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

5g (0.18oz) polysorbate 20
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1½ cups water

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Pour the polysorbate 20 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.