Nothing looks more like summer than sun-kissed hair. But if you’ve been to the pool or beach, it’s more likely your hair is looking dry and brittle these days rather than sun-kissed anything. That’s when you know you’re in need of a little DIY highlighting hair rinse.
Not only will a rinse replace your conditioner (I use mine about once a week) but they are designed to take all the “gunk” out of your hair. What gunk? Chlorine, hair spray and hair gel to start. Rinses are becoming a popular item, so popular that Sephora is charging an arm and a leg for a smaller bottle. If my arm and leg cost $16 that is, which is still way too much because the one I’m going to share with you will cost next to nothing.
SIDE NOTE: Most people don’t know this but a majority of hair products and conditioners on the market contain silicone which make your hair shiny and soft for a few days…but then its stickiness starts to attract dirt and actually blocks moisture to your hair so you somehow end up with dry, but also greasy hair. Know what I mean? It’s probably best if you try to find a hair product that doesn’t contain silicone, but that’s pretty difficult these days so the next best thing is to remove all that gunk about once a week. END SIDE NOTE
Ah, now we’re finally getting back to the rinse again! My apple cider vinegar in this rinse will easily grab a hold of that gunk and pull it right out of your hair. (I once had a chemistry teacher that described soap this way and I’ve never been able to forget it.) Also, my rinse contains chamomile which naturally lightens hair and is completely chemical free to keep your hair clean and pretty. Let’s get to it.
DIY Hair Lightening Rinse
- Chamomile tea bag
- Hot water
- Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Raw honey
- Empty large water bottle with squeeze top, or empty 16oz Bragg’s ACV glass bottle if you want to feel fancier
Step 1: Boil a pot of hot water and then pour two cups over chamomile tea bag. Let seep for 30-45 minutes.
Step 2: While still hot stir in 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Don’t worry, it won’t make your hair sticky.
Step 3: Wait until liquid cools and stir in 2 tablespoons of ACV. It must be Bragg’s. If you try being cheap and getting anything else it won’t do squat. Trust me, you’ll love Bragg’s.
Step 4: After shampooing simply rinse your hair with it. Pour over enough to cover your hair and leave in a minute or two. If you have extra dry hair you can use a little bit of conditioner on your ends. (Silicone free if possible!)
So let’s talk about what these awesome ingredients do.
First up, Chamomile. As I mentioned it works as a natural hair lightener. Besides that it makes your hair shiny! It really works. And it also prevents dandruff.
Raw honey adds a natural moisturizer to your hair and also adds to the shine.
Lastly, the star of the show ACV. ACV removes any build-up in your hair, naturally cleanses hair, helps it retain better moisture, restores your hair’s PH, provides relief for itchy scalps, and seals the cuticle for smoother hair.
As I briefly mentioned, I use this about once a week. Honestly, most weeks I use straight ACV mixed with a little warm water from my shower, but the chamomile and honey really help make my hair shine.
Do you use a hair rinse? Will you try this one?