Clarifying also known as Deep Cleansing keeps your hair thriving as it gives it (and your scalp) the clean slate it occasionally needs. Bear in mind though that Clarifying shampoos are milder than Chelating shampoos. If you are a regular swimmer or live in a hard water area, we recommend to use a Chelating Shampoo. That being said check out the questions to the title below.
Simply put Clarifying thoroughly removes build up from your hair over time. If left for too long, the build up creates a barrier on your strands and stops your hair and stops your hair from receiving essential moisture. Basically you should Clarify your hair because it give it a fresh start.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLARIFY?
We recommend that you clarify your hair every 4-6 weeks. The reason for this is, Clarifying not only removes build up but also natural oils which your hair needs to maintain its elasticity. It is also essential that you follow up with a Moisturising Deep Conditioner.
CO-WASH AS A CLARIFYER?
In terms if whether you can use your co-wash method to clarify….the short answer is no. This also goes for using a regular moisturising sulfate-free shampoo. These products/methods are perfect for gentle weekly cleanses instead. Some Clarifying products to use are: Clarifying Shampoos, Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, Bentonite Clay, Any shampoo containing ALS or SLS, African Black Soap.
AVOID BAKING SODA
Baking Soda also known as Sodium Bicarbonate is not advisable as a clarifying process. Even though it is popular, its grittiness can be damaging to textured hair. Also, it has a pH level of 9 (a high alkaline) which is similar to a mild relaxer. This will cause the hair to swell dramatically and weaken it overtime.
BUILD UP CAUSES
You can find build up occurs with hair products that contain the following:
- Non-water soluble silicones
- Mineral oil
- Natural butters
In addition, minerals found in hard water and chlorine from pools can contribute to build up in the hair.
SIGNS OF PRODUCT BUILD UP
Run through this checklist to determine whether your are experiencing product build up.
- Products you use have lost their effect.
- Your hair and scalp feel coated.
- Your Shampoo isn’t lathering as well.
- Experiencing hair breakage even though you’re keeping a good regimen.
- Hair feels limp with less movement.