How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Hair Conditioner

I've already blogged about making your own baking soda shampoo, so for those who'd like to take it a step further, here's a recipe for making your own hair conditioner/rinse with apple cider vinegar.

I was skeptical when I first discovered this natural way of conditioning hair, but after having tried it I have become a big fan. Apple cider vinegar not only helps detangle my hair after washing it, but my hair becomes silky and soft after drying and still retains its volume. I only wish I discovered this earlier in life - it would have saved me a lot of time and money from trying different pricey conditioners that always left my hair heavy and limp.


Apple cider vinegar hair conditionerYou'll Need:

- a clean, empty container
- apple cider vinegar
- distilled water
- essential oils (optional)


1. Fill the empty container 1/3 full with apple cider vinegar. Use a funnel if you have to.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Hair Conditioner2. Fill the rest of the container with distilled water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance if you wish. My personal favorite is chamomile roman essential oil, adding just a couple of drops helps soothe the scalp and smells great!
3. Close the top securely and shake the container to mix the solution evenly.

To Use:

I recommend shaking the bottle a little every time you use it to make sure the solution remains evenly distributed, then apply some of the mixture directly into your hair. I generally focus on the bottom half of my hair and work the solution up to my scalp, since it's more important to condition and detangle the dry ends than the roots. Let your hair absorb the solution for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly.

Some people prefer leaving the solution in and allowing the vinegar to evaporate when they blow dry their hair, but I could never get used to doing that. Do whatever feels right for you.


This solution makes my hair incredibly shiny and soft, and it's completely chemical-free! Instead of essential oils, you can also stick a few stems of lavender or rosemary in the bottle for fragrance. This isn't an exact science so you can be as creative as you want.


  1. Thank You!

  2. This is great advice. I have been doing this with ACV for since Nov 2012. My afro textured hair has never been softer and lighter. No more buildup and "damp sponge" smell even though I wash it every other day. Baking soda is too harsh for my hair, but Bragg's ACV is perfect as an all-in-one shampoo/conditioner. And because I use a ceramic hair dryer, my hair retains all its volume :)

    1. Glad to hear that there are other people out there who have also discovered the wonders of ACV! It makes a great skin toner as well.

  3. I should try this out... although I like so much the pro naturals argan oil I'm using right now. I think I'll wait for it to run out and then do this

    1. I highly recommend it! It works so well, saves me money, and I feel better knowing I'm not rinsing a lot of unnecessary chemicals down the drain.


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