By Autumn Jones

Hair, dirt and natural oils inevitably build up on the hair shaft, leaving locks looking dull and feeling weighed down. A clarifying treatment strips away the grime to reveal hair with body, shine and new life. When your hair starts to feel unmanageable or just plain blah, break out the home clarifying remedies for a fresh start.

Hair-Clarifying Home Remedy
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Hair-Clarifying Home Remedy

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a gentle clarifying treatment that removes buildup from the hair shaft and makes hair look shiny and clean. Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water and use as a conditioning rinse in the shower. (Close your eyes—vinegar stings!) If you're not a fan of the smell, don't worry—the scent vanishes as your hair dries.

For delicate or damaged hair, use less vinegar to avoid drying your hair out. Start with 1 tablespoon vinegar for every cup of water, and see how your hair responds. Increase or decrease as needed.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an amazingly cheap and easy treatment that works just like a clarifying shampoo. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with just enough water to turn it into a paste. Work this mixture into your scalp and hair (it won't lather, so expect hair to feel a little gritty) and leave it in for 2 minutes. Rinse well.

You can also add baking soda to your regular shampoo. Mix equal parts shampoo and baking soda, and wash your hair as usual. For extra grimy hair, shampoo twice.