When you clarify your hair regularly, you help remove leftover residue that can accumulate over time. Many hair products, along with other things like salts and minerals from hard water, can leave behind debris that can interfere with normal hair behavior. You can buy shampoos that eliminate the gunk but why spend money when you probably have what you need on hand already?
If you frequently use products on your hair (even shampoos and conditioners count) or live in an area with water that's leaving behind traces of debris, you are probably overdue for a treatment.
So, how can you tell when it’s time to clarify? Your hair gives you many clues as to the condition of your hair. You just have to know what to look for.
How to Know When It’s Time to Clarify Your Hair?
Your hair won’t behave normally nor hold style. For example, you roll it and the curls fall out.
Your hair color doesn’t come out the right color.
Your hair tangles and snarls more often.
Your hair becomes dull and lifeless.
Your hair feels sticky to the touch.
Your hair is no longer soft.
Your styling products no longer work effectively.
If you are experiencing one of more of these symptoms, it’s probably time to clarify your hair. It doesn’t take a lot of effort – so you can spend more time doing other pressing things in your life. Your hair will be shinier and softer - and way easier to style - once you’ve removed the product build up.
5 Simple Ways to Clarify Your Hair
Baking soda is so useful to have on hand.
Combine and mix well:
2 Tablespoons of shampoo (whatever you have on hand)
1 Tablespoon baking soda
Wet your hair thoroughly and apply the shampoo mixture to your roots. Work the shampoo mixture into your hair - making sure to get every strand - and allow the mixture to stay in your hair for an additional 3-4 minutes. Rinse well.
Vodka is a great clarifier. (You can get away with using the cheaper stuff for your hair.)
Add 2 Tablespoons of vodka into your bottle of shampoo. (10 FL ounces)
Shampoo your hair as normal, then condition well. Use regularly to keep minerals and product build up off your hair and scalp.
Some dried herbs like rosemary and thyme are good cleansers. They also nourish roots and encourage hair growth.
To use them, combine 4 Tablespoons of thyme or rosemary into 10 ounces of purified water. (or use 2 Tablespoons of each.)
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the herbs and set the herb water aside in the shower. Then shampoo as usual.
Squeeze out the excess water in your hair and use the herb water as a final rinse after shampooing.
Condition as normal.
Tea tree oil has long been known to help clarify your hair.
Bentonite clay is rich in magnesium, silica, and potassium and is also a good way to remove gunk.
Measure out 1/2 Cup of bentonite clay. Drizzle warm water and combine to make a thick paste, similar to cake batter.
*Optional - Add a drop of two of your favorite essential oil.
(Instead of water, you can use apple cider vinegar or coconut milk.)
Allow the mixture to sit for half hour.
Apply the clay mixture to damp hair and cover your hair in a plastic cap or bag. Wrap a towel around the cap to hold the heat. After 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
Acid Rinses That Help Restore Hair pH
Sometimes when you clarify your hair, it is recommended to follow up with an acid rinse to restore the pH of the hair. After shampooing, pour the acid rinse over your hair – working it in from roots to tips. Allow it to stay on your hair for a few minutes, then rinse again thoroughly. Apply conditioner liberally in all cases.
For darker hair colors, combine 16 ounces of water combined with 2 – 4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
For bleached or light colored hair, squeeze the juice from one lemon into 2 – 4 Cups of water.
Aloe vera juice can also be used. Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe juice into 2 cups of water and use as a final rinse.
Use a black tea rinse dark hair colors or for ethnic hair.
Nobody likes hair that won't cooperate on demand, which is the beauty of removing the stuff that gets left behind. Isn't it time you clarify your hair?