How To - Hair Rinse with Horsetail

I promised you at the beginning of this year that we were going to get busy making a few final rinses. Today, we begin!

For our first final rinse, I've chosen an ingredient with a hair-loving reputation: horsetail (INCI: Equisitum Arvense).

This is quick and easy to make, and doesn't even require a lot of equipment.

You'll Need

  • Dried Horsetail 
  • Demineralised Water
  • Preservative (I use this local Danish one for all of my infusions. The closest equivalent I can find is sold under the name 'phenonip')
  • Scale
  • Suitable container to infuse
  • Empty teabags
  • Stapler
  • Container for your final rinse

You Probably Already Know, But ...

Working with botanicals and water is pretty much an open invitation for a bacteria rave party, so it is important to keep a clean work space, use sterilized equipment, wear latex gloves while working, and use nothing less than broad spectrum preservation.

You might think this is overkill for a simple herbal infusion, but unless you use your infusion within 48 hours and keep it stored cool in the interum, it is not overkill.

Trust me, you do not want to be rinsing your hair with a bacteria bomb.

OK, end of speech.

Let's make a hair rinse!


  • 96 % Demineralised water
  • 3,2 % Horsetail
  • 0,8 -1% Preservative (depending on which preservative you use)


  1. Weigh up your herb and place into teabags (leave room for herbal expansion). Staple the bags shut
  2. Boil the water and pour over the bags
  3. Add preservative (Some preservatives are added at cool-down, some need to be added during a heat phase.)
  4. Cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes
  5. Strain
  6. Bottle

I always test the pH (because otherwise there will be a blank spot in my notebook where the pH is supposed to be).

The pH of this batch of final rinse was 5.5


Admittedly, I haven't done a lot of research on this ingredient yet (another one for the to-do list), but horsetails reputation as a hair-loving ingredient hasn't disappointed so far.
I've been using this final rinse for a couple of months. It has a pleasant, tea-like scent, doesn't stain hair, bathroom, or towels, and leaves my hair soft and smooth. It's been enough of a positive experience for me to make several repeat batches.

Do Tell

Have you used horsetail in any of your products? What were your experiences with it?

Mores About Final Rinse and Horsetail 

About Final Rinse
Read what WebMD says about horsetail
Read what Naturally Curly says about horsetail


María said…
Horsetail if supposed to be great fit hair and nails because of its content in minerals (silica above all). I'm looking forward for your results :)
María said…
The corrector drives me crazy!! I mean it's supposed to be great for hair.
I'll go for a coffee to finish to wake up...
LisaLise said…
Hi María (giggling) - yup, I totally know what you mean about the annoying autocorrector! Enjoy your coffee!
Chef Joey Z said…
Years ago when I lived in Canada, my late husband and I ran a Health Food store. We got a product called Heavenly Horse Tail Hair Rinse from a retailer in Toronto. I wish I knew who now, but that was back in 1971, so who knows where they are. Anyway, my husband had very long hair and I used to rinse it in the Heavenly Horse Tail Rinse. Well I can tell you his hair came out shining like a mirror. The fragrance from this product was unlike any I've ever smelled. It was addictive to say the least. As invasive as this plant is, it really is good and does a superb job as a rinse. Just my two cents. :)
LisaLise said…
Hi Chef Joey - Oh that sounds like to was a great product! Too bad you can't source it any longer. And you are so right about how invasive the plant is.. I'm fighting it off in my garden!
Laurie said…
I just made this crazy easy rinse tonight and it worked beautifully on my hair after my shampoo bar. Do you think it would be possible to thicken this with a little xanthan gum. I always have a problem with hair rinses going on the shower floor instead of my head!
LisaLise said…
HI Laurie - You should be able to thicken with a bit of xanthan gum. Be aware that a very very little goes a long way so start by adding far less than you imagine you might need. :)
Laurie said…
Wonderful - cannot believe how silky soft and shiny my hair is.
Anonymous said…
Do you need to rinse it out?
LisaLise said…
Hi Anon — I don’t rinse it out 😊
Anonymous said…
Thank you!
Anonymous said…
Thank you!