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Should I Be Clarifying My Hair?

Are you experiencing oily roots by days end, hard to style hair, and hard to comb-through-hair, forcing you to wash your hair every day? It might be time to clarify your hair! The products you use, water you come in contact with, and chemicals from swimming pools can leave build up on your hair over time.

Why Do You Need to Clarify Your Hair?

Just like our skin, our hair needs to be exfoliated and stripped of the impurities and build up. Over time, all of the products you use on a daily basis – dry shampoo, texturizing spray, pomade, and even hair mask – build up at your roots, blocking the proper amount of moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and receiving the nutrients it needs to look, feel, and be healthy. By clarifying your hair, you will be removing these impurities and build up, making it easier to style and grow in length and thickness.

How Often Should I Clarify?

Your styling habits and hair texture will determine how often you should be clarifying your hair. If you use a lot of products, incorporate a clarifying shampoo into your hair routine on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you have dry or curly hair, you’ll want to limit using a clarifying shampoo to once a month, or once every 6-weeks. After you’ve washed your hair with a clarifying shampoo, you’ll want to follow up with a mild conditioner.

How to Clarify at Home

Luckily, clarifying at home is extremely easy whether you decide to use a store-bought product or DIY it. If you opt for store-bought clarifying shampoo, make sure it’s safe for your hair type, especially if you color it and follow the instructions on the back of the bottle!

Making your own clarifying shampoo at home is easier than 1, 2, 3!

- ¼ C liquid Castile soap or baby shampoo
- Stir in baking soda until the combined ingredients make a paste
- 5-6 drops of tea tree oil

How to use it:

Mix all 3 ingredients together and apply it to your hair, paying special attention to your scalp. Let the mixture sit for two minutes before washing out. Apply a mild conditioner to your ends.

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