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NATURAL RECIPES FOR CLARIFYING (CG)

The first two are taken from the CG book:

LEMON AID

'More clarifying and cleansing than any shampoo, this moisturizing and neutralizing tonic adds shine to your hair and removes buildup. It's especially good for very dry or damaged hair.'

Combine juice of 1 large lemon* with your usual amount of conditioner, then rinse through hair thoroughly.'

NOTE: A lot of people find 1/2 a lemon is enough as for some this can be drying. Also, for best results it should be thoroughly rinsed out with cool water and followed by regular conditioning.

*Lime and even grapefruit juice may be used.



WATTACURL WANTS (Baking soda rinse)

'The baking soda will remove heavy product buildup and leave your hair feeling shiny and clean.'

1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 C. warm water


Combine above ingredients in a plastic applicator bottle and shake or mix well in a plastic cup, pour through thoroughly water rinsed hair (or after a CO wash), allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off first with lukewarm water then cool, condition and style as usual.

NOTE: I've taken the liberty of modifying instructions for this one because I've noticed many, many times that people were not getting the desired effect by doing it the way it's explained in the book. This is an alkaline rinse so if not followed by conditioning the hair will feel "rough".



ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) RINSE:

This is an acid rinse similar to the "Lemon Aid" but also very helpful when dandruff or oily scalp buildup are a problem; it's also helpful to remove light mineral buildup from water.

1-2 Tbsp. ACV
1 C. warm water


Combine preferably in a plastic applicator bottle, apply as above, if buildup is heavy leave on longer before rinsing and/or repeat.

NOTE: If your hair is longer than shoulder length and/or thick you may have to double the recipe. Those with very hard water may also need to increase amount of ACV. Instead of plain water you may want to try an herbal infusion (such as chamomile or rosemary) for added benefit to the hair.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
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  • KaterinaKaterina Posts: 117Registered Users
    The first two are taken from the CG book:

    LEMON AID

    'More clarifying and cleansing than any shampoo, this moisturizing and neutralizing tonic adds shine to your hair and removes buildup. It's especially good for very dry or damaged hair.'

    Combine juice of 1 large lemon* with your usual amount of conditioner, then rinse through hair thoroughly.'

    NOTE: A lot of people find 1/2 a lemon is enough as for some this can be drying. Also, for best results it should be thoroughly rinsed out with cool water and followed by regular conditioning.

    *Lime and even grapefruit juice may be used.



    WATTACURL WANTS (Baking soda rinse)

    'The baking soda will remove heavy product buildup and leave your hair feeling shiny and clean.'

    1 Tbsp. baking soda
    1 C. warm water


    Combine above ingredients in a plastic applicator bottle and shake or mix well in a plastic cup, pour through thoroughly water rinsed hair (or after a CO wash), allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off first with lukewarm water then cool, condition and style as usual.

    NOTE: I've taken the liberty of modifying instructions for this one because I've noticed many, many times that people were not getting the desired effect by doing it the way it's explained in the book. This is an alkaline rinse so if not followed by conditioning the hair will feel "rough".



    ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) RINSE:

    This is an acid rinse similar to the "Lemon Aid" but also very helpful when dandruff or oily scalp buildup are a problem; it's also helpful to remove light mineral buildup from water.

    1-2 Tbsp. ACV
    1 C. warm water


    Combine preferably in a plastic applicator bottle, apply as above, if buildup is heavy leave on longer before rinsing and/or repeat.

    NOTE: If your hair is longer than shoulder length and/or thick you may have to double the recipe. Those with very hard water may also need to increase amount of ACV. Instead of plain water you may want to try an herbal infusion (such as chamomile or rosemary) for added benefit to the hair.

    Wish I'd read this and thought of it before posting my SOS in the no-poo threads. Going to try ACV instead this AM. I don't have ACV with the mother in it. Will the Wal-Mart cheapie brand be just as effective, or do I really want to go to health-food store or some other location to buy ACV with the mother in it?

    Thanks!
    fine, wavy hair with lazy waves. Sometimes lanky spiral curls underneath when the weath is very humid. My waves are capricious like me! Presently using Burt's Bees condish, FOTE AVG with honey or Mop Top gel.
  • teela1978teela1978 Posts: 278Registered Users
    My hair loves a baking soda rinse once in a while :) It's awfully good at clarifying, possibly better than my mild shampoo. I actually don't condition afterwards (unless you count my leave in), I make sure to do a good rinse out condition beforehand and then dunk my ends in and dump over my head. It seems to do a good job of letting things go boing again.
    Fine Wavy (2a)
    Weeklyish shampoo with CO's inbetween to keep down the grease.
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    Katerina:

    Regular ACV is what I believe everyone (or almost) uses for hair rinsing, even white vinegar works fine. The one with the "mother" is for internal use.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • KaterinaKaterina Posts: 117Registered Users
    Katerina:

    Regular ACV is what I believe everyone (or almost) uses for hair rinsing, even white vinegar works fine. The one with the "mother" is for internal use.

    Ok, thanks, HWHC. :) I was wondering about the white vinegar, and that was going to my another question.

    When I tried this the other day, it took out some of the gunk but I was back to just as gunky the next day.
    fine, wavy hair with lazy waves. Sometimes lanky spiral curls underneath when the weath is very humid. My waves are capricious like me! Presently using Burt's Bees condish, FOTE AVG with honey or Mop Top gel.
  • KaterinaKaterina Posts: 117Registered Users
    teela1978 wrote:
    My hair loves a baking soda rinse once in a while :) It's awfully good at clarifying, possibly better than my mild shampoo. I actually don't condition afterwards (unless you count my leave in), I make sure to do a good rinse out condition beforehand and then dunk my ends in and dump over my head. It seems to do a good job of letting things go boing again.

    I tried the baso rinse yesterday. It clarified beautifully; I did a condition wash, baso rinse and then applied conditioner again, which I actually didn't rinse out so thoroughly this time. My hair did not going BOING. After plopping, there were some beautiful waves but they went bye-bye as they dried out naturally. Sigh. Me not know! I do have nice clarified hair, though. :)
    fine, wavy hair with lazy waves. Sometimes lanky spiral curls underneath when the weath is very humid. My waves are capricious like me! Presently using Burt's Bees condish, FOTE AVG with honey or Mop Top gel.
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    Hmm, do you have hard water? I noticed in another thread that you're using VO5 TT. In recent times I've come to the conclusion that some of the cheap COs react badly with hard water forming a gummy residue with it that builds up pretty fast (Suave COs are the worst in such a case), you may have to use less final CO or to make it easier to apply dilute it with a little distilled water. If that still doesn't work you're going to have to pay a little more for something better than drugstore brands...
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • jigfeetjigfeet Posts: 31Registered Users
    so..for the ACV rinse can you shampoo your hair as normal and than do the rinse? Or do the rinse than shampoo your hair
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    If you use shampoo I suppose there is no residue for you to remove with an ACV rinse so there's no point to using it but if you want to use it to treat dandruff, then use it after shampooing.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • ejeanaejeana Posts: 4Registered Users
    hi,
    how often should one do a clarifying rinse?
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    There is no set "schedule" because each person's needs are different, therefore, you have to determine your own need to clarify depending on how your hair looks, feels and behaves.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • ejeanaejeana Posts: 4Registered Users
    Oh, I see. Would this be something I might need even if I shampoo every other day? Or is this more for those who don't shampoo?
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    If you shampoo at all you don't need to use any of these natural clarifying recipes, as you guessed they are for people on the shampoo-less "CG" routine.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • holly8holly8 Posts: 632Registered Users
    This week i want to do a hot oil treatment for 1 hour , rinse it out after use the baking soda to clarify,then condtioned.Is it ok if i do it in that order?
    Natural since Jan 2,07
    I did a BC
    Hair type:3C\3B
    Multi-racial hair
    Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

    Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

    Hair products:homemade products.....


    :angel1::love5:
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    I've never done anything like that but I think it would work. I don't ever do hot oil treatments, I prefer to just rub a little coconut oil on my scalp and hair and leave it on overnight. The next day I simply wash with CO and it's enough to remove any excess. What kind of oil are you planning to use?
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • holly8holly8 Posts: 632Registered Users
    I use a half a cup of olive oil,i think its giving me pumps on the sides of my face i don`t want to use to much oil on my head i want to find an aternative intstead of using too much olive oil ,a DT that works the same as olive oil.
    Natural since Jan 2,07
    I did a BC
    Hair type:3C\3B
    Multi-racial hair
    Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

    Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

    Hair products:homemade products.....


    :angel1::love5:
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    I cannot put straight OO in my hair, it's very difficult to remove! I've read of some people who couldn't fully remove it even after shampooing twice. I think you should just mix 1 Tbsp. of it with your regular CO and then cover your head with a plastic cap or wrap and use some heat source for 20 mins. instead. But if it's giving you skin blemishes it's probably better that you switch to another oil, such as jojoba (and I already mentioned coconut). Anyway, is it EVOO or just regular OO? EVOO is really the best one to use both for cooking and beauty purposes.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • holly8holly8 Posts: 632Registered Users
    thanks :D its EVOO.I`ll check to see if the stores sell a whole bottle of coconut oil.
    Natural since Jan 2,07
    I did a BC
    Hair type:3C\3B
    Multi-racial hair
    Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

    Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

    Hair products:homemade products.....


    :angel1::love5:
  • curly-oreocurly-oreo Posts: 15Registered Users
    Hey thanks for posting those recipes, do you have any more from the curly girl book?
  • ClaireDClaireD Posts: 56Registered Users
    So I know this is an old post...but I was wondering what the different uses of each of these treatments are. How do I know which one I would benefit from most?

    I've tried the lemon one and felt like it didn't do anything. I can deduce that the vinegar one uses the acid to help clean...but how does baking soda do anything?
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    curly-oreo wrote:
    Hey thanks for posting those recipes, do you have any more from the curly girl book?

    There are several others in the CG book but few are really popular, here's a couple of the ones that seem to work best:

    ALOE AROMA SCALP THERAPY

    After you've rinsed or shampooed your hair in warm water, apply 1 tbsp. aloe vera gel to your scalp. (Use the edible type of AVG, the kind that has to be refrigerated after opening.) Massage gently for several minutes. Rinse hair and condition as usual. Or leave in, as an alternative to hair gel.

    *I was once was told by a woman with pretty kinky hair that she left AVG taken directly from the plant one day or more and after she rinsed it off and did a roller set her hair was (temporarily) straight and shiny as she'd never had it before.


    AVOCADO WRAP

    1 ripe avocado
    3-4 tsp. honey
    8-10 drops almond oil

    1. Peel and core the avocado, then mix in a blender with other ingredients.
    2. Apply to wet hair, concentrating on the ends.
    3. Wrap hair with clear plastic wrap or towel. Leave on for 20-30 mins.
    4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

    There's also "Love Is In The Hair" and you can find it here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/viewtopic.php?t=91394
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • Mamacurl3Mamacurl3 Posts: 1,559Registered Users
    Just giving this a bump. I think I'm going to try the no-poo on myself and my daughter. Her head gets really sweaty and smelly in the summer, will these help with that? Or is she doomed to be a smelly no/low-poo kid?
    Type: 3a/3b, fine-medium
    Cleanse: hg:whispering windz farm jar soaps,
    Moisture/Co rinse: GVP conditioning balm
    DT: Jessicurl's dt
    Leave in: KCKT
    Definition: kccc
    Hold: rotating: gvp liquid scuplting gel
    ACV rinse bi-weekly
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  • CurlyBrunetteGirlCurlyBrunetteGirl Posts: 83Registered Users
    I used the baking soda rinse, and my hair looked fantastic. I think my conditioner builds up easily, so I need to do this every two weeks or so. But I have color treated hair, so will the BS strip the color?
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    Do you all think co-washes are enough to get hairsprays/gels out fo the hair daily??

    Anyone find that the lemon juice causes hair to get lighter, cuz |I don't want that

    Also, do you all think that the clarifying rinses get down to the scalp, as you can't rub them if they just fall through the hair??

    finally, what's a good applicator to use to get teh baking soda in the hair??? when I was using a spray bottle it took me over a half hour to get all that stuff in my hair, just by little squirts.
    Any suggestions??
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • bliss611bliss611 Posts: 238Registered Users
    Thanks so much for this! And for bumping it up - very helpful!

    Only thing is I'm not sure which one to use...

    I am mod-CG - I generally lo-poo 1x per week. Lately been lo-poo-ing a bit more (every 4-5 days or so) with the heat causing a greasier scalp and using more products to keep the frizz away in high humidity/dew points.

    But I still have a gunky feel to my scalp and I don't want to lo-poo more than I am. I am also using a John Masters pomade to fight frizz and it has beeswax in it.

    So just wondering, which of these rinses would be the best for my situation with greasies on the scalp and possibly waxy build-up on the strand?

    TIA!!!
    3B curls
    Medium texture
    Normal elasticity
    High porosity
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    I know this post from bliss 611 was a year ago, but I would also like to know which one of these recipes is best for waxy/perhaps product buildup?? Or maybe a baking soda rinse followed by a lemon rinse?? Is a baking soda rinse better or less effective than a baking soda scrub???
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • DevushkaDevushka Posts: 1,080Registered Users
    I'm pretty exclusively CG and can report what works for MY hair in case it helps with yours.

    I love baso washes followed by ACV rinses. I always mix my baking soda in with the conditioner I'm cowashing with (often just basic conditioners like VO5 or Suave Naturals which are CG) instead of mixing it with just water as the recipe several posts ago said. When I'm cowashing with baso, I mostly focus on massaging it on my scalp but do a pumping/scrunching motion with the mixture on the length of my hair because I don't want to do a harsh "scrub" with the baso on the cuticle of my hair. (<-- So maybe what I do is something halfway between a rinse and a scrub.) I always rinse well with water and then rinse with ACV mixture. My scalp and hair feel great afterwards!

    Again, I'm pretty thoroughly CG, so I don't get a lot of product build up, and so periodic baso washes and ACV rinses are all I've needed when I want to clarify. I don't use products with beeswax in them since I generally haven't liked how my hair felt afterwards, so I don't know how well baso/ACV works for clarifying beeswax buildup.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity
    Currently Using [*Holy Grails*]
    Cleansers: DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV*
    Co-Washes/ROs: CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
    Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* / Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
    LIs (found some!): KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
    DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses / *Honey*, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
    Sealer: *DM Super Buttercreme*
    Goal: APL Hair
  • canelacanela Posts: 218Registered Users
    Need this now
    Hair type: mix of everything but bushy
    "Do not brush curly hair, it makes it look like bad scribbles"
    my 5 year old curly haired girl, now a teen
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Baking soda is alkaline so damaging to both skin and hair. honestly use a proper shampoo to clarify and forget trying to be 'natural' in this instance it's not always better.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Firefox, alkalinity alone doesn't mean it's damaging for skin and hair. Baking soda has been used for many many years for a variety of things, like exfoliating one's skin and brushing one's teeth. And in the "natural health" communities lots of people mix it with either lemon juice or ACV to alkalize their bodies because acidity inside the body is bad (promotes cancer growth...).

    I myself like to use it every now and then but it's better for oily-type build-up and should be followed by an acid rinse or CO with low pH.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Baking soda is a harsh abrasive. It is a very good household cleaner and I've used it for getting stains of china and toilet pans, plus cleaning pots.

    You can use it for cleaning your teeth but it's not recommended long term due the fact it's abrasiveness will wear down your tooth enamel quicker. This is why baking soda and whitening toothpastes aren't recommended for regular use.

    Using baking soda or any other substance "to alkalize" your body makes no sense simply because your body's systems can regulate themselves. For example drinking water with baking soda will not change the pH of your blood plasma.

    While it's well known a poor diet i.e. one a high amount of refined foods and animal products means you are more likely to get cancer ingesting baking soda won't help you. You need to eat more unrefined plant based food. This is of course ignoring other factors like your environment including the air pollution where you live and your genes.

    In regards to using it on hair if you aren't happy using SLS and ALS on your hair which are in dish and cleaning detergents and has a more neutral pH, I wouldn't be happy using something that is more abrasive and is more alkaline.
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