How to clarify?

Hi all...I (the one who thought it would be impossible to EVER have too much moisture because my hair was so damaged) am dealing with some combo of over-conditioned hair/build-up on my hair. I am mostly CG (I don't use any 'cones and NO sulfates, but use HCC once every 10 days or so because my hair seems to like that....)

Here is my question:
To clarify my hair, is a lemon rinse MUCH better than just using a clarifying shampoo (I have a whole bottle of Suave Daily Clarifying left from when I switched to CG)? Also, do I have to use fresh lemons or can I use the bottled juice?
Also, do you recommend a DT after clarifying to restock moisture, or does that counter-act any clarifying you just did?

Thanks!
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I'm sure others will chime in here, but it's my understanding that the clarifying process is for removing silicones and product buildup. If you are overconditioned, it would seem that the best course of action would be to just stop giving your hair heavy conditioners. When you apply your conditioner, rinse most out (maybe all, if you really feel there's excess in your hair), and don't use a leave-in. Curly hair just naturally tends to get dry, so it's probably just a matter of time before you'll start to see it lose moisture and look less weighed down by conditioner. I know we always want to resort to products to fix what's wrong with our hair, but really, I think the process is pretty simple: give it moisture and if that moisture starts to weigh it down, give it less until it normalizes.
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What jillipoo says is really nice, but not reality. If you're not able to afford products with none of the "evil" ingredients, or if you have hard water, clarifying is necessary.

Personally, for my hair, lemon aid rinse is EVIL. My hair just absolutely HATES it. I'd say get lemon juice w/ nothing added, but don't necessarily go through the trouble of finding lemons to juice if you can do that.

Have you considered an ACV rinse? I have horribly hard water, and it becomes a necessity for me! Well, it was, but now that I have a short cut I get my hair washed when I go to the salon, and that's enough clarifying for me...
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Here is my question:
To clarify my hair, is a lemon rinse MUCH better than just using a clarifying shampoo (I have a whole bottle of Suave Daily Clarifying left from when I switched to CG)? Also, do I have to use fresh lemons or can I use the bottled juice?
Also, do you recommend a DT after clarifying to restock moisture, or does that counter-act any clarifying you just did?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by younggrasshopper
I always do a DT after I clarify. I have yet to try the lemon rinse, but any of the curlies I've heard that speak of it seem to use the fresh lemons.

The Elucence line has a clarifying shampoo that I really like. I've never used Suave shampoos, but I'd be cautious to use anything that could be overly harsh. What I like about the Elucence C.S. is that my hair felt clean, but not stripped of all moisture.
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Thanks! I really appreciate it. Jillipoo- you comment made me start to wonder if I had some hidden cones somewhere because I would get buildup even on my straight hair (when I was using shampoo and I would have to use a harsher shampoo) so I am pretty sure that buildup is part of of the issue. Plus some of the fluff, non-clumpiness, frizz that seems to come with over conditioning.

But I DO have hard water! So I think that is it? My inner PJ wants to by the Elucence C.S. and I think I should order it today (discount !!) but am frightened that clicking anywhere near curlmart will blow my budget for the month

anyway...all the comments are appreciated. Thanks so much!!

hmm....
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If you have hard water, I'm SURE that's part of the problem! Just using ACV rinses does the job for me, if you want to try something inexpensive and easy to buy!
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Have you considered an ACV rinse? I have horribly hard water, and it becomes a necessity for me! Well, it was, but now that I have a short cut I get my hair washed when I go to the salon, and that's enough clarifying for me...
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- if you DT, then you will need to wait at least 4 days to color with that RC Color. And you should shampoo/cleanse again before coloring, and don't use conditioner or product afterwards (before coloring).

Sorry, I didn't answer the question directly. I don't clarify but I use a mild sulfate shampoo about once a week (hard water here too).

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If you have a Sally's near you, they have the knock off of Nexxus Aloe Rid. I love this shampoo to clarify - it's not harsh and my hair doesn't feel stripped afterwards and it would be cheaper for you than having to order online.
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THANKS! I will try the ACV rinse. Something about vinegar in my hair really really skeeves me out, but I guess I have to get over it.

MsGiblet- I will try that! I DO have a Sally's, but even more than that, I have your hair (only dark)! I have found that your recommendations for products and techniques have been the most helpful and work the best for my hair. And my curls seem to look a lot like yours from pics I have seen. And your clipping pictures are what finally caused me to turn a corner for getting consistently good volume

CurliLocks- oh coloring Guru, I appreciate your tips. I need to clarify now before I go crazy, but will do it again when I get the dye. I am soooooo excited. Can you tell I am suffering from hair boredom? Yay dark hair!!!!

Anyway, you all are wonderful. I love this site.
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