How did your week go? Great, I hope.
I have been getting questions about clarifying the hair and today I am going to address the topic.
First of all, we clarify the scalp to remove dirt and build up of dead skin cells. You can simply call it exfoliating the scalp. This process strips the hair naked because it removes build up. As naturalistas, we apply a lot of products on our hair and regular washing alone doesn’t get rid of them all. Butters, gels, deep conditioners, even moisturizing conditioners and some shampoos leave residue and getting rid of them is extremely important. Even washing your hair with hard water and swimming can add deposits to your hair.
I would be talking about my personal favourite clarifier; bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a mineral-rich, natural clay that has been used for centuries to enhance texture and volume, soften the hair and eliminate dandruff. It also safely clarifies the hair and scalp as well as detoxifies them. Awesome stuff, right?
The frequency of clarifying your hair differs because different people use different products. I usually say at least once a month if you use mostly natural or organic products(or if you are as lazy as me) but more if you use a lot of products especially when they are not natural or organic. Twice a month is ideal though, don’t be a lazy naturalista like me.
For those of us with coloured hair, clarifying before colouring or enhancing the colour (with natural dyes; I use henna) is important as it will help the colour deposit properly. You should also make sure not to clarify after as the colour might be ruined.
–Bentonite Clay(1/2 cup)
-Plastic bowl/Glass bowl/Wooden Bowl
-1 tablespoon of a carrier oil (I use coconut oil. The oil will help the clay wash off easily)
-5-10 drops of an essential oil (I use tea tree oil or peppermint oil)
–Apple Cider Vinegar (About 6 Tablespoons)
-Do not allow the clay come in contact with metal, use only plastic and wooden utensils.
-Keep a spray bottle nearby to spritz and keep the hair continually damp.
-Don’t let the clay dry on your hair because washing it out will be a chore.
-Wash it off in a place that can be easily washed after because washing the clay out can be messy.
-You can also use the clay as a face mask if you have any clay remaining.
Everything you need can be gotten from the shop section of this website *winks* I have put links to everything so all you have to do is click on the highlighted words and you would be redirected to the shop.
Have you ever clarified your scalp? What did you use? What were the results? Please, let’s continue the conversation in the comment section and don’t forget to subscribe to get more awesome posts biweekly. Thank you.
Have a fab weekend…… Keep slaying