How to Deep Cleanse the Scalp With Witch Hazel

Witch hazel bark and leaves are used as an astringent in many hair and facial treatments. Using witch hazel leaves, apple cider vinegar and boiling water, you can make a cleansing rinse. Both the vinegar and witch hazel are excellent for removing residue and buildup on the scalp. You should use a witch hazel rinse at least once or twice a week for the best results. If you have oily hair, the witch hazel rinse can be used more often to deep cleanse your scalp more thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 sprigs of witch hazel
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Container
  • Shampoo


    • 1

      Add the water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

    • 2

      Turn the heat to medium-low once the water is boiling and add the vinegar and witch hazel. If you can't find sprigs of witch hazel use 10 to 20 leaves.

    • 3

      Steep the mixture for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the stove off and continue to steep the mixture for another 30 minutes.

    • 4

      Pour the witch hazel mixture into a container and let it cool.

    • 5

      Wash your hair with shampoo first and rinse thoroughly.

    • 6

      Use the witch hazel rinse next and massage it into your scalp. You can either rinse the mixture out or leave it in to help condition your hair.

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