It isn’t often that I create something that immediately becomes part of my regular hair or body care routines. That’s partly because I am rather, err, prolific (i.e. my counters, cupboards, and pantries are loaded with tons of options to choose from every day), and partly because I love experimenting, so I’m always trying something new in the quest for awesomeness. This hair rinse, however, instantly earned itself a permanent place in my shower. It’s fantastic.


Ever since I discovered Saffire Blue, my herb cupboard has increased in size significantly. They’ve got a great selection of dried and powdered herbs and roots for delightfully low prices—herbs I’ve been reading about but have been unable to source. No more! After they all arrived the ones I was most excited about were the ones for hair, and of this excitement was born this fabulous hair rinse.


The two herbs that are the focus of this rinse are marshmallow root and horsetail. I’ve seen marshmallow root used in natural detangling recipes, and it’s said to soften hair, help reduce tangles, add shine, impart moisture, and stimulate the scalp.

Horsetail is naturally high in silica, which helps strengthen the hair and make it smooth and shiny.


For essential oils I choose lemon, clary sage, and geranium, all said to be good for the hair (plus, they smell lovely together).


The result? I love it. Ever since all the slippery silicone peeled out of my hair after I ditched store bought haircare products, I’ve had more tangles. No more. I washed my hair in the morning, and was able to pull it into a braid easily after getting out of the shower. During the day I could easily finger comb it, and once I got home a quick combing was all it took—no heavy one-on-one time with my detangling comb. Later that week I put my hair into one of my favourite updos, that, in the past, has been a recipe for tangles. No more! Even after hours! Fewer tangles means less breakage, and that’s awesome. Plus, so much shine and glimmer! And, my hair smells fantastic.

Shine & Detangle ACV Hair Rinse

3 tbsp dried marshmallow root
2 tbsp dried horsetail/shavegrass
Just-boiled water

50 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops clary sage essential oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
10 mL | 2 tsp polysorbate 20 (USA / Canada) or Polysorbate 80 (USA / Canada)

Apple cider vinegar, as needed

2.5g | 0.08oz Liquid Germall Plus™ (USA / Canada) (or other broad spectrum preservative of choice at recommended usage rate [why?])

Place the dried herbs in a 1L (32 fl oz) glass measuring cup and fill with boiling water to the 500mL (16 fl oz) mark. Let the mixture steep for 1 hour.

In a 500mL (16 fl oz) squeeze bottle, mix the essential oils with an equal amount of polysorbate.

Using a coffee filter and a fine sieve, strain the herbs out of the herb mixture. Discard the herbs. You will have ~400mL (~13.5 fl oz) of herb infused water. Pour a bit of the herb water into the squeeze bottle with the essential oils and polysorbate, and swish to combine. Add the rest of the herb water.

Top off with apple cider vinegar. Add your preservative, and shake to combine. To use, rinse the hair with it.