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Homemade Beauty 101: Make an Easy Clarifying Shampoo

When your hair seems bogged down by styling products or dirt, or just won’t seem to come to life like it used to, you probably need a good clarifying shampoo. Clarifiers strip away all the dirt and residue other shampoos, conditioners, and hair products leave behind, freeing your hair to have body, movement, and even a brighter color again. Yet some store-bought clarifying treatments can be expensive, not to mention harsh, sucking all the moisture out of locks, as well as stripping your hair color. So here’s a recipe for a simple, homemade clarifying shampoo that’s guaranteed to leave hair soft, supple, and moisturized, without negative effects on hair color.


  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1-2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)

Spoon baking soda into an empty water bottle or cup, then add water. (Note: Water must be warm, for baking soda to fully dissolve.) This mixture will not create suds or lather, but if you really feel the need for a foamy wash, you can add apple cider vinegar, too. Give the mixture a gentle stir and shake, if you’re using a water bottle, and it’s ready to use.

For best results, pour shampoo over wet hair and work through tresses and over scalp for a few minutes, leaving in for up to 15 minutes before rinsing. Your hair should feel softer, have more volume, and be nice and clean. This is an especially great cleanser for naturally kinky hair.

Have your own homemade beauty secrets? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Take care of yourselves,


5 thoughts on “Homemade Beauty 101: Make an Easy Clarifying Shampoo”

  • [...] cleanse the ends of starter locs, pour a bit of baking soda clarifier, apple cider rinse, witch hazel, or a mild shampoo (heavily diluted with water) into a spray bottle [...]

  • Jennifer Camling
    Jennifer Camling May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I'm surprised no one has commented on this! I tried this yesterday after not washing my hair for 2 days. I didn add the apple cider vinegar just the bakin soda dissolved in the warm water and it worked amazing! My hair was bouncy and clean and like you said super soft afterwords! I will be adding this to my hair care routine every few washes! ... Do you think if I did it every wash that would be bad for my hair?

  • Kiera

    This is fantastic

  • Ginny

    This sounds like something I wanna try. But do I wet my hair, apply this mixture, let it sit/gently massage into scalp and hair, the shampoo and condition as usual? Thanx.

  • nicole mckinney

    Just got done washing my hair with the baking soda and apple cider rinse and my hair is super soft and i love it.

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