Hair products are horrid nowadays with so many chemicals and additives. Many are absorbed into our skin. There are natural alternatives and I bet a lot of the ingredients you already have and or already grow in your garden.
We all know how powerful vinegar can be and the wide array of uses it has around our home. It is also fantastic for your hair and scalp! This recipe is super easy and takes less than 5 minutes to make. The best part is, at least for me, it was FREE!
You can use a variety of different flowers, herbs, and petals to make your vinegar. Most have medicinal properties, but some do not. So you will have to do some research.
The type of flowers you use also depend on your hair type and hair color. For example, marigolds and red roses are great for brunettes and those who have red tones in their hair. The vinegar turns an orange or slightly red color which has an some affect on hair over time.
I decided I would try it! My hair is dark brown and very long. It’s always in a bun or ponytail and can get very dry at the ends and oily near my scalp. I used Marigold petals, fuchsia rose petals, Calendula flowers, and Peppermint in my blend.
What you will need:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Marigold Flower Petals
- Rose Petals
- Peppermint leaves
- Calendula Petals
- Glass container
- Tea towel or Cheesecloth
- Rubber band
In a glass container, add your petals and herbs filling the jar half way. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to act as a starter to activate the fermentation (turning to vinegar) process. Add 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup white sugar (brown sugar or any other sugar doesn’t work as well) depending on the size of your container. This will feed the ferment. Add filtered water leaving 2″ at the top. Stir or mix thoroughly. Cover with a tea towel or cheesecloth, stirring daily, and let sit for 30 days. Strain and use!
Once the vinegar actually smells like vinegar, I found outside temperature has a lot to do with the time it sits. Hotter days sit for a shorter time while cool days sit longer. Once done, put in a jar or container with a lid. Old clean Kombucha bottles are perfect for this as are pickle jars or olive jars. Any glass jar will do.
Use as a hair rinse after a good shampoo once a week or more if needed. It’s antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, and anti inflammatory, but also contains all of the medicinal properties found in your flowers and herbs.
For this blend:
- Calendula flowers are fantastic for dandruff and dry scalp. It promotes hair growth and adds a teensie bit of vibrancy to the hair because the flowers are red/orange. Great for dark hair.
- Marigolds prevent further hair loss and keep hair follicles healthy.
- Rose petals contain antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which make it great for frizzy, dry, and damaged hair.
- Peppermint stimulates the scalp and promotes that “wake up” feeling. It’s cooling and stimulates hair growth. It also helps fight dandruff and lice while giving your hair a good shine.
But don’t take my word for it. There are a ton of flowers and herbs that you can use to make your hair vinegar personalized for your specific needs. No statement within this post is medical advice. It simply comes from my own research.
Other flowers and herbs you can use is rosemary, basil, hibiscus, aloe, lavender, lemongrass, yarrow, horsetail, and nettle leaves.
Have fun and make some vinegar!