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Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

Updated on September 12, 2014

Natural Hair Rinse for Healthy Hair

Herbal hair rinses are so good for your hair!
Herbal hair rinses are so good for your hair! | Source

Natural Hair Rinse Using Herbs

I love using herbal hair rinses to keep my hair soft and healthy. The right rinse can do a lot of different things. It can

  • Bring out your natural color and highlights.
  • Control and cure dandruff.
  • Give your hair a healthy, natural shine.

There is one basic method that I use to make a hair rinse with herbs and I follow the same recipe each time. The only thing that changes is that I always use different herbs depending on my needs.

Which herbs should you use?

Ideal Hair Color
Other Benefits
Dark Hair
Controls dandruff and can stimulate hair growth.
Light Hair
Relaxes the head and scalp.
Makes hair soft and controls dandruff.
Makes hair extra shiny.
This table will help you select the herb or herbs that you will put in your hair rinse. Remember that you can either use them by themselves or mix several for extra benefits. These are my four favorite herbs to use for an herbal hair rinse.

Herbal Hair Rinse


Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

Whenever I make a hair rinse, I always follow the same recipe. The only thing that changes is the herb that I use. For the most part, I always use the dried herb. However, I do use fresh herbs in summer. If you want to use the fresh herb, use twice the amount listed for the dried and chop it up gently before adding the boiling water.


4 cups water

3 tablespoons dried herb of choice (or 6 tablespoons fresh, chopped herb)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Bring water to a bowl in a medium saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat, add the herb.
  3. Let steep for thirty minutes.
  4. Strain into a large measuring cup.
  5. Add apple cider vinegar.
  6. Shampoo and condition hair as usual.
  7. Massage in hair rinse. I like to pour it over my head the massage it in the scalp.
  8. Don't rinse. Just style hair as usual.

So, how do you choose an herb? Look on the table, above, to pick one. Or, you can follow my suggestions for combinations, below.

Lavender is a Great Hair Rinse Herb


Hair Rinse Combination Ideas

Sometimes, I like to mix different herbs. My suggestion is to try an herb individually before you start mixing so that you can see how you like it individually. I thought I'd share with you my favorite combinations.

  • Cool mint hair rinse. 1 tablespoon spearmint leaves. 1 tablespoon peppermint leaves. 2 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • Relaxing hair rinse. 1 tablespoon nettle leaves. 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers. 1 tablespoon lavender flowers.
  • Anti dandruff rinse. 1 1/2 tablespoon rosemary. 1 1/2 tablespoon parsley. 1 drop tea tree essential oil.
  • Floral hair rinse. 1 tablespoon rose petals. 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers. 1 tablespoon lavender flowers.
  • Light hair lemon juice. 3 tablespoons chamomile flowers. Use lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar.
  • Dark hair rinse. 1 1/2 tablespoons nettle. 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary.
  • Shiny and soft. 1 1/2 tablespoons nettle. 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley.

Once you pick your herbal combination, just follow the directions listed above.

Do a Patch Test

You know, I've had some pretty strange allergic reactions over the years. So, every time I introduce something new to my skin I always do a patch test. That way, I can test to see if I have an allergy but it is only on a small space and much easier to manage if a reaction does occur.

  1. Prepare the hair rinse as usual.
  2. Rub some of it on your wrist.
  3. Wait thirty minutes to see if you have allergic reaction.

If you don't have a reaction, your ready to enjoy your herbal hair rinse!

What do you think?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will pass this on to my wife; I am pretty sure she will love the information that you have provided. Thank you!

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey tilsontion... Thanks so much for your feedback! Yes, I enjoy keeping things as natural as possible. Hair type is an important part of the puzzle!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      These are great Katherine. We have so many 'products' we use on our hair with chemicals and preservatives...what a wonderful idea to use something natural that you make yourself. On top of this you give us not only a recipe but great suggestions for different hair types.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Maybe you find a similar keyword that you can use and get approval for the title? I would be interested to see what your traditions are! This is how I've always made mine and would love a different perspective.

      Thank you both for your feedback! :-)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I was thinking to write on this title (sisters have lots of hair care secrets). But unfortunately, I could not claim because I had already claimed four titles. Some of the recipes are entirely new to me. Thanks for coming up with a brilliant hub.