Summer Rain Vinegar Rinse Concentrate
Our concentrated Summer Rain™ organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse is infused with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils which are great for the hair and scalp.
ACV is a good clarifying hair rinse since it helps to remove product buildup on the hair and scalp. Buildup can clog the follicles, leading to scalp conditions such as dandruff, and possibly hair loss.
Lightweight apple cider vinegar does not weigh hair down like other conditioners which can help with volume and curl definition.
ACV helps to smooth the cuticles of your hair making it less frizzy and making your curls appear much more defined.
The natural acidity of ACV can help smooth down the hair cuticle which helps decrease knots and tangles and reduces frizz. A smooth cuticle is better able to reflect light, giving hair a more healthy glow.
- clarifies as it conditions the hair and scalp
- removes residue
- revitalizes dull hair
- naturally decreases tangles
- lavender essential oil helps with scalp conditions like dandruff and dry, flaky scalp and stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth
- rosemary strengthens hair follicles, stimulates hair growth, conditions hair, and helps treat scalp conditions like dandruff
- ylang ylang stimulates the scalp to encourage hair growth, soothes the scalp, conditions hair, and helps balance scalp oil production
- thyme oil improves scalp circulation, encourages hair growth, and helps treat dandruff
Unlike some vinegar rinses in which the first ingredient is water, our vinegar rinse is a pure concentrated vinegar. So you can add water to create the perfect rinse for your hair and you are not paying for a product that is mostly water.
How to Use
Directions For Whole Head Rinse: NEVER use undiluted Vinegar on your hair. Our hair rinse is pure ACV and must be diluted.
- Shake well before use
- Add 8 ounces of Warm water to Squeeze* or spray Bottle
- Add 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons of Herbal Vinegar and mix**
- Pour or spray through wet hair after shampooing
- Take care to avoid eyes
- Massage into hair and scalp, paying attention to ends
- Let sit for a couple of minutes
- Rinse, or for extra conditioning, leave in and towel dry
- The vinegar scent will disappear as the hair dries
- For long thick hair, the recipe can be doubled
- For short thin hair, the recipe can be halved
* I find that using a squeeze bottle or spray bottle requires a lot less vinegar rinse than pouring the rinse on your head from a measuring cup. I have long, fine hair, and one 8-ounce recipe mix will last me for 3 to 4 rinses. The premixed vinegar solution will last for about a week without refrigeration.
** Important note about Concentration: Recipes generally advise mixing 1/2 to 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) with 8 ounces (1 cup) of water. While you may need to experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type (dry scalp likes less ACV and oily scalp likes more), I suggest you begin with 1/2 tablespoon of ACV to 8 ounces of water in order to judge how your hair and scalp will feel. I find that using 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) ACV to 8 ounces (1 cup) of water is too concentrated for most.
Organic, raw, non-pasteurized vinegar appears cloudy with sediment on the bottom due to the “mother” which contains the natural living enzymes and nutrients.
For External use only
Why Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for the Hair Rinses?
Although plain white vinegar may work, Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be the favorite hair care vinegar. Some say that wine vinegars may be less drying for those with dry scalp conditions.
The process for making apple cider vinegar begins with the juice of fresh apples. Bacteria and yeast added to the juice begin the fermentation process which breaks down fructose, the naturally occurring fruit sugar, into alcohol.
The alcohol is converted to vinegar (which means “sour wine” in French) by acetic acid-forming bacteria.
The natural raw non-pasteurized vinegar is packed with nutrients. It appears cloudy with stringy stuff and sediment on the bottom due to the "mother" which contains the natural bacteria and enzymes that make this product so wonderful.
We only use organic raw apple cider vinegar with "mother." The difference between raw apple cider vinegar and a commercial clear vinegar brand is that the commercial vinegar is heated, distilled, and clarified. This processing removes much of the naturally occurring bacteria, nutrients, and living enzymes, thus stripping away the natural benefits.
When comparing vinegar hair rinse products
and prices please read the label ingredients
- Our ACV Rinses contain no water they are a pure concentrated vinegar rinse so you can add your own water to create the perfect rinse for your hair type.
- Many vinegar rinses are not concentrates, they are made with water--often as the first ingredient--which means that you are paying for a product that is mostly water.
- Our apple cider vinegar (ACV) finishing rinses are made with only USDA Certified Organic ingredients.
- Our ACV rinses are made with only raw apple cider vinegar which contains the "mother," the storehouse of natural bacteria and enzymes that make this product so wonderful.
- We infuse our organic vinegar with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that are great for the hair and scalp.
- Our ACV Rinses contain no water and therefore need no artificial preservatives.
How Often Can I Use A Vinegar Hair Rinse?
Since everyone's hair is unique you should use your own judgment on this. You will need to experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type.
Remember--dry hair likes less vinegar and oily hair likes more.
Some say that vinegar rinses may be drying if used every day and it is best to restrict use to two times per week.
I used a vinegar rinse every other day for the first few weeks when I switched to natural shampoo bars--until my hair adjusted to the new shampoo--now once or twice a month keeps my hair healthy and shiny. Many customers have found this regimen to work, but do some experimenting!
Some Helpful Hints
While you can use any container to make your vinegar rinse, I like a plastic squirt top bottle. It is easier to squirt it all over my scalp and then massage it through, rather than pouring it all over my head from a cup. Recycle any clean plastic bottle with a squirt top.
Pouring a cold rinse on your hair may be a more invigorating experience than you would like. (Although if you're feeling brave, the cold water will give your hair added shine.) If you would like a warmer rinse, make it just before you step in the shower using very warm tap water.
For more information read our blog, "Using Chagrin Valley Vinegar Rinses"
Nature's herbs and botanicals have a life force of their own. The vinegar extracts the healing phytochemicals from medicinal herbs and botanicals we use.
Basil, Ocimum basilicum, stimulates hair follicles, increases scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. Basil helps protect hair from breakage, its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the roots and it adds luster to dull hair.
Burdock, Arctium lappa, nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth and improve the condition of hair. It helps soothe irritated scalp conditions, decrease breakage and adds sheen, body & luster. The mucilage in burdock root adds “slip” to hair to make detangling easier.
Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is nourishing and hydrating, stimulates the scalp and has been used for centuries as a hair growth herb. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair.
Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that may help with irritated scalp conditions and hair loss. It helps balance oil production as is a great herb for all hair types.
Nettle, Urtica dioica, stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, helps decrease breakage and promotes body, bounce, and shine. Nettle hair rinses are an old remedy to help reduce hair loss and encourage hair growth. Nettles balance oil production and help with dandruff.
Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, encourages the growth of strong healthy hair by improving blood flow to the scalp. The stimulating and revitalizing properties of rosemary help increase manageability, add shine, and condition the hair and scalp.
Whether or not you need to use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse depends on a number of factors.
- Your water: If your hair does not seem to be adjusting to the shampoo bars, it may be due to your water. Hard water makes it more difficult to rinse natural shampoo from your hair.
- Hair length: Many of our male customers and women with short hair have found that they do not need to rinse with vinegar, simply because their hair is short.
- Tangles: ACV rinses often help with tangles.
- Residue: If your hair has residue from previous products or you regularly use conditioners, styling gels etc., our shampoo bars are mild and may not remove residue from your hair like detergent shampoos. ACV rinses help remove build-up and product residue.
- Hair type: Everyone's hair is unique.
I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse very day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older my hair has become drier and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times week.