Apple cider vinegar scalp rinses - Are they worth it?

In short, my answer is a resounding yes! Not only are apple cider vinegar (ACV) scalp rinses affordable, but they’re highly effective too. Let’s explore some of their benefits, how you can make your own, and how to use Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinses.

5 benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinses:

  • Ph balance- ACV is a mild acid (around a pH of 3) and when used topically can help balance a scalp over alkalized by your standard hair care products (often a pH of 7.)
  • Antimicrobial properties- When our microbiome is out of balance all sorts of bacteria and fungus can start to take over. The antimicrobial / antibacterial properties of ACV can help combat bacteria and fungus that may cause dandruff.
  • Natural conditioning- The acidic nature of ACV helps seal your hairs cuticles leading to less frizz and shiny hair!
  • Can be infused with herbs- This way you not only get the benefits of the ACV rinse, but also the herbs infused into it! Learn how to make your own ACV scalp rinse below.
  • Removes product build up- Most hair care products leave all sorts of gunk in your hair. This build up can be challenging to remove with just water, but that’s okay, because ACV will help remove product build up for you! (Psst, herbal hair washes don't leave nasty residue in your hair!)

How to make your own infused Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinses:


To make your own herbal infused ACV scalp rinse simply soak herbs of your choice in ACV for 2-4 week. You can shake the herbs daily to help with the extraction process. After your vinegar has soaked in all the goodness of the herbs you added, strain, and store in the fridge or a cool, dark place in your bathroom!

If you don’t want to wait 2-4 weeks you can grab one of my ready made ACV hair rinses! You can also use just plain ACV with the directions below,... but truthfully, you’ll probably appreciate the scent of the herbs in the ACV and the added benefits of their magic! Basically, when you’re making an infused ACV rinse you’re making a “tincture” of sorts. The vinegar pulls out the medicinal qualities of the herbs you soak in it. These medicinal qualities are then easily available to your scalp and hair!

Herbs you can use in your Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinse:


This is not a full list but a good place to start!

  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Nettle
  • Rose
  • Ginger
  • Hibiscus

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinses:


Simply mix 1-3 tsp in a cup or two of water. Apply to clean, wet hair in the shower and let sit 1-3 minutes before rinsing. You can also try just partially rinse or not rinse out the ACV at all. Once your hair is dry the scent of the ACV dissipates fully! I would recommend you start using ACV rinses weekly and adjusting your routine from there.

So, there you have it. Using all natural, organic, apple cider vinegar is an easy, affordable way to add some magic to your hair care routine.

Found a routine with ACV that works for you? Or want to let us know what herbs you like in your ACV scalp rinse? Let us know in the comments!

Amanda Carson
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