Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
Homemade shampoo recipes

I noticed that homemade Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo has become very popular recently. Many people finally found the natural hair care power of apple cider vinegar to be irresistible and can’t go without it anymore

ACV, as it is sometimes called, can easily be used as a shampoo because cleans your hair and scalp extremely well. It also closes the hair cuticles, which makes your hair look and feel smooth, it adds shine, and helps with the pH balance of the scalp

We have the recipe you bring the energy 

…and the ingredients plus some kitchen utensils please

What is apple cider vinegar exactly?

Apple cider vinegar is the product of fermentation of the liquid from crushed apples. Added bacteria and yeast turn the sugars into alcohol. In a second fermentation process other bacteria make it ferment further into vinegar

What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar for my hair?

To answer this, I’m afraid I have to throw some chemistry at you. So break out your ToysRus chemistry sets and let’s go ;-)

Normal wet hair has a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5 (water is neutral pH 7) which means natural hair is more acidic than water. Hair care products that are more acidic than water are the best for your hair because they approach its natural pH level

Hair care products that are more alkaline than your hair (higher than pH 4.5 – 5.5) will raise the pH level of your hair and dry it out. Many of the hair care products we use such as bleaches, soap based shampoos, hair dyes and perm lotions are strongly alkaline

Apple cider vinegar on the other hand has a pH level of 2.9 which is lower than that of your hair and therefore better

Using apple cider vinegar will help balancing the pH level of your hair. It gets rid of the gooey gunk that has built up over years of using alkaline products

By making your hair slightly more acidic it also closes the cuticles of your hair, which makes the layers lay down flat. Flat and smooth cuticles will lock down and won’t let protein and moisture out

Because of the flat cuticles your hair looks, and actually is, much smoother, which makes it easier to untangle

And finally because of their chemical make up, substances with low pH levels add elasticity to your hair (something with more hydrogen ions than hydroxide ions…this is where they lost me, enough is enough ;-)

Homemade shampoo recipes
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo recipes

Hair care recipes

This is my small collection of homemade apple cider vinegar shampoo recipes; if you are looking for the apple cider vinegar hair rinse, stay with me. Because of the growing over all popularity of acv as a rinse, I am going to dedicate a whole page to it: ‘To explain the super exciting world of the shockingly simple to make apple cider vinegar hair rinse’ …isn’t that how they sell things these days?

Transition period

Be aware that your hair might need a transition period ranging from instantaneously to 8 weeks (not for sure.) It all depends on the recipe, the state of your hair, your previous shampoo etc. In this period your hair needs to find its new natural balance after all these years of chemical and harsh products. Make sure you monitor your progress and take appropriate action when needed


Having said all that…It's now official home spa pampering time! Gather the ingredients, invite some friends over, turn off your phone, turn on your favorite music, pour that drink you love, shift your mind to the good things in life, put on a smile and most importantly:

Think positive, happy thoughts and relax...

Positive happy thoughts

this is actually half the secret of these recipes!

Enjoy and have FUN!

Homemade shampoo recipes

Baking soda apple cider vinegar shampoo

Sure enough this is actually not a baking soda and apple cider vinegar shampoo, these are more like two separate recipes, one for a shampoo and one for a conditioner. It is so deceivingly simple but it works like a charm

What do you need:

  • 2 separate cups (distilled) Water
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

How to do it:

Me: Mix one cup of distilled water with the baking soda

You: …yes...and?

Me: Yep, that's it...your shampoo is ready; sorry can’t make it more complicated


Me:  For the conditioner part mix the other cup of distilled water with the apple cider vinegar and your conditioner is ready

You: …what, again, that’s it?

Me: errm....nooo, first you have to stand on your head and whistle old MacDonald has a farm… in sign language… while tap air-dancing “Hair” the musical… and juggling an orange, a coconut and a pea… in other words: Yep, that's IT, finito, pour yourself a drink you deserved it ;-)


Now there is really no right or wrong with the amounts of baking soda or acv you use. You might have to experiment a bit with their ratio’s to find out what fits your hair situation

Is your hair long and thick or oily then you probably need more baking soda, if it is shorter, dry or thin, then you need less. My long, dry and very curly hair for instance, needs just a bit more to make it work

Same with the Apple cider vinegar, I use more with my long, thick, dry and very curly hair (did I mention I have long, thick, dry and very curly hair...?). Just delicately experiment a bit with both ingredients


Anyway the big idea is that with both treatments you cover all your hair. But with the baking soda you concentrate a bit more on the roots of your hair, and with the acv more on the ends 

That’s it, short and sweet…ish

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Liquid Castile soap & apple cider vinegar shampoo

Very basic apple cider vinegar shampoo recipe using liquid Castile soap a s a base. It is simple, but it does what it should do: clean your hair very well and so easy to make


What do you need:

  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap (or any natural liquid olive oil soap)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar


How to do it:

Pour the liquid Castile soap in a small plastic flip cap bottle and pour in the apple cider vinegar, gently shake until it is well mixed 

You might need to experiment a bit with the amounts of acv and Castile soap, depending on your hair’s needs

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Castile soap, Vitamin E, Essential oil apple cider vinegar shampoo

This homemade apple cider vinegar shampoo recipe is actually a two in one. It expands on the recipe above and is a fragrant cleansing shampoo and a smoothing conditioner in one. Vitamin E has shown to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. The essential oil you choose will determine the overall smell of your freshly made shampoo


What do you need:

  • 1 cup liquid Castile soap (or any liquid natural olive oil soap)
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Vitamin E essential oil
  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • To your taste, a few drops of Essential oil (e.g. Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus)


How to do it:

Pour the liquid Castile soap in a bowl and while gently stirring, add the rest of the ingredients

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Marshmallow, Jojoba, Grapefruit seed  extract apple cider vinegar shampoo

This apple cider vinegar shampoo recipe almost guarantees smooth and easy to untangle hair. Both the Marshmallow and the acv are known to smoothen the hair

The Jojoba oil moisturizes your hair, where the grapefruit seed extract has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, which help keeping your scalp and hair healthy. It can be very effective against dandruff. Also if you add grapefruit seed extract to existing products, it is known to increase the efficiency of those products


What do you need:

  • 1 ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup dried Marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Jojoba oil
  • Few drops Grapefruit seed extract


How to do it:

Put the water in a pot and add the marshmallow root. Heat it up on a low fire, stir regularly until it starts to thicken into a consistent gel kind of substance. (+/- 15-30 min, the longer the thicker it will be)

When it has the consistency you want (don’t make it too thick) take it from the heat source and let it cool down

When it has cooled down, strain it by taking a glass and placing a knee-high panty hose over it. Pour the gel on the pantyhose. Now remove it from the cup and squeeze it in a downward motion to strain the gel and so you keep the dried marshmallow root in the pantyhose and drain the gel in the glass 

Finally add the apple cider vinegar, jojoba oil and grapefruit seed extract to the gel


Apply it as is to your hair (with a focus on the ends) or dilute it with some water so you can spray it with a spray bottle. Shake well before use

When stored in your fridge you can keep it for about 3 weeks

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Fennel, Glycerin apple cider vinegar shampoo

A soothing and smoothing homemade apple cider vinegar shampoo recipe. Fennel soothes your scalp and the acv does its smoothing job

The Glycerin helps to retain moisture in your skin and hair and cools your scalp

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Fennel seeds
  • 4 cups distilled Water
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Glycerin


How to do it:

Boil the water and in the meantime grind the fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle, or use a coffee grinder

Take the pot of the heat source and whisk the ground fennel seeds into the hot water. Cover and let it steep for about an hour

Strain it through cheesecloth, discard the fennel seed

Mix the acv and the glycerin with the liquid by gently whisking it

Store it in a glass jar in your fridge

Before you use it, warm it up slightly for effectiveness and comfort (not too hot!)

Love it now!!

...thank me later ;-)

Some words of caution 

Before you use any ingredient from these natural hair care recipes, make sure you know what the effect is on your skin, hair and health in general; especially if you have sensitive skin, are pregnant, or have a medical condition. Also take special care in determining the right dosage 

Because you can never be too careful, always do a patch test on a small piece of skin (e.g. behind the ear) to see how you and your skin react to separate ingredients

Also beware that essential oils are powerful; make sure you know what you use, its effects and how much you use

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