Why You Need to Be Clarifying Your Hair (and How to Do It)

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A few weeks ago, I hadn’t the slightest idea what “clarifying” your hair even meant. TAbout 15 minutes into my research, though, I had thrown on real pants, grabbed my purse, and was in my car headed to Target.

What is hair clarifying?

Just like our skin, our scalp and hair need to be deep cleaned every so often. Clarifying is the process of stripping away product buildup with either purifying shampoos purchased in store or through a variety of DIY home remedies. The result is hair that is less weighed down and easier to style, and healthy hair follicles on the scalp mean an increase in hair growth and thickness.

Who needs to clarify?

Well, in short, everyone. People with color-treated hair, especially blondes and those with bright unnatural colors, need to be careful with the products they choose though. DIY processes with natural ingredients are probably best for heavily color-treated hair to keep your bright colors from fading.

If you style your hair using mousse, hairspray, or gel, those products contain silicones that the surfactants (cleaning agents) in your regular shampoo are not going to remove alone. Oil, serums, and masks are necessary for the health and vibrancy of your hair, but if you never strip them away and start fresh, you’ll end up layering these products over their residue rather than these conditioning agents being allowed to penetrate the strands.

The Sea Salt Scrub

  • ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 4 tbsp of coarse sea salt

Combine all ingredients and work into wet hair, paying special attention to your scalp. Let sit for one minute before rinsing clean and applying conditioner to your ends.

The Classic Clarify

  • ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap or baby shampoo
  • Stir in enough baking soda to create a paste
  • 5-6 drops of tea tree oil

Follow the same application instructions as above.


Read more: http://theeverygirl.com/how-to-clarify-your-hair/

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