How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Remove Buildup

By Cindy Lobert

Many women struggle with dull, lifeless hair. Highly alkaline shampoos, conditioners and styling products can build up on hair over time, coating strands and preventing shine. Luckily, this inexpensive solution is as close as your kitchen pantry. An apple cider vinegar rinse removes residue and restore hair's pH balance back to its natural acidic state. Apple cider vinegar closes up the hair's cuticle so the hair lies flat, making it glossy, healthy and more manageable. This natural remedy also adds highlights to brunette hair and removes excess sebum from the scalp.

Apple cider vinegar can restore hair's natural shine.

Step 1

Determine whether your hair is oily, normal or dry and how often an apple cider vinegar rinse should be applied. You may rinse hair once or twice a week, or as needed.

Shampoo hair and then rinse with apple cider vinegar

For oily hair, combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of hot water. Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse. Apply the apple cidervinegar solution to your hair and scalp, making sure you coat every strand. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Condition as usual.

Step 3

For dry hair, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your normal shampoo. Wash your hair as usual, then condition. Dry hair may only require a rinse every two to four weeks. Experiment to see how frequently your hair needs it.

Step 4

If your hair is normal, take 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and massage it onto your scalp, making sure you reach every area. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

Step 5

All hair types can benefit from a simple rinse of 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water. For convenience, you can mix this in a plastic squirt bottle and leave it in your shower.