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Clarify Curly Hair Guide For CGM Beginners

After a period of diving into the curly world, buying products becomes an addiction for most girls.

Even if you find that products perfectly suit your curls, it won’t work well after a specific time. The good news is that you don’t need to look for new products, it’s just a signal to tell you that clarifying time for curly hair has come.

Most girls ignore curls clarifying and the rest of them don’t even know about it, which pushes them to jump from a hair routine to another, thinking that will solve their problem.

Clarifying curly hair is the most essential step in most routines like CGM, especially if you use sulfate-free shampoo.

What does clarifying curly hair mean?

Clarifying means washing your hair using specific products to remove all dirt, accumulate hair natural oils, and products build-up from the hair. Whether you co-wash your hair or shampoo it, if your products are sulfate-free (which is a harsh cleansing ingredient) you’ll face build-up.

Sulfate-free shampoos are effective in cleaning even though the substances in them are classified as gentle ingredients. However, clarifying curly hair requires deep cleansing ingredients to strip all the accumulated dirt, products, and natural hair oils effectively. 

Note: if you use products that contain sulfate in them, you probably won’t need to clarify your hair, as sulfate is an aggressive detergent.

How to clarify curly hair

A lot of clarifying ways you can find around the internet or may your friend advise you to use a specific one.

However, some of those recipes contain natural ingredients that could be useful at some points.

DIY ingredients for clarifying curly hair

But, some of them can be harmful and cause damage rather than fix your curly hair problems, so to ensure what to use, the scientific research is the only way to get an answer about how safe it is to use natural substances or even chemical ones to clarify curly hair. 

To be accurate, those natural ingredients are helpful sometimes, but won’t be effective like using a clarifying shampoo, and you may face some issues if you don’t use the right amount of each substance. 

Clarifying shampoo

The most effective way you can use to clarify curly hair is shampoos that are made for this purpose.

Usually, those shampoos contain sulfates, while it is perfectly doing its work in removing build-up and dirt from hair, but if you are a CGM person it won’t be allowed to use it.

Don’t worry, there are a lot of clarifying shampoos that don’t have sulfate, instead it containing other cleansing ingredients can be effective in removing build-up without causing dryness.

Apple cider vinegar

According to the Healthline, using ACV on the scalp is safe, and may have many benefits that can help in hair clarifying.

Apple cider vinegar will help to balance the PH level on the scalp, besides killing some kinds of bacteria or fungus, where apple cider vinegar is considered antimicrobial.

the most important point that ACV contains alpha-hydroxy acid which considered exfoliating the scalp.

clarify your hair with Apple cider vinegar

You need 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water and then mix them well.

  • shampoo or co-wash your hair.
  • rinse your hair well.
  • apply the mix on your hair, and massage your scalp by your fingertips for 2 minutes.
  • complete your routine as usual.

Lemon juice 

Like apple cider vinegar, lemon isn’t a clarifying ingredient, but it may have some benefits which will help in reducing oil and dandruff, but you have to be careful in using it to avoid its side effects.

After using lemon juice, make sure that you won’t have prolonged exposure to the sun, because that may cause dryness and hair damage. Here is a recipe from the curly girl handbook. 

clarify your hair with Lemon juice

you need 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of your conditioner, it’s better to be a Co-wash conditioner.

  • shampoo or co-wash your hair.
  • rinse your hair well.
  • apply the mix on your hair, and massage your scalp by your fingertips for 2 minutes.
  • Finally, complete your routine as usual.

baking soda 

A Lot of people use baking soda in clarifying the hair, Lorraine Massey mentioned it too in her book and talked about its role in removing product build-up.

On the other hand, there is some research about baking soda risks like cuticle damage and scalp irritation, so it’s up to you if you want to use it or not. Anyway here is Massey recipes if you want to try it:

  • Combine the baking soda and hot water, and stir to blend.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Put the soda water in a spray bottle and shake it.
  • Wet, condition, and blow-dry your curly hair as usual.
  • Spray or pour the soda water over your hair.
  • Leave it on your hair for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
  • Cleanse your hair and/or condition, then style it.

Things to do after clarify curly hair

Clarifying means to remove all the build-up and dirt on your scalp and it’s normal to remove the natural oil hair or moisture especially if you use sulfate shampoo.

The most important step here is to rehydrate your curls with a deep conditioner and putting on a hair mask that suits your hair type. 

If you notice that your curly hair is still dry despite using a deep treatment, you can try the squish to condish technique to revitalize your curls.

The best time to use deep treatments and hair masks are after clarifying because your scalp and your hair cuticle are clean and can absorb moisture and nourish well.

When do you need to clarify your hair?

Fortunately, there are signals which tell you that clarifying time has come, so if you can’t decide the right time to clarify, you can count on those symptoms:

  • Your hair feels greasy.
  • Your products don’t work as usual.
  • Your curls wight down and look limp and loose.
  • Itchy scalp.
  • Hair losing.
  • Your hair feels heavy and loses its volume.
  • There are flakes on your scalp.
  • Your curls look dull

How often should you clarify curly hair?

Once a month or one time every two months is usually enough. In other words, it depends whether you have a greasy scalp type or low hair porosity type that tends to products build-up.

Above that, girls who like to swim in pools or the sea need to clarify their curls more, to get rid of the side effects from chlorine or salt. Also, if you wash your hair with hard water you will be in the same club.

In general, you can know the right time of clarifying depending on the previous symptoms, but whatever happened you shouldn’t clarify your curly hair more than once a week.

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