This pretty yellow hair rinse is great for those of you who detest vinegar in your hair rinses, and it just might help lighten your hair a bit as well. It’s made from three simple ingredients and comes together in a flash—what more could you want?



The base of the rinse is chamomile tea, a long time favourite for blondes. It helps brighten & lighten hair, and is also said to help with scalp irritation and dandruff.

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Up next, lemon juice. Another favourite for lightening hair by introducing photo-sensitive lemon juice, people have been spritzing their hair with lemon juice before heading out in the summer for decades. And, since it’s acidic, the lemon replaces the vinegar in this rinse.

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Lastly, a bit of raw honey. It’s a humectant, so it helps fight dry hair, and it’s also popular for lightening hair, though it won’t do much here as you aren’t soaking your hair in the rinse for extended periods of time. Don’t worry—there’s not enough here to make the rinse sticky.

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The final rinse is a pretty yellow colour that smooths out freshly shampooed hair. It smells much nicer than vinegar, and if you happen to get some in your mouth, it tastes like a cup of tea. Why not give it a go?



Honey, Lemon, and Chamomile Hair Rinse

2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp raw honey
3 tbsp lemon juice, from half a lemon

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Pour the boiling water over the chamomile flowers and steep for 5 minutes. Strain out flowers and reserve liquid.

Scoop the honey into the bottom of a small jar, and slowly blend in a bit of the steeped, strained tea. Once the honey is thoroughly blended into the liquid, stir in the rest of the tea.

Add the lemon juice and preservative, and stir to combine. You’re done!

To use, pour over wet hair after shampooing.

I originally developed this recipe for the “Think Outside the Mug” DavidsTea contest, hosted by Snapguide, so you can check out step-by-step instructions there, too. I ended up winning the contest with a different recipe, too 🙂

Check out How to Make a Lemon Honey Chamomile Hair Rinse by Marie Rayma on Snapguide.