How to make homemade dandruff shampoo & Baking Soda hair clarifier with Apple Cider Vinegar rinse


  • As a powerful hair clarifier. Clarification refers to dissolving chemical buildup on the hair (even the scalp and skin). This build up comes from various sources that include styling products, hard water calcification and chlorinated swimming pools
  • For immediate and lasting control of dandruff
  • To help prevent split ends
  • To save money spent on expensive commercial clarifiers
  • For non-toxic, antiseptic and antifungal hair shampoo whose contact with the rest of the body is safe
      Part 1 - Clarification
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda (aka Bicarbonate of soda, Sodium Bicarbonate)
  • a carrier (EITHER 1/3 tbsp water  OR  3 tbsp mild conditioner. Commercial conditioners should not contain silicones, phosphates or other chemicals like dimethicone, cyclomethicone, or amodimethicone and any conditioning polymers like guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride and Polyquaternium 7 and 10. Avoiding products with these chemicals is important since the purpose of clarification is to remove build up towards which they may contribute. If unsure, water is a good option.
  • 1 toothbrush (optional for persons who wash their hair with fixed hairstyles like braids)
  • a spoon (optional for mixing ingredients)
  • a small bowl
Part 2 - Rinse
NB: If you adjust the quantities for longer or thicker hair, maintain the ratio between the baking soda and its carrier and the ratio between the Apple Cider Vinegar and water.

  1. Mix only the clarification ingredients in the bowl
  2. In a separate basin, mix only the ingredients of the rinse
  3. Wet your hair with only water
  4. Apply the clarification ingredients to the scalp and massage the mixture into your scalp with your fingers and or a toothbrush
  5. Run your fingers through the length of your hair to ensure that the mixture reaches the ends.
  6. Rinse your hair with warm water
  7. Immediately afterwards, rinse thoroughly with the Apple Cider Vinegar.
  8. Do not rinse out the Apple Cider Vinegar. (Do not worry about the smell because it will dissipate within a few minutes).
  9. Style your hair as usual.
  10. The potency of clarification treatments is greater than that of your regular shampoo. In that case, clarifying more frequently than once each week may be excessive for most people. Use this recipe only when you develop problems with dandruff and or build up.

  • I had never before experienced such a thorough slipping away of build up from my hair. It literally broke down and slipped away.
  • Before trying this some years ago, my dandruff was very bad to the extent that I had been scratching my scalp until it was sore. Normally, commercial shampoos for dandruff required me to repeat the treatment. However, with this treatment, my scalp was very clean and stopped itching without my needing to seek further dandruff control.
  • Before the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (ie just after rinsing the clarifier with water alone), my hair felt very dry and rough. However, after the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, it automatically felt soft again. Some experts suggest that, because of the alkalinity of Baking soda (which opens up the cuticle), it is necessary to rebalance the pH of your hair with the acidity of Apple Cider Vinegar. Beware that if you do not, your hair will feel hard and dry and look frizzy.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the very clear instructions.This method is really the best.I recommend it to everyone out there.