Nothing looks more like summer than sun-kissed hair. But if you’ve been to the pool or beach, it’s more likely your hair is looking dry and brittle these days rather than sun-kissed anything. That’s when you know you’re in need of a little DIY highlighting hair rinse.
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Not only will a rinse replace your conditioner (I use mine about once a week) but they are designed to take all the “gunk” out of your hair. What gunk? Chlorine, hair spray, and hair gel to start. Rinses are becoming a popular item, so popular that Sephora is charging an arm and a leg for a smaller bottle. If my arm and leg cost $16 that is, which is still way too much because the one I’m going to share with you will cost next to nothing.
SIDE NOTE: Most people don’t know this but a majority of hair products and conditioners on the market contain silicone which makes your hair shiny and soft for a few days…but then its stickiness starts to attract dirt and actually blocks moisture to your hair so you somehow end up with dry, but also greasy hair. Know what I mean? It’s probably best if you try to find a hair product that doesn’t contain silicone, but that’s pretty difficult these days so the next best thing is to remove all that gunk about once a week. For another way to remove “gunk” from your hair check out: How to Use Epsom Salts to Purify & Add Volume To Your Hair
Ah, now we’re finally getting back to the rinse again!
My apple cider vinegar in this rinse will easily grab a hold of that gunk and pull it right out of your hair. (I once had a chemistry teacher that described soap this way and I’ve never been able to forget it.) Also, my rinse contains chamomile which naturally lightens hair and is completely chemical-free to keep your hair clean and pretty. Let’s get to it.
DIY Hair Highlighting Rinse
DIY Hair Lightening Rinse
- Chamomile tea bag
- Hot water
- Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Empty large water bottle with a squeeze top, or empty 16oz Bragg’s ACV glass bottle if you want to feel fancier
Step 1: Boil a pot of hot water and then pour two cups over a chamomile tea bag. Let steep for 30-45 minutes.
Step 2: While still hot stir in 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Don’t worry, it won’t make your hair sticky.
Step 3: Wait until liquid cools and stir in 2 tablespoons of ACV. It must be Bragg’s. If you try being cheap and getting anything else it won’t do squat. Trust me, you’ll love Bragg’s.
Step 4: After shampooing simply rinse your hair with it. Pour over enough to cover your hair and leave in a minute or two. If you have extra dry hair you can use a little bit of conditioner on your ends. (Silicone-free if possible!)
So let’s talk about what these awesome ingredients do.
First up, Chamomile. As I mentioned it works as a natural hair lightener. Besides that, it makes your hair shiny! It really works. And it also prevents dandruff.
Raw honey adds a natural moisturizer to your hair and also adds to the shine.
Lastly, the star of the show ACV. ACV removes any build-up in your hair, naturally cleanses hair, helps it retain better moisture, restores your hair’s PH, provides relief for itchy scalps, and seals the cuticle for smoother hair.
As I briefly mentioned, I use this about once a week. Honestly, most weeks I use straight ACV mixed with a little warm water from my shower, but the chamomile and honey really help make my hair shine. You might want to try a DIY deep conditioner once a week like this one made from washed ghee.
Do you use a hair rinse? Will you try this one?