How often should I clarify?

oceankascurlsoceankascurls Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 32 Curl Connoisseur
I have 2b, 2c, 3a high porosity, high density, medium-course thickness, I use a heavy conditioner, styling foam, moisturizing cleanser and VERY light gel. In my curly hair journey i've used a lot of different products, some i now know were terrible for my hair and even though i clarifyed once yesterday i think a bit of build up may remain. For my regular routine, how often should i clarify? i'm using the noughty detox one if it matters:)
2B, 2C, 3A | low porosity | high density | medium-course

Shower Products:
Conditoner: Innersense Hydrating Cream
Cleanser: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Shampoo: Noughty Detox Dynamo
Deep Conditioner: Nougthty To The Rescue

Styling Products:
Volumizing Foam: Innersense 'I Create Lift'
Cream: Davroe Curl Creme Definer
Finishing Spray: Innersense 'I Create Finish'(looking for a new one)
Gel: Jessicurl Spiralicious/Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha

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  • tinksaysbootinksaysboo Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 543 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    The golden question! Unfortunately no one can give you a real answer, its different for everyone.  Hair is so unique that even your curl type or porosity level doesn't help give a good answer.  

    The best rule is when you feel your hair needs to clarify, clarify.  Keep track of when you do and overtime you will be able to tell how often you need to clarify. 

    I know I need to clarify when I am seeing more type 2s than type 3s and my hair is less bouncy.  I also get this unique frizz I call "build up frizz".  
    2c/3a | low porosity | fine/medium | low/medium density| protein,coconut, and green tea sensitive | Modified CGM

    Low-Poo:  Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
    Sulfate Wash: Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
    Rinse Out Conditioner: DevalCurl One Condition
    Leave-In Conditioner: Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion
    Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair
    Curl Enhancer: Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion
    Gel: Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    I agree with everything @tinksaysboo said. 

    I think on average, most people clarify monthly.  I clarify quite often - once a week with a mild sulfate shampoo, and once a month with something stronger to get rid of hard water buildup.  My hair just seems very unhappy when I don't clarify - my hair hangs heavy and limp, I get no volume, I can't get any definition or clumping and it gets over-moisturized.  For most people, once a week will be too much.  Try starting with once a month, and see how your hair responds.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Registered Users Posts: 1,218 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    I clarify with sulfate monthly with a sulfate free "clarifier" in the two weeks between.
    Recently discovered Manes by Mell on YouTube. She is a stylist who says weekly, but she does use silicone so I imagine that has a lot to do with her weekly stance.

Answers

  • oceankascurlsoceankascurls Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 32 Curl Connoisseur
    @tinksaysboo thank you, I'm only new to the cgm so I'm not very good at identifying when my hair needs certain things, I basically just do what the curly stylist I go to told me to, but forgot to ask about clarifying, hopefully I'll get better at it.
    2B, 2C, 3A | low porosity | high density | medium-course

    Shower Products:
    Conditoner: Innersense Hydrating Cream
    Cleanser: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
    Clarifying Shampoo: Noughty Detox Dynamo
    Deep Conditioner: Nougthty To The Rescue

    Styling Products:
    Volumizing Foam: Innersense 'I Create Lift'
    Cream: Davroe Curl Creme Definer
    Finishing Spray: Innersense 'I Create Finish'(looking for a new one)
    Gel: Jessicurl Spiralicious/Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha

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