Sage, Rosemary and Apple Cider Rinse

This rinse is good for hair shedding, bald spots, thinning edges and to cover gray hairs. The herbs, sage and rosemary are good for so many hair woes that you will find several hair recipes with their oils or leaves. Apple cider vinegar is another winner in the hair department as it balances the hair’s pH. A combination of these herbal ingredients and vinegar is good for an ordinary hair rinse or in this case, after 3 to 4 weeks of use, an excellent hair rinse to darken hair or to bring out natural highlights in your hair.


1-cup rosemary (fresh is best)

2 cups sage (fresh or dried)

1-tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 cups water (use more if needed to cover the herbs)


1. Place herbs in a bowl (do not use plastic or aluminum)

2. Boil water

3. Pour water over herbs and cover container overnight.

4. Strain herbal mixture and add the apple cider vinegar.

5. Mix the herbs and the apple cider vinegar thoroughly.

6. Shampoo hair and rinse with the herbal mixture.

7. Style hair as usual.

Interesting Tip:

The word sage is derived from the Latin salvere  which means to save. Get some sage and start incorporating it into your hair regimen, it might just save your hair


  • Vicky said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I’m a little confused with the adding the vinegar. So, you strain the herbal mixture and add the apple cider vinegar. Then do you mix this combined mixture with the herbs? Or, do you strain the herbal mixture and add the vinegar and mix thoroughly?

    Sorry for the confusion.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Vicky,
      You strain the herbal mixture which will look like tea because the herbs have been steeped overnight to get rid of the leaves and then add the vinegar to this water. Mix both of them and use as a final rinse for your hair.

  • Audrey said:

    Hi Brenda, I am very new to transitioning and what to learn as much as possible, love you article, one question, it says shampoo and rince with the herbal mixture, so should I assume that I will not use anything else to shampoo with?

  • FRAN said:

    Just a question.. After I shampoo then apply the rinse, do I leave the rinse in for any length of time or rinse it all out? Please let me know..
    Thank you in advance..

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Fran,
      After the shampoo and you rinse out with plain water, use this as your final rinse. No rinsing after this rinse.

  • Debbie said:

    can you condition prior to the rinse.?

  • sarah said:

    Hi Fran,
    I was wondering, is this a once a week kind of treatment or is this an everyday thing. I was wondering because it would get costly if I were to try to do it every day. Also am I to pour the whole three cups in one use. Thanks in advance.

  • keke said:

    How much ACV is too much for a rinse out!

  • Tracey said:

    This is in regards to working out, i am currently going to the gym and the sweating causes my hair to become very dry just trying to see what can be done to put moisture back in my hair to prevent shedding and hair loss and also not something that takes up alot of time?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Tracey,
      I am coming up with a series of articles on this. I am in the same situation, I sweat a lot at the gym too and I find that in order to prevent dryness etc I have to be rinsing my hair with spring water (not the regular tap water) and using an oil to seal in moisture and I find that this is working. I use this rinse after a shampoo.

  • Ijeoma said:

    Can you add other herbs like parsley, marigold and horsetail. Thank you!

  • Kenna said:

    This was very informative.
    thank you!

  • Arnisey Stewart said:

    My sides have come out from cprnrows & braids. Also, my hair is shedding. Will this help me, I’m desperate.

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