DIY Clarifying Shampoo-1 Step and That’s It!

Beauty tip-Baking soda shampoo DIYSo yeah, as you can tell from the shameless pictures, I like my hair.  But that’s only because I discovered a simple way to cut build up and restore shine and bounciness!

Where I live we have very hard water.  This means there are lots of minerals in the water.  It is 100% a requirement to have a water softener in my area and mine quit working about 3 weeks ago.  I’m talking yucky white stuff all over my dishes after a heavy duty cycle in the dish washer, dingy clothes and limp hair.  Luckily my new softener comes tomorrow but over the last few weeks I’ve been searching for a way to strip my hair of build up without drying it out.  While searching around google I found many remedies and DIYs but one stood out to me in particular.  It stood out because it was so simple.

Are you ready for the simplest beauty tip you’ll ever get?

  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda into a dollop of shampoo and shampoo your hair as usual.

That’s it.  For extra de-gunking, leave the shampoo on for 5-10 minutes.  Condition as usual and enjoy the softest, shiniest, voluminous hair you’ve ever had!  Yes, voluminous!  You won’t believe how sudsy this will make your shampoo-perfect for shampoos with little lather.  Can I tell you how bad my hair looked before this special shampoo?  It was extra greasy and stuck to my head.  No life at all.  After the shampoo I couldn’t believe how my hair felt.  I went to bible study the next day and anytime someone would look at me I would think, “you’re admiring my hair, aren’t you?”  Yeah, no one  was noticing my hair but it was so obvious to me.

You might not have hard water where you live but I guarantee most of us have build up from hair products like hair spray, conditioners and the ever so popular dry shampoo.  Build up on hair can weigh hair down where you have no body or bounce to your hair, much less shine!  It’s good to use a clarifying shampoo weekly but the problem is that many clarifying shampoos are full of harmful ingredients and very drying to the hair.  This little method could not be easier, cheaper or more effective.

Now, baking soda is not pH balanced.  It has a very high pH, meaning it is very alkaline.  Used over time, baking soda will wreck your hair and scalp (or at least most people’s).  That’s why I’m going to suggest doing this shampoo only once a week at the very most.  I suggest following it with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse to restore pH in the skin.  This will also add even more shine!!  Find more about that HERE.  Just so you know, I did not follow up with the ACV and still had amazing results.  This treatment is meant to strip the hair of build up-while doing it only once a week is fine, every day or even every other day will strip your hair of the good stuff too!!!

>>Warning: Baking Soda could strip your hair color.<<

Be aware that some people claim that baking soda strips hair color.  If you have hair color you would like to keep, I would test strip first.  I don’t have hair color on my roots, just really old hair color near the middle to the ends and I could not tell any difference.

xx, Jenni

P.S. Be sure to check back in with your results!!


DIY Clarifying Shampoo

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. January 21, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Jenni, your hair looks amazing!!! Wow! I tried the “no poo” method years ago where you just wash with baking soda and water and rinse with ACV and it was very hard on my fragile hair (although some people swear by it). Your method makes much more sense!

  2. laura
    January 22, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Hiya Jenni!
    I’ve been using Wen Cleansing Conditiner for years & love it! So aside from doing my roots & a bit of highlights I don’t use much else on my hair. Would you suggest using the baking soda with the Wen?

    • January 27, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Laura-I have never used Wen so I have no idea! I’m no help on this one-sorry!

  3. Sue
    April 22, 2018 / 8:58 am

    We’ve been on well water for years now and I started noticing my mostly grey hair was yellowing. My hairdresser recommendedClairol Shimmer Lights shampoo. and that did help but didn’t eliminate the problem. I researched online I realized I needed to remove the mineral build-up came across the baking soda & dilutedACV treatment and do it once a week. I have thick, rather coarse hair and it tolerates it well, but I think it would be too harsh on thin fragile or processed hair and probably strip out some color if you dye. My hair feels softerandthe texture is improved. I still use the Clairol shampoo to enhance the silver color. ( other blue/purple shampoos) just don’t work. I’m very happy with this regieme. I really enjoy your blog and have recommended it to friends. Thanks for all the advice, recipes and inspiration.

    • Jenni
      April 23, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Sue-That’s a great suggestion-I love ACV for the hair. It’s amazing how well it restores shine! Thank you!!!!

  4. Eleanor Baylon
    June 13, 2020 / 11:43 am

    This works!!!
    Made a huge difference. Didn’t mess up my colour either. Thank you

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