DIY: Hair & Scalp Fresh Rinse

One of my shower essentials and should be yours, the vinegar hair rinse.

My less waste journey begin in the pursuit of items that would not irritate my skin. I have strange reactions to certain laundry detergents, lotions and other items that come in contact with my skin. I would breakout in these rashes and it was painful, itchy and not pretty. I wasn’t as concerned with my plastic consumption at the time but more about the end product going on my skin. For years my scalp would flake, dermatologists prescribed shampoos that would help somewhat but were expensive and smelled strange. Normal dandruff shampoo only made things worse. And then, they took the one shampoo that worked for me off the market. I thought maybe a clarifying shampoo might do the trick, nope, no luck.

So I started researching online what natural options were out there and came across the vinegar/water wash mix. I gave it a try and I have never looked back.

Vinegar Hair Rinse

Love that I kept my “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” water bottle!

This mix cleans out any residue you have in your hair and my scalp is so happy and clean! As you can see I took an old water bottle gifted to me by work and I store it in the shower to use as needed.

DIY Recipe

  • 1 part distilled white vinegar (In my water bottle here I have 1 cup)
  • 2 parts water (In my water bottle – 2 cups)


Store it in the shower and pour on dry hair so you know you have soaked your scalp. Massage into the scalp and leave on for 1 minute or longer if you want it to soak in more. Rinse with water and follow with Shampoo to remove the vinegar smell.

Tips & Notes

  • I use white vinegar so it doesn’t mess with my colored hair but others swear by apple cider vinegar.
  • If you don’t want to do this in the shower some people use over a sink and then use a shower cap to let it set before rinsing/showering.
  • I use right before a trip and then use again when I get home.
  • Recommend only using once a week, I have heard that it could do damage if you do it too often because of the acids in the vinegar.

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My name is Kate and I'm a world traveler looking to make a positive impact by reducing my waste and single plastic use.