How to make clarifying shampoo

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How to make clarifying shampoo
Strip chemicals from your hair. (Hair stylist image by Nina Hergarten from

After weeks, months or years of using products on your hair, including shampoo, conditioner and hairspray, an unwanted build-up can occur. This gunk can be removed with the use of a clarifying shampoo. These speciality shampoos may be found at department stores and hair salons, but they can be pricey. A simple clarifying shampoo can be made at home with a few readily available ingredients.

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp.baking soda
  • 3 drops lemon juice
  • Medium sized bowl
  • 59 ml (1/4 cup) shampoo
  • Plastic bottle

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  1. 1

    Pour two tbsp baking soda and three drops of lemon juice into a medium sized bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 59 ml (1/4 cup) shampoo. Choose a shampoo that is mild, which contains no dyes or perfumes.

  3. 3

    Stir the mixture until all of the ingredients are well incorporated and pour the clarifying shampoo into a plastic bottle, such as an old shampoo bottle.

  4. 4

    Wet your hair and work in the clarifying shampoo.

  5. 5

    Rinse the shampoo from your hair. Use the clarifying shampoo in place of your regular shampoo once every four to six weeks.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a favourite essential oil, such as peppermint or lavender, in place of the lemon juice.

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