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Herbal hair rinses are a great tool to have in your natural hair toolkit. If you’re experiencing slow growth, limpness, dull color, or a variety of other issues, there’s an herbal rinse for that. You can also use an herbal rinse to cleanse your scalp rather than using harsh shampoos. Here’s how it all works.

What to Use Herbal Rinses For

There are a ton of uses for herbal rinses, including:

  • Grow your hair faster with rosemary, basil or thyme
  • Strengthen your hair with nettle, sage or horsetail
  • Cleanse your scalp with lavender, mint or apple cider vinegar
  • Improve the color of your hair with blackberry leaf, sage, chamomile or hibiscus

By mixing and matching these ingredients with each other, you can come up with a customized herbal blend that’s just right for your hair.

How to Make an Herbal Rinse for Hair At Home

Interested in making your own? The good news is that it’s not difficult at all. The easiest and fastest way is to bring dried or fresh herbs to a boil until the water is thoroughly infused with the herbs, then let it cool.

The internet abounds with awesome recipes, like this one that uses nettle, horsetail, and other herbs to strengthen and cleanse the hair. This recipe uses baking soda for a more complete cleansing experience. To stimulate the scalp and promote growth, try this recipe with rosemary and thyme. If you’re looking to improve your color, check out these recipes for each hair color.

How to Use an Herbal Rinse

Most herbal rinses use water as a base, but some use apple cider vinegar too. Others add different ingredients, like baking soda, essential oils or jojoba oil. No matter what type of herbal hair rinse you decide to use, you can use the same basic technique.

Firstly, herbal rinses that are water-based can simply be used plain, without diluting them further. If you use a vinegar rinse, you’ll want to mix the herbal rinse with water before applying it to your hair; the ratio depends on the length of your hair.

When should you use an herbal rinse? Use it as a final rinse when you’re washing your hair, or use to replace shampooing. You can use herbal rinses as often as you’d like.

When you’re ready, tilt your head back and slowly pour the rinse over your entire scalp and hair, making sure to work it into the scalp and through each strand. You can leave it on your hair until your next wash, or you can leave it for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with water.

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