While adding moisturizing, strengthening, and conditioning products to our hair care routine are important, there comes a time where we may need to strip. Yes, sometimes our hair simply needs to get naked and feel the breeze. If you color or highlight your hair, use weekly hair masques or deep conditions, or apply any type of styling products, then you need to clarify your hair to remove buildup. While there are tons of clarifying shampoos on the market, many naturalistas want a natural option to clarify their hair.
Here are 5 ways that you can naturally clarify your hair:
Baking soda and white vinegar. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of white vinegar and work it into your hair. After a few minutes, rinse it out.
Baking soda alone. You can also mix baking soda alone with water to remove residue without making the hair feel stripped. Just add one (1) tbsp. baking soda to 1.5 cups of warm water in a spray bottle, and saturate the hair and scalp. Massage for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Fair warning: There are some hair care professionals who do not support using baking soda on hair, especially long term.
Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar aka ACV diluted in water is a very common clarifier. Mix 2-3 oz of ACV with 4-5 oz of warm water in an applicator bottle or spray bottle. Saturate the hair and scalp, massage in, and then rinse. Don’t worry about the smell – it will fade away soon after you rinse it out. In this video, my girl Yolanda Renee shows you here ACV rinse recipe.
Bentonite clay. Bentonite clay possesses a negative charge which makes it an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, and is fairly easy to find online or in your favorite health food store. When mixing, just remember not to use anything metal due to the negative charges. In this video, I mix up a clay mask with equal parts bentonite clay and oil blend, but you can use water or aloe vera juice as well.
Rhassoul clay. Rhassoul is a mineral-rich, natural clay that has been used for centuries to enhance texture and volume, soften the hair and eliminate dandruff. It safely clarifies the hair and detoxifies the scalp.
With these options for naturally clarifying your hair, you can be on your way to removing buildup from products, butters and oils. Have you ever used any of these methods to clarify and detoxify your hair?