How to make a DIY clarifying shampoo at home.

Learn how to make a DIY clarifying shampoo at home that is good enough to cleanse the hair and scalp but is also mild enough to not completely strip your hair of its natural moisture

One may think it is difficult to make your own shampoo, but on the contrary, making your own shampoo is much easier than you might have imagined.

The three major ingredients that makeup shampoo are water, a surfactant, and a thickener, and the thickener is optional.

Clarifying shampoos are oftentimes thought to be too “stripping” or “harsh”, but the truth is that it is the badly made ones that do so.  The frequent deep cleansing of  your hair and scalp is vital to prevent product buildup, excess oils, and maintaining a healthy scalp.

This DIY clarifying shampoo is mild enough to be used as your regular shampoo. It has the perfect balance between cleansing but not stripping, and leaves hair soft, clean with moisture intact!

This DIY clarifying shampoo formula will produce a mild shampoo that gently cleans but doesn’t completely strip your hair of its natural oils.

For hair routines that contain a lot of heavy products like butters, gels, and oils, this DIY shampoo is a great cleanser to use for your hair.


Phase 1
  • 95g Distilled Water
  • 60g Lavender Hydrosol
  • 75g Decyl Glucoside
  • 45g Cocomidopropyl Betaine
  • 6g Glycerine
  • 1.5g Guar Gum
Phase 2
  • 3g D Panthenol [optional]
  • 3g Hydrolysed Wheat Protein [optional]
  • 3g Natural Preservative
Phase 3
  • 0.1g Citric Acid (a small sprinkle)
Phase 4
  • 1.5g Xanthan Gum
  • 6g Glycerine

Method for how to make a DIY clarifying shampoo at home.

  1. The first step to how to make a DIY clarifying shampoo at home is to measure out your water phase ingredients. The ingredients consist of: Water, Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerine, and Guar gum. Mix the glycerine with the guar gum before adding it to the water. Once evenly disperse, combine the rest of your phase one ingredients together and whisk thoroughly.
  2. To get added moisturizing properties, measure the phase two ingredients: D panthenol and hydrolyzed protein along with your preservative.
  3. Next, add the phase two ingredients to your shampoo base and mix thoroughly to ensure the ingredients are evenly combined.
  4. At this point, it is crucial to check and adjust your pH by using either pH strips or a meter. Add small amounts of citric acid, whisk thoroughly between additions until your pH reads between 5 and 6.
  5. To thicken your natural shampoo, measure out phase four ingredients: xanthan gum and glycerine. Like before, mix the gum into the glycerine and then pour into your shampoo, whisking thoroughly so that it thickens evenly. It takes approximately 24 hours before the shampoo reaches its final consistency.
  6. Store your natural shampoo in a dark-colored airless pump or squeeze bottle container to prolong its shelf life. The shampoo should last up to 6 months.

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