Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe.

apple cider vinegar hair rinse

One thing I try to do at least a few times a month is an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. It has a lot of benefits but for me the two big ones are shiny hair and a cleaner scalp. For a while I was using the one I featured in this post (which is GREAT, and I highly recommend buying it if you’re more of a buy vs. DIY person), but I quickly realized how easy it is to just make my own!

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Benefits

Apple Cider is kind of just this wonder product. Is there anything it doesn’t do? I included it as an ingredient in my DIY turmeric face mask (it’s great for pimples as it’s a natural astringent), it can help cure a cold… it’s magical! It has a lot of amazing benefits for your hair.

It’s packed with nutrients.

These include B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. Because it is slightly acidic, it also serves to restore the natural pH of the acid mantle. (Read more about the acid mantle here.)

Shiny, Frizz-free Hair that still has body.

Apple Cider Vinegar leaves your hair so shiny…. without weighing it down. So you get increased shine AND increased body which is a win-win. The reason for this is that the ACV actually flattens the cuticle, resulting in hair that shines, “slides” easily, and is less prone to tangling or snagging. This means less frizzy hair, more shine, and if you have curls or waves they will be more defined.

A cleaner scalp

Dry shampoo addicts (hand raised), LISTEN UP! This is a great natural scalp detox. ACV contains natural AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) which gently exfoliate the scalp and hair. This helps to deep clean the scalp, removing excess product buildup, dead skin cells, etc.

Apple cider vinegar also contains natural alpha-hydroxy acid, which gently exfoliates the scalp and hair, allowing for removal of dead skin cells and build up that can occur from sweat and/or conventional hair products. This improves the appearance of the hair, reduces itchiness, and allows for better styling.

Anti-bacterial properties + helps with dandruff

ACV contains acetic acid which has antimicrobial properties which can kill bacteria + fungus (a common cause of dandruff). It’s great to help treat dandruff but also prevent it. You can read more about ACV for dandruff (and a special treatment for it) in this article!

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe

Here is an easy recipe I like.

Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (use anywhere between half a tablespoon and 4 tablespoons) – I like to use 2 tablespoons.
  • Aloe Vera Gel (a heaping tablespoon). This isn’t necessary; honestly water + ACV would be fine, but I think the aloe vera just feels really good on my scalp + adds a little extra shine.
  • Water (8 oz)
  • Squeeze Bottle (this is actually really important as the squeeze bottle acts as your applicator. You could always just pour it onto your head but this allows for more precise application, directly to the scalp.

Directions:

Decide how much ACV you want to use.

As mentioned above, you can use anywhere between 1/2 – 4 tablespoons. If your hair is on the oily side, use more and if your hair is dry, use less. My hair is pretty dry and I have found that two tablespoons is the magic number.

Combine all of the ingredients in a plastic squeeze bottle.

Shake vigorously (and each time you use it, shake it again – the aloe vera gel can settle at the bottom so you want to make sure it’s combined).

How To Use The ACV Hair Rinse

How often to do it

I like to do this at least twice a month. My ideal would be once a week. Sometimes I’ll get a really good blowout and make it last a whole week using dry shampoo. Doing an ACV rinse is mandatory after that, it deep cleans my scalp and gets off all that excess product.

How to apply the ACV hair rinse

I use my ACV rinse in place of shampoo but it can also be used after shampoo. Get in the shower and wet your hair like usual and then use the tip of the bottle to create mini parts within your hair (squeeze as you go to dispense the product. Continue this until you’ve applied the product to your whole scalp. Don’t forget to get the base of your head and behind your ears. Just be careful not to get it into your eyes as it will burn.

Leave it on for a while

It’s up to you how leave it on. This article suggests that 3 minutes is the time it takes for the ACV to break down product buildup. (I actually usually usually leave it on for 5 minutes to get my scalp good and clean). I would say leave it on for at LEAST a minute, max 5-7 minutes. I also like to do a little scalp massage while it’s on. I think (hope) this helps remove additional product residue/buildup.

Rinse it out!

Rinsing your hair with cold water will lead to even more shine but that’s not mandatory. Skip conditioner. Rinse well.

As a reminder, of course you could always just buy the dpHUE product (or this one from Redken which I haven’t tried but love the brand), but this is so easy and inexpensive to make on your own that I don’t really see the point!

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  1. Ooh, I’ve got to try this sometime. It sounds interesting! 🙂

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  2. allie says 8.28.18

    Love this GRace!! Gonna try it this weekend!

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  3. Gwendolyn Alfred says 8.28.18

    This sounds great I haven’t tried it yet but I am going to give it a try on my hair I drink ACV to lose belly fat and it’s good to so I’m going to give it a try on my hair.

  4. Patricia Fowler says 8.28.18

    I remember using this rinse when I was young. I still do it once a month and I am now 67 yrs old. And the cold water rinse is great, I do it everytime I wash my hair

    • grace at the stripe says 8.28.18

      I love that!!! It’s so good for your hair. Thanks for adding to the conversation, Patricia! xo

  5. Laura says 8.28.18

    I love this idea, but does your hair smell vinegary afterward?

  6. Carmen Rios says 8.29.18

    Losing my hair

  7. T says 8.29.18

    I wash my hair with AVC and it works, now I add it to my bottle water.

  8. Sharleen Hyde says 8.29.18

    ACV is a must have in my world. Since I have a severe scalp condition the only thing that really clears it is my ACV rinse. Even prescription medications don’t do as well. It’s a game changer. My ACV foot soak is another regular habit. As good if not better than a pedicure soak. Inexpensive and a life saver. Don’t ever hesitate to use it.

  9. Katie says 8.30.18

    I started doing ACV rinses biweekly last year for a scalp condition and I am obsessed!! (my mom actually got me hooked- that’s all she has ever used since it was such a cheap alternative to shampoo/cond growing up poor). I typically do a 3:1 ratio in a bowl (water to vinegar, respectively) and use a turkey baster to apply it- a lazy way of not buying a squeeze bottle, HA! I like the suggestion of Aloe and the massage though so I need to try that this weekend!

  10. Morgan says 8.31.18

    Hi grace! I would love to try this, but I have a Keratin treatment like you do….do you notice that this reduces the longevity of your treatment? Have you ever talked with your stylist about it? I’m so gentle with my hair because I love my treatment and don’t want to waste my $$$! Thanks (:

    • Hi Morgan, I don’t think it does! I avoid any products with sulfates but that’s the only *special* thing I do to preserve mine.

  11. Cynthia says 9.6.18

    Will try this out! I have very oily hair.

  12. Christmas says 2.18.19

    I have been fan of ACV for so long – I just can’t believe I didn’t know about using it on my very long hair before! But I’m certainly glad to know now. I loved reading about it and am going to take my shower right now to try your recipe that I’m sure is excellent. Also want to use it on my skin! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Marta says 8.16.19

    Definitely gonna try it, I have oily hair and I’m always using dry shampoo although I have been trying to use less of it but I still feel the need to find something that deep cleans it. I just have a question though, if we’re not supposed to put any more product in our hair like shampoo or conditioner after we use the acv, won’t it leave my hair smelling like vinegar?

    • grace at the stripe says 8.16.19

      A little. Just rinse it really well. And too be honest, I still use a little conditioner!

  14. Megan says 8.16.19

    Just added this to my weekend agenda! Sounds like some great self care mixed in with a long bath! Thanks to Grace for being my new and improved alternative to magazines!