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Homemade Beauty 101: Natural Hair Rinse Recipes

Hair rinses are a great way to finish off any hair treatment you use. Leave-in hair rinses provide a nice layer of protection from wind, sun, or heat. Other rinses provide shine or a color boost, while still others help remove residue and detangle hair. No matter what you’re looking for, though, Perfect Locks has the remedy. Try these natural hair rinse recipes on for size:

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Perfect for removing residue from shampoo or deep conditioners, or even for cleansing, if your hair is drier and just needs a light touch. In a jug or measuring cup, mix:

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (available at any grocery store)
  • 2-4 cups warm water, depending on hair length

After washing, deep conditioning, or even applying a hot-oil treatment, pour mixture over your hair and work in. Let sit for at least two minutes, then thoroughly rinse away over your sink.

Lemonade Rinse

A great rinse for hair cleansing. Combine:

  • ½ cup lemon juice (fresh-squeezed and strained; if bottled, make sure no sugar or salt is added)
  • 4-6 cups water

Apply rinse to hair and let stand for about 10 minutes; rinse thoroughly with warm water, then condition and style as usual.

Herbal Hair Rinse

These “hair cocktails” provide great shine and enhance your hair color, without any harsh chemicals!

  • 1-2 Tbsp herbs (rosemary or nettle for dark hair, chamomile for blonds, Red Zinger tea for redheads)
  • 2-4 cups hot water

Boil water and steep herbs or tea for at least 10 minutes. If you are working with loose ingredients, make sure to strain seeds, leaves, or pods before use; you can do this by pouring the mixture through a colander or square of cheesecloth, or simply by skimming off the materials with a fork or spoon. Wash and condition hair, then pour the herbal rinse over your tresses. (Make sure water is cool enough to use without scalding your scalp.) Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse away over your sink, then style as usual.

Honey Hair Rinse

Imparts super shine, helps set hair for boisterous curls, and even a great anti-frizz agent!

  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2-4 cups warm water

Mix ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup, making sure the honey is fully dissolved into the water. Pour mixture over hair and allow it to soak in for 5 or 6 minutes, then detangle and style hair as usual. Do not rinse out unless your hair feels sticky; this means you need to use less honey and more water next time.

These homemade hair rinse recipes can help you save time, money, and even worries about unhealthy beauty product additives, since all of these ingredients are at your local grocer’s, and some of them are probably in your ‘fridge already—so why not give a natural hair rinse or two a spin? Check back and let us know your results!

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