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Isn’t the color of this hibiscus vinegar hair rinse gorgeous? You need to make this simply for the color alone!
Of course, it helps to know that hibiscus is also beneficial for hair and that I don’t use this vinegar hair rinse just for the pretty color! So let’s talk more about this hibiscus vinegar hair rinse!
Hibiscus is that iconic flower that most of us know but did you know that it’s used in it’s dried form for many remedies and beauty products?
The first time I used hibiscus was in my hair boosting hair spray. Hibiscus is amazing for giving natural red tints to hair.
I then started using hibiscus in my herbal kool-aid alternative drink. I loved it then for it’s high levels of vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
Now I’m including it in my ever growing list of herb infused vinegar hair rinses, in which my calming lavender vinegar hair rinse and strengthening nettle vinegar are listed.
Not familiar with a hair rinse? Hair rinses are a popular conditioner alternative. I began using vinegar hair rinses when I made the switch to the no ‘poo method of washing my hair.
I started out using plain old vinegar for my hair rinse and it works great but then I discovered that infusing the vinegar with herbs really kicks things up a notch (plus it helps cover up the vinegar smell a bit.)
Why is hibiscus great for hair?
Hibiscus has been said to help prevent premature graying, encourages hair growth, conditions hair making is more smooth and shiny, and gives your hair bounce!
Hibiscus Vinegar Hair Rinse for Smooth and Shiny Hair
16 oz vinegar (white distilled or apple cider vinegar)
2 tbs. dried hibiscus
glass jar with non-metal lid
Place dried hibiscus into glass jar. Pour vinegar over the hibiscus. Cover with non-metal lid (vinegar ruins metal lids).
Let sit in a cool dark place for 1-2 weeks. Strain out the hibiscus.
Your Hibiscus Vinegar Hair Rise is now ready for use.
Pour 1 tbs Hibiscus Vinegar Hair Rinse into a container and add 8 oz water.
Pour over head after shampooing (remember this is the “conditioner”).
Allow to sit on hair for about a minute and then rinse out with water.
Note: While hibiscus can be used to give red tints to hair, I do not think you will see that happen with this hair rinse due to the fact that you rinse out the hibiscus vinegar after just a minute.
For more hibiscus diy products check these out:
Hibiscus & Clay Face Mask
Hibiscus Sugar Scrub
This looks interesting. I use a nettle/horsetail/rosemary tea with my ACV rinse adding a few drops of hair growth oils…I might add in the hibiscus. I have suffered from, not hair loss exactly but, no growth for the past 2 or 3 years! I’m trying out many recipes that support new growth.
Thanks for the idea!
I could use that bounce back!
I use diluted AC Vinegar as a conditioner/rinse that I leave in and don’t rinse and my hair is so soft. I would love to use the vinegar infused with the herbs. Is there a reason why you rinse with water after you apply? Could it possibly be left on and not rinsed?
If you are already leaving in your vinegar rinses then you can definitely leave in an herb infused vinegar. The reason, I recommend rinsing it out is because the PH level isn’t quite what your hair loves and so rinsing it helps not stress the hair.
I have never used a vinegar rinse, but would like to try this! I love using Hibiscus in my Kombucha, so why not on my hair. I do have curly hair so it can use all the help I can give it. Thank you for the recipe!
Can you use this on permed hair?
I’ve not looked into if it works with permed hair. I would assume you would be ok with it but I don’t know for certain.
Can you use a plastic container instead of the glass container?
Yes, plastic should be ok.
Can we use fresh flowers
You can but usually you need more fresh flowers than dried.
Hi Brittany, I have hibiscus powder that i made from dried flowers. How much do you think I would need instead of the dried flower? By the way, I appreciate you ideas and work.
I’d try just a 1/2 tablespoon or even 1 tsp. Of course, it will be harder to strain out hibiscus powder than it is to strain out dried flower… so you’ll want to keep that in mind.