How to Clean Your Hair Using Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel might sound like an ingredient for the cauldron, but this extract comes from the North American witch hazel plant. It is a natural astringent that contains antioxidants and tannin, which can help diminish oil production not only on the face, but also on your head. So if you tend to have a greasy scalp and want a natural way to cut through the oil, witch hazel is your new ally.


Apply witch hazel directly to your scalp using a large, clean cotton ball. Allow the product to sit for about 10 minutes and then continue with your normal shampooing routine in the shower.

Add a little more astringent power by mixing equal parts mouthwash and witch hazel. Apply the mixture on your scalp before your shower and let it sit for about 10 minutes before shampooing. You can use the process about once a week if you tend toward oily hair.


  • Contact your dermatologist if you have any questions about the effect witch hazel might have on your skin. Because it is an astringent, it can cause dryness on sensitive skin.

Quick Refresh

Help your scalp keep oil production at bay in key areas without going through your whole shampoo process. Mix one part witch hazel with 10 parts water. Dab the mixture along your part and your hair line after you have showered.

The diluted mixture helps keep oil production at bay and lifts the roots slightly for a fresh-looking 'do for the whole day. The small amount of witch hazel also results in a gentler formula for more sensitive scalps. Only repeat this process one to two times a week, rather than daily or after every shower.


  • Follow up your witch hazel routine with a light application of conditioner just on the tips of your hair, rather than the whole strand, for lightweight, oil-free tresses.

Full Shampoo

When added to a homemade shampoo recipe, witch hazel works as a natural cleanser that removes oil and product buildup. Blend together 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup orange or rose water, 1 tablespoon witch hazel, 1 teaspoon of natural liquid soap and 1 tablespoon of vodka. Work the mixture into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and rinse out with lukewarm water.


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