Make your Own Hair Rinse (Strengthening and Calming)

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As I age, I find that my hair is a bit more brittle.  I wash and style my hair each day and regularly highlight or color to cover the grey hair (sshh don’t tell).  This takes its toll on my hair and I’m sure that it contributes to the weakness and occasional irritation I experience.  I have fairly sensitive skin so I want to be sure that I use something on my hair that isn’t going to irritate my scalp.  It is easier to make your own hair rinse than try to figure out what product to buy from the store.

Make your own hair rinse (strengthening and calming)

Make your Own Hair Rinse

I purchase my dried herbs from either Amazon or my local food coop. I try to buy organic dried herbs to be certain the quality is as high as possible. I like knowing what’s in the products I use.  I may not always be able to find an organic alternative but I do try.  We are planning on enlarging our herb garden this spring if the snow ever melts.  When that happens, I am going  to grow some of the herbs that we use regularly to help keep the costs down.

You can start with either dried herbs that you purchase in bulk or with dried herbs in tea bags. I couldn’t find dried nettle loose at my food coop so I purchased nettle tea which is the same thing just packaged in tea bags. I make this hair rinse one use at a time and use it once a week. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. You can adjust the amount you make to what works well for you but I would not recommend keeping it in the refrigerator for more than three days since there are no preservatives in it.

Make your own hair rinse (strengthening and calming)



  • Boil 2 cups of water and add the three tea bags. If you are using dried herbs, put the herbs in a tea strainer and pour the hot water over them to decoct.
  • Allow the herbs to steep for at least 30 minutes. The longer they steep, the more essence from the herbs will be in the water.
  • Add lavender essential oil to the decoction and stir gently.
  • Allow it to come to room temperature and pour over your clean, shampooed hair. Massage in gently.
  • Rinse out.

Make your own hair rinse (strengthening and calming)

Stinging nettles are rich in silica which helps strengthen both hair and nails.  Yes, these are the weeds in your back yard that burn when you touch them.  If you want to pick your own, make sure you pick from an area that is not sprayed with chemicals and not near the side of the road to be exposed to car exhaust.  Wear gloves to avoid being stung. Pick, dry & decoct as above. They don’t sting when dry.

Chamomile does not grow in zone 4 for me so I buy this at the food co-op. Most grocery stores should carry chamomile tea so if you do not have a bulk source, you can simply use a tea bag. Choose organic when possible. Chamomile is known for its calming and healing properties. It is very soothing and is often used in herbal beauty recipes for that reason.  Chamomile hair rinse also brightens light brown or blonde hair which is an added benefit for me.

I use lavender essential oil that is organic. Please do NOT purchase lavender fragrance oil. It is not the same thing. You can find  this in many craft stores in the soap making section. Lavender is known for it’s calming benefits plus the scent is amazing and one of my favorites.  It can also help to heal wounds so if you have a sensitive scalp, this makes a wonderful choice.  It can also help with the treatment of dandruff.

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  1. This is interesting Ellen - I'm like really allergic to the nettle plant, though, is there a difference with this product, do you know?  Love the ideas!!
    • Ellen Christian says
      I'm really allergic if I touch it when it's growing in the yard but have never had an issue with the tea or with this hair rinse. You could always try a tiny bit and see? 
  2. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    I've never tried a treatment like this on my hair before! I wonder if it would help sooth my scalp after I've gotten a sunburn!
  3. I can't wait to try this. My hair needs a special treat!
  4. I love all-natural remedies. A friend of mine is having a terrible time with her hair. I'm going to share this with her!
  5. I need to try this. I have the itchiest scalp and nothing ha helped yet:(
  6. I have never tried an herbal hair rinse but it sounds very easy to make!
  7. Nicole Brady says
    I usually throw in the towel about finding a shampoo that works well as long as I can find a leave-in conditioner that keeps my hair in control. Let me know when you have a DIY for that and I may actually try to make it. LOL
  8. My daughter has been making her own hair rinses and treatments lately. I will have to show her this one!
  9. I love it uses Lavender Oil - I bet it smells fantastic! 
  10. Dawn Pruitt says
    Very cool! I bet this smells wonderful.  I am gonna have to try and get my hands on some of those herbs and make my own.
  11. Sarah @ Must Have Mom says
    This looks great! Someday when my kids are older and the mountains of laundry aren't piling up I will treat myself to this!
  12. This looks easy to make. I'll have to find the right teas and give it a try. My hair needs TLC all the time or it will break. 
    • Ellen Christian says
      I have that problem too, Nicole!  Hopefully you will be able to find them in the grocery store.
  13. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    I definitely want to try this, you always have the best things on here. :) So interesting.
  14. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    Wow who would have thought? Amazing that it works for so many different things! 
  15. Natural things like this always intrigues me. I may have to pull out some loose tea and try this.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I'm really finding so many different natural remedies.  There are some great projects I'll be sharing.
  16. Wow, now this is really neato! My hair is so dry from all the dying too.. I'll keep your secret if you keep mine! Thanks for this awesome remedy to try!
  17. Mindy Grant says
    I have very coarse, frizzy hair that I straighten with a flat iron (set to 450 degrees!) every day.  It definitely takes a toll on my hair, and leaves it feeling dry and damaged.  I could really use a treatment like this to bring it back to life.  Thanks for sharing!
  18. Rose Powell says
    What a great idea, I love home remedies!
  19. Mag@GirlyCreation says
    Looking at the ingredients and I think that I would like to try this - chamomille, lavender, my 2 favorite herbs!
  20. This is incredible!  I wish I could come up with things like this.  I could definitely use a hair strengthening product.
  21. I'm going to try this! Would honey help it soak in more?
  22. Tammilee Tillison says
    This sounds amazing. My hair could use all the help it can get. 
  23. Oh I bet this is amazing for your hair! I have long hair so this would be nice! 
  24. I don't have a hard time with my hair, my scalp on the other hand is another story. I have terrible dry scalp.
  25. I love this recipe. My hair is also more brittle and dry than it used to be and I can't wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing. 
  26. I'm thinking it would also leave a nice fragrance. I'm wondering if it would leave any color in a person's hair if it was a lighter color. Great idea, but I don't have these ingredients!  
    • Ellen Christian says
      It does leave a nice fragrance, Rosie. Chamomile will help lighten your hair eventually but it does take time.
  27. I'm going to give this a try! I have an itchy scalp that always just seems dry. Maybe this will help.
  28. Heidi Embrey says
    Neato. Will have to try this :) Thanks
  29. I'm really allergic to lavender Is their any thing else I can use in its place?
    • Ellen Christian says
      You could certainly try chamomile in it's place. That has relaxing properties. If you're not worried about the relaxing aspects, you could try peppermint which is more invigorating.
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