4 Clarifying Treatments To Use In Place Of Shampoo

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To shampoo or to not shampoo?

A question that is raised often within the conversation of natural hair. Some say shampooing is far too harsh on your hair, even with the use of one that is completely free of sulfates. Others say there is no way they can go without clarifying their scalp properly because, let’s be honest, co-washing just doesn’t get it.

I happen to fall within the latter, but for those who are a little torn with deciding to use shampoo or go without do keep in mind that there are many clarifying treatments you can use in the place of shampoo and addition to your co-wash.

Here are four:

1. Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay makes for a perfect clarifying treatment for your scalp and hair to rid build up that has occurred since your last wash day.

When combining this all natural calcium clay powder with apple cider vinegar a mask if developed. You apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, let sit for few moments and then rinse clean. Because of the clarifying strength this product has I would definitely recommend completing a deep conditioning treatment after use.


2. ACV Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are my absolute favorite way to clarify my scalp and hair. Taking equal parts all natural raw ACV and water with the addition of a little olive oil can transform your hair.

Not only will the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties of the ACV rid your scalp and hair of buildup and dandruff, it also adds shine and softness to your strands.

3. Astringent

Astringents are also great for thoroughly cleansing your hair and scalp. The use of products like Sea Breeze or witch hazel and lemon juice can naturally and gently remove build up and excess oils.

4. Tea Tree and Lemon Rinse

For those battling dandruff and a flaky scalp a Tea Tree oil and lemon rinse might do you wonders.

Combine, 4 tbsp of lemon juice and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into 3 cups of hot water and rinse over your hair and scalp. Massage gently and rinse with cool water. Lemon juice and Tea Tree oil make for great clarifying agents.

What do you use to clarify your scalp and hair instead of shampoo?

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About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

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I’ve been reading that low porosity hair should avoid heavy oils such as olive oil, with that in mind can i sub out the olive oil in the above treatment for another?

Alma Ruddock

You absolutely can. Use something lighter like a grapeseed or coconut if you wish. Although since these are rinses that will be washed off the hair anyway, I don’t think the olive oil would hurt in this instance 🙂