I may receive commissions from purchases made through links in this article. Full DisclosureIt should come as no surprise that I’m a lover of herbal hair rinses! I’ve got a strengthening nettle hair rinse, hibiscus hair rinse, and the ever popular calming lavender hair rinse.
So is it really surprising that I’m coming at you with yet another vinegar hair rinse? I think not!
Today it’s this rejuvenating pine vinegar hair rinse.
Pine? As in pine trees?
That’s correct! Did you know that pine (or if you are wondering what to do with that Christmas tree on December 26th, fir trees work pretty interchangeably with pine) is a great herb to use.
It’s a great herb to know about all around and it’s one of the safe respiratory options for kiddos which is why I use pine in my kid-friendly vapor rub! But pine is much more that great for the lungs! It’s also good for your hair and scalp!
Pine can help improve the health of your scalp and hair!
Pine is both antibacterial and anti-fungal which makes it perfect for dealing with dandruff. It also helps soothe eczema and psoriasis so if you deal with either of those on your scalp, you will want to give pine a try! As an added bonus it can help add shine to hair!
With pine having so much to offer in the hair and scalp department, it was only natural for me to make a pine vinegar hair rinse!
Not familiar with vinegar hair rinses? Hair rinses are an alternative to conditioner. Of course, you don’t have to ditch your favorite conditioner to use a hair rinse but most people are surprised to find that vinegar hair rinses work just as well and they cost a fraction of the price because vinegar is dirt cheap!
I first started using hair rinses when I started going “no ‘poo”. No ‘poo is the practice of not using traditional shampoo and conditioners.
There are many variations of no ‘poo but using a vinegar hair rinse as the conditioner alternative is a pretty common choice.
I often use just plain vinegar but adding herbs to the vinegar really kicks things up a notch and helps cover up that vinegar smell. (note: vinegar smell disappears once hair is dried either way)
Note on finding pine needles… you are best off foraging for pine needles yourself. For some odd reason, it’s rather hard to find pine needles for sale. Even amazon did not provide me with pine or fir needles.
The closest I found as for pine tea bags which will work if you don’t have access to pine trees. But harvesting your own will probably be easier and definitely cheaper.
Rejuvenating Pine Vinegar Hair Rinse
16 oz vinegar (white distilled or apple cider vinegar)
2 tbs dried pine/fir needles (forage for them or in a pinch use these tea bags)
glass jar with non-metal lid
Place dried pine needles into glass jar. Pour vinegar over the needles and cover with the non-metal lid (vinegar ruins metal lids).
Let sit in a cool dark place for 1-2 weeks. Strain out the needles and you now have pine vinegar hair rinse!
Pour 1 tbs pine vinegar hair rinse into a container and add 8 oz water.
Pour over hair after shampooing (remember this is a “conditioner”)
Allow to sit on hair for about a minute and then rinse with water.
I am definitely going to give this one a try (on my day off of course so that I can be sure that the smell of vinegar is gone) and I love pine!
Just to clarify… Dried pine needles are brown, fresh are green. Am I using green or brown line needles? Thanks! I look forward to trying this!
Great question and yes, I realize now that the picture is a bit confusing since it uses fresh pine. The recipe calls for dried pine but technically since it’s being infused by vinegar you can use fresh or dried herbs. 🙂 Both will work.
Thanks dear. So encouraging to be doing what’s best for our bodies and for the environment…. Using the blessings God gives!!
I realise this article is from two years ago and you may have found a solution, but I just wanted to add that you can find several sellers of pine and fir needles on Etsy. Thanks for the rinse recipe; exactly what I was looking for!
I have so many pine trees on our property.