I plan to create many recipes with our new line of Organic Hydrosols, but the first thing I wanted to create was a vinegar based hair rinse. Apple Cider Vinegar is very effective at removing the excess buildup of residues left by shampoos and conditioners. Hair rinses are often paired with solid shampoo bars, but they can benefit anyone. Using a hair rinse every one to two weeks helps to keep your hair from becoming dull and heavy. While vinegar does have a strong aroma, you may be surprised to find that it fades completely once your hair is dried.
By adding hydrosols and herbal extracts to this rinse, we’ve made it extra special. Burdock Root helps to soothe the scalp, by reducing irritation, dandruff and promoting hair growth. Silica rich Oat Straw increases hair’s softness and shine. Roman Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties make a wonderfully soothing addition to this hair rinse. Dry, itchy scalps will love Chamomile Hydrosol. A classic ingredient for hair formulations is Rosemary. It is said to encourage hair growth, balance oily scalps and add shine and luster to dull hair.
This rinse is easy to make and a cinch to use. Just shampoo your hair as usual, then douse your hair with one to two ounces of the vinegar solution. Massage your hair to make sure that the solution reaches all of your hair, then rinse clean with water. The vinegar scent may linger on your hair until it is completely dry. After that, it will dissipate entirely.
4 ounces of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
8 ounces of distilled water
2 ounces of Organic Rosemary Hydrosol
2 ounces of Organic Roman Chamomile Hydrosol
1/4 teaspoon of Oat Straw Extract 10:1
1/2 teaspoon of Burdock Root Extract 4:1
In a small bowl, mix both powdered extracts with 2 ounces of warm water. Stir well until the powder has dissolved completely. Using a funnel or a very steady hand, pour the water into a clean, sterile, 8 ounce bottle. Next, add 1 ounce of each hydrosol, then 4 ounces of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Close the bottle and shake well.
Packaging and Storage
If this rinse is used every week, one bottle should last about one to two months. It should be kept in a cool, dry, place. Any unused rinse should be discarded after 3 months. If you like, you can add some Grapefruit Seed Extract to aid in its preservation, but that is up to you. To retain maximum freshness, this rinse can also be stored in the refrigerator between uses. I would recommend packaging this rinse in a shower safe bottle, such as PET or HDPE plastic. I also like to use a snap, turret, or dish cap with this rinse. These types of caps are ideal for application.