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Ditch Conditioner, Use Hair Rinse: 6 Hair Rinse Recipes for Gorgeous hair


Why use hair rinse?

Hair rinses are literally hair treats!

Home made herbal hair rinses are packed with plant nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants that help restore moisture and shine to your hair, reduce hair fall, relieve your scalp of dryness, itchiness, or excess oil production, as well as promote hair growth.

The biggest advantage of using a hair rinse instead of a shop bought conditioner is that it is free from synthetic chemicals or preservatives, which are present in most of the conditioners – whether organic, herbal or natural. Whereas herbal hair rinses are 100% natural and so pure that you can practically drink it.

Plus, hair rinses are very simple to make and many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen or your garden. Here are some simple hair rinse recipes for you to create at home – to boost up the shine in your hair and make it look healthy and bouncy.

6 Herbal Hair Rinse Recipes for Gorgeous Hair


For All Hair Types


Reetha, Shikakai and Amla

Reetha, Shikakai and Amla

1. Nourishing Reeta (Soap Nut) & Shikakai Rinse

Reetha – shikakai rinse is my favorite. It is cleansing, nourishing, pH balancing, as well as conditioning. Basically, it works as a hair tonic, which will make your hair healthy, restore natural luster, and add body to your limp hair. Reetha and shikakai contains high levels of saponins – natural cleansing agents – so you can also use this rinse in place of your regular shampoo or as a post-exercise rinse. Amla provides nourishment to the hair roots, and promote stronger, healthier new growth.


  • 3 pods of shikakai ( or 1 tsp shikakai powder)
  • reetha berry (or 1/2 tsp reetha powder)
  • 1 tablespoon amla whole (or 1 tsp amla powder)
  • 1 teaspoon almond or argan oil (optional, use for dry hair)
  • 2 cups water

How to make and use: See below


Fenugreek (methi) and Mint Soaked in water

Fenugreek (methi) and Mint Soaked in water

2. Conditioning Fenugreek & Mint Rinse

This rinse is nourishing as well as refreshing, and will add life to your dull locks. Fenugreek is rich in natural proteins that provides nourishment to your hair, and help keep your hair shiny and silky. It is also an excellent remedy for hair thinning, shedding, dandruff, and scalp problems. Mint is refreshing and energizing and will give your scalp a tingly feeling. While lemon juice removes oil and soap residue and gets hair really clean.


  • 1  teaspoon fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons mint leaves (dried or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional, use for dry hair)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon/lime peel (optional – use if you live in hard water area)
  • 2 cups water

How to make and use: See below


For Oily Hair


Lavender flowers

Lavender flowers

3. Oil balancing Lavender Rinse

Lavender has a balancing effect on the production of sebum which makes it useful for people with oily hair. It is also extremely healing and valuable in treatment of inflammatory scalp conditions. While witch hazel leaves or bark are astringent and help deep clean oily hair.


How to make and use: See below


Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves

4. Refreshing Lemon and Mint Rinse

Due to its astringent and tonic properties, lemon makes a very good rinse for those with oily hair. Plus, it also helps with dandruff, soothes scalp irritation, and revitalizes both scalp and hair. Mint increases local blood flow to the scalp and cools and refreshes the hair and scalp.


  • 1 teaspoon lemon/lime peel
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried leaves
  • 2 cups water

How to make and use: See below

Note: Regular use of lemon rinse will lighten your hair.


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 For Dry Hair


Hibiscus flowers

Hibiscus flowers

5. Deep conditioning Hibiscus and licorice (mulethi) Rinse

Hibiscus, or Gudhal or Jaswandh, is an excellent all-natural hair conditioner. The flowers and leaves contain mucilage – a slippery, gluey substance – that hydrates hair and provides excellent slip to make detangling easier. Hibiscus also help soothe scalp irritation, lessen grey hair, and reduce hair loss. Licorice, too, is very moisturizing to your scalp and hair. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help stimulates hair follicles and soothe dry irritated scalp.


How to make and use: See below

Note: Hibiscus adds red hues to the hair


Marshmallow flowers

Marshmallow flowers

6. Reviving  Marshmallow Rinse

Marshmallow root has high mucilage content which adds slip for easy detangling as well as conditioning the hair. High in plant proteins, this white root nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth and shine. It also soothes the scalp and aid in healthy scalp maintenance.


  • 2 tablespoons marshmallow root
  • 2 cups water
  • few drops argan or almond oil (optional)

How to make and use: See below


How to Make Hair Rinse?

1. Soak the herbs – dried flower/leaves – in water for about 7 to 8 hours or overnight – to release their goodness. But if you are in a hurry or if you are using fresh flowers and leaves then you need not soak and proceed straight to making, as directed below.

Why pre-soak? Pre-Soaking herbs, especially the seeds and pods, for couple of hours helps release more of their properties into the water, and consequently make stronger rinse.

2. Combine the herbs with water in a stainless-steel pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave it to ‘steep’ until it cools. Strain out the herbs and use.

3. If you live in hard water areas, add 1 to 2 teaspoon of lemon juice to the cool down mixture. This will get rid of the cal or any product residues from your hair as well add shine and luster to it.

4. If you have dry or damaged hair stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey to the rinse. This will enhance the conditioning effect of the rinse.

Fenugreek and Mint Heat Infusion

Fenugreek and Mint Heat Infusion

5. Feel free to experiment with other herbs and essential oils. That is when you will find a recipe that works best for your hair.

Herbs for oily hair: rosemary, black tea, calendula, chamomile, nettle, lemon grass

Herbs for dry hair: thyme, oat straw, horsetail, elderflower, cloves, lavender

You can also use rice water as a hair rinse. Here’s how to use.

How to Use?

Apply the mixture on freshly washed hair. Pour the rinse over hair and massage the scalp gently using a circular motion. If you can, catch the drippings in the bowl and keep pouring them through your hair until they are all used.

Soak hair in the mixture for at least five minutes. Rinse with clean water and let your hair dry naturally.

Use instead of shampoo: If you wash your every day or every other day then use one of the hair rinse recipes instead of shampoo. Herbal hair rinse is a gentler way to clean your hair as well as nourish them. And it’s minus the detergents and preservatives.

Making large quantities

Once you have identified which rinse works best for your hair type it is pragmatic to make large batches as it saves time.

Without preservatives, the mixture will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week. After that it will have molds and bacteria growing in it – which may not be visible, but they are still there. If you are making large qualities then the best way to store the rinse, without any artificial preservatives, is to freeze it. I fill about 2 to 3 ice-cube tray, which lasts me for good 2 months.

Use 2 to 4 cubes depending on the length of your hair. You can unfreeze the rinse cubes by leaving them outside for couple of hours. When in hurry I add hot water – about quarter cup – to unfreeze them. I prefer not to use microwave as it can destroy the goodness of the rinse.


Freeze the remaining Hair Rinse

Freeze the remaining Hair Rinse


The regular use of these wonderful therapeutic herbal rinses will make your hair silky soft, lustrous, and gorgeous looking.

Happy Hair!!

Do you use herbal hair rinses? Please share your experience in the comment box below..


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– Using a covered pot, decoct your herbs for 10-15 minutes. I generally use 1/4 cup of herbs per cup of water.

– Strain out the herbs and combine your herbal infusion, essential oils, and baking soda together in a glass jar. You want the baking soda to be completely dissolved and well mixed.

– Allow to cool to body temperature.

– Pour over dry hair or soak hair in the mixture for at least 5 minutes. Massage the scalp gently using a circular motion.

– Rinse out with clean running water.

– See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/diy-herbal-hair-rinses/#sthash.FqB3j41I.dpuf

– Using a covered pot, decoct your herbs for 10-15 minutes. I generally use 1/4 cup of herbs per cup of water.

– Strain out the herbs and combine your herbal infusion, essential oils, and baking soda together in a glass jar. You want the baking soda to be completely dissolved and well mixed.

– Allow to cool to body temperature.

– Pour over dry hair or soak hair in the mixture for at least 5 minutes. Massage the scalp gently using a circular motion.

– Rinse out with clean running water.

– See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/diy-herbal-hair-rinses/#sthash.FqB3j41I.dpuf

  • Padma Srinivasan

    Hi I tried geetha shikkai shampoos but my is very dry after using this…actually ny hair is normal neither too dry nor too oily..any other home made shampoo would you guide me

  • Samantha

    I just wanted to say that I love these recipes , and I am very thankful that you shared them with us. While my hair is still going through the detox, it has not felt this good in years.


  • Angie Fleet

    I live in an area with fairly hard water. If I rinse my marshmallow root rinse wih water should I add acv to the water?

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  • You can use 1st one as shampoo and marshmallow rinse as conditioner. I would suggest you wash and condition every alternate day as it better for your hair and scalp.

  • Francis Ortiz

    I am just starting to use natural shampoos and conditioners and so far the ones I have found have left my hair feeling rough and though it doesn’t look dry it feels dry. I have naturally curly hair and when I wear it natural which is most of the time I have dry, frizzy, easily tangle hair which is why I like to condition it every day; however at the times when I occasionally straighten my hair it doesn’t have that frizz or dryness to it and feels healthy which is why I still like to add the shampoo to my every day routine. So to keep to my daily routine of shampooing and conditioning can I use the 1st one as a regular shampoo and any of the others as a conditioner rinse daily. Or would the 1st one act like the Wen hair product that washed and conditioned which is what I was using but the FDA issued a safety alert on it last month and that is why I stopped using it.

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  • Phoenix Rudolph

    Can you use organic powders instead of seed and leaves? And do you need to boil the mixture?

  • Phoenix Rudolph

    If you areceived using the powders instead of the seeds and leaves, will it habe the same benifit as the whole leaves and seeds? And do u need to boil with using the powders?

  • pragya awasthi

    Hi dear. Will it be OK if I do not wash off the rinse from hair and leave it to dry. Can it cause any harm?

    • Hi Pragya, It shouldn’t harm. But try both ways – leave-in and wash out. See what works best for your hair.

  • donna

    how much of the rinse do you use each time, the whole batch?

    • No, just use enough to soak your hair and save the remaining for later use.

  • mau

    instead of lemon we can use orange and bergamot rinds to get rid of dry scalp.i have white hair i want to darken my hair and my dry scalp.please suggest me solution .

    • use amla that will help darken your hair.
      For dry scalp try licorice.

    • mau

      can u please tell me the recipe which contains licorice and amla

    • What is your hair colour?

  • mau

    instead of lemon we can use orange,bergamot they also from citrus family. so they have power to avoid dry scalp because u mentioned that frequent use of lemon makes hair lighten.

  • Victoria

    I’m not sure I did this correctly..after boiling the mixture and straining, do you use the water part as the rinse or are you using the residue left behind?

  • Elizabeth

    I color my hair since it’s mostly grey. The women in my family go grey very young. Would I still be able to color my hair and use these recipes? I’m only 35 and don’t want to go around with grey hair.

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  • Yvonne

    I was thinking can you use spearmint instead of mint in the hair rinse? Do you know if it will give the same results as using mint? I have been using recently hibiscus flowers and tomato hair rinse and I’ve started to get dandruff. I was just wondering if the spearmint will help prevent it. I have never gotten dandruff before till have started using this new rinse. Before I was using a combination of hibiscus flowers, lemon rinds, and a bit of honey, since I have damaged hair. The rinse made my ends of my hair stiff and dry. Which made me change in ingredients in my hair rinse.

    • Yvonne, looks like your hair and scalp needs moisturising.

      Hibiscus and tomato combination is very acidic and therefore drying your scalp and causing dandruff.

      Use herbs such as marshmallow root, licorice root, elderflower – these will help with scalp dryness as well as condition your hair. (Marshmallow and horsetail combination is really good.)

  • This looks interesting.. You have mentioned that these rinse should be used instead of shampoo.. But will it remove extra oil from our hair and scalp? I apply coconut oil before washing my hair.. I have very dry hair so skipping oil can be risk I think. Can I use it after shampoo?

    • Hello Tejashri, these are conditioning hair rinses, use after shampoo – except the first one, which you can use as a shampoo, but it won’t remove oil from your hair.

      • Ok.. Thank you so much.. I am going to try it ASAP!! I have lost my hair and was looking for some natural ways to get them back.. Your blog gave me some hope.. Thanks for such a wonderful blog 🙂

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  • Anita

    I looked at the shikakai pods and dried pieces of amla on Amazon, as you suggested above in your recipe, but wasn’t able to find any. I already have them in powdered form and would now like to experiment with the whole ones, any suggestions from where I could order them?

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  • Swetha

    I have lighter hair colour ,can i use fenugreek n mint rinse as it contains lemon juice ?
    N how can i darken my hair colour naturally (to jet black).?
    Is it a must to oil hair before hair wash .i mean can i skip oiling hair n just wash with the herbal rinses.?
    N can these rinses alond remove oil..?

    • Minaz Aslam

      Swetha, You do not have to oil your hair before shampoo, but a nice massage or combing would be beneficial as suggested here

      If you want to darken your hair use reetha-shikakai rinse.

      And hair rinse will not remove oil from your hair, but this homemade shampoo will

  • Swetha

    Hi minhaj ,
    I oil my hair before hairwash ,in tat case can i use these herbal rinses alone instead the shampoo ?

    • Minaz Aslam

      Hello Swetha, Yes you can use.

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  • Naz

    I’ve been thinking of rinsing my hair with citric acid as a natural conditioner and also because I have hard water. I’ve been rinsing my hair with lemon juice (dliuted with water) and it has made my hair so soft and manageable. Do you think that due to the ph of the citric acid that it my damage my hair?

    • Minaz Aslam

      Hello Naz, Lemon contains high amount of citric acid, so why should you go for commercially derived citric acid. You can alternate between orange and lemon juice. Also try shikakai and honey rinse, works great in hard water.

      • Naz

        Using citric acid seems easier because squeezing lemons every time I wash my hair is quite arduous. I also found that buying citric acid is cheaper than buying lemons because you can buy 200 g of citric acid for about £2 online and there is a lot more lemon juice in a teaspoon of citric acid so you would need less citric acid for each wash.

        Thanks for the advice and I will try the shikakai and honey rinse.

        • Minaz Aslam

          Most of the citric acid that is produced at the industrial level comes from black mold which are fed on sugar. I would rather squeeze the lemon 🙂

  • Kaia

    Since hibiscus gives red hues.. and lemon lightens hair.. would it defeat the purpose if I used them in the same hair rinse? Or would it give me both benefits?

    • Minaz Aslam

      Kaia, you can use them together.
      And do share your experience.

  • Eva H.

    Love, love, love these recipes! I shall have to try them at once 🙂 I’m especially intrigued by the hibiscus rinse since I henna my hair with just pure henna, so I won’t mind the red tint. I’m thinking calendula flowers could also make a nice rinse, they’re also supposed to work wonders for dry hair. Do you know if making a rinse with citrus peels will dry out hair as citrus juice does? Or is it just the oils that come into the rinse by infusion?

    My mother-in-law used to have thick, black hair down past her hips and my husband told me she used to regularly use a pack/rinse of reetha, shikakai and amla to maintain it. Natural hair care definately works! Love your blog, lots of good recipes and advice – thank you and keep up the good work 😀

    • Minaz Aslam

      Hi Eva, glad you liked the hair rinse recipes.
      My mom too uses reetha-shikakai shampooand she has inspired me to go natural.

      Calendula is excellent for dry hair, plus very soothing for the scalp. You can also add some citrus peels to it, use orange, mandarine, or grapefruit, but no lime or lemon as they will dry out hair.

      Also try shikakai powder and honey rinse.

      Let me know if you have any more question..

      Cheers, Minaz

      • Michele Teitelbaum

        Hello. Thank you for taking the time to post all of this wonderful information. How much water would I use for these rinses? Also, after I soak, am I cooking with the same water?

        • Hi Michele, I have written in each recipe, 1-2cups. Yes you cook in the same water.
          Hope you like them 🙂

          • Michele Teitelbaum

            Thank you. One more quick question when you have a moment. Would white hibiscus flowers work so that I can avoid the red hue.

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