This Easy, Breezy DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Actually Smells Good

November 2, 2015
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
This Easy, Breezy DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Actually Smells Good

Looking for a conditioner that makes your hair soft, shiny, and manageable? You can splurge on a $20 bottle at your salon that's made with chemical ingredients you don't recognize, or you can stroll into your kitchen and pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar.

While this elixir does have the potential to unveil shiny tresses, the main downside is that pungent scent. Until now. We’ve got a one-ingredient fix to this problem.

But first, why on earth should you consider putting apple cider vinegar in your hair?

Well, think about the anatomy of a strand of hair. Each one is protected by a cuticle comprised of tightly woven scales that lay flat against the shaft and reflect light. When the hair’s normally acidic pH balance goes out of whack from a buildup of alkaline hair products, the cuticle comes undone, leaving hair prone to breakage and giving it a frizzy, dull appearance.

Enter: apple cider vinegar! This acidic solution, often considered to be a multi-faceted miracle worker, can restore pH balance to help repair hair cuticles and leave a blinding (in a good way) sheen all over. Raw, unfiltered ACV also has natural alpha-hydroxy acid that can gently exfoliate the scalp and hair to remove dead skin cells and product buildup.

Now what to do with that strong smell: Lavender to the rescue! Not only is the fragrance sublime, but lavender essential oil is also believed to stimulate roots and improve circulation in the scalp, which is all great for hair growth.

Here’s a super-simple recipe for an alluring apple cider vinegar hair rinse.

1/2 cup distilled water
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
3 to 5 drops lavender essential oil

Mix ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use less ACV for dry hair, and more for oily hair. Add lavender until the desired scent is achieved. In between or following shampooing, shake the bottle, spray this ACV rinse all over wet hair, and work through from roots to ends. Rinse out and let hair air dry. The ACV scent shouldn’t be noticeable at all, but the calming lavender will linger. With continued use, hair will be revitalized into smooth, shiny locks.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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11 thoughts on “This Easy, Breezy DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Actually Smells Good”

  • HWolf

    Has anyone tried this? Would it help with detangling? Asking for all of us with very long hair.

    • Emily Trujillo

      I have tried it, does help a bit with detangling. I like to brush my hair prior to washing, wash at the scalp only and let the cleaner run down to do the rest then spray ACV treatment. I use doTERRA Geranium and Cedarwood EO for hair benefits.

    • Angelas001

      My thick wavy hair immediately feels slicker with the vinegar rinse just like using a conditioner. I don't have many I'd switched to white vinegar because of the strong ACV smell, I'll have to try adding lavender to see if it really counters it or covers it. My husband would complain an hour after my shower that I still smelled like ACV, but at least he knew why. I can only imagine what other people thought, lol.

      I too brush before showering, and don't get tangles. You might also check out wellness mama's blog, she has homemade detangler recipes.

    • ama13

      I only use ACV and water to clean my hair. I gave up shampoo about 9 months ago. I have fine hair, a few inches below my shoulders and I almost never use styling products.
      So, in my personal experience it's somewhere in between using a conditioner and using nothing in terms of detangling. I always make sure to brush thoroughly beforehand. I was just thinking today how it might work better if I ran it through with a wide toothed comb, which I probably should've been doing all along!
      My hair is so much healthier since I stopped shampooing!

    • Anita S

      For those who said they only use ACV to clean their hair: Does it actually clean well? I ask because I've tried some all natural shampoos/conditioners lately and I don't feel like they clean my hair well. I have black hair so when it gets oily from not being washed it's obvious. I feel like with regular shampoo I used to be able to go 2-3 days without the oil being too obvious but with the natural shampoo I feel like I can go maybe a day or two. I want to try AVC, but I'm afraid I'll have to wash my hair everyday to avoid the oiliness.

  • Curiouser49

    Does this work on dyed hair? Will it change the color?

    • Angelas001

      It's my understanding it's the homemade alkaline shampoo-replacements you need to be careful of, they can open the hair scales and let out the color. A vinegar rinse is then used to re-close the scales and make it sleek. So the vinegar should be okay on color, but research more before trying home made shampoos.

  • Theresa Blacksten
    Theresa Blacksten November 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Do you have to let your hair air dry?

    • ama13

      I wouldn't say that you absolutely HAVE to. I usually do, but that's just my preference. However, I had to blow dry this morning and it looked pretty much the same. I've been using ACV and water only (no shampoo at all) for about 9 months. I haven't been adding the lavender though, so I can't say if it would still smell the same after blow drying.

  • gayle fisher

    I love your website, however, can you please specify, especially for hair products, whether or not these products will work for all hair types or just one hair type. Thank you.

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