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Do’s and don’ts of hair clarifying


Oil, serums and masks are necessary for the health and vibrancy of your hair, but if you never strip them away with hair clarifying product, and start fresh, you’ll end up layering these products over the residue rather than conditioning agents being allowed to penetrate the strands.

Hair Clarifying shampoos deeply cleanse the hair and scalp by removing stubborn dirt, oil and product build-up, so incorporating this into your routine helps to strengthen your roots and promote growth and also reduce flaking and the build-up of dead skin cells. 

To help you maintain a healthy main, hair care expert Nicole Petty at Milk + Blush has put together a guide on the do’s and don’ts of hair clarifying.

Use a Hair clarifying cleanser

Essentially, clarifying shampoos are a more powerful version of regular shampoo – meaning they’re strong enough to rid hair of all sorts of dirt, grime, and product build-up from styling.

Clarifying shampoo has the added benefit of adding additional volume for those with thin hair as well as restoring its natural PH balance

To get the best results, make sure you apply multiple treatments, making sure you rinse very well in between each application. To guarantee that any volume isn’t lost in the hair, follow up with a deep conditioning treatment to restore your hair’s natural bounce and shine.

Explore natural options 

Natural remedies are the perfect alternative for those with sensitive skin or reacts to traditional shampoos.

It’s vital for anyone with pre-existing skin conditions like psoriasis, dandruff, or are prone to rashes and bad reactions to check the label. Always be on the lookout for clarifying shampoos with salicylic or glycolic acid as these compounds help to naturally exfoliate and soothe sensitive skin. 

For example, adding a touch of apple cider vinegar to a soak helps to shift stubborn products because of its acidity, but not enough to damage the hair.

Other options like micellular water or baking soda are also extremely good at lifting grease and other leftover product from your hair.

Knowing when is the right time

There isn’t actually a set schedule for clarifying your hair but, the general rule is once a week if you typically incorporate a lot of products into your daily routine.

One thing that does affect your hair drastically is hard or salt water that causes mineral deposits to form over time. For this, apply chelating shampoos, as these are specifically designed to remove stubborn water minerals and chemicals from your strands.

Overuse of products or mineral build-up can also skew your PH balance – meaning you’re hairs strength, resilience and growth could be effected dramatically. Chelating helps to restore this balance to its ideal level.

Another tell-tale sign that your hair could do with a deep-clean is when you’re everyday products no longer work as well, you feel as if you’re wrestling with your hair more to get the style you want, or it feels heavy and greasy.

The risks of hair clarifying 

A deep clean is needed every now and again, but like everything, moderation is key.

Not only does over-clarifying your hair strip it of its natural oils, but it also leaves your hair feeling dry, brittle, and more prone to fizziness.

You should be especially cautious with clarifying if you have naturally curly hair – which is more susceptible to drying. Many chelating and clarifying shampoos contain high amounts of surfactants and sulphates that weaken strands, so always read the label and look for more-natural, less-aggressive alternatives.

Hair Clarifying can also have adverse effects on those with coloured or dyed hair. So if you have recently dyed your hair, leave it for at least five days before you use a clarifying shampoo. Otherwise, it can strip the colour of your hair, if done too early.

Written by Nicole Petty, Hair Care expert at Milk + Blush

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