Apple Cider Vinegar and Tuna Shampoo Recipe

This shampoo will give you suds if you are a sud-happy person.


  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 3 tuna leaves cut in halves (6 pieces)
  • 1 tbsp lavender oil in 3 cups of hot water. Let it cool.


Wet hair thoroughly. To make the apple cider shampoo combine the apple cider vinegar and water; use more water if you need to. Finger part your hair into six sections. Slice the tuna leaves length wise and cut out the gel inside, rub the inner part of the tuna on your scalp. Keep rubbing until all your scalp gets a tuna rub. It should be slightly suddy and slippery. Let it sit on your hair for fifteen minutes and massage it into your scalp properly with your fingers. Rinse hair thoroughly with water. Use the lavender water for a final rinse and a nice smelling finish.

How the Ingredients Benefit Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar- As already mentioned in other hair care recipes, it matches the hairโ€™s pH closely and so creates an alkalinic effect on the hair. It smooths hair cuticles and makes hair soft and more manageable. It is additionally a great germ killer and it gives hair a nice shine.

Tuna Leaves aka. Prickly Pears – Not to be confused with aloe vera, tuna is one of those cacti that you can find in any tropical or sub-tropical country. It is a rugged plant that contains something called a penka gel. This gel is an emollient (moisturizer) and is especially beneficial for hair and skin. It is one of the premium additions to hair recipes for hair growth.

Lavender Oil – The word lavender is derived from a Latin word which means to wash and in the time of the Romans was used to add a pleasant aroma to water. Extracts from the lavender plant is a very powerful natural remedy; its benefits range from disinfecting the scalp and skin to enhancing blood circulation and relieving stress and tension.

It can also be used as a remedy for insect bites, burns, insomnia, skin problems and migraine. As far as hair care is concerned, lavender is very good for blood circulation which is essential for hair growth and it is proven to be especially effective against lice and nits. Apart from that it smells wonderful and is a good final rinse to make your hair feel beautiful.

Disclaimer: BlackHair101ย  does not guarantee that you will achieve the same results as we have by using this recipe on your particular hair.


  • Lane O said:

    I would like to try this recipe. Where could I find tuna leaves

    • Brenda said:

      It depends on your location, where in the world are you?

  • Kady G said:

    Brenda, I am in Tampa, Fl. Do you have a recommendation on where I can start looking for tuna leaves? You’re awesome by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Thanks Kady ๐Ÿ™‚
      My aunt has some in her backyard. LOL!!!
      Seriously though its sometimes found on the side of the road or maybe in somebody’s garden. Ask around. If you know somebody who has it, ask them for a leaf, stick it in the ground or pot and it will grow. It grows pretty easily in FL.

    • Yolanda said:

      Late answer but you can find this cactus in any latin tienda. It is called “nopales” in spanish.

  • Nicole said:

    I live in Jamaica and so I use aloe Vera in my hair all the time…however, the elderly will tell you that tuna is much better for your hair especially with hair growth and to keep it soft and I got a whole lot today because tuna plant grows in almost every yard and on the roadside in Jamaica just like aloe Vera…I will drink them and use them in my hair with your recipe for 2 months and see if there is any difference with my locks..

  • samy said:

    True,true when I was growing up washing the hair with sincle bible(aloe vera)is a must last summer I tried tuna my dad told me to.and can I tell you within 4 week growth ร—2 lol

  • neisha said:

    I remember when I was growing up in Jamaica I used tuna in my hair and I had very long hair. I have been trying to find it in America but it’s nowhere to be found, can’t wait to go back home

  • Emily said:

    Hey guys, I am currently living in Jamaica and I can supply you all with it if you want. I am going to try this recipe and I sure hope it work… ๐Ÿ™‚

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