Check out some popular rinses you can try, plus their benefits.
Apple cider vinegar rinse.
This wellness industry darling can be blended into a hair rinse to increase shine and reduce frizz. It all comes down to pH. The hair’s pH is very important, as an unbalanced hair and scalp can cause irritation, dryness, dullness, and frizziness. Your hair and scalp hover around 5.5 normally (studies even show that when your hair products are at or below 5.5 pH, it can reduce damage and frizz). Since water is a neutral pH and most shampoos are alkaline, simply taking a shower changes the pH of your hair. So rinsing your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar post-shower can bring down that pH, improving the appearance in the process. There’s also some evidence that it can help with dandruff.
Tea is full of antioxidants and caffeine, making it a star ingredient for the scalp. Caffeine has been shown to have hair-growth properties when used, typically, on the scalp. In fact, one 2018 study shows that a caffeine-based liquid topical can be just as effective as Minoxidil, active in brands like Rogaine and the traditional topical treatment for hair loss. For more info on making a green tea rinse, see our guide.
Botanical toning rinse.
While not as pigmented and potent as traditional toning products (like purple or blue conditioners), botanical toners can help you in a pinch. To find one that can help enhance your hair color, a color wheel is your friend. Simply identify the undertone you want to color correct, and use the opposite color to cancel it out. For yellow tones, use purple; for orange, use blue. Then find a like-colored botanical to help. Don’t worry, we did the work for you: Here’s our guide to natural toners.