BPGP: Apple Cider/Baking Soda Clarifying Shampoo
Jan 19, 2012
Recently, I noticed that my hair was looking a bit lifeless. Even when my style was fresh, I felt that my locks were weighed down. I switched shampoos, and that helped for a few days, but it didn’t last. I switched to a lighter conditioner, but it didn’t improve much. So, I did what any 21st century girl would do, I Googled it.
After some diligent searching, I noticed that one home remedy continued to pop up in my results. The authors said that the magical mixture would remove product and mineral buildup from the hair leaving it fuller and healthier. So I thought that I’d give this concoction a try, after all, I already owned all of the ingredients: apple cider vinegar, water and baking soda.
I applied the mixtures as instructed (details below), and the first day, things were not good. My hair was a bit dry and frizzy. I had more flyaways than O’Hare airport, and the more I brushed my hair, the worse it got.
But the second day, after a proper wash and condition, I couldn’t believe the difference. And for several days after, my hair looked wonderful, bouncier, fuller, held a curl better, etc. So when things started to look a bit bleak two weeks later, I used the mixture again and the same thing happened: dry the first day, gorgeous for 10+ days thereafter.
Now, some of you are probably thinking, “Belle, why not just buy a clarifying shampoo?” Because I had a bad experience using Neutrogena clarifying shampoo (my scalp broke out in hives), and I’ve never been brave enough to try another brand.
So if you’re looking for a clarifying treatment for your hair that you can do for very little money, at home, give this recipe a try. But word to the wise, it’s a bit messy, so use it before you give your shower its weekly cleaning.
Step One. Mix together 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of water. This is your pre shampoo rinse. You can combined the ingredients in a bowl, I just happened to have a empty ketchup squeeze bottle in my cupboard (I use it to hold olive oil for cooking.), so I used that. It worked perfectly. Set aside.
Step Two. Mix together equal parts baking soda and water to make a thick paste. I used 1/4 cup baking soda and a 1/4 cup water. I mixed these together in a Ziploc baggie for easy transport into the shower, and to avoid mess.
Step Three. Once your hair is wet, douse it with the apple cider rinse. Clip hair up, out of the way, and leave on for 3-5 minutes.
Step Four. Rinse thoroughly until the smell of vinegar is gone.
Step Five. Apply the paste to the hair working it from the roots to the ends. Comb through. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
Step Six. Rinse thoroughly.
Step Seven. Shampoo and condition as usual. As I mentioned above, your hair might be a little dry the first day. So it probably wouldn’t hurt to use a bit of leave in conditioner on the first day.