Summer Hair Rinse with White Vinegar

White Vinegar for Hair

Somebody left a comment on my previous post, My No Poo Journey and Failure, saying that white vinegar is actually a better rinse for oily hair that doesn't need extra moisturizing. So I decided to try it.

If any of you have tried the "no poo" method, I'm sure you're familiar with the apple cider vinegar rinse. Personally I gave no poo a try and sadly, it didn't work for me with my fine hair and oily scalp. I did try using apple cider vinegar, which I found did make my hair much easier to comb out, but my hair never really felt clean using it. 

White Vinegar for Hair

Why White Vinegar as a Hair Rinse?

I don't know what it is about white vinegar, but it really makes my hair so much sleeker and easier to comb out just like apple cider vinegar, but it doesn't leave the any residue on my hair. So now I've been using it every time I shampoo my hair and I love that my hair isn't tangly! 

Of course, white vinegar does not smell good at all (although I would say it's not as bad as apple cider vinegar). That's why I've included an essential oil combo to cover the smell of vinegar so you walk around smelling like the beach and ocean instead.

White Vinegar for Hair

White Vinegar Rinse for Summer Hair Rinse


  • White vinegar
  • 5 Drops of geranium essential oil
  • 5 Drops of cedarwood atlas essential oil
  • 2 Drops of juniper essential oil
  • Warm water


  1. In a glass bottle, combine 1 part white vinegar to 6 parts warm water.
  2. Add essential oils and shake.
  3. Use after shampooing or conditioning your hair. *Note: At this time I personally don't condition my hair so I use the rinse after shampoo instead. But if you do use conditioner, use this rinse afterwards. Or you may find you don't need the conditioner when you start using this rinse!
  4. Pour rinse all over your hair, especially the ends. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse out with water.

That's it, super easy. You should find your hair much easier to comb out. Plus you will smell like summer!

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