Rosemary and Apple Cider Hair Rinse to Remove Product Buildup

Is your hair looking limp, lifeless and dull? If you have baby fine hair, does it look stringy and oily even immediately after being shampooed?

You might have product buildup.

But, don’t fret. This natural Rosemary and Apple Cider Hair Rinse will help remove buildup and leave your hair bright, shiny, and healthy looking in minutes while also maintaining balance the pH of your scalp to reduce leads to dandruff and itchiness.

About Product Buildup

Over time hair products, particularly those containing silicones, build up in the hair and weight it down. One of the most significant contributors to this build up are silicones like Dimethicone (check your labels!).

Silicones are popular in many hair conditioners and hair oils because they feel light to the touch and non-greasy, smoothe the hair shaft leaving it feeling baby soft, and helps detangle the hair. Sound great, right? Not so fast.

According to some, there is a concern that silicones can seal the hair shaft so well the hair it prevents moisture from penetrating the shaft leaving hair very brittle which and could lead breakage.
According to Celebrity Hairstylist Shai Amiel, “It (silicones) prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and becomes like a magnet for dirt and other ingredients. We get a good shine for a couple of days, but over time it will attract more buildup on the hair.”

About the Ingredients


Rosemary is one of the best ingredients for stimulating hair growth, increasing shine and leaving it smelling super fresh. A 2015 study compared using rosemary oil to the ingredient minoxidil, a popular hair regrowth treatment (ever heard of Rogaine?). In the study, participants received either rosemary oil or minoxidil to stimulate hair growth for 6 months.

Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Anna Guanche, MD, the acidic nature that helps apple cider vinegar exfoliate dry flakes from your scalp, remove residue, and boost shine and even extend the life of color treated hair.
The ideal pH of the hair 4.5 and 5.5. Water is 7 (neutral), and apple cider vinegar is around 2–3.5 (the one I have at home was 3.5). When diluted with water, the pH was increased to the perfect pH level.

Are you concerned about rinsing your hair with vinegar because of the smell? Don’t be. The rosemary will mask the aroma of the apple cider vinegar a little bit. After the rinse, you may have a tiny bit of vinegar scent, but that will lessen after 15 minutes or so.

At a glance:

Hair rinse


Helps remove product buildup and balance pH or hair and scalp

All natural?
Yes, absolutely 

Shelf life:
Use immediately

4.29 from 32 votes

Rosemary and Apple Cider Hair Rinse for Product Build Up

This super easy Rosemary and Apple Cider Hair Rinse will help remove buildup and leave your hair bright, shiny, and healthy looking in minutes while also helping balance the pH of your scalp to reduce leads to dandruff and itchiness. 

Keyword Clarifying
Type Hair mask
Level Beginner
Prep Time 2 minutes


  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar


  1. Boil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary with 2 1/2 cups water for 10 minutes. The rosemary will break apart and may create a foam. That is normal.

  2. Strain out the rosemary pieces and pour into another container. I like to pour straight into a large measuring cup.

  3. Place rosemary water in the fridge for cool for 30 minutes.

  4. Measure 1 ½ cups of water. Some of the water will have boiled off.

  5. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Stir together.

  6. After shampooing and pour over hair in place of conditioner. Let the hair rinse sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse well with cold water. If you have normal to oily hair your hair should be fine without conditioner. If you have super dry hair, follow up the hair rinse with a gentle, silicone-free conditioner.

  7. Use once a week to keep hair products from building up.  

About the author

I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.

What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.

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