Monday, 14 July 2014

Never Use Shampoo Again! Clarifying With Apple Cider Vinegar & Baking Soda

So as a girl with natural curly hair, I've been looking for a good way to clarify my hair for a while. Using oils can sometimes cause build-up in your hair and that can be difficult to get out of your hair without using a shampoo containing damaging sulfates.

After doing some research,  I found Baking Soda and Vinegar. The most commonly used vinegar is Apple Cider, but Distilled White Vinegar may also be used.

Won't using vinegar leave my hair smelling funny?
No, in my experience, once your hair is completely dry you shouldn't experience any smell. If you do, you could dilute the recipe more. I actually noticed my hair smelled really nice and clean

Won't vinegar dry out my hair?
No, this recipe is dilute enough to not harm the hair. My hair actually looked more moisturized and defined without any product in it whatsoever. Do this at night, not when you're planning to go in direct sunlight.

This rinse can take the place of expensive shampoos and work twice as well.

How does it work?
It reduces frizz by smoothing the cuticle of the hair shaft. This adds shine and manageability. It also adjusts the pH of your hair as it is mildly acidic, as is your hair; whilst normal hair products are alkaline, and also strip your hair of moisture CAUSING FRIZZ.

The Recipe:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda

- 2 teaspoons of vinegar ( distilled white if you are blond, or apple cider)
- 1 cup of warm water

* You can do them as separate steps or you can do as I did and mix them together in a bottle at one time and apply to the hair*

Thoroughly saturate the hair, and then just tie in a pineapple( a pony tail on the very top of your head) , leave it for 5-10 minutes. Using a shower cap will prevent the mixture from dripping all over you while you finish having your bath/shower.

Rinse out with warm water, and use conditioner on the mid-shaft / ends of your hair (from ear down) if necessary.

I would recommend doing this once every week or fortnight, depending on your hair regime.

Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used to:

  • Give Energy
  • Treat the skin 
  • Treat Warts
  • Whiten Teeth
  • Lose Weight

Happy Clarifying!


  1. Old school is solid for a reason. My grandmother used to clean with vinegar all the time and it is awesome AND all natural!

  2. Good stuff!!! I've heard this but never tried it!!!!! I'd love to see photos of your hair after!!!

  3. Wow, I had no idea that could be used for all of those things! I'll have to try it!

  4. I've seen this mixture before but always been scared to try it! I think i'm going to give it a sot though! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the idea of natural remedies and beauty as opposed to using chemical laden products. This sounds great!

  6. I have been hearing alot about this recipe and i am convinced i need to try it out

  7. I might have to give this a try! I already use apple cider vinegar as a toner for my face. I just keep a bottle right in my bathroom cabinet :)

  8. This sounds so lovely, I love how natural it is and NO chemicals! I have to give this a try on mine and the small boys hair :)

  9. Oh my gosh, I need to try this! So is it just do this once a week, no shampoo ever?

  10. My sister swears by this but I've been too chicken to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for sharing! This is awesome and love all natural recipes for everyday cleaning and hygiene!

  12. I love using vinegar on my hair, mom used to do it when I was little and it's always worked wonders!


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