NATURAL RECIPES FOR CLARIFYING (CG)

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The first two are taken from the CG book:

LEMON AID

'More clarifying and cleansing than any shampoo, this moisturizing and neutralizing tonic adds shine to your hair and removes buildup. It's especially good for very dry or damaged hair.'

Combine juice of 1 large lemon* with your usual amount of conditioner, then rinse through hair thoroughly.'

NOTE: A lot of people find 1/2 a lemon is enough as for some this can be drying. Also, for best results it should be thoroughly rinsed out with cool water and followed by regular conditioning.

*Lime and even grapefruit juice may be used.



WATTACURL WANTS (Baking soda rinse)

'The baking soda will remove heavy product buildup and leave your hair feeling shiny and clean.'

1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 C. warm water


Combine above ingredients in a plastic applicator bottle and shake or mix well in a plastic cup, pour through thoroughly water rinsed hair (or after a CO wash), allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off first with lukewarm water then cool, condition and style as usual.

NOTE: I've taken the liberty of modifying instructions for this one because I've noticed many, many times that people were not getting the desired effect by doing it the way it's explained in the book. This is an alkaline rinse so if not followed by conditioning the hair will feel "rough".



ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) RINSE:

This is an acid rinse similar to the "Lemon Aid" but also very helpful when dandruff or oily scalp buildup are a problem; it's also helpful to remove light mineral buildup from water.

1-2 Tbsp. ACV
1 C. warm water


Combine preferably in a plastic applicator bottle, apply as above, if buildup is heavy leave on longer before rinsing and/or repeat.

NOTE: If your hair is longer than shoulder length and/or thick you may have to double the recipe. Those with very hard water may also need to increase amount of ACV. Instead of plain water you may want to try an herbal infusion (such as chamomile or rosemary) for added benefit to the hair.
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2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
The first two are taken from the CG book:

LEMON AID

'More clarifying and cleansing than any shampoo, this moisturizing and neutralizing tonic adds shine to your hair and removes buildup. It's especially good for very dry or damaged hair.'

Combine juice of 1 large lemon* with your usual amount of conditioner, then rinse through hair thoroughly.'

NOTE: A lot of people find 1/2 a lemon is enough as for some this can be drying. Also, for best results it should be thoroughly rinsed out with cool water and followed by regular conditioning.

*Lime and even grapefruit juice may be used.



WATTACURL WANTS (Baking soda rinse)

'The baking soda will remove heavy product buildup and leave your hair feeling shiny and clean.'

1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 C. warm water


Combine above ingredients in a plastic applicator bottle and shake or mix well in a plastic cup, pour through thoroughly water rinsed hair (or after a CO wash), allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off first with lukewarm water then cool, condition and style as usual.

NOTE: I've taken the liberty of modifying instructions for this one because I've noticed many, many times that people were not getting the desired effect by doing it the way it's explained in the book. This is an alkaline rinse so if not followed by conditioning the hair will feel "rough".



ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) RINSE:

This is an acid rinse similar to the "Lemon Aid" but also very helpful when dandruff or oily scalp buildup are a problem; it's also helpful to remove light mineral buildup from water.

1-2 Tbsp. ACV
1 C. warm water


Combine preferably in a plastic applicator bottle, apply as above, if buildup is heavy leave on longer before rinsing and/or repeat.

NOTE: If your hair is longer than shoulder length and/or thick you may have to double the recipe. Those with very hard water may also need to increase amount of ACV. Instead of plain water you may want to try an herbal infusion (such as chamomile or rosemary) for added benefit to the hair.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
Wish I'd read this and thought of it before posting my SOS in the no-poo threads. Going to try ACV instead this AM. I don't have ACV with the mother in it. Will the Wal-Mart cheapie brand be just as effective, or do I really want to go to health-food store or some other location to buy ACV with the mother in it?

Thanks!
My hair loves a baking soda rinse once in a while It's awfully good at clarifying, possibly better than my mild shampoo. I actually don't condition afterwards (unless you count my leave in), I make sure to do a good rinse out condition beforehand and then dunk my ends in and dump over my head. It seems to do a good job of letting things go boing again.
Fine Wavy (2a)
Weeklyish shampoo with CO's inbetween to keep down the grease.
Katerina:

Regular ACV is what I believe everyone (or almost) uses for hair rinsing, even white vinegar works fine. The one with the "mother" is for internal use.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Katerina:

Regular ACV is what I believe everyone (or almost) uses for hair rinsing, even white vinegar works fine. The one with the "mother" is for internal use.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
Ok, thanks, HWHC. I was wondering about the white vinegar, and that was going to my another question.

When I tried this the other day, it took out some of the gunk but I was back to just as gunky the next day.
fine, wavy hair with lazy waves. Sometimes lanky spiral curls underneath when the weath is very humid. My waves are capricious like me! Presently using Burt's Bees condish, FOTE AVG with honey or Mop Top gel.
My hair loves a baking soda rinse once in a while It's awfully good at clarifying, possibly better than my mild shampoo. I actually don't condition afterwards (unless you count my leave in), I make sure to do a good rinse out condition beforehand and then dunk my ends in and dump over my head. It seems to do a good job of letting things go boing again.
Originally Posted by teela1978
I tried the baso rinse yesterday. It clarified beautifully; I did a condition wash, baso rinse and then applied conditioner again, which I actually didn't rinse out so thoroughly this time. My hair did not going BOING. After plopping, there were some beautiful waves but they went bye-bye as they dried out naturally. Sigh. Me not know! I do have nice clarified hair, though.
fine, wavy hair with lazy waves. Sometimes lanky spiral curls underneath when the weath is very humid. My waves are capricious like me! Presently using Burt's Bees condish, FOTE AVG with honey or Mop Top gel.
Hmm, do you have hard water? I noticed in another thread that you're using VO5 TT. In recent times I've come to the conclusion that some of the cheap COs react badly with hard water forming a gummy residue with it that builds up pretty fast (Suave COs are the worst in such a case), you may have to use less final CO or to make it easier to apply dilute it with a little distilled water. If that still doesn't work you're going to have to pay a little more for something better than drugstore brands...
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
so..for the ACV rinse can you shampoo your hair as normal and than do the rinse? Or do the rinse than shampoo your hair
If you use shampoo I suppose there is no residue for you to remove with an ACV rinse so there's no point to using it but if you want to use it to treat dandruff, then use it after shampooing.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
hi,
how often should one do a clarifying rinse?
There is no set "schedule" because each person's needs are different, therefore, you have to determine your own need to clarify depending on how your hair looks, feels and behaves.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Oh, I see. Would this be something I might need even if I shampoo every other day? Or is this more for those who don't shampoo?
If you shampoo at all you don't need to use any of these natural clarifying recipes, as you guessed they are for people on the shampoo-less "CG" routine.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
This week i want to do a hot oil treatment for 1 hour , rinse it out after use the baking soda to clarify,then condtioned.Is it ok if i do it in that order?
Natural since Jan 2,07
I did a BC
Hair type:3C\3B
Multi-racial hair
Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

Hair products:homemade products.....


I've never done anything like that but I think it would work. I don't ever do hot oil treatments, I prefer to just rub a little coconut oil on my scalp and hair and leave it on overnight. The next day I simply wash with CO and it's enough to remove any excess. What kind of oil are you planning to use?
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
I use a half a cup of olive oil,i think its giving me pumps on the sides of my face i don`t want to use to much oil on my head i want to find an aternative intstead of using too much olive oil ,a DT that works the same as olive oil.
Natural since Jan 2,07
I did a BC
Hair type:3C\3B
Multi-racial hair
Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

Hair products:homemade products.....


I cannot put straight OO in my hair, it's very difficult to remove! I've read of some people who couldn't fully remove it even after shampooing twice. I think you should just mix 1 Tbsp. of it with your regular CO and then cover your head with a plastic cap or wrap and use some heat source for 20 mins. instead. But if it's giving you skin blemishes it's probably better that you switch to another oil, such as jojoba (and I already mentioned coconut). Anyway, is it EVOO or just regular OO? EVOO is really the best one to use both for cooking and beauty purposes.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
thanks its EVOO.I`ll check to see if the stores sell a whole bottle of coconut oil.
Natural since Jan 2,07
I did a BC
Hair type:3C\3B
Multi-racial hair
Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

Hair products:homemade products.....


Hey thanks for posting those recipes, do you have any more from the curly girl book?
So I know this is an old post...but I was wondering what the different uses of each of these treatments are. How do I know which one I would benefit from most?

I've tried the lemon one and felt like it didn't do anything. I can deduce that the vinegar one uses the acid to help clean...but how does baking soda do anything?

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