Summer is here! And although it looks different than what we’d imagined, we still have to make sure we’re keeping our hair clean and healthy. Summer brings heat, and with that comes sweat, humidity and all the things that make wash day even more important – not only as a way to give your hair added nutrients, but to make sure it’s free of build up dirt and all the things that can hamper hair growth. Let’s break down all the natural ways to clarify your hair!
We know how the natural hair community feels about mainstream shampoo. They strip your hair of all moisture, leaving it dry and brittle – we’re not here for that! Because of this, some people choose to completely stay away from shampoo, but that’s not necessarily good as it can lead to buildup, which can weigh the hair down and in turn stump hair growth.
That’s why we’re all about clarifying! Clarifying is a staple part of every regimen. It’s the process of getting rid of product buildup on the scalp – this stops the hair from being weighed down, and leads to an overall healthy scalp and happy hair. These are a few of our favourite ways to clarify your hair – while keeping it moisturised and healthy.
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There are many natural ingredients that do a great job of giving your hair a deep clean, without stripping it of moisture and its natural oils.
You’ve probably heard all about the amazing properties of ACV. It’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties work as a great way to clean the scalp, as well as treat itchiness and dandruff. ACV rinses are great for high porosity hair that’s prone to frizz. This is because it fills in the gap in the cuticle and seals in that moisture, helping it to take to styling more effectively. ACV serves to close the cuticle, therefore it may not be the most effective ingredient for people with low porosity hair.
How to do an ACV rinse:
You can use this rinse as the cleanser in your wash day routine. Use it after your pre-poo and before your deep conditioner. YOU MUST DEEP CONDITION AFTER TO IMPART MOISTURE INTO THE HAIR!
Mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with some water – put it in an applicator bottle or a spray bottle for easy application to your scalp.
Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse it out.
Note: This is also great to use in between cleansing days when you feel your scalp has product buildup. You can use some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball, part your hair, and run the cotton ball over the parted sections on your scalp.
Clays are great for low porosity hair because they contain negatively charged ions, and low porosity hair has an excess of positive ions which make hair difficult to absorb moisture. The negative ions in clay neutralize the excess positive ions leaving hair static-free and soft.
Rhassoul clay is from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, due to its red hue, it’s also called red Moroccan clay (named for its reddish hue). It’s rich in minerals such as magnesium and potassium and is a natural detoxifier that draws out toxins. It also contains silica which makes hair shiny and deeply exfoliates it. Rhassoul clay strengthens your hair and makes it soft and manageable while also cleaning your scalp and eliminating buildup.
Rhassoul clay is a great alternative to shampoos on your wash day. It’s a great cleanser that can be applied in two different ways: as a rinse or as a deep conditioning cleanser.
Mix two generous tablespoons of rhassoul clay with aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, or water. The amount of liquid you add will depend on the consistency you want, although a thinner consistency will be easier to apply. If your hair is high porosity, opt for ACV or aloe vera juice as it will help you manage frizz. If your hair is low porosity, opt for aloe vera juice or rose water. If you are medium porosity, you can choose any of the options.
The amount of liquid you add will depend on the consistency you want, although a thinner consistency will be easier to apply.
Place the mixture into an applicator bottle and coat your hair in it. Let sit for 10-20 minutes and rinse out.
YOU MUST DEEP CONDITION AFTER TO IMPART MOISTURE INTO THE HAIR!
For deep conditioning cleanse, mix two tablespoons of rhassoul clay with your liquid of choice (AVC, aloe vera juice, or water), and add in ¾ cup of your favorite conditioner. This makes a great cleansing mask that also conditions and nourishes the hair. Apply and let it sit for 20–30 minutes and rinse out. You can follow up with your regular conditioning treatment.
This Ayurvedic herb is native to India and comes from a shrub plant that translates to “hair fruit.” It’s packed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which make it a fantastic cleanser for your scalp, as well as antioxidants and Vitamins A, C, D, and E, making it nourishing and moisturizing as well. Shikakai helps to prevent dandruff, and support healthy hair growth. In your wash day routine, use shikakai as a cleanser, in replacement of your clarifying shampoo. Irrespective of your hair’s porosity, you can use shikakai.
How to use shikakai as a cleanser:
Pre-poo your hair first
Mix some shikakai powder with water (you can pretty much eyeball it for how thick or light you want the mask, and how much of it you need to saturate your entire head of hair).
Use an applicator bottle for easy application, and massage into your scalp, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off.
YOU MUST DEEP CONDITION AFTER TO IMPART MOISTURE INTO THE HAIR!
African black soap comes from West Africa and is made from the ash of local plants such as plantain skins, palm oil, and cocoa powder. It’s a fantastic natural clarifier that can help to eliminate dirt, buildup, and debris. However, black soap can be quite drying because it gives hair a super deep clean so it needs to be incorporated with a number of moisturizing ingredients.
In our Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser, we added a number of other nourishing ingredients to make it balanced and perfect for weekly use. Hibiscus is a fantastic conditioner rich in amino acids and vitamin C that stimulates healthy hair growth. We’ve also incorporated dragon fruit which increases collagen production, and apple cider vinegar to restore your hair’s natural pH level.
For some our black soap is clarifying enough, for others, you may need deeper clarifying so try one of the options above on this upcoming wash day if you are experiencing some of the signs below!
Witch hazel is great for restoring nutrients into the hair and reducing irritation. It’s taken from the leaves and bark of the American witch hazel tree, and is an amazing ingredient that helps to soothe itchiness and irritation. It also fights bacteria. Note that witch hazel isn’t for clarifying your hair, it’s for your scalp, especially in between wash days or when you have protective styles. Clarifying your scalp is essential when your hair is in a long-term protective style such as braids, because product and dirt can build up on your scalp, clogging your pores and leading to itchiness and irritation.
For nourishing your scalp as a spritzer for added moisture in between wash days, use our Witch Hazel Scalp & Hair Nourishing Tea Rinse! We’ve just launched this product, and it’s packed with everything your hair needs. The rinse uses witch hazel, blue cornflower, and hops to soothe the scalp and protect it with their antifungal properties. There’s also cinnamon bark and fenugreek to promote hair growth, kava kava to stop hair loss, and Dead Sea salt to cleanse.
How to use our witch hazel tea rinse
After your hair is washed and dried, spray the rinse on your scalp (using it like a mist in a spray bottle) and make sure to massage it in. This can also be done a few nights during the week, and in between wash days. Plus it works great for all porosities!