how to clarify your hair naturally

Up north we have super hard water…my hair was constantly dry so I had to use a whack of conditioner to keep my hair shiny and soft. We’ve moved back into civilization and now have balanced city water that’s not too hard and not too soft but my hair doesn’t know what to do with itself. I was still using the same amount of conditioner that I normally used, plus the same styling products but now that I don’t have the hard water to strip my hair for me LOL, I need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup from styling products. I want my soft, fluffy hair back!

I don’t feel like running to the store tonight to buy a clarifying shampoo but I can’t handle having greasy roots tomorrow so I went online and found a natural alternative I can make at home that’s super simple!


– 1 tablespoon (more or less) of baking soda

– shampoo

how to

Just add a tablespoon or so of baking soda to your palm, add some shampoo, mix it up and apply to your hair. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, rinse and that’s it!

Hair should be naturally clarifyed from the baking soda. Word of caution though, apparently if you have colored hair especially with a semi dye, it might fade a bit.

Anyone else use clarifying shampoos once in a while? I’ve never had to use them, but as I was googling around it sounds like it’s something you should do weekly if you use styling products!

I ended up using about a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with shampoo, lathered up, massaged really well with my fingertips, rinsed and repeated again with another tablespoon of baking soda {just to be sure it worked} then applied a good moisturizing conditioner since the baking soda strips your hair. The results are nothing short of amazing! All the buildup I had at my roots from using mousse everyday is gone!! My hair is fluffy and soft and the shine is incredible!!

I think weekly this might be too harsh for my fine hair and I don’t want it to fade my color, so I’m going to do it twice a month. I love finding great natural alternatives that work this well!! If you try it, let me know how it works for you!

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Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since 2009, Amanda Robinson has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their homes without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about design, wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. In addition to Natural Mommie, Amanda is also the owner and designer behind Top Knot Style - a beautiful collection of handmade oversized luxury knitwear.

12 thoughts on “how to clarify your hair naturally

  1. Another good tip for clarifying hair is using apple cider vinegar! Fill up a glass with 1/3 of the apple cider vinegar and the rest with warm/hot water and after shampooing rinse the hair with this, leave it in and blot the hair dry of the excess moisture(blotting hair rather than rubbing will prevent breakage). Use a leave in conditioner if you prefer. Also alternate shampoo to prevent shampoo build up.

  2. Thank you for this post! I am always looking for natural ways to take care of my hair.

  3. I hadn’t thought to mix baking soda with my shampoo. I’m totally going to try that tonight. I have used Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother in it to clarify, though it doesn’t make my hair smell too good.

  4. My hairdresser has me using Suave clarifying shampoo periodically. She said it’s the same as the expensive ones and only costs 1.50.

  5. I actually went “no poo” about 6 months ago and my hair has never been healthier or more manageable. It takes a bit of time for the hair and scalp to adjust, but now I’m loving it! Now about once a week (sometimes a little more or a little less, depending what the weather is like and what I’ve been doing) I use about a tbsp or two of baking soda mixed with water — or, occasionally, a bit of natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai soap — how I would normally use shampoo. After rinsing it out I was using about 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with water as conditioner but I’ve found I prefer using the Dr. Bronner’s Conditioning Hair Rinse for both the smell and feel of my hair afterwards. Out of the shower I add a bit of Dr. Bronner’s Hair Creme to keep my hair smooth (I have curly hair), put my hair in my Norwex Hair Turban to dry for about 10 minutes, and then either blow dry or air dry the rest of the way. Voila, 100% natural hair from start to finish! I love the results and love that I don’t have to worry about my baby touching my hair and then putting her hands in her mouth (or putting my hair in her mouth, haha). I know I sound like a commercial for Dr. Bronner’s, but it is the only line of products I’ve found that is actually 100% chemical/preservative free. Love the stuff!

    1. Oh wow! I’ve heard of this before but have never been brave enough to try it! Sounds like you’ve got it down pat!

  6. Dont forget Suave does animal testing…Tresme and Whiterain are cheap alternatives that donot test on animals!

  7. I used baking soda for the first time a couple days ago…and it made my hair SO SOFT! I was so surprised! I will definitely so this a couple times a month from now on- it works, and its super cheap!

    1. Isn’t it fantastic! I’ve try “clarifying” shampoos in the past and they left my hair feeling so dry! I love this method. Glad it works for you too! :)

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