I love to rinse my hair with diluted apple cider vinegar after I’ve shampooed—it helps balance the pH and smooth out my hair. I’m not alone in this; apple cider vinegar rinses are very popular in the natural haircare community. Anyhow, I got to thinking about how awesome the rinses are, and how I could probably make them more awesome with some added essential oils. Plus, Courtney asked me for solutions for greasy hair, so I thought I’d try and lend a hand.


I read up on essential oils that are said to help with greasy hair, and I settled on rosemary and tea tree essential oils. You could also try sage, mint, lemon balm, thyme, parsley, spearmint, cedarwood, burdock, lemon, cypress, ylang-ylang and/or lavender, according to the internet. I just happen to quite like rosemary and tea tree, and I had them on hand.


All you need beyond the essential oils, water, and apple cider vinegar is solubilizer, though even that’s optional (you will just need to do quite a bit of shaking before each use and work quickly).


Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Greasy Hair

20 drops solubilizer
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1½ cups water

Pour the solubilizer and essential oils into the bottom of a 500mL squeeze bottle. Shake to mix together.

Add a bit of water and shake to combine. Top off with the rest of the water and the vinegar, and shake.

To use, pour ~½ cup cup of the rinse over your hair after shampooing. Rinse your hair with water, and continue as usual.

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