Environmental pollution, hard water, frequent use of shampoos and other hair styling gels, sprays, etc. often lead to chemical and product build-up on your scalp, which in turn, makes your hair dull and lifeless. Thus, you can use clarifying shampoos and hair clarifiers to get rid of this problem.
In addition, if you are fond of swimming but bothered about the chlorine in swimming pool water that gets in your hair, you can apply a homemade recipe for hair clarifier to remove chlorine and other minerals from your tresses.
Clarifying treatments are also beneficial for those who color their hair. However, as these hair clarifiers tend to strip away the moisture from your hair, it is advised to use these products every few weeks, or at most once a week.
Those who have dry, brittle, and chemically treated hair, in particular, should not use strong hair clarifiers frequently.
Homemade Clarifying Solutions For Hair
- • Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a little warm water in two tablespoons of a moisturizing shampoo and wash your hair with this mixture to remove chemicals and excess oils from your lustrous locks.
Finally, wash your hair with cold water or a combination of honey and apple cider vinegar to seal the cuticles and then apply conditioner. This is the easiest and most popular method for clarifying your hair.
- • Another recipe with baking soda involves mixing two tablespoons of baking soda and three drops of lemon juice in a quarter cup of shampoo and use this homemade clarifying shampoo once every four to six weeks.
- • Bentonite clay, being rich in magnesium, potassium and silica strengthens your hair, promotes hair growth, and works a great clarifier, especially for oily hair.
To prepare this hair clarifier, add a little warm water in half a cup of bentonite clay to make a thick paste like that of pancake batter.
You may also add apple cider vinegar, an essential oil, or a teaspoon of sea salt in it. Keep the mixture aside for a few hours.
Next, apply it on damp or dry hair, cover your hair with a plastic wrap (so that it does not dry) and wash it off after 25-20 minutes. Finally, follow up with a conditioner. You can use this recipe on curly hair as well.
Watch this video showing how to make a bentonite clay hair mask.
- • Rinsing your hair with a cup of distilled water mixed with two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar also helps clean your hair, adds shine, and restores the normal pH of your hair.
Make sure you apply this solution on damp hair and leave it in for about a minute or so. Plus, you need not shampoo afterwards; just wash your hair with cold water.
- • Put four to five tablespoons of dried thyme in a cup of water and boil the solution for 10-15 minutes. Strain and cool the liquid.
Then, use this solution on wet hair after shampooing as a final rinse. Apart from reducing product build-up, another benefit of using this herb is that it stimulates hair growth.