MYO Natural-Scented Hair Conditioner

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s a well-known fact that vinegar is a natural hair conditioner.  It’s said that with occasional use vinegar helps restore the natural PH of your hair and it also cleans buildup from your hair.  It not only restores that healthy shine and detangles too.

I’ve tried both regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar for my vinegar hair rinse but to be honest I’ve never really noticed a difference between the two. But here’s the deal – RancherMan hates, hates, HATES the smell of vinegar.

Although no vinegar aroma at all remains in your hair when it’s dry, there is a subtle hint of vinegar as your hair is drying.  To please that man in my life I’ve scented my vinegar with my favorite herb – rosemary!  (It’s also said that Rosemary is a good herb to use in your vinegar rinse for dark hair)

I use the power of the sun to infuse rosemary into plain vinegar and then make it into a natural hair rinse. My hair is soft & shiny! #TexasHomesteader

Today I’m using regular vinegar and the power of the sun to infuse that glorious rosemary scent and benefits into my homemade hair rinse.  I lop off a large sprig of the beautiful rosemary plant I have growing right outside my door.  Then I wash it off and place it in a quart canning jar and fill the jar with vinegar.  After screwing on the lid I place the canning jar outside in that blazing Texas sun.  The infusion takes place without further action by me.  Yeah, I’m just lazy errr… environmental that way!

After about 2 days in the sun the bright green fades from my rosemary sprig and I know it’s done.  I bring in the jar and strain the vinegar into another labeled jar.  Now to make my hair rinse I take a repurposed plastic squirt bottle (I’m a klutz in the shower sometimes so plastic is necessary) and add about 3 tablespoons of my infused vinegar with about two cups of water, shake it up & place it in the shower.  I’ve never known my mixture to go ‘off’ and this has worked well for me.

My observations:

  • My hair tends to be naturally dry & I think it may be a little too drying to use a vinegar rinse every day so I use it about 2-3 times a week.  Can anyone weigh in here?
  • Vinegar will burn if it gets in your eyes so avoid the eyes when squirting the mixture on your hair.
  • After shampooing I squirt my rosemary vinegar onto my hair, work it in and let it soak in for about 2 minutes before rinsing out.
  • Although some people leave the vinegar in their hair or only partially rinse it out, I prefer to do a more thorough rinse.  That’s just my preference.  Try it both ways & see what you like.

So there ya go – a more natural hair rinse.  It’s inexpensive, it’s natural and it’s homemade.  And there’s no new plastic bottle going to the landfill.  I love it!

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~TxH~

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8 thoughts on “MYO Natural-Scented Hair Conditioner

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Hummm… I’ve never tried it with dried rosemary, always fresh. I’d think as long as the vinegar will draw the scent you’d be good to go. Give it a try, you really don’t have much to lose since vinegar is so cheap. ~TMR~

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  1. Terri Henkels

    What an excellent idea to infuse the vinegar with a scent. I would go for lavender since it is my all time favorite scent and I like the idea of setting it in the sun and heat for an easy infusion method. I am going to give this a try because I always have hairspray buildup and I have used baking soda which does the trick but I don’t really enjoy using it. Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop.

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  2. ColleenB.~Texas

    We received 3 wonderful inches of rain Thursday but then also had some wind damage to go along with; things blown over, roof damage, etc but nothing that can’t be fixed or replaced or sit back up again.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We received several inches of rain as well Colleen. And there’s more on the way next week. I love that we’re getting the chance to get some of that subsoil moisture replaced and hopefully the rivers & streams help refill some of the drought-stricken lakes & reservoirs. ~TMR~

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  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    I have used vinegar as my conditioner for quite sometime now.

    Only difference for me is that I mix lemon juice with my vinegar in spray bottle and good to go and I use it each and every time I shower; more than once a day if I’m working outside on a hot summer day.
    I mix no water with mine; just straight vinegar and lemon juice.

    My hair always feels so soft after it dries which doesn’t take long cause I have very short hair….(think of it as a Jamie Lee Curtis cut) :} Yes, it’s that short. :}

    Vinegar has so many wonderful uses. Works wonders on a sunburn as well.

    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend and wishing all the mother’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Vinegar & lemon juice in a spray bottle? Hummm…. I love the Jamie Lee Curtis cut – RancherMan likes my hair long & I keep it long-ish to please him, but I often dream about how much less maintenance it would take if my hair was shorter. Oh, and no wind-blown hair in my face! ~TMR~

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