natural hair rinse

Natural Hair Rinse Recipe

Though I usually co-wash my short  afro hair weekly, in between washings, in order to refresh my tresses, I spritz my hair with a hair rinse. Again, as with any recipe, you can substitute based on your hair care needs (or wants). The following is a recipe that keeps my hair in check – pH balanced and all. Please note my hair type and thickness when gauging suitability of below recipe for your hair.

  • Used on Hair Type: type 3c (back); 4a (sides); 4b (crown)
  • Used on Hair Strand Thickness: Fine


  • 3 – 6 cups cool water – this is an estimate and will be used for final rinse; water should be distilled or filtered – Great for: closing hair cuticle, moisture
  • 2 cups warm (not hot) water – this will be used for cleansing/rinse mixture; water should be distilled or filtered – Great for: opening hair cuticle, cleansing
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera juice – Great for: pH balance, moisture
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (preferably organic with “the mothers”) – Great for: pH balance, cleansing
  • 1 TBSP unpasteurised honey (optional) – Great for: pH balance, cleansing, moisture
  • 2 drops peppermint oil (or other essential oil) – Great for: pH balance, blood circulation, hair loss


  1. Mix 2 cups of warm water with all of the non-water ingredients into a container (pour the 2 -4 cups of cool water into another container and put aside for final rinse).
  2. Gently comb out hair under waterfall of shower (via fingers or wide tooth comb).
  3. Pour/spritz liberally the warm mixture onto hair (easier to do in shower!); making sure to massage from scalp to tips. (Let stand for approximately 3 minutes; to ensure proper scalp penetration, you should feel the cooling sensation of peppermint oil!)
  4. Rinse the warm water mixture from hair with the cool distilled or filtered water set aside.
  5. Once rinsed, blot the hair with a clean, old cotton t-shirt and style as usual.

Share your favourite hair rinse –  homemade or natural product – that you cannot live without.

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