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Herbal Hair Rinses For Every Head

If you missed my recent post on making Rosemary Hair Rinse, for brunettes, you might not know how wonderful herbal hair rinses are. They can boost your natural hair color, leave it feeling lighter, cleaner and the smell is amazing. It can allow you to get off of conditioner as well, which often leaves your hair feeling bogged down, and heavy by the end of the day.

What types of herbs you choose will depend on your hair color and hair conditions you are trying to remedy. You can use one solo herb/spice or make a blend of them. Use what you like the smell of. One note though: Know where your herbs and spices came from. Buy organic or locally grown. Better, grow your own and dry them (it’s as simple as picking and drying in a paper lunch sack, then transferring to a mason jar, I’ll be posting more about dehydrating in the near future). Don’t use dollar store herbs. You don’t know what might be in them. The risk of lead, and other contaminants are high. Your skin is porous, so use the best – you deserve it!

Light Hair:

Calendula, chamomile, orange flowers, nettle

Dark Hair:

Rosemary, sage, cloves, lavender, mint, marjoram

Red Hair:

Calendula, hibiscus flowers, witch hazel bark, cloves

Oily Hair:

Lemongrass, peppermint, witch hazel

Dry Hair:

Citrus peel, comfrey, elder flowers, red clover

Herbal Hair Rinse


  • ¼ cup dried herbs
  • 1 cup water


Bring the water to a boil, pour over the herbs. Steep for 5 minutes, then strain. Add in another cup of water (cool), pour into a container to take to the shower.

After shampooing and rinsing well, pour the hair rinse over your hair, gently working it in. Squeeze out excess, but don’t rinse.

Makes 1 batch.