How to Clarify Scalp at Home

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Cleanse your scalp of buildups for glossier hair

Residues of hair styling products (style creams, mousses, sprays, gels, foams etc),  shampoos with mineral oils, silicones, and sulphates, hard water supply used for hair cleansing, deep seated dirt, dead scalp cells, hair’s natural oils in excess, and similar factors steal away your tresses’ beauty by creating scalp and hair buildups. These buildups steal away your hair’s bounce and gloss to leave them looking dull and limp. Excessive scalp buildups can even lead to scalp flakes and more hairfall. 

We recommend a regular scalp clarifying regimen to help your scalp lose its buildups. Before we move on to the how to do so part, let’s take a look at the benefits of regular clarifying regmen.

Benefits of scalp clarifying

  • Your hair and scalp lose buildups to emerge glossier and bouncier.
  • As your scalp is cleansed, hair follicles and hair shafts are able to absorb nutrients better.
  • Helps improve scalp blood circulation that in turn helps boost hair health. 

How to clarify scalp to remove scalp buildups

Ideally, you should undertake scalp clarifying once a week. You can clarify your scalp at home either using simple home remedies, or you can use a specialist clarifying shampoo. 

Home remedies to remove scalp buildups

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Apple Cider Vinegar 

This versatile, multipurpose product is great for reducing hair and scalp buildups. It also has the additional benefit of balancing the scalp pH for improved scalp health. We give here two ways of getting this job done.

Pre-shampoo massage -Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of water. Spray all over scalp and hair, massage in gently. Leave for 30 minutes. Shampoo hair.

Post-shampoo rinses -Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water and use as the last post-shampoo rinse. Be sure to use only unfiltered, unrefined and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

We recommend WOW Life Science Apple Cider Vinegar.

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Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is the leaf gel of aloe vera plants that contains healthy enzymes that loosen and remove dead cells and grime from the scalp.

How to: Massage an inadequate amount of Aloe Vera Gel on scalp and along hair lengths, before shampoo. Leave for 10 minutes. Shampoo hair as usual.

You can either use fresh gel from a potted aloe vera plant. Or you can use a packaged gel-like WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Gel.

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Scalp Massager Brush

After you apply and lather shampoo to thoroughly wet hair, give your scalp good brushing with a quality scalp massager brush, one with soft and thick silicone bristles (do not use plastic ones). This will help loosen the buildups and improve blood flow to scalp for overall improved hair health.

We recommend WOW Skin Science Scalp Massager Brush.

WOW Skin Science Scalp Massager Brush is a highly effective way to reduce scalp buildups. Designed with an ergonomically-efficient handle that perfectly fits your hand to give you maximum control, this scalp massager comes with soft, thick silicone bristles to stimulate scalp circulation to encourage natural hair growth. Not just clearing out scalp buildups, a scalp massage with it boosts blood flow to scalp for healthier and stronger hair. 

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Specialist Clarifying shampoos

You can also use specially formulated clarifying shampoos with active ingredients such as Activated Charcoal and Apple Cider Vinegar that are highly efficient at loosening and removing scalp buildups. 

WOW Skin Science has several excellent shampoos in its range that you can use to rid your hair of scalp buildups.

WOW Skin Science Hard Water Defense Shampoo

If your water supply is of the hard variety and that’s causing buildups, try this gentle yet effective shampoo to keep buildups and other issues at bay. It has been especially formulated to reverse scalp buildups and hair damage (dryness, dullness, tangling, discoloration, hair fall etc) caused by harsh minerals, metals and chlorine (sulphates, bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium etc) present in hard water supply. Contains Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Extract for gentle hair care. It has gentle chelating agents that break down and wash away hair and scalp deposits caused by hard water to keep hair soft, silky and manageable. Its pH-balanced formula is totally free of sulphate, paraben, salt & silicone. This shampoo works equally well on regular as well as colored and/or treated hair.

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WOW Skin Science Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Powered with 100% pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil; it helps gently detoxify the hair & scalp by clearing up the buildups caused by dust, pollution, dead scalp cells and styling products. Rich and restorative goodness of unrefined apple cider vinegar brings softness, gloss and bounce to hair. Excellent for regular use as well. 

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WOW Skin Science Charcoal 2 In 1 Shampoo & Body Wash has the clarifying goodness of activated bamboo charcoal that traps, binds and washes away dirt, grime and impurities from scalp and skin. It also has Argan Oil and Pro-Vitamin B5 to nourish and protect your skin and hair. Its smoky-earthy smell feels really serene. Excellent 2-in-1 product that you can use to keep your hair and skin clean and healthy.

WOW Skin Science Charcoal 2-In-1 Shampoo + Body Wash

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Important: Always condition hair after using a clarifying treatment to restore hydration in your locks.

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