Inspiring DIY projects, beauty recipes and advice to green your daily routine.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse And Conditioner

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 7 comments

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse And Conditioner

This apple cider vinegar rinse and conditioner is ideal for people switching to an all natural shampoo because it cleans your scalp and hair of the petrochemicals left behind by your old shampoo. There are lots of other benefits too. Apple cider vinegar conditioner also leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft, is a great detangler and is safe for dyed hair. Due to the high acidity it will actually close the cuticles and help prevent the dye from fading. Just remember to wait 48 hours after dyeing, to allow the dye before using the apple cider vinegar conditioner.

I thought I would hate this conditioner because of the smell, but it actually doesn’t bother me. However, if it bothers you, substitute another vinegar or add essential oils to change the scent. Also, when you make the switch be sure to assess your needs daily rather than continuing with your old habits. I only have to condition once or twice a week now, instead of every day like I used to.

To make this solution mix equal parts of distilled water and apple cider vinegar. Use distilled water because the impurities in tap water cause it to go bad when bottled for long periods of time. To use, tilt your head back squeeze the solution over your hair, massage it in and rinse out.

It is worth noting that this vinegar rinse will sting your eyes. I had trouble dispensing this solution from a normal conditioner bottle without getting it in my eyes, so I purchased New Direction Aromatic’s Damia Bottle which has an insert that allows me to squeeze the conditioner right into my hair. This solution is also thin enough to be dispensed from a spray bottle if you prefer.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Conditioner
This solution will cleanse and condition your hair, leaving it incredibly clean and soft. Apple cider vinegar conditioner is also a great detangler and safe for dyed hair. You may substitute another vinegar or add essential oils if you prefer a different scent.
Write a review
Prep Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
  1. 2.5 ounces apple cider vinegar
  2. 2.5 ounces distilled water
  1. Pour both ingredients in bottle and shake to mix.
  1. Yields 5 ounces.
A Green Routine

Kim’s 2ยข

I like the routine of conditioning daily, so I dilute the solution to 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts distilled water and use it every day.

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living tips!


Join the conversation and post a comment.

  1. Kelly

    When using distilled water, is it ok to use one that says it is remineralized with added fluoride? Thanks!

  2. Kristen J.

    Will purified water work as well, in place of tap water?

    • Nicole

      The directions instruct you to use distilled water because the impurities in tap water cause it to go bad when bottled for long periods of time. Using purified water will be better than using tap water as it will have less impurities.

  3. Erica

    Do y’all keep a jar of this in the shower, or make it right before each shower?

  4. xiaoxia

    What essential oils do you recommend adding to this to help mask the ACV smell? Love your website.

Leave a Reply

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This