By KitchenCraftsnMore on January 24, 2003
Photo by gailanng
Photo by gailanng
"Does your hair feel limp and lifeless? Try this easy hair clarifier to remove some of the build-up."
Serving Size: 1 (16 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Yes! A seasoned hairdresser told me about that. She warned not to leave it on for more than 4 minutes. Rinse well and follow with a final rinse of 1 cup or so of water mixed with a dash of vinegar, to correct the acid balance. I had just done that and was shopping when an elderly gent approached me and said "There is a lady with beautiful shiny hair. We never see that anymore.""
"My hairdresser just told me that I need to get rid of the build-up on my hair and suggested a pricey shampoo from her salon. Instead I came home and tried your recipe. I mixed the baking soda with the shampoo and started working it into my hair. I could tell something was happening because it smelled different from my shampoo - almost like the smell of perm solution. The lather felt like shaving cream -- very rich. After rinsing, my hair has returned to its normal soft state that I hadn't had in months, and it was easy to style again. Thanks for the great, affordable home beauty treatment!"
"Yes Boogaloogle This Really works good,I have been using baking soda for years now,my hair holds hair spray real bad when I try to wash it out,so I use baking soda and it just kind of melts that hair spray right of my hair.This is a real good recipe. Darlene Summers "
"I tried this and I loved it. I could tell that all the hair styling junk I put in my hair was just melting away. I will now keep a box of baking soda in my bathroom. My hair thanks you!"
"i recently dyed my hair a lovely greenish orange (by mistake of course). i remembered this recipe and drenched my hair in dish soap and baking soda for 15 minutes, then i rinsed it and watched most of the orange go down the drain. after rinsing, i used mayonaise to condition. i still had to go to the hairdresser and get a professional dye but this helped alot! i have learned my lesson, thanks for a very helpful recipe!"
"I tossed my semi expensive but worthless hair clarifing shampoos. They never did what this has done for my hair. I also added a final rinse of apple cider vinegar too. TIP: I also used to use the hair shine products to bring out my highlights, I now use just a bit of olive oil to add shine to my dried styled hair ( not on the scalp - will flatten the hair). Thank you for sharing this great idea !"
"This recipe will work to clarify your hair but it also is very aggressive, will strip haircolor, make your hair dry and your scalp very dry. Make sure to rehydrate your scalp by massaging conditioner into your scalp after."
"I found this helpful recipe accidentally and will be forever grateful.
wow. I have extremely fine, problem hair. I have spent a small fortune
over the years and have never had the results that this simple recipe
warning, if your have colored your hair, it may strip out.
bless whoever posted this."
"AAA+! Amazing! Awesome! My hair is thick, coarse and curly. I've always had problems with buildup and have found some products that help but nothing like this! I feel like I have normal hair now! My husband even mentioned how nice my hair looked today and I didn't even really fix it. He said it looked ALL BOUNCY. Feels great, too. I followed directions and also added the cup of water/tablespoon of vinegar mix afterwards and before conditioning. I think that step would have been easier in the sink though. Thank you so much for this--I will be using it again!"
"Whoa. I'd shampooed my hair without conditioning it to see the results of this clarifier. Well, after my shower, I gathered my hair to clip it up to avoid dripping water on the bathroom floor... and it squeaked. My hair squeaked. It also felt "squeaky clean" even though I was using a very light touch to gather my hair. That was interesting indeed... can't get much cleaner than that without stripping the hair. UPDATE: Now that it's dry, it has an incredible natural shine and has more lift than I usually get with my thick head of long hair. UPDATE: Over 24 hours later and I can't stop running my fingers through my hair. My hair strands are very thick, and yet my hair is now downy soft to the touch even though I omitted conditioning and rinse to test this clarifier."
"I hate to give a poor rating, but decided it was the only thing to do. I tried this recipe with the added step of rinsing with a vinegar/water solution and it made my hair so dry (I have long oily hair) I thought it was all going to break off my head in splinters. I did have that squeaky clean feeling, but it just felt like it was *too* squeaky. Maybe I don't use enough product on my hair for it to need a clean this deep, but this rinse is definitely not for me. It took several washes with deep conditioning for my hair to return to something like normal. Thanks for posting, though, and I'm glad it has worked so well for so many other people!"
"THIS IS WONDERFUL!!! I have long hair and have always used a variety of very expensive hair products. This made my hair super shiny and silky much better than all my expensive conditioners. I am not wearing my hair up in a ponytail today, instead I am enjoying how healthy my hair feels. I will be using this recipe at least once a week. I used the vinegar wash too. I can't thank you enough for this posting."
"I am so glad I didn't fall for my stylists sales ploy and buy that expensive (and tiny) bottle of hair clarifier. This works great and costs pennies! After rinsing the shampoo/soda mixture I also rinsed with vinegar water and then conditioned as normal. My hair feels great!"
"My hair looks and feels so much better after using this. I kept it on for about 5mins and now I feel as if I have got my own hair back - all the product buildup had really changed the texture. This is great, will use it all the time."
"This is the best! I mix it in one of those tiny gladware containers and keep it in my shower since I find it makes enough for 3 shampoos. It's particularly good for rescuing a shampoo that normally leaves an icky residue or isn't coating/cleaning your hair properly."
"Works better and is way cheaper than any "hair clarifying" shampoo out there, in my experience. You definitely should use twice the amount of shampoo to baking soda to be most effective though. Do not leave in more than 4 minutes tops. After the baking soda mix and before conditioner, the one tablespoon of vinegar mixed with a cup of water helps to restore the acid balance and smoothness. May want to heed the warnings for those with colored or highlighted hair also. I've been using this extremely simple recipe for years, and haven't found anything more effective or satisfying."
"wonderful. i'm bleached blond and it did not strip the toner out (which i was kind of expecting after reading another review). my hair looks and feels great today. thanks!"
"I have terrible water pressure therefore I have equally terrible built-up gunk in my hair. This recipe took all of it out, leaving my hair shiny and gorgeous. But as one reviewer pointed out earlier, it does take any dye right out of your hair. :( One more thing--mix it ahead of time in a bowl, when in the shower, just spoon it from the bowl into your hand. Simple!"
"10 stars!!!! That's is how I would rate this. I really was skeptical as I am African American and I just didn't know how this was going to work, but I decided to take a chance and WOW I am so glad I did. My hair is soft and shiny and the body is great. I am going to pass this on to all my friends and family. Thank-you so much for this great, inexpensive clarifier."