Did you know what you rinse your hair with is just as important as what you wash it with?

If you’ve ever suffered from dry hair that was shedding all over the place and had little to no shine, then you better listen up. Hair rinses might just be your new best friend, because with continued use, they do a great job of providing your hair with many nutrients it needs.

I’m sure if you looked in your cupboard, pantry or fridge, you could pull out a few great items that would make a great rinse for your hair.

Tea Time

The tannins in caffeinated tea help thicken the hair shaft and make hair appear fuller. If you’re a tea connoisseur and you’re wondering why your hair hasn’t “appeared” thicker at all, it’s probably because you aren’t pouring your favorite blends over your head. Well start. Seriously.

Rinsing your hair with black tea will leave your scalp clean and flake free, because black tea is a natural astringent that penetrates the pores of the scalp and dissolves excess sebum. Rinsing your hair with green tea can also soothe and reduce inflammation of the scalp affected by dandruff and psoriasis.

In general, tea hair rinses promote shine and clean hair. Brew a tea bag for a few minutes and allow the tea to steep for about 30 minutes. Then, shampoo and condition. Pour tea onto your hair and massage into your scalp. Do not rinse. Your hair will be smooth and soft.


Rinsing your hair in one cup of flat (or non-alcoholic”> beer will give your hair body and shine. In some less extreme cases, beer can even repair damaged hair. Some experts say it’s the proteins from the malt and hops found in beer that coat, rebuild and repair damaged hair.

To rinse with beer, simply shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Pour the flat, warm beer on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Got Buildup?

You can get rid of it with an apple cider vinegar (ACV”> rinse. An ACV rinse will help to rejuvenate your hair and get it back to looking healthy and full of life because it removes the gunk left behind from daily product use. It will also restore the sheen back in your hair.

Mix 1/3 cup ACV with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. You can use the ACV in place of a shampoo or you can shampoo first and follow up with the ACV mixture. Spray onto hair until water bottle is empty. Allow mixture to marinate on your hair for about 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Be strong!

Get your hands on some lemongrass if you’re looking for something to strengthen your weak hair.

Make a lemongrass hair rinse using 2-3 teaspoons of dried lemongrass (or 3 times as much fresh herbs”> with 1 cup of boiling water.

Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse (before conditioning unless you have oily hair”> when it has cooled. Add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin as a humectant, if you like.

If you’re a mixtress in the kitchen, try out some of these other lovely hair rinses.

Jenell Stewart

Jenell Stewart, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.

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