This herbal ACV rinse recipe can help restore the pH balance of your hair – which brings back your hair’s natural shine, smooths away frizz, and soothes your scalp. It also rinses away buildup from oil, dirt, and hair products that weigh down your hair!

Apple cider vinegar is a staple for natural living recipes, and this hair rinse is one of my favorite ways to use it. 

(PS: you might also like my recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner).

How to Dilute Your Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has amazing benefits for your hair, but it’s also acidic – a little too acidic to use it on your hair and scalp without diluting it first.

Using undiluted vinegar on your hair frequently can ruin your hair!

Take it from my hair stylist in 2010 who was horrified at all my split ends after I rinsed with pure vinegar for a month (oops!) – you do not want to overdo this.

Here is a good rule of thumb for diluting your ACV for healthy hair:

  • Use 1/4 cup ACV per cup of water for oily hair.
  • Use 1/8 cup (two tablespoons) of ACV for dry/damaged hair.

How Often to Use Your ACV Hair Rinse

I like to use my ACV rinse about once per week to remove all buildup from my hair. It really keeps my hair shiny and manageable!

You can use your hair rinse up to twice per week, but any more than that can dry your hair and scalp too much. Better to err on the side of caution when it comes to the health of your hair.

ACV Hair Rinse Benefits

Apple cider vinegar provides a few specific benefits for your hair:

pH Balance

Most hair products aren’t the right pH for your scalp and hair – they are usually too far on the base side of the pH scale.

This ACV rinse is slightly acidic, which helps restore your hair’s natural pH balance. This prevents damage and naturally closes the hair shaft to reveal shiny, healthy hair.


If you use a lot of styling products, you may get limp hair from product buildup. Even natural shampoos and conditioners can leave heavy buildup on your hair over time.

Apple cider vinegar helps remove that buildup, leaving your hair shiny and more voluminous (plus way easier to style!).

Scalp Cleansing

ACV naturally purifies your scalp and rinses away dead skin cells. If you have dandruff, eczema, itchiness, or just an overall sensitive scalp, this rinse can really help!

Adding Herbs to Your ACV Rinse

Infuse your apple cider vinegar with one or more of the herbs below for even more hair benefits: 

  • Lavender buds – Naturally purifying, lavender naturally soothes and cleanses the scalp.
  • Rosemary leaf – Rosemary helps stimulate hair growth and strengthens hair.  
  • Calendula flowers – Helps soothe scalp issues.  Also enhances blonde hair.  
  • Horsetail – Use to strengthen hair and promote hair growth.  
  • Hibiscus flowers – Conditions with vitamins.  Can enhance red tones in your hair.  
  • Chamomile flowers – Good for soothing your scalp and enhancing blonde hair.  
  • Marshmallow root – This herb conditions the hair and is a natural detangler.  
  • Peppermint leaf – Adds a coolness to the hair rinse and soothes the scalp.
  • Licorice root – This herb adds moisture and keeps hair smooth.   
  • Oatstraw – High in vitamins A, C, and E and magnesium.  

ingredients for an ACV hair rinse on a white table and wooden cutting board



Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

This herbal ACV rinse recipe can help restore the pH balance of your hair and brings back its natural health!
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Course: Herbal Remedy
Cuisine: DIY Beauty
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 5 minutes
Servings: 8 uses
Author: Elizabeth Walling


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dried herbs (see post for options)
  • 1 cup water


  • Place your desired herbs in a glass container.  Stir in your apple cider vinegar. 
  • Cover the jar with an airtight lid. Shake gently to mix the herbs and vinegar.
  • Store the mixture in a cool, dry place for two weeks. Gently shake the container every day.
  • After two weeks, strain out the herbs and discard them.
  • Add water to the apple cider vinegar to create your hair rinse.


How to Use Your ACV Rinse

  • After using shampoo and conditioner as usual, pour this herbal ACV rinse over your hair or spray it on with a spray bottle.  
  • Let the ACV sit on your hair for 2-3 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry your hair as usual.
  • Use 1-2 times per week.
Note: refrigerate this rinse in between uses, as it does not contain preservatives.
Note: the herbs in this recipe are not required, but they do have added benefits. To keep things simple, you can just use ACV and water.
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