October 16, 2012

clarify those tresses

I only wash my hair a couple of times a week. When I started going longer between washes, it was kind of greasy but now it's just the right amount of grit. Someone told me about dry shampoo a couple of years ago and it's a lifesaver, especially after becoming a mom! I first started using Suave dry shampoo (and still do for a backup - it's so cheap!) but my favorite is Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo. I love it for my lots of fine hair. It creates a really great texture and solves the greasiness factor. However, after a few weeks of using it I was noticing the buildup of product, even after washing my hair. It was gross and my hair was really weighed down. I started looking up reviews of clarifying shampoo but then found a DIY rinse that I could do myself and, let me tell you! It really works! My regular shampoo works so much better after I did this to my hair too. The best part? It's all natural and you probably have all you need already in your pantry! I'm slowly trying to eliminate using products with SLS in it so I was happy to try this and have it work! This is going to be part of my bi-monthly beauty care routine.

All you need is baking soda, apple cider vinegar (preferable unfiltered, like Bragg) and water.
1 Tablespoon of baking soda
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups warm water (divided)

Dissolve baking soda in 1 cup of warm water. Pour over your scalp (not the ends of your hair) in the shower and scrub well (no need to rinse).

Combine 1 cup of warm water with the apple cider vinegar. Pour over your hair and rinse with cold water. Baking soda is alkaline and it can make your hair frizz but the apple cider vinegar is acidic so it closes the cuticle. I also followed it with a conditioner because I felt like my hair needed it. Do what you will. :)


  1. I can no longer use dry shampoo. I thought it was the bomb when I first started using it but I couldn't figure out why my hair felt so dry. I thought by not washing it every day and using the shampoo it would help with the dryness. I finally when to my hairdresser in tears and she informed me that the kind I was using had alcohol in it and it formed a build up just like you had. After I finally removed all the junk it got better. I still don't wash it everyday but I stay away from dry shampoo.

  2. I am totally going to try this! Thanks!

  3. I'm nervous about not washing my hair so often. My hair is fine and dark, so it tends to look greasy very quickly, plus I hate "dirty hair smell".

  4. Thanks for the clarifying rinse recipe. I often use a tablespoon of vinegar as a rinse and love how it makes my hair feel. I am glad to know dry shampoos are available. I found one on Vitacost.com and the ingredients are soda and cornstarch. I was a little concerned about the chemicals in the ultra product, so I think I will give the above a try and see how it works...
    Thanks again and love your blog!

  5. Thanks for sharing your clarifying rinse. I often use a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of warm water as a rinse and love how it makes my hair feel. I looked on Vitacost.com for dry shampoos and found one whose ingredients are soda and cornstarch. I think I will give this a try as I am concerned about the chemicals in the ultra dry shampoo.

    Love your blog!


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