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Lazy Girl DIY: Make Your Own Clarifying Shampoo

I present to you a new “segment” here on the blog, Lazy Girl DIY! I don’t know about you, but I always see DIY projects online, and they all look so cool. The thing is, some take so much time, and, well… I’m lazy! Yup, I’m a lazy DIY-er. So, while I want to do DIY posts here (my mom knows the COOLEST little tricks and I was quite the project-doer as a kid), I’m gonna make sure mine are simple to do, with stuff you can find easily; and most of all, doesn’t take up a lot of your time. Let’s begin…

DIY: How to Make Your Own Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo at the shops will set you back say… I don’t know, $15? Or worse if you go to Sephora, I saw one particular brand selling a clarifying shampoo for $40. Are they mad?! So here’s something you can do… make your own clarifying shampoo! Here’s how:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle with 1 part apple cider vinegar and 4 parts water.
  2. In the shower, after wetting your hair, spray it on your hair and rub it through. Let it sit there for a couple of minutes, and then rinse out. (Make sure it doesn’t drip to your face, and STEER CLEAR of your eyes).

… That’s it. Super easy right? Once you get all your stuff together, it’ll take you 30 seconds to do; talk about a fast DIY project! I recommend applying the clarifying shampoo once a week if you style and use a lot of product for your hair.

Have you tried this before? What do you think?

{ 16 comments… add one }

  • Michelle October 25, 2012, 12:22 am

    What a nice DIY. I want to try it sometime.

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:38 am

      Let me know if it works for you. :)

  • Claudia October 25, 2012, 1:17 am

    Hmm, actually I have no idea what clarifying shampoo is.. but I will look it up!

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:40 am

      Haha! It’s a shampoo that helps strip down all the stuff we might put in our hair: hairspray, creams, styling products, etc. Hair can get very “coated” of product and the shampoo helps to properly clean it!

  • CHAMA FASHION October 25, 2012, 7:52 am

    Havent tried it yet! Gonna make it soon and thanks :)

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:40 am

      You’re welcome! :)

  • Vivi October 25, 2012, 2:35 pm

    I love using this once a month but I try to put a few drops of essential oil to sort of kill the ACV smell (which smells like sweat, haha).

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:41 am

      Ooh, good tip, thanks! Hmm, I usually HATE the smell of… well, everything (:P) but ACV somehow doesn’t irritate me. Strange!

  • Beauty Box October 26, 2012, 12:23 am

    Genius….! The spray bottle is something I never thought of but makes things so much easier in the shower. I am an avid fan of using ACV as a clarifying shampoo but I would put pour that and water into a small bowl and tip it onto my scalp which is seriously not an easy thing to do if you want to spread it evenly and there’s a danger of the stuff getting into my eyes. Thanks for sharing this amazing little tip!

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:42 am

      No worries, I’m so glad to help :)

  • Katherine October 28, 2012, 10:33 am

    What a brilliant tip, Renee. My hair does feel a little limp and never really clean after shampooing cos I use hairspray, mousse for straightening, sometimes mousse for waves, mousse for volume, just about everything that will make my hair beg for a clarifying shampoo! Thanks so much!

    • Renee October 28, 2012, 11:42 am

      Thanks, Katherine. Yep, our hair can be crazy coated after all the products we put in it!

  • Minghui October 28, 2012, 11:56 am

    I always go through this regime when the chemicals from shampoos accumulate and clogs my very sensitive scalp! and yes, it always works! :)

  • Beauty Snippets November 23, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Thanks for this post. I have a bottle of ACV just sitting around the house unused so this would be a great start to use it up! And the spray bottle is genius.

  • Danielle February 2, 2013, 10:58 pm

    Hi! Do I have to shampoo my hair after using this DIY clarifying shampoo?

    I live in Singapore too, and have really greasy hair, so I shampoo twice or more a day, as long as i bathe I shampoo. So it usually is at 7am and 7pm.

    i use TBS ginger anti-dandruff shampoo, which seems to be the only shampoo that works to keep my hair grease-free.

    i don’t use styling products in my hair, I’m basically wash and towel dry, let air-dry and off I go.

    • Jocelyn April 27, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Hey Danielle,

      I’ve tried using this DIY shampoo on its own and using it followed by my regular shampoo + conditioning. The end result it gave is pretty much the same for me. As for your greasy hair woes, why not try dry shampoo? I always bring out Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray which I got from Sephora. It works great for me especially when I’m out and about in this scorching Singapore sun for the entire day. I hope this helps!

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