Vinegar for Hair? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I’ve read that vinegar is good as a hair rinse. Is this true? It surely is cheap enough, but why does it work? –Jenny, VA

Dear Jenny,
Hair rinses are meant to soften and nourish your hair and return it to its naturally acidic pH. Organic apple cider vinegar is a good rinse for the hair and scalp; it not only returns them to their naturally acidic pH, it is an alpha hydroxy acid and removes dead skin cells from the scalp and residue from the hair.

Try making your own apple cider infusions by soaking lavender or rose petals in the vinegar for a few months, straining and using the resulting vinegar as a hair rinse! Make the concoction in a glass jar, such as a canning jar, and fill with the plant matter and then cover it all with vinegar screw the lid on tightly and set for at least six weeks. This also makes a nice holiday gift. Good luck!


Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey3 years ago

Fascinating stuff. . . putting the hair care product industry in redundancy

Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

Yes, and it's also good for enhancing the red tones in your hair. If you're wanting more blonde highlights, then rinse with a 50/50 mix of lemon juice and water. HOWEVER, after doing so, you may want to apply a bit of coconut oil to the ends of your hair, because it can make it somewhat dry after several treatments.

Jan Hill
Dr. Jan Hill3 years ago

I love it!

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Vinegar for hair? Yes! I saw impressive results!

Wisteria K.
Past Member 4 years ago

But will the smell of vinegar make men weak in the knees when they come near me?

Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants4 years ago

Vinegar for anteater fur?????

Jennifer W.
Jennifer W4 years ago

I've tried an infused vinegar hair rinse more than once on my hair and it does make it softer. I didn't know about the dead skin cell part...good for the scalp. Thanks.

M. Squire.
Marie Squire4 years ago


sandra j.
sandra j4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago