Homemade No Color Strip Cleansing Shampoo

"A former hairsylist turned me on to this secret for a cleansing shampoo for color-treated hair. Commercial cleansing shampoos are made to throughly cleanse your hair (ie remove all product build-up), but they also strip color. This homemade version helps to prevent stripping of color, but also throughly cleanses your hair. It is also much cheaper and can be made with products already in your home. I love it and use it once per week!"
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  • Mix Baking Soda and water in small plastic travel bottle.
  • Shake well.
  • Use as shampoo, massage through hair, and rinse throughly. Ideal to follow with conditioner.
  • NOTE: I recommend mixing it with a very small amount of your regular shampoo for more lather.

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  1. I love making DIY products but for some reason my hair isn't coming out clean. It smells like it is dirty and I feel oily. I have read so many comments that rave about it. Does anyone else have this problem or know how I can fix it?
  2. YESSSSSSSS. MY hair is hot. I use apple cider vinegar conditioner now too. my hair is fab!
  3. A few years ago I went to my hairstylist in a complete panic because my hair was turning a dull flakey grey in patches. She took one look at it and laughingly told me not to worry that it was just product build up. She said it could be easily fixed by making a paste of baking soda and watert and letting it sit for about 5 - 10 minutes then deep conditioning. I trustingly went home and did as she instructed and was amazed that the patches were all gone and my hair was back to its normal color. I don't know that I would do it on a weekly basis but it does get rid of all the gunk that regular shampoo doesn't.
  4. I have been using this method for years. It removes all of the residue from your hairsprays and styling products. I usually use this solution first and then wash with a mild baby shampoo. Sometimes if you have used alot of products in your hair you can smell an odor of ammonia as it washes out all of the junk you have used.
  5. Used this morning instead of shampoo.This was really great.I can't believe how simple and cheap this is!I was afraid this would leave my hair too dry,but since it doesn't lather like commercial shampoos it left the natural oils and my hair was really soft.It seemed to add body to my hair,too,which is a plus since I have really thin ,fine hair.I'm not ready to give up my volumizing mousse just yet but this will definitely help stretch it and I'll know what to use when I run out and don't have time to go to the store.I think next time I may add some essential oils .I like that this is all natural.


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