Vinegar Hair Rinse with Peppermint and Chamomile

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Vinegar Hair Rinse

This simple vinegar hair rinse is an easy way to refresh, strengthen, and condition any hair type. And it will not leave your hair smelling like vinegar!

As the summer progresses, it seems like my hair gets duller by the day. Pool chlorine, chemicals, and general buildup have left my hair less than desirable.

So it’s time for one of my favorite things – a herbal and vinegar hair rinse! I love using vinegar to help get rid of buildup and invigorate my scalp. Plus, did you know that apple cider vinegar is a natural hair conditioner?

It does a great job of leaving hair shiny and clean. Believe it or not, it doesn’t even smell like vinegar once it dries!

This simple, homemade vinegar rinse is an easy way to help refresh, strengthen, and condition any hair type.

Making a Vinegar Hair Rinse

Vinegar hair rinses can be made easily and quickly. I prefer to make a batch weekly and store in the refrigerator to use throughout the week.


This scalp soothing rinse is made with peppermint and chamomile to not only stimulate the scalp but also to help get rid of buildup.

Other herbs to consider putting in a vinegar hair rinse include nettle, lavender, rosemary, calendula, marshmallow, or yarrow. Each has particular properties for different needs. Play around with different combinations to see what suits your hair best.

For me, I love the tingle of peppermint and the soothing, honey-like aroma of chamomile. Not to mention the lovely golden tint that chamomile gives my hair. If you have dark hair and are not looking for it to be lightened, you may want to avoid chamomile.


Straight vinegar is a little too harsh for my hair, so I like to combine it with herb-infused water at a 1:4 ratio. That means 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. If you prefer to use straight vinegar, you can also slow infuse the herbs in vinegar instead of making herbal water.

This recipe makes enough vinegar hair rinse to last me an entire week or two, however, you could make a smaller batch for one-time usage. You could also dilute the herbal infused vinegar when you are ready to use it as it will keep longer than ready mixed with water vinegar rinses.

Essential Oils in Your Rinse?

Adding essential oils to a vinegar hair rinse might seem like a great idea, but because this vinegar rinse is water-based, the oil will never be able to mix in.

That means your scalp could come in contact with undiluted essential oils, which is not a good idea. Undiluted essential oils can harm the skin and even the hair. Of course, you could always dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond before adding them to the rinse. However, that might leave your hair feeling more “oily” than anything.

If you want to use essential oils, a better idea is to try making your own hair oil with essential oils and a base of argan, jojoba, or castor oil. This makes a great before shampooing conditioning treatment. I love using rosemary and tea tree oils to help with hair growth and scalp issues.

Vinegar Hair Rinse

Chamomile Peppermint Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This simple vinegar hair rinse is an easy way to refresh, strengthen, and condition any hair type. And it will not leave your hair smelling like vinegar!
Prep Time
5 minutes
Active Time
15 minutes
Cooling Time
30 minutes
Total Time
50 minutes
5 cups
Estimated Cost



  1. Begin making your vinegar hair rinse by combining water and herbs in a small saucepan over low heat
  2. simmer for 15 minutes
  3. cool and strain the mixture through a cheesecloth
  4. in a small bowl combine cooled herbal infusion and apple cider vinegar
  5. pour into mason jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


To Use

  1. Shampoo hair normally
  2. pour vinegar rinse over hair from roots to ends and massage into the scalp
  3. rinse thoroughly with cool water
  4. use after shampooing in place of conditioner or as a monthly conditioning treatment.
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About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. Kim says

    Can you use essential oils instead of boiling the plants? Also do you need distilled water or is tap ok?

  2. Christina Salisbury says

    Shalom, I boil nettles and rosemary, strain and mix in apple cider vinegar 1/8 parts water. I keep large bottles of this for months, vinegar is a preservative,it doesn’t need refrigeration. I find this is lovely on my brown to grey hair.

    • Sherry says

      Great question Kerry – I was wondering too. Also, will it still work with just the vinegar and water if you don’t want to mess with the process of herbs?

    • Katie Vance says

      Kerry (and Sherry), I bet this would be just fine for grey hair! Vinegar helps condition all hair types, so I think this would leave your hair softer. It will work with just vinegar and water, but the herbs give it a lovely aroma and add some beneficial properties.

  3. Sheryl says

    What a neat idea! I currently keep a spray bottle with ACV and water in the shower and that is my conditioner that I use after every wash and also as a refresh between washings.

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  5. Joshua Howard says

    Hi! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Yesterday I made it and it really works! No chemicals, no toxins, only natural ingredients..What can be better