DIY Herbal Hair Rinse

DIY Herbal Hair Rinse

If you follow Alaska Tallow Co. on Instagram, you likely saw the reel highlighting this hair rinse. If you'd prefer a video, you'll find that here and if you prefer a recipe, continue reading!

Horsetail is an incredibly invasive plant. It's found in abundance most places I've lived. It's easy to identify and easy to use. Horsetail is incredibly high in silica, which is a mineral that plays a crucial role in maintaining hair, skin, and nail health. Adequate silica is needed to prevent brittleness and promote hair growth. 

Horsetail also includes another compound called quercetin, a flavonoid (plant pigment) which may be beneficial in stimulating hair follicles from their resting state to proliferation state. Basically, that means horsetail can be good for thinning hair. 

This hair rinse is infused in Apple Cider Vinegar which can help maintain the scalp at a balanced pH. It's a natural conditioner/detangler, and the acidic nature helps give shine and luster to the hair strands.

Horsetail perfect for harvesting

What you'll need:

  • A patch of horsetail (growing away from a street and in a place you know hasn't been sprayed)
  • Scissors
  • A basket or bag
  • Sterile jars (quart sized is my preferred) and lid
  • Organic apple cider vinegar with the mother (Kirkland brand, from Costco, is my favorite)
  • Parchment paper


1. Harvest enough horsetail to fill 1/2-2/3 of your selected sterile jar. You'll want to "smoosh" the plant down

2. Fill the jar with Apple Cider Vinegar and ensure the plants are completely covered. If they're not, they can mold and ruin your product. 

3. Cover the jar with parchment paper (before you put the lid on) 

4. Shake daily for a few days and check the ACV amount. Top off if needed. Remember, keep the plants completely covered. 

5. Store in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Strain and enjoy!

I love using this hair rinse once a week in place of conditioner. I mix approximately 1/4 cup of the rinse with water and pour it over my hair after shampooing. Don't rinse out!

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