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Simple Beer and Vinegar Hair Conditioner

This natural hair conditioner is very easy to make and does not require any special ingredients - such as emulsifiers, stabilisers, pH adjusters nor any other "chemical additives". It is therefore perfect for beginners and for anybody who wishes to stick to as natural as possible ingredients in hair care products.

I have been successfully using this hair conditioner for many years, and find that it leaves my hair smooth, silky and strong, without any split hair or dandruff signs. And it is so cheap... that it is really worth trying!


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Beer
  • Essential oils, chosen among those best suited for your hair colour and condition.

Vinegar is slightly acidic and will help adjust the pH of your hair and scalp. Beer is highly nourishing and will reinforce the hair shafts, while adding a thin "coat" to your hair that will help in keeping it in place. Both vinegar and beer also act as gentle "detanglers".

Essential oils used in hair care include bay rum, bergamot, blue cypress, carrot seed, cedarwood (Atlas and Virginian), chamomile (German and Roman), clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus peppermint (Eucalyptus dives chemotype Piperitone), frankincense, geranium, Kunzea ambigua, lavender, lemon, lemon tea tree, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and ylang ylang.


  1. Pour equal parts of apple cider vinegar and beer into a 200 ml (3 fl.oz.) bottle. Choose a bottle that can be closed tightly - for instance, an empty water or soft-drink bottle with a screw-on cap.
  2. Add to the mix of beer and vinegar 3 ml (approximately 60 standard drops) of essential oil, or of a blend of several essential oils.
  3. Close the cap tightly and shake well.
  4. Pour out half to one tablespoon of this hair conditioner mix into a jug, with half a litre (1 pint approx.) of water.
  5. After shampooing and rinsing your hair thoroughly, use the diluted beer and vinegar hair conditioner as the last rinse.
  6. Distribute the liquid evenly through your hair with a wide-tooth comb.
  7. For best results, let your hair dry "naturally" - that is, without using a hair drier.

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