Cla…what? CLA-RI-FY your hair ! ! lol
Basically (as you noticed these posts all start by basically, lol, just browsing the basics) clarifying is removing the build up in your hair.
Most clarifying shampoo products contain acetic acid. A chemical compound, though mild as far as acid goes, is known for its de-scaling abilities. Acetic acid is found in vinegar, which everyone knows is good for removing scale buildup in coffee pots, tea kettles, and other household objects. Similarly, the acetic acid found in clarifying shampoo aids in removing buildup found on hair.
Clarifying shampoo is not known for its conditioning abilities. In fact, while clarifying shampoo is great for aiding in the removal of unwanted buildup of oil, styling products, and other grime, it can dry the hair out if over used. Most hair boards recommend cleansing oily hair with a clarifying shampoo once a month.
A product does not necessarily have to be labeled as a clarifying shampoo for it to do the trick. Check the ingredient label on the back of any shampoo for the presence and location of acetic acid.
The technique :
You may want to clarify your hair prior to certain chemical services, or just to get rid of the build-up left by daily moisturizing sessions, frequent co-washes or oiling scalp weekly etc….
You use it just as a regular shampoo, except that (well for me) only 1 lather is enough ! One tip : run the shampoo on to your scalp prior to your ends, gently rub it in, and then when rinsing, the water running down your length, gently massage the ends…
It is not really necessary to put that shampoo on all your hair length unless the build up is really all over & greasy
My way / Frequency :
I usually clarify 1x month, well let’s say every 4 to 6 weeks, so i can wait about 1 month /2, because me washing my hair quite frequently (at least 1 x month) i don’t get that much of build up
My products :
ORS aloe vera neutralizing / clarifying shampoo
Hair one conditioner
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse) which is a natural way to clarify your hair if you are against sulfate shampoos & stuff
What i heard is good : but never tested so do your researches
Nexxus Aloe rid shampoo
One tip : when you clarify, it is advised to follow with a lather of a moisturizing shampoo, because clarifying tends to dry out your hair