You know those times when you’re just so busy, your creativity falls to the side? (Hello, Creativity? Where are you!)
This is a super fast project for those times. To coin a phrase from one of my favorite infomercials, this is a Set it and Forget it project. There’s no measuring. There are no rules. Just stuff some fresh herbs in a jar, cover up and let them steep for a couple of weeks.
This simple project will give you the most amazing rinse for silky smooth and shiny hair. Only possible drawback? It’s vinegar.
But once you get over that mental block – vinegar on your hair! – you will positively fall in love with your new hair rinse and never go back to thick, chemically conditioner again.
Why would I want to put vinegar on my hair
Vinegar is one of those vintage remedies that I read about for years, before I worked up the courage to try it. Isn’t that old-fashioned? Wouldn’t I smell like vinegar? Besides, the only vinegar I used was rich, sticky-sweet and expensive balsamic on my salads (and strawberries). What was up with this Apple Cider Vinegar thing anyway?
Oh, how wrong I was. Apple Cider Vinegar not only makes a deliciously refreshing drink in the hot summer months, but has a ton of beauty boosting properties too.
Since vinegar is acidic, when you use a small amount to rinse your hair, it helps remove buildup and deposits from other products. It also seems to make my hair really shiny and smooth. And no, you won’t smell like vinegar once your hair is dry!
Why rosemary and nettles?
Rosemary is a stimulating herb traditionally used to encourage hair growth. Plus it smells great!
Stinging nettles are a nutrient and mineral rich plant that traditionally used to strengthen the hair and prevent hair loss.
I also like these two plants because they’re easy to find. If you live in England, you’ll have more stinging nettles than you know what to do with… If you don’t have fresh nettles, you could use some dried nettles … or just leave them out entirely!
There are also endless possibilities to customize your hair rinse:
What other plants could I put in this hair rinse?
OH the possibilities! You could try almost any aromatic herb that you have in the garden, but here are some favorites…
Chamomile - lightens blonde hair
Sage - darkens hair (over time… I’m still testing this myself)
Peppermint - refreshing & invigorating
Rose - soothing and moisturizing, for dry hair or sensitive scalps
How to make Rosemary and Nettle Hair Rinse
This recipe is So Easy.
- Take a quart-sized jar with a lid, and put one handful each of fresh rosemary and nettles. [extra credit: crush the plants a bit with your hands to release the essential oils]
- Cover completely with Apple Cider Vinegar. Put the lid on the jar.
- Let the jar sit for 2-3 weeks (or more! Up to 6 weeks is fine), shaking occasionally when you think of it. No pressure.
- Pour through a strainer to remove the plants, and put the vinegar in a pretty bottle in your shower.
How to use your Rosemary and Nettle Hair Rinse
You’ll need your Rosemary and Nettle Hair Rinse and a small cup or plastic container (about 1 cup or 250 ml in size, I don’t like to use glass in the shower!)
- After washing your hair (or whenever you want to do a rinse), put a splash of Rosemary Nettle Hair Rinse in your plastic cup (about 1 Tb. of rinse). Fill the rest of the way with water from the showerhead (about 1 cup of water or 250 ml.)
- Pour the diluted rinse through your hair, concentrating on the ends. If you have long hair, you can put the ends of your hair directly in the rinse cup.
- That’s it! Either leave as is, or after a few minutes do a cold-water rinse over your hair to rinse away the vinegar. It’s totally up to you. I usually leave the vinegar in.
You will smell a bit of the vinegar on your wet hair, but the smell disappears once the hair is dry.
If the smell bothers you, try adding a few drops of Rosemary Essential Oil to the entire bottle of your Vinegar Hair Rinse. Or simply do a good cold-water rinse after using the vinegar. I honestly haven’t found this a problem though after a couple of uses – the end result of shiny silky hair is so nice, I don’t mind the momentary vinegar smell.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever made an infused vinegar hair rinse? How did you get over that initial fear of putting vinegar on your hair? Any tips for first-timers? Let us know in the comments!