What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is nothing more than carbon. It is merely charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to help open millions of tiny pores between carbon atoms. Activated charcoal has been around for thousands of years and its recorded dates back to 1550 BC. Its main uses are for water filters, removing toxins, and chemical purification processes. According to Mayo Clinic, it is quite popular for absorbing poison that has been ingested. There are some ERs that administer large quantities of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.
Activated Charcoal for Beauty
Medicinal purposes are not the only reasons to keep this around the house, as it can be major player for beautification too. One of the biggest beauty trends with activated charcoal is for facial masks. According to Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins, “Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin.” One of their biggest sellers is their Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.
Not in the mood for spending hundreds of dollars for a treatment that you can easily make on your own? No worries because this is truly a DIY revolutionary product. Activated charcoal is nothing new in the medical world and even in the DIY world. As we find ways to take a more natural or eco-friendlier approach to solve today’s problems, it only makes sense that activated charcoal would become popular again. Many have been using it for teeth whitening, like HeyFranHey, and if you do not believe me then take a gander over to Pinterest and see the sharing of this technique that many will swear by.
Activated Charcoal for Hair
It seems hard to believe but this amazing carbon has benefits for your hair as well. A winner on all counts is the use of activated charcoal for cleansing and adding volume to hair without harming or adding chemicals. It is cheap, easy to use, and did I mention cheap? This wonder has been used in the beauty world for a while, but as of late it is spilling over into the hair arena and we love it! It is great at turning your regular shampoo into a clarifying shampoo to help deeply cleanse and remove product buildup, minerals, pollutants, and dirt. When applied topically to the skin and scalp it draws out the dirt, impurities, and even bacteria.
Dry shampoo is making a comeback and if you want a more natural one, then substitute regular shampoo for activated charcoal. Using as a dry shampoo is better for dark hair but if you have light hair use as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment and cleanse with shampoo so not to darken your hair. This is also great for those suffering from dandruff or other scalp ailments. Here are some products with charcoal.
- SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
- T/Gel® Therapeutic Shampoo - Original Formula
- Sort Of Coal Kuro Shampoo
DIY Activated Charcoal Baking Soda + Activated Charcoal Shampoo
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup warm water
- ¼ tsp. of activated charcoal
First mix baking soda and water and then add activated charcoal and mix well. Apply to wet or dry hair, work in and rinse. Style as usual.
Have you tried activated charcoal?