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7 Herbal Rinses for Hair Growth and Scalp Health

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by Kiianah of Rockin’ it Napptural

There are many environmental factors that contribute to unhealthy hair. Heat, dry indoor air, hair dyes, shampoos, and styling products can lead to breakage, split ends, stunted growth, dry and brittle natural hair. A hair rinse is a very inexpensive way to treat and strengthen hair and scalp, and many ingredients can be found in your kitchen.

Herbal rinses can help with circulation in the scalp, aiding in the stimulation of the hair follicle which leads to hair growth. Some have the potential to help repair scalp disorders such as dandruff, itchy or flaky scalp and stunted hair growth.

Here are 7 of my favorite hair rinses:

1. Sage Hair Rinse — for Invigorating and Cleansing
Sage helps cleanse the hair of oil buildup and promotes healthier hair.
Recipe
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried sage (or 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves)
Pour the water over the sage and steep until cool. Remove (or strain) the sage and apply to freshly washed hair. Don’t forget to massage into your scalp!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse — for Cleansing and Clarifying
If you haven’t tried an ACV rinse yet, you must be living under a rock! Okay, kidding but seriously the ACV rinse is one of the easiest and most popular hair rinses within the natural hair community. Click here to discover six apple cider vinegar rinse recipes.

3. Beer Hair Rinse — for Sheen, Body and Resilience
Once a month, you can use flat beer to rinse your hair. Yep, beer! Beer acts as a natural “setting lotion” and works great in adding vitality to hair when blow drying. The added sheen and body comes from the natural sugars and the B vitamins that are found in beer. You can try my Beer &Vinegar Green Tea hair recipe and see if you feel a difference in your hair.

4. Birch Leaf Hair Rinse — to Prevent Hair Loss, Maintain Scalp Health and Soften Hair
When used on a regular basis, the birch leaf rinse will help prevent hair loss and maintain the overall health of your hair and scalp. Birch leaf will also soften the hair and add sheen.
Recipe
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp dried birch leaves
Pour boiling water over birch leaves and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp. Caution: Consult your physician before using this rinse if you are allergic to wild carrot, mugwort, celery, and certain spices. Also know that birch leaf can darken hair over time.

5. Chamomile Hair Rinse — for Soothing and Healing the Scalp, Giving Hair Sheen
Chamomile has been used for centuries to add in relieving stress and restlessness at bedtime.  It is also great for soothing an itchy or sore scalp. It has also been said to heal scalp ailments such as dandruff, dry patches and eczema.
Recipe
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried chamomile (or fresh chamomile if available)
Pour boiling water over chamomile and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp. Caution: Chamomile has been known to lighten hair.

6. Linden-Flower Hair Rinse — to Promote Healthy Hair Growth, and Strengthen Dry and Brittle Hair
Linden-flower is great if you’re dealing with dry, brittle hair as a result of over-dying or dying the hair too often. For hair that is severely damaged, linden-flower will aid in overly brittle hair. It also promotes circulation in the scalp and will help new hair grow in healthier.
Recipe
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. linden flowers
Pour boiling water over linden flowers and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp.

7. Lemon & Tea Tree Scalp Rinse — for Flaky Scalp and Excessive Dandruff
Lemons are very versatile and they can be used for so many things! Lemon juice is great for treating oily dandruff but be careful, using too much lemon juice can dry out your hair.  Caution: Lemon juice can lighten your hair, especially if you tend to play in the sun a lot.
Recipe
4 tbsp lemon juice (use real lemons!)
5 drops tea tree essential oil
3 cups hot water
Add 5 drops tea tree oil and 4 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 2 cups of hot water. Pour over hair and avoid getting into eyes. Massage into scalp and rinse out. Follow up with a clarifying conditioner.

What are some of your favorite hair rinses?

Kiianah is the creator of Rockin’ it Napptural, a vibrant natural hair, beauty and lifestyle blog which focuses on a simple approach to achieving healthy hair, skin and health. A natural-born writer with a glowing personality, she has a huge heart for rescue animals, big earrings and an obsession with dark chocolate.

Reference: The Complete Guide to Natural Healing

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Pbotts`

Thanks for these..will definitely be trying them out

Just Joy
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Just Joy

Ooo! Im definitely excited about this! ^_^ Thanks! The Birch Leaf Rinse and Linden Flower rinse I will be trying.

TeeBee
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TeeBee

thank you for sharing this!! i just hope it helps my flaky scalp…urgghhh makes me so sad…

Joi
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Joi

The lemon rinse is the only one I see that has to be rinsed out. Does anyone know if the other rinses should be rinsed out ? Or can they serve as a spritzer?

MJ
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MJ

Living in the Middle East/Gulf means that the beer rinse isn’t quite an option sadly! The alcohol we do get imported here is usually the kind that you don’t want to waste: expensive! Besides don’t think my dad would be too pleased that I’ve used up a good can of beer on my head… think that would be one hair treatment too much haha! Great ideas though. Can chamomile tea be used for the chamomile rinse?

Tiffany
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Tiffany

I’m a little confused. Are you using the water or the wet herbs. Have you ever mixed the wet herbs with conditioner or shampoo?

Talisa
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Talisa

You’re steeping the herbs in water (as if you’re making herb tea?) then strain the herbs out & use the liquid. It’s the liquid you’re using not the herb..hence them being called “rinses”. You’re rinsing your hair with the liquid

Britt @ One&20
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I do a rosemary tea rinse and LOVE it!
Britt @ One&20

timber24
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timber24

I also do a rosemary rinse. It does a good job, leaves a good sheen.

Ashley
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Ashley

Do you use fresh rosemary, dried rosemary, or rosemary oil for your rinses? I’ve been wanting to try a rosemary rinse as well.

timber24
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timber24

Forgot to mention, I use a much stronger solution.

3 tablespoons to one cup of water.

Tabatha
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Tabatha

I’ve always used apple cider vinegar for taking build up off my hair and scalp, but now I want to try some of these other things as well.

mochachick10
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mochachick10

Green tea or black tea rinses are my fav. I simply prepare a cup of tea w/ two tea bags, heat in the microwave, let steep and cool (sometimes all day and sometimes 30 minutes) and place in spray bottle (I refridge any leftovers). I part my hair in small sections and spray my scalp with the tea and massage. Sometimes I spray the tea directly into my hair, along with my extravirgin olive oil/shea butter conditioner pretreatment. The tea is said to help w/ shine but IDK. I then cover with a plastic cap for about 30 minutes and… Read more »

Mosdeff
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Mosdeff

Yea I’ve notice tea rinses stops excessive scratches it work better and much cheaper buying over the counter products that’s over price scalp scratch relieving treatments that don’t work

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Lacquerholic
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Lacquerholic

I used to do rinses all the time when I first started my locs. Now that I’m loose and natural, maybe I’ll try them again. I would do rosemary, nettle and chamomile…

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Black tea rinse for excessive shedding. It works. Ingredients 9 Lipton tea bags 10 cups of water Instruction Boil the water in a large pot and add tea bags. Turn heat off after boiling for 1 minute with the tea bags and cover with a lid. Let the tea bags sit for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and store rinse in a container for 30–45 minutes in the refridgerator to cool. Pour rinse into a applicator bottle or spray bottle. Before washing hair, but after light finger detangling. Wet hair with water to help slightly remove any product from hair.… Read more »

bpurpleb001
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bpurpleb001

I will be trying this for myself and my daughter.

Beautifully Misunderstood
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I’m definitely going to try this.. After detangling an hour ago, I became so discouraged with the shedding. 🙁 I put off wash day until tomorrow bc of my emotions. But I’ll be preparing my rinse before I was.

Mosdeff
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Mosdeff

I was going through the same thing when I tried green tea and black tea just mix any tea the second day rinsing the shedding stopped immediately I gonna do this tea rinse daily im tired of my hair growing so well then it begin to snap off . African ethnic hair it is Easily prone to shredding the hair easily . Sometime you moisturizer from the roots to tips keep scalp cleans it still shred like it no tommorow. Sometime the hair product work good then all of a sudden stop working im. Gonna stay with the strong tea… Read more »

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Dawn

I can’t wait to these particularly the beer and the birch. I am seriously suffer fromhair loss. II’m trying not to stress out about it, because it will make it worse.

This winter was really harsh on my hair. Even though I keept my hair in protective styles, my hair stayed extremely dry and hard. It was brittle due to miss use of essential oils. Last month I started rinsing with coconut milk. That worked great softening my hair, but did nothing for the hair loss.

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Leah
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Leah

I don;t have birch trees where I live, is there a place where I can buy them? TY

Diane
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Diane

Wish I could use the Chamomile Rinse for Eczema, but I don’t want my hair lightened. Are their any other rinses that would treat the issue?

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