimes when I’m feeling juicy, I’ll add some fresh lemon juice to my rinse. Just a squeeze from a quarter of a lemon. Be careful though, because this could alter your hair color if there is residual rinse and you spend time in the sun.
I usually get three uses out of every bottle I make. Depending on how much hair you have, this will vary. Since I don’t use this rinse every day, this usually lasts me about a week.
So the natural hair rinse is great, but since I have thick, curly hair it leans towards dryness and I need to ensure moisture. So about twice a week I use raw coconut oil and massage it through my hair.
BEWARE! DO NOT USE TOO MUCH OIL. I beg you to learn from my mistakes. Let my ignorance be your wisdom. I put only a tiny amount (like a quarter size) in my palm and rub it together in my hands and then weave it into my hair.
A little goes a long way and if you do it regularly to maintain moisture you shouldn’t have a problem. You can also do this more regularly or less, depending on your own personal hair texture.
If you want to go even further, I use coconut oil for face moisturizer and for body lotion sometimes. I find that it clogs my pores if I use too much, so I won’t do it everyday and will alternate with other products.
The Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is a great option to double as a hair/skin care product as well as in the kitchen!
Brittany Noelle Roa is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Physical Theatre who uses her art and creativity to heal herself and others. She loves learning about health and wellness so she can optimize her human potential to live a full and happy life.