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How to Remove Toxins from the Hair

Updated February 21, 2017

Toxins in the form of product build-up and environmental elements can leave hair feeling greasy, heavy and just plain drab. Toxin build-up also causes hair to tangle more easily, which leads to breakage and split ends. Use the natural cleaning powers of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to remove toxins and leave hair feeling smooth, healthy and shiny. Baking soda dissolves build-up and deep-cleans the hair shaft, and the vinegar has strong astringent properties to further clean the hair and seal the cuticle. This detox recipe is extremely cost-efficient, as these items are probably already in your kitchen cupboards.

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  1. Sprinkle a quarter-size amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand and add enough water to make a thick paste. Massage mixture into the scalp.

  2. Sprinkle another quarter-size amount of baking soda into your palm and add water to make a thick paste. Massage into the rest of the hair. Repeat this step as needed to cover all the hair; this step varies with hair length. Leave baking soda mixture on hair for no more than three minutes. Rinse with water.

  3. Mix two parts apple cider vinegar with one part warm distilled water. Dip as much of your hair as possible into the container and saturate with the mixture. Remove lower ends of hair and slowly pour the mixture over the scalp, stopping regularly to massage into the scalp.

  4. Rinse hair with cool water to remove the vinegar mixture and to seal the cuticle. To regularly remove toxins from hair, complete the process once a week.

  5. Tip

    Complete this process in the shower to keep mess at a minimum.


    Apple cider vinegar may leave a slight burning sensation on sensitive scalps. Those with extremely sensitive scalps may want to skip Step 3.

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Distilled water

About the Author

Jamie Witt began her writing career in 2005 by assisting in the launch of a daily newspaper. Previous roles in newspaper have included reporter, photographer, copy editor and assistant managing editor. She moved into advertising with an emphasis on public relations, copy writing and copy editing. Witt studied Journalism and English at Indiana University.

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