Clarifying?

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I've been using SM Cowash and As I am Cowash for a few months now and I'd like to clarify my hair to see if there is/make sure there's no buildup.

What do y'all use? A sulfate free shampoo or one of the natural methods (lemon or baking soda) in the recipe section?

Thanks!
I wouldn't use baking soda on the hair because baking soda can damage your hair. While some naturals use apple cider vinegar to clarify, I don't. I used it once & my hair was shedding & felt really hard. I use suave clarifying shampoo which is ph balanced for hair. I clarify once a month.
If you decide to use apple cider vinegar to clarify, I would suggest using a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar like less than a teaspoon & the rest water. Apple cider vinegar is very strong. I use it to clean my fish tanks & it gets the tanks squeaky clean. I'm just saying.
I wouldn't use baking soda on the hair because baking soda can damage your hair. While some naturals use apple cider vinegar to clarify, I don't. I used it once & my hair was shedding & felt really hard. I use suave clarifying shampoo which is ph balanced for hair. I clarify once a month.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
This one? Daily Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner | Suave
Does using a sulfate shampoo to clarify, set you back in your CG plan?
Would a sulfate free shampoo do the trick?

Like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Sha... : Target

or SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo -... : Target

Or do I really need to just get in there with some sulfates every once in awhile?
I've been using vinegar rinses once or twice a month for about 40 years and still love them.
I also like VO5 kiwi and lime conditioner for clarifying.
I've never used a sulfate free shampoo and haven't used shampoo of any kind in 10 years so I can't help there.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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Vinegar is chelating not clarifying. I honestly can't see how a conditioner can possibly be clarifying either, you need potent foaming type surfactants like the sulphates, olefin sulfonates or cocoamidopropyl betaine.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
^ It may not be scientific but it has worked for me for 40 years.
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In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
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So, what do you suggest I should use? One of the shampoos listed above or something else?
Cowash: CJ Daily Fix
RO: Sweet Curls Elixirs Conditioning Elixir
Styler: SCE Flax Seed Gel and Hard Hold Gel
A clarifying shampoo is rich in one of the surfactants already listed and non conditioning/ clear type. I'm not a US citizen so no idea what products you have available. A lot of people seem to like Kinky Curly Come Clean which is rich in an olefin sulfonate IIRC.

I use a betaine-rich shampoo 'base' (few ingredients) I purchase online, and also use as my hand wash and shower gel (eczematous skin hates sulphates).

I don't know what Jeepcurlygirl is achieving since I obviously don't have her hair, but IMO clarifying is simply the wrong word in this context.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I don't know what Jeepcurlygirl is achieving since I obviously don't have her hair, but IMO clarifying is simply the wrong word in this context.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Well that could be. I never looked up the word because I figured I knew what it meant but maybe I don't! : )
To me clarifying means really getting my hair super clean and fresh, removing product buildup, oily scalp, etc, making hair almost squeaky clean and smooth. And that's what vinegar rinses and clarifying conditioner do for my hair and scalp.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
I've been using SM Cowash and As I am Cowash for a few months now and I'd like to clarify my hair to see if there is/make sure there's no buildup.

What do y'all use? A sulfate free shampoo or one of the natural methods (lemon or baking soda) in the recipe section?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by JuliaRose
If you feel like you have build up, you could start with something like Yes to Cucumbers- it is sulfate free.

If you feel like you need something stronger, you could just get a trial size of Johnson's baby shampoo, no more tears formula.

In my experience, the Shea moisture poos are not clarifying, and in fact contribute to build up for me.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
I just grabbed a bottle of the Suave clarifying today. If my hair hates it, I only wasted $1.50 and I'll find some of the YTC. Thanks!

ETA: I used the Suave Clarifying on Tuesday. It was super scary because my hair felt like straw when I rinsed the shampoo, but I conditioned and all was right with the world. I feel like my hair is a little bouncier and I got some compliments, so I'm going to count it as a success. I'll probably keep a monthly clarifying in my routine.
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Cowash: CJ Daily Fix
RO: Sweet Curls Elixirs Conditioning Elixir
Styler: SCE Flax Seed Gel and Hard Hold Gel

Last edited by JuliaRose; 02-06-2014 at 09:18 AM.
I have As I Am Clarifying Shampoo but I've only used it once. How often should you typically clarify? Whenever you feel you need it? Is once a month safe? I guess I unknowingly stopped using shampoo (more so due to being lazy). I haven't shampooed in almost a month but my hair doesn't seem to need it. Although I do cowash regularly, I'm wondering if it's time to clarify.
3b/3c
Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Products
CoWash: AIA Coconut CoWash
RO: Giovanni Smooth as Silk
LI: GDLI
Styler: KCCC
I have As I Am Clarifying Shampoo but I've only used it once. How often should you typically clarify? Whenever you feel you need it? Is once a month safe? I guess I unknowingly stopped using shampoo (more so due to being lazy). I haven't shampooed in almost a month but my hair doesn't seem to need it. Although I do cowash regularly, I'm wondering if it's time to clarify.
Originally Posted by SortaRican
Clarify whenever you feel you need it. I didn't find the AIA Curl Clarity to be particularly clarifying. It left a weird residue in my hair, but hopefully you'll like it better than I did! I low poo about once a week now, and this would be clarifying for me. Everybody's different and prefers a different feel to their hair. I prefer mine to feel more "clean" due to my hard water.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I have As I Am Clarifying Shampoo but I've only used it once. How often should you typically clarify? Whenever you feel you need it? Is once a month safe? I guess I unknowingly stopped using shampoo (more so due to being lazy). I haven't shampooed in almost a month but my hair doesn't seem to need it. Although I do cowash regularly, I'm wondering if it's time to clarify.
Originally Posted by SortaRican
Clarify whenever you feel you need it. I didn't find the AIA Curl Clarity to be particularly clarifying. It left a weird residue in my hair, but hopefully you'll like it better than I did! I low poo about once a week now, and this would be clarifying for me. Everybody's different and prefers a different feel to their hair. I prefer mine to feel more "clean" due to my hard water.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I'll probably use it just to see how it makes my hair feel. Like I said before I haven't shampooed in almost a month and my hair seems to be doing fine without it but I'm going to clarify just to see if I notice any difference. Hopefully it's a good difference. I also have the GVP Reconstructor Conditioner (compare to Joico K-Pak). I'm wondering if I should use that conditioner or if my Tresemme Naturals would do fine following the clarifyer.
3b/3c
Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Products
CoWash: AIA Coconut CoWash
RO: Giovanni Smooth as Silk
LI: GDLI
Styler: KCCC
I clarify using the suave clarifying shampoo & it works fine for me. When I clarify, I deep condition & everything is right with the world.
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I use the Eden body works deep condition.
You can use whatever conditioner, either of those would be fine. It's not like you're using a sulfate on your hair, and you're cowashing exclusively otherwise. See how your hair feels after using it and decide from there.
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo

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