Want healthy, shiny hair? Keeping your scalp clean is essential. Dirt and excess oil can contribute to scalp buildup—when minerals accumulate and settle on the skin—which leads to clogged pores and dull-looking hair. That buildup also weighs down your locks and makes styling really difficult. If you use hairstyling products religiously, removing scalp buildup at least once a week will seriously make your hair feel like brand new. Here’s how.

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How to Remove Scalp Buildup

Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water. (The total amount depends on the length of your hair.)

Wet your hair. Take a dollop of clarifying shampoo and work it into your hair from your scalp to the ends. Take a shampoo brush and gently brush your scalp in small circular motions.

Rinse the clarifying shampoo out of your hair thoroughly with cold water, which won’t strip as much of your scalp’s natural oil as hot water would.

Pour the apple cider vinegar mixture onto your scalp and hair and work it in with your hands, focusing on your scalp. Massage your head with the pads of your fingers for 2 minutes for thorough coverage; avoid scratching to prevent irritation.

Rinse your hair with cold water to remove the ACV mixture. You should notice a decrease in residue on your scalp and hair.

The apple cider vinegar mixture and the clarifying shampoo strip your hair of not only the scalp buildup, but also some of your natural oils. Use a moisturizing conditioner afterwards to restore some moisture to your hair. Comb the conditioner through your hair from root to tip. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the conditioner sit for at least 30 minutes for deep penetration.

Rinse your hair with cold water, dry it with a towel or blow dryer, and style your hair as you like.