Garden plants that I use to wash my hair

I have very long hair and figuring out the best natural hair care solutions has been a trial and error process for me for several years. I haven’t purchased shampoos, conditioners, or other commercial hair care products in many years. Instead, I use plants from my garden to keep my hair clean, fresh, and in fairly good condition.

Switching to a natural hair care regimen was important as I started transitioning to a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. Ditching commercial products has allowed me to reduce the number of plastic bottles entering the bathroom. It has also helped me avoid using ingredients that are harmful to people and the planet.

Not everyone’s hair is the same. What works well for me may not work as well for you. But the truth is that there are natural solutions for all hair types. You just have to experiment a bit to find the right option(s).

When I switched to natural hair care, I started out using diluted baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Subsequently, I moved away from baking soda and now almost exclusively use plants harvested from my own garden for hair rinses.

I find my hair feels clean and smells fresh (no strong smells), and it stays degreased much longer than when I used commercial shampoos, or even more natural brands. I also have a lot less dry and split ends. Here are three rinses that I like to use with my hair.

apple cider vinegar

This is my favorite balancing shampoo, and my regular shampoo. I use apple cider vinegar made from apple trees in my forest garden. It’s great for balancing the pH of the hair and scalp, and it leaves my hair feeling clean and fresh, removing any grease and leaving it feeling silky smooth. I add it to hot water in a ratio of 1:3, sometimes with a little honey. Honey helps keep hair moist and is known to be antibacterial and antifungal.

Rosemary and Lavender

Another hair rinse that I love is made with rosemary and lavender. I love the smell of this rinse, and the rosemary and lavender help keep my long hair strong, thick, and in good condition. These herbs increase circulation to the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. It is important to note, however, that rosemary darkens blonde hair slightly over time. To make the rinse, I add lavender and rosemary to boiling water in a jar, then strain and rinse my hair with the solution.


I also like to use a nettle hair rinse, which is, again, a simple rinse made by steeping nettles in boiling water. Nettles grow abundantly where I live, and although I use them for many things, there are always plenty for all our needs.

Nettles can help with an overly oily or overly dry scalp, and can help hair grow lush and strong. Sulfur, silica and other substances present in the plant strengthen hair strands. I sometimes add nettles to the rosemary and lavender hair rinse mentioned above.

Brushing with a natural bristle brush is another important feature of my natural hair care routine. This not only removes tangles and helps prevent breakage, but also helps distribute the natural oils from root to tip. Modern hair care often encourages us to remove these oils, but natural oils protect your hair and make it stronger, shinier, and generally healthier.

The rinses above may not be the best for your own hair care routine, but exploring the benefits of using plants from your garden is always a great option to consider.

One remarkable thing I have discovered since using these hair rinses is that I can go a long time without using anything but water to keep my hair fresh and clean. Choosing to adopt a natural hair care regimen means I have a lot more freedom and spend nothing, while still being happy with the way my hair looks and feels. I highly recommend experimenting to find what works for you.