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lemon and vinegar hair rinse

I’ve had a lot of requests for my lemon & vinegar hair rinse recipe, so I thought I would go ahead and write it up here. It’s awesome to get such a great response, and it shows that a lot of people are looking for natural alternatives to harsh chemicals.


About the vinegar rinse. I’ve been rinsing my hair with vinegar every so often for the last month. As a random result, I have been asked by multiple friends if I’ve lightened my hair. The answer is yes and no, I guess! Vinegar is a clarifying cleanser and can be used for all sorts of things. I started off unintentionally lightening my hair, but now I’ve gone full force and decided to add lemon juice to the mix!


For starters, I want to tell you how much I LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It is an amazing product to have on hand. I know there are probably many more uses for it, but here is how I currently make use of ACV:

• cleaning my windows/sink/kitchen counters

• mixing with baking soda to unclog my sink drain

• brightening my clothes during the wash cycle

• to deodorize my compost bucket

• to remove spilled wine stains from beautiful wool blankets…(thank god it worked!)

• I rub it on my sunburns to quickly help  neutralize my skin (thanks Jenn V. for this awesome ACV  tip!)

• I boil a small amount with salt to clean out burnt sauce pan residue

• I pour it in jars (covered with plastic wrap that is pierced with a small hole)  to trap rotten lil’ fruit flies

• when I want to give my auto drip coffee maker a nice, deep clean, I run a vinegar rinse through the cycle

• I add a splash to my water each time I refill my water bottle. Raw ACV  is rich in enzymes and supposedly helps detoxify the liver. (like, after a few delicious brews, my body hates me — my liver especially.)  I have an acidic theme going on in my body, which can influence things like low energy levels, a poor immune system, sugar cravings, and weight gain.  I really do feel a difference when I add ACV to my diet to help maintain a healthy alkaline pH level…. I don’t care if it is all hu-ba-loo — if it works for me, then awesome sauce!*

• And, most recently, after washing my hair (or not washing it), I spray in a vinegar mixture and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Sometimes I rinse it out, sometimes I don’t.  This is where I have noticed my hair lightening in color (and most likely removing any Naturcolor  Hair Color that was still in my hair)

So the mixture I used for the vinegar rinse:

Add to spray bottle: 1 tbsp vinegar and about a cup of water. Spray on towel dried hair. You can let it sit for about 20 minutes and rinse it out or leave it in (a good way to see how it works with your hair type.)

The mixture I used with lemon added: 1 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp real lemon juice, and about a cup of water. I spray it on towel dried hair. And I leave it in my hair.  The lemon juice works it’s magic under warm conditions, so heat dry with hairdryer or go play in the sun! If you find the vinegar too drying for your lovely locks, then see how the lemon juice works for you on its own!

You can continuing using the lemon juice on your towel dried hair to lighten it to the desired lightness! I hope this recipe leaves you with the most beautiful hair! Remember, if you have dark hair, if you use lemon juice, your hair will most likely go through a red phase before you have the chance to see any blonde.  I have a bit of red in my hair, which I’m totally okay with. Yay for summer highlights!

Organically BlondeToo weirded out by the vinegar/lemon juice thing? 

If you want to experience the most wonderful natural blonde hair color, you should check out my friend’s natural hair dye, Organically Blonde. It is the most amazing product for blondies! Not only is it 100% natural, it’s comprised of organically grown flowers and vegetable skins, mostly from her garden!

So if the lemon juice and vinegar is a bit out there, then I would suggest Organically Blonde for the best natural alternative!

*Side note about adding ACV to H2O: When I do add ACV to my water, I most definitely notice a change in my body’s perspiration smell. I’ve been told ACV gets rid of body odor, buuuut not in my case. It definitely becomes stronger, which I assume (in my own little world of thought) that my body is excreting more waste than normal or it is actively removing excess toxins, which is what perspiration is good at doing! (And I actually kind of like it.) ^_^  Just a thought for those who may be more body-conscious about their own, unique scent.

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  1. Krista

    Great to hear of your love for the wonderful ACV! And super cool to hear some new tips. As for your perspiration when drinking it, you are exactly right: your body is detoxifying more than usual….which is a wonderful thing!

  2. I love this post! I use ACV as hair conditioner (and baking soda as shampoo), but I had no idea it was good for so many things. I’m definitely going to try it for the fruit flies next time they show up. They were EVERYWHERE earlier this summer in my kitchen. I never knew it would help sunburns either.

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