How to clarify your hair

Many Curlies, when asked about clarifying their hair, immediately turn it down because clarifying shampoos contain sulfates, which are incompatible with CGM. However, clarifying your hair is a very important, if not crucial, step in your hair routine, even when following the method, in order to keep your curls healthy.

What does it mean to clarify hair?

Clarifying is doing a wash that removes product buildup from your hair and scalp. Probably if you have started the method or if you are about to start, you have heard that the first step is to clarify your hair in order to start from 0. What happens to many Curlies is that after that first clarifying wash, they don’t do it again, which leads to the hair starting to accumulate products, minerals, natural oils and residue after a while, decreasing the health of the curls.

Think of clarifying as a new beginning for your hair.

When should you clarify your hair?

You’ll be quite surprised when you discover the many symptoms your hair can have when it needs to be clarified. Some of these symptoms are:

  • Your hair stops reacting to the products;
  • Your curls become heavier;
  • It no longer absorbs moisturizing products;
  • The scalp becomes dry, itchy or dandruffy;
  • Excess frizz;
  • The roots get greasy faster than usual;
  • The hair becomes dull;
  • Among others.

How and how often you need to clarify your hair can vary depending on your hair type, the products you use, or even the type of water you wash it with.

Our advice is to clarify your hair at most every 8 weeks, in order to prevent your hair from starting to show signs like the ones mentioned above.

Clarifying Shampoo and Chelating Shampoo: what are the differences?

A clarifying shampoo deeply cleanses the hair and scalp, removing impurities, oils, and product build-up. Usually clarifying shampoos contain sulfates, which dry out the hair, and are not recommended by the CGM. After using a clarifying shampoo, you should always do a deep treatment afterwards.

A chelating shampoo is similar to clarifying but much stronger, eliminating the accumulation of minerals present in “hard water” such as limescale or chlorine. If you usually swim or live in an area with hard water, then a chelating shampoo is the most advisable for clarifying your hair. However, if you dye your hair, a chelating shampoo might not be the best option, as it can discolor your hair.

How often do you clarify your hair? Let us know in the comments!

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