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Clarifying curly hair is as simple as switching out your regular shampoo you usually use for a clarifying shampoo. I’ve found this to be really helpful with the concoction of products I use in my 2C hair, and one of the top secrets to happy, healthy hair and scalp. So how exactly does this work, and when should you be using a clarifying shampoo?
A clarifying shampoo is a shampoo designed to rid the hair of build up and residue left behind from hair products.
Ideally, wavy, curly and coily girls should be using two shampoos:
First and foremost, you should only be using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month maximum. This is because clarifing shampoos are usually quite drying and harsh on your hair if used too frequently. Curly and coily hair tends to usually be on the drier side so it’s not meant to be your every wash day shampoo.
The best times to use a clarifying shampoo is when you have any heavy buildup or residue on your hair, find that your hair isn’t responding to your normal routine, or if you find your curls aren’t as bouncy and defined as usual.
1. (Optional) Start by pre-pooing your hair using a light oil or conditioner. This will help to protect your hair from over-drying.
2. Follow up with your clarifying shampoo, focusing on you scalp and massaging it firmly to remove any residue or buildup. You can also use a scalp brush to hel you with this.
3. Wait a few minutes and then rinse the shampoo out.
4. Follow up with a lightweight conditioner. This will help to restore any lost moisture to your hair.
Usually the shampoo will be called a ‘clarifying shampoo’ on the label. It could also be ‘purifying’ or ‘deep-cleansing.’ They will have ingredients such as:
These ingredients are surfectants, which are soap-like, stronger detergents than what’s found in an everyday shampoo.