How Do I Get the Odor of Vinegar Out of My Hair?

Folk medicines, home remedies and natural alternatives to commercial products are nothing new. People have been finding inexpensive ways to do things for themselves since the dawn of time. Vinegar hair rinses are prized for their ability to cut through built-up commercial products, make hair shiny and even remove odors like cigarette smoke or fried foods. You can remove the vinegar residue from your hair in 60 minutes or less.

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Step 1

Wrap your hair in a towel immediately after your vinegar rinse. Unwrap your hair when the towel has absorbed the excess water, and then let your hair dry completely without using a blow dryer. This is usually enough to make the vinegar scent fade.

Step 2

Wash your hair thoroughly with a commercial shampoo. Rinse it in cool water rather than hot, since heat intensifies most scents. Condition your hair, and rinse it until it is clean but still coated. This should mask the vinegar scent if it does not completely remove it. Dry hair completely using a blow dryer placed on a medium heat setting.

Step 3

Massage 1/2 cup of dry shampoo into your scalp and through to the ends of your hair. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then remove the dry shampoo from your hair with a brush.

Things You'll Need

  • Absorbent towel or turban

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Blow dryer

  • Dry shampoo


If you don't have dry shampoo handy, use baking soda instead.


Rinsing your hair frequently with vinegar may dry out the ends of you hair. Moisturize your ends with a few drops of hair oils after each treatment to prevent split ends or breakage.

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