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Thicker, Softer Hair with Rosemary, Lavender and Apple Cider Vinegar

March 03, 2013 88 Comments

Thicker, Softer Hair with Rosemary, Lavender and Apple Cider Vinegar

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I love plant folklore, and this is one of my favorite wisdoms: "Keep rosemary at your garden gate and plant lavender for luck". Rosemary protects the house from ill intent and promotes the dominance of the woman who dwells there.  Imagine how good those herbs might be for your hair!

Rosemary essential oil is one of those powerhouse oils that serves us in many ways. One of those being it's amazing hair rejuvenating properties. Another bonus, Rosemary has been proven to improve memory, both very good reasons to reach for pure Rosemary.

My Rosemary beginnings...

This is me, pointing to my genetic tendency.  In our family, a few of us are watching our hair thin just above the hairline and, of course it's front and center where I'm pointing.

Awhile back, I decided to enlist the help of Rosemary EO in my efforts to prevent or slow hair loss by increasing circulation to my scalp!  Hoping for thickening of hair and rejuvenating of hair follicles too.  I've been massaging 2 drops of Rosemary with a tiny bit of  fractionated coconut oil into that thinning spot directly on my scalp several times a week.  Some days, I'll add a drop of Frankincense with the Rosemary.

Without good blood flow to the scalp, hair will thin, genetics and hormones can accelerate the thinning process too.  As we age, the skin on our scalp gets tighter with less blood flow inhibiting hair growth.  Since using Rosemary EO regularly, I've seen my scalp go from a very pale pink to downright rosy and more malleable, meaning my scalp doesn't feel so tight and immovable when I massage it as it did before.

Note:  If hair follicles have been shut down long term, you may not see much of a change in new hair growth BUT, if you're just beginning to notice some thinning, by all means...enlist the help of Rosemary essential oil!

Since this success with direct application of Rosemary to my scalp I looked for more ways to use Rosemary EO.  Thanks to lots of different recipes from different websites, I settled on one that I love...it's a Crunchy Betty blogpost, she adds Lavender and Apple Cider Vinegar too!

How to use a Hair Rinse

If you're a poo-less fan, you can use this rinse as your only hair product.  No need to rinse it out.  If you shampoo and condition, use this hair rinse as your final rinse.  Again, no need to rinse out.  Trust me, the vinegar scent will fade away leaving only the faint fragrance scent of Rosemary and Lavender, love it!

Rosemary:  Cleanses, strengthens and nourishes hair follicles and encourages growth.  It also has the ability to darken gray and the aromatherapy effect can improve memory.
Lavender:  Called the Swiss Army Knife of EOs, is antibacterial but also enhances the properties of Rosemary for improved cell regeneration and better penetration. Beneficial for dandruff too!
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar:  ACV cuts through shampoo and hard water build up, it also balances the pH of scalp and hair.  This is great news for those with oily tendencies. Vinegar also closes the cuticles making hair smoother.  In case you're wondering, I color my hair and haven't noticed lightening of color but I color light so I can't speak to whether this would strip dark hair color.
Borax:  This is optional, I know some people get worked up about Borax but it's a salt/mineral, it won't hurt you used in such small a small amount in my experience nor will it harm colored hair!  Borax is an amazing softener but like I said, completely optional (but really, really nice!).

No Rinse Rosemary & Lavender Hair Rinse
4 cups water (filtered if possible)
8 drops Rosemary essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
1 tsp. Borax
3 T. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Bragg's)

Combine ingredients in a glass jar, I love my 1/2 gal mason jars for this!  I also picked up two plastic condiment squirt bottles for a $1 at the dollar store...this is what I take to the shower with me.  One recipe can give you 2 to 4 rinses depending on the length of your hair.  Once or twice a week application is all you need!  The rinse will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, but it's likely you'll use it all up before then :)

Enjoy your newly, naturally softened hair and don't be surprised if your hair grows a little faster!
 
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88 Responses

Kelly
Kelly

May 10, 2017

definitely going to try this…I’ve been using baking soda and water for shampoo with an ACV rinse…I will now use this instead for my rinse….super excited! Thanks!

lorimae
lorimae

May 10, 2017

I too color my hair, but I am a brunette so I’m not sure about the vinegar. I’m going to try it the day before I go for my color to see if it strips any of the old color.

Thanks for the info on the Rosemary EO and massaging into the hair line. I’m going to try that!
Laurie Sarina

TammiA
TammiA

May 10, 2017

I have naturally dark auburn hair. I’ve been useing a rosemary /ACV rinse for several weeks now and I haven’t noticed any more than usual fading.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Thanks for the info!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Good idea, I suggested that very thing to my daughter who’s a dark brunette :))

CDN
CDN

May 10, 2017

I’m a brunette and color my greys – I’ve been using the ACV rinse and haven’t noticed any fading. I dilute with 3-1 ratio water to ACV.

Terri nana of 2
Terri nana of 2

May 10, 2017

Just love the things I learn here! My mom always used the vinegar on my hair as a kid to help rinse the shampoo out. Have very thick hair. I will try this!

sbray
sbray

May 10, 2017

I love spring because everything wakes up.

Tannia
Tannia

May 10, 2017

Does anyone know why hair rinses the recipe asks for apple cider vinegar? Can I use regular plain vinegar? I buy gallons of regular vinegar for household cleaning and laundry. Anyone?

Brandi
Brandi

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it’s warm again and everything comes to life, including me!

Annie Currier
Annie Currier

May 10, 2017

I love spring because of all of the flowers poking through the ground. It’s a peak at what’s yet to come…summer!

das196489
das196489

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because of all the pretty flowers growing!

Hol Davis
Hol Davis

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it’s time to plant our organic square foot garden!

Unknown
Unknown

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because it starts to get warmer which means summer is just around the corner!!

Angie Kusek
Angie Kusek

May 10, 2017

I love spring for tulips and open windows!

Marnie
Marnie

May 10, 2017

I love spring because of the sunshine. I have missed it a lot this winter.

Rhonda Burton
Rhonda Burton

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it’s signifys a fresh start to something new!

Barb
Barb

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because of the sights of the beautiful flowers and green grass, the sounds of birds and children playing outside, and the smell of fresh air :-).

Aj's crazy days
Aj's crazy days

May 10, 2017

I love Spring Beacuse its a new beginning!
Angey

TLynn
TLynn

May 10, 2017

I love spring because there is color again around me!

Alisha Jaybird
Alisha Jaybird

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because after all the winter blahs and cold/flu season, it is so wonderful to open all the windows and air the house out! Of course, then it lets in pollen which KILL my allergies…. Lol.

Mare
Mare

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because it’s a new season. It’s starts with Christ death and resurrection. A reminder of God’s love and grace for all of mankind. A time to reflect on every moment of past joy and pain, being grateful for each because you can’t experience one without the other. To move forward with open arms, in this new season with faith and confidence regardless of the circumstances, knowing there will be new blooms and blessings.

Christina Lindstrom
Christina Lindstrom

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because it is a time of rebirth and new beginnings. Flowers begin their yearly journey of beauty, reminding us that even through the harshest of Winters, anything is possible. I take this time to take stock of my life, make changes, and reflect on all the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed upon me and my family.

Jennifer Justiniano
Jennifer Justiniano

May 10, 2017

I LOVE SPRING because of the weather. In Florida its still cool enough to enjoy doing things outside before the harsh heat of summer arrives!

Eileen
Eileen

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it means open windows, beautiful colors, and the start of planning my garden!

Sharon Wittenburg
Sharon Wittenburg

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it means the return of garage sales!…and gardening!

Betty Nickles
Betty Nickles

May 10, 2017

I love Spring because it is a sign of new beginnings!

Margaret
Margaret

May 10, 2017

I love spring because I can wear shorts!!

christina
christina

May 10, 2017

I love spring because I can open all the windows and let the fresh spring air flush out the stale air of winter.

Sunshine in VA
Sunshine in VA

May 10, 2017

I love Spring because… well there’s to many reasons to list them all, but just a few are: new vibrant colors in the grass and flowers, baby animals being born, and more time to play outside!

Cathleen Reid
Cathleen Reid

May 10, 2017

I love spring because the sun is out more, the snow is almost gone, and it meand I am that much closer to SUMMER!!!

Shelley Mabe
Shelley Mabe

May 10, 2017

I love Spring because of new life! It’s a great time to connect with my family outdoors. I love the smells of newly grown flowers and herbs. Spring gives me happiness all over.

Janal Alvis
Janal Alvis

May 10, 2017

I love spring because of the hope it brings.

Tracy Robinson
Tracy Robinson

May 10, 2017

I love spring because it brings new growth.

Becky
Becky

May 10, 2017

I love spring because my littles can run outside and play.

Lori
Lori

May 10, 2017

I love spring because my clothesline goes back up and I can dry all of my laundry outside. LOVE that smell!!

Stampin_melissa
Stampin_melissa

May 10, 2017

Looks like this is the popular post for your Give-away!

Oh Rebecca, I have a question. I have Borax that I use to make my laundry detergent ( 21 Mule brand,) is this the correct type of Borax?

Also, just to clarify: when you use it in the shower you wash, rinse, condition, rinse, then just use this and don’t worry about rinsing after applying it, just finish shower as usual? I guess that is why you are using it in the shower so it doesn’t leave a mess in the bathroom. :D

Marci W
Marci W

May 10, 2017

I would expect that this would make your color hold better because the vinegar would acidify the cuticle (outer layers) of the hair strands, closing them down over the color.

Patricia Rawles
Patricia Rawles

May 10, 2017

I Love Spring because I can get outside and dig in the dirt…..and plant…..and weed….

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes, same type of Borax that you would use in your DIY detergent. And yes again…this would be the final rinse…which you could rinse out or leave in! (I leave it in)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

It’s fine to leave the Borax out :))

silver_moon
silver_moon

May 10, 2017

is there a substitute for borax? Can I leave it out altogether?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Stephanie, no you wouldn’t use this in place of shampoo…it’s a final rinse :))

Stephanie
Stephanie

May 10, 2017

So you could use this in place of shampoo? Add to your hair and leave it? I’ve stopped using conditioners a long time ago and just wash my hair every 2nd or 3rd day (usually by day 3 I really need to wash it) with parabin free shampoo. (This alone, not using conditioner, has helped my fine hair. I would love to make it thicker.) Or should I still use shampoo and just use this as a rinse at the end, not actually rinsing it out? I’ve been wanting to shop the shampoo, but also wanted to finish up the nice shampoo I have. Of course I just ended my ‘hibernation’ of winter and now become social again. Not exactly the best time to test out stopping the shampoo. =)

I was also thinking of my DH whose genetics say his hair will thin out. He would love me so much if I could give him something easy to use to slow it down.

Tracy
Tracy

May 10, 2017

Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing it!

Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall

May 10, 2017

Hi Rebecca I love love your blog. I have been doing the poo-less rinse with 1st with the bs/water with a a drop of tee tree EO then follow up with acv/lavendar/rosmary rinse. But my hair is sooo dry & coated feeling. It got so dry it felt like straw and would be puffy. If I turned my head upside down then flip up right my hair would stay UP!LOL So I tried putting a little coconut oil in & NOPE made it worse. So I started rinsing out the acv rinse then after towel drying my hair I would put a little jojoba oil in it. That was better but my hair was still sooo dry. So I have been omitting the bs/water rinse altogether & just using the acv rinse but im still rinsing it out and putting in the jojoba oil after I towel dry. Does anyone else have this problem? Thank you for sharing with us. Yours & your sister’s blog is why I started with an essential oil daily routine along with coconut oil, etc.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

This is a final leave-in rinse :))

Serenity
Serenity

May 10, 2017

Do you rinse this out of your hair? Like you would conditioner?

Danielle Lewis
Danielle Lewis

May 10, 2017

Interesting recipe that I haven’t come across yet. I already use the BS & ACV when washing my hair and love the results so quite interested to see what effect the added ingredients will have on my hair too.

Thank you for sharing!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Right :)

Caitlin
Caitlin

May 10, 2017

So you rinse the shampoo and conditioner out and then put the ACV mixture in but don’t wash it out, right?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I love English persons :) T = Tablespoon

naath
naath

May 10, 2017

Hi, I’m a dopey English person – 3T? What’s a T?

MariaElena Camacho
MariaElena Camacho

May 10, 2017

Does this need to be refrigerated? can’t i just leave a squeeze bottle full in the shower?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Not at all, thanks for asking Lyn :)

Lyn
Lyn

May 10, 2017

Hi Rebecca, I am dying to try this as I have thinning hair as well. Would you mind if I blog on this and link to this article?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I lighten my hair too, the rinse hasn’t damaged my color at all. I don’t rinse it out, it’s a final rinse meant to leave IN your hair but you can certainly rinse it out after a few minutes if you like :)

Dreamzrmdofglass
Dreamzrmdofglass

May 10, 2017

Would this harm bleached hair? And how long do I leave the rinse on my hair?

Laurel Householter
Laurel Householter

May 10, 2017

I apologize if something similar has been asked before, but I use homemade vegan shampoo bars & am looking for a conditioner. Would I need another conditioner & then this rinse, or could this be the sole conditioner in my life?

charppps
charppps

May 10, 2017

I have naturally white hair (which i love). I am a little concerned about the Rosemary EO darkening my hair. Is there an alternative to using the Rosemary which I could use?

Yashima Bhatia
Yashima Bhatia

May 10, 2017

@Lorimae I recommend that you not try this the day before you color; rather perhaps a week before. Ask your hairstylist if you’d like to confirm, but to achieve the longest lasting hair color it is best to have your hair a little oily/dirty hair. When the hair is stripped (if this formula would infact strip the hair, or even your regular shampoo) it will throw off the PH balance of your hair especially when coloring product is applied to hair. Thus, damaging your hair more easily. Any hair stylist would even recommend that you not wash your hair one day prior to coloring. Just a suggestion coming from someone who has taken a few hair coloring classes myself.

Terri Horton-Vigil
Terri Horton-Vigil

May 10, 2017

I use rosemary and patchouli. Have dark hair and no problem with the color leaving my hair. One thing that the article missed is that you should massage your scalp daily. For some reason ever since I have been using this mixture i get SO many compliments on the smell! People stop me where ever we go saying how relaxing the scent is. I am not a patchouli fan but it is good for dandruff. I tried tea tree oil and it was too over whelming!

Iris Alder
Iris Alder

May 10, 2017

So this is all an at home remedy that should be used after I wash my hair? FYI: I shampoo once a month and co-condition weekly.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

It’s safe enough but your toddler may not need the clarifying of ACV properties with her young hair :) I would add a drop of Patchouli to her shampoo :)

Unknown
Unknown

May 10, 2017

could you use this safely on a toddler? I have been using green tea and honey on her hair (it is very thin, dry, and curly). Looking for something super moisturizing that will help her curls stay happy.

Laura in Anchorage, AK
Laura in Anchorage, AK

May 10, 2017

I have been a no-poo-er for a year. I color my hair dark brunette to cover grey! (I’m 51) and I have never had a problem with fading. I have to rinse hair with the ACV. (so soft n shiny too!!) …sometimes I put a little more water back into the plastic shower bottle I use, drop in 2 drops of lavender and squirt that on, and leave. I do NOT rinse out the lavender. I’m inspired to get some rosemary oil and add that too.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Laurel, you could try it as your conditioner/rinse. Personally, I like a conditioner first, then the rinse application :)

Jamie
Jamie

May 10, 2017

Why do you have to refrigerate…on the ACV bottle it says no need to….thanks

Linda Smith
Linda Smith

May 10, 2017

3 T means 3 tablespoons

Cindy
Cindy

May 10, 2017

I have dark brown hair,with slight gray. I have been no poo with the vinegar rinse for over 2years, my hair does not appear any lighter. I like to make my rinse with camomile or green tea. In between washes I spray my hair with a mix of water, a little acv and essential oil. I put it in a small spray bottle- my hair smells great and is soft and healthy.

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Karen
Karen

May 10, 2017

Apple cider vinegar contains different compounds than other vinegars and the organic vinegar has a living “mother” and has not been pasteurized which is better than the usual apple cider vinegar from Heinz. Either would work but the organic is easily available at health food stores or Whole foods at not too high a price.

Amber
Amber

May 10, 2017

I have been. ‘no poo for a while now. I have extremely thick hair and dont worry about thinning anytime soon. But I’d like to answer theses questions in saying that ACV actually defines brunette color. My hair is darker than ever. Even ask your grandma. They used it as a rinse well before we did. As for colored hair. The vinegar will strip. But if you’re worried about natural color, it will darken slightly. (just add lemon juice lightens for blondes.

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Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Just the scalp Martha.

Martha
Martha

May 10, 2017

Do you just put this on the scalp or the entire length of the hair?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Jamie, there came a time after this post that I started getting lazy and NOT refrigerating…it’s work just fine and just as before. Please feel free to keep unrefrigerated :)

Kristina
Kristina

May 10, 2017

Can it be plain ACV or does it have to be raw/industries?

Carolyn
Carolyn

May 10, 2017

I use 1 Tbsp b.s. to 1 c water – I use that JUST on my scalp and rinse imediately and throughly. Then I use 1 Tbsp to 1 c ACV on my scalp and full length of may hair (above waist length). I then wrap the length in a loose bun and pin it with a non-tearing/cutting hair pin and add a little more ACV to the bun. Finish the shower. And then rinse out my hair. So soft and not stiff. I think it’s the b.s. that making your hair stiff and ucky.

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Carol
Carol

May 10, 2017

I never thought to use Pattchouli essential oil. I will definitely be trying it. So lovely to read ideas and tips here at Camp Wander.

Pamela
Pamela

May 10, 2017

I’ve been no-poo for nearly a year and have been using this rinse for months, alternating between ACV neat and another rinse. I have to say, I love how soft this makes my hair! Sure, just straight ACV leaves hair nice and soft, but this also smells so nice.

My hair is especially soft if I have the time to let my nearly waist-length hair dry naturally. With the winter and having to run to work right after the shower, I have to blow dry most of the time. But, when I have the night off and can lounge around and let it air dry, my hair feels divine. Thank you for sharing this!

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Kristina
Kristina

May 10, 2017

I just realized it says industries. I meant unfiltered!

Renee C.
Renee C.

May 10, 2017

Hi Rebecca. I follow your posts regularly and have used many of your ideas, this one for the hair rinse is one of my favorites! I keep a batch of this mixed up and use it just about weekly, my hair feels so great afterwards. I use henna to cover the gray and never have any issues with color fading. Thanks for this and so many other genius ideas!

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Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Thanks Carol, essential oils are indeed amazing and versatile! Patchouli is lovely for the skin and hair, it can also be used topically to reduce fever!

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