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

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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!

Beauty tip-Baking soda shampoo DIYWhere 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.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo

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!!!

You might also use a nourishing hair oil or a leave in detangler to add moisture back into the hair after you’ve washed and conditioned. This is not an absolute must though.

More DIY Hair Recipes

xx, Jenni

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

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

6 thoughts on “DIY Clarifying Shampoo-1 Step and That’s It!”

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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.

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