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DIY Clarifying Shampoo – Natural & Healthy

DIY Natural Hair tonic recipe - great for curly and dry hair, or for product buildup

A super simple recipe using Apple Cider Vinegar for making your own clarifying shampoo or hair tonic! This is especially good for curly, kinky and dry hair as clarifying shampoos on the market can be extremely drying and damaging to hair.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo/Hair Tonic Recipe - All Natural and Easy!

Why I Love Apple Cider Vinegar!

I like it so much I wrote an entire post just about it! Read it here. I also wrote about how I use it as a conditioner on the most popular post on my blog – DIY Baking Soda Shampoo and ACV Conditioner. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to restore the pH balance of hair, like conditioner does. My hair is so dry that I still need a super moisturizing conditioner, so ACV was not enough moisture for me.

ACV also has many health benefits, and is a wonderful way to restore the pH balance in your body. We can get acidic by eating processed foods, stress, lack of exercise, drinking soda and alcohol, etc. Just make sure you dilute it – 1 tsp to a cup of water or in juice to start!

Helps to remove product buildup

As a curly girl, I get major product buildup. My hair is so dry, that it takes a lot of gel and natural oils to moisturize my hair, even though I buy sulfate-free, natural, healthy shampoos and conditioners and wash only 1-2 times a week! My favorite ones are from InnerSense Organics – Hydrating Hair Bath Shampoo and Hydrating Cream Conditioner. I use my own recipe as hair oil, and then InnerSense Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer for hold and definition. I have found that with using the oil and texturizer, my hair would get super weighed down, dry, and start losing curl.

Then I remembered that Apple Cider Vinegar can be clarifying! So I have been using it for several weeks before I use the conditioner, after shampooing, and I’ve not been dealing with any product buildup at all! My hair has stayed soft, the curls are bouncy and happy. (And all the curly girls rejoiced!)

Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils as a Hair Tonic and Clarifying Shampoo

I promise it doesn’t make your hair stink!

I know, I know. You’re thinking EWWWWW! My hair is gonna smell like vinegar all day! Nope, it doesn’t. Believe me, I’ve been using ACV for years on my hair and I never smelled it and I have the nose of a mama wolf, so if there was a smell to be smelt, I’d smell it!


The Recipe

Makes 16 ounces.

  • 16 oz plastic or glass bottle
  • 3-4 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (I really like Bragg’s ACV)
  • 2 cups water
  • Optional – add essential oils to boost hair health and for added scent (since ACV doesn’t smell great!)
    • Lavender
    • Frankincense
    • Rosemary
    • Joy blend from Young Living (my fav – so feminine!)
  • Mix it up and pour over hair after shampooing. Rinse, and then condition if needed.

 DIY Natural Hair tonic recipe - great for curly and dry hair, or for product buildup

Essential Oils to Use

I only use Young Living essential oils – they are my fav! They are the highest quality and most effective oils I’ve ever used, and believe me, I’ve used a ton of other brands! They are good for waaaay more than making things smell nice or having healthy hair. We use them daily to support our immune systems, emotions, spiritual journey, concentration, focus, relaxation, and more! You can get them through me as a wholesale member or as a customer, here.

See all of my curly hair posts here!

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