Buildup is something we all deal with at some point in our natural hair journey. Whether it be from too much product or just an accumulation of sweat and dirt from working out, clarifying shampoos are the solution to helping re-balance your scalp and achieving the clean slate your curls truly need to look their best. If you're more of a DIY naturalista then there's no need to head to the store for an off-the-shelf solution. You probably already have what you need in your pantry.
When you need a quick fix for your strands, having a few DIY clarifying shampoos ready to go can be a curl saver. Here are some of the easiest recipes for DIY clarifying shampoos you can whip up in a hurry.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the easiest DIY clarifying shampoos because it uses just one ingredient! Apple cider vinegar naturally deep cleans thanks to its acidic nature. To make this concoction, Naptural85 recommends a mix of three parts apple cider vinegar to one part warm water. Shake vigorously to blend. Apply to the scalp, avoiding the length of your hair as much as possible. Definitely make sure you dilute the vinegar. A lot of curlies will use straight apple cider vinegar, but this can lead to dryness and brittleness, as well as the potential for irritation. The scalp is a delicate area so always dilute strongly acidic components. While apple cider vinegar has been found to be an effective cleanser for the scalp, it does have a drying effect on the strands of the hair so be sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner and leave-in.
This is another great one-ingredient clarifying shampoo for when you want a quick fix for residue and buildup. Baking soda naturally breaks up residue to help your scalp get back in balance. For this shampoo, simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 ½ cups of water. Be careful to measure correctly or you will end up with something either too grainy or too watery. It should have a liquid consistency that is easy to spread onto the scalp. Another great thing about baking soda is that you can add it to your existing shampoo for an added boost of intense cleaning. Baking soda has a high pH of 9, which can effectively cleanses the hair but can be harsh. In order to normalize your pH level after using baking soda, follow up with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse.
Another great clarifying solution can be found in dried herbs of rosemary. It is naturally detoxing for the scalp without being overly harsh. To create this recipe, simply boil the desired amount of dried rosemary herbs, strain to remove the larger pieces and allow it to cool before applying.
Of course, with any clarifying shampoo, whether at home or a store-bought product, make sure you follow up with a good dose of hydration. You want a clean scalp, but you also want your moisture! Use your typical conditioner after a cleansing shampoo, followed by a leave-in conditioner to get the best results for your curls.
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