Clarifying why you should clarify

by Jaclyn Serchuk
Clarifying why you should clarify

Clarifying Why You Should Clarify

4 Reasons Why You Need to Clarify Your Hair

We all get sucked into styling products, because, let's face it, at the end of the day we all want perfect looking hair. What’s worse, is if our hair isn’t cooperating with us, we automatically write off the styling products we did use!

But what if I told you, it could just be that you need to clarify?

So, hold up. What is clarifying? Clarifying means using a product to get all the build up off your hair strands and follicles. Believe it or not, doing this can breathe new life into your hair. Here are 4 reasons why you need to take clarifying seriously.

1. Clean hair is happy hair

Butters, oils, and other ingredients such as silicones (if you don’t follow the curly girl method) leave a residue on your hair. This residue can prevent moisture and protein from entering your hair strands, which in turn leaves your hair looking dull. The build up can also clog your hair follicles, making it hard for new hair growth to flourish.

Some people just write off any products containing these ingredients, but sometimes it’s not so easy. And, using butters and oils can benefit your hair as well. The easiest solution? Clarify. Clarifying your hair once a week can get rid of all the build up that co-washing just can’t handle. The good news, there are lots of ways to clarify your hair without using sulfate based shampoos.

2. Hard water

Sometimes shower water can be a culprit of damage to our beautiful hair strands. Hard water can actually make your hair look dull and tangle easily. Why? Because it causes your hair scales to stand up on edge instead of lie flat. If you live or visit an area with very hard water, it can also cause mineral deposit (like from calcium salts) to build up.

Of course, one way to help with the hard water problem (if you have it) is to get a hard water filter. You can also limit the number of times you expose your hair to the water (though easier said than done, depending on your hair type). Finally, there’s clarifying (cue angels singing). Yes, it’s true you will need water to rinse out the clarifying product, but it will get rid of that weeks worth of build up. You can also try dry shampoos to tackle this problem. 

3. As a hair rebirth

This kind of relates to reason #1. You can’t really style your hair properly or truly know if a new product will work for you unless you clean your hair. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? It’s like when you go shopping and want to dry on a dress, but don’t really want to take your jeans off either, so you wind up kind of knowing what the dress will look like, but also, it would be a lot easier to know for sure how the dress would look if you had just cleared your body of all the other clothes you were wearing. Moral of the story: if you’re trying to start over with your routine, or maybe if you’re just switching to the curly girl method, you’ll need to clarify before getting into it.

4. Color treated hair

If you are preparing to color your hair, clarifying a day or two beforehand can help your hair properly soak in all the color. Otherwise, the color could wind up sitting on stop of all the build up we mentioned previously, either from products or hard water.

If you have bleached-blonde hair, clarifying once or twice a week can keep your hair looking fresh. Bleaching your hair makes your hair very porous, allowing yellow tones from your everyday environment to get in and make your hair look brassy (think air pollution, cigarette smoke, or even from product). 

So, what do we use to clarify? We use the My Soigne Hair Cleanser. It is sulfate free, so don't expect a lather, but with ingredients like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, turmeric, and peppermint oil, your scalp and hair will get nice and clean!

Do you clarify? If so, how often and what is your favorite clarifying product? Tell me in the comments!

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  • PiaNov 07, 2019

    Love this post on clarifying! It was very informative and relevant especially since the weather is changing and I tend to use heavier products. I enjoy using diluted ACV before washing my hair and letting it sit on my scalp and hair for 15-20 minutes. It’s worked wonders for me! I’ll have to try your shampoo in the future!

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