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 once in a while. It is necessary to detox your hair. The problem is that many clarifying shampoos are full of harmful ingredients and can be very drying to the hair. Today, I’m going to share with you my number 1 beauty tip-a 1 ingredient DIY clarifying shampoo!
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?
DIY Clarifying Shampoo Recipe:
- Add a tablespoon of baking soda into a dollop of shampoo and shampoo your hair as usual.
- Leave it on the hair for 5 minutes.
- Condition as usual
That’s it! 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.
Benefits of DIYing a Clarifying Shampoo
- Exfoliates the scalp
- Strips hair strands of dirt and product build up
- Neutralizes odors
- Dissolves dirt and oil
- No harmful ingredients unlike regular hair clarifiers
- Leaves hair light and bouncy
- Adds shine
- Relieves dandruff
- Cheap beauty treatment!
This little method could not be easier, cheaper or more effective.
A Word of Caution:
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.
>>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, only faded blonde through the ends. There is no difference to my color.
Baking Soda also contains aluminum unless it states otherwise. I use THIS baking soda.
I suggest following it with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse to restore pH in the skin. This will also add even more shine!! 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!!!
More DIY Hair Recipes
- Hair Conditioner for Shiny Hair
- Hair Perfume
- Hair Growth Serum
- Repairing Hair Oil for Color Treated Hair
- Hair Brightening Toner for Blondes
- Hair Growth Spray
P.S. Be sure to check back in with your results!!