Younghee Kim, founder of Younghee Salon in Tribeca, has focused on natural hair care throughout her career. A 30-year industry veteran, she began working with Vidal Sassoon, and spent 12 years as the company’s New York creative director. She founded her Manhattan salon in 2000, and eventually moved it to Tribeca. It nows resides in a 1910 historic building on North Moore Street. Recently Younghee launched her first natural hair care product line, Essential Rinse.

Essential Rinse, a natural hair care product made from all natural ingredients, is designed to gently remove residue from hair care products and the stresses of air pollution. Our Downtown editors tried both formulas and found that they perform beautifully. They leave hair shiny and soft and even helped our regular shampoo and hair care products work better. Essential Rinse purifying scalp and hair toner comes in two formulas: Clarifying, made from apple cider vinegar and botanicals, and Refreshing, with essential oils of spearmint and peppermint. Both formulas are most effective when used between shampoo and conditioner. They are perfect for use between washings, or after a workout. The rinses are safe and gentle enough to use daily.

Essential Rinse Clarifying combines apple cider vinegar with a blend of botanicals such as lavender, chamomile, and rose, and leaves hair fresh smelling and soft. The product smells pleasantly of apple cider vinegar in the bottle, however the ACV scent did not remain in the hair, instead leaving our tresses smelling super clean, and slightly herbal. In addition, ACV helps to balance the scalp’s pH, and the rinse also contains honey to moisturize and condition.

The Refreshing formula has essential oils of spearmint and peppermint and smells delicious both in the bottle and in the hair. The essential oils have antibacterial properties, which help stimulate hair follicles and awaken the senses with the eye-opening zing of mint. Refreshing is pH neutral, and perfect for color-treated hair.

Both formulas are available exclusively through Younghee Salon (64 North Moore Street), or online.