Natural Remedies to Strip Sulfur From Hair

Hard water is to blame for sulfur buildup in your hair.

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Is your hair feeling a bit grimy and smelling kind of funky? Sulfur buildup may be the problem. You don’t need expensive store-bought formulas to clarify your hair and strip the sulfur. Try some cheap, natural remedies to get the mineral buildup out of your hair so it’s soft, shiny and manageable.

Sulfur and Your Hair

Sulfur is found in well water, so if that’s the kind of water you’re washing your hair with, don’t be surprised if you get sulfur buildup. And this buildup won’t just be from sulfur but other minerals found in hard water. Not only does sulfur make your hair smell nasty, it can make it unmanageable because of all the mineral accumulation in your strands.

Banish Sulfur With Baking Soda

Strip the sulfur buildup from your hair with granny’s favorite cleaning product – baking soda. Wet your hair with distilled water. Then, mix a tablespoon or two of baking soda with the regular amount of shampoo you use. Scrub the mixture into your hair and wait five minutes. Rinse again with distilled water to remove the suds.

Lemon Juice Hair Rinse

The juice of this high-acidic citrus fruit helps to rid your hair of mineral buildup. And it’s so easy to use. Mix equal parts distilled water and lemon juice – you’ll need enough of the mixture to completely saturate your strands. Pour the mixture through your hair so it’s soaked. Use your fingers to work it into your scalp and hair. Leave it in for five to 10 minutes, then rinse it out with distilled water.

Clarify With Apple Cider Vinegar

Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is a cheap way to strip the sulfur buildup. The acid in the vinegar helps to loosen the buildup and wash it away. Mix together 1 1/2 cups of cool distilled water and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. After shampooing your hair – it’s fine to use your regular water – pour the mixture slowly into your hair. Leave it in without rinsing. Let your hair dry, then style it like usual.

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