Clarifying Oils for Amazing Hair

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I very much remember as a child disliking my hair. It was out of control and puffy. And that continued through most of my 20s. Where I spent hours blow drying my hair as straight as I could get it and putting all kinds of chemicals on my hair.

I had curly hair and no idea how to care for it. (By the way these rinses are for any type of hair)


I don’t remember how I heard about Curly Hair, the book, but I did. It was intrigued enough to order it, and when it arrived, I am pretty sure that I read it in a day.

No one had ever talked about curly hair the way this book was talking about it. 


All of a sudden, I started to realize that maybe having curly hair was a gift and not a curse. And I became very mindful about how I cared for my hair.


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The next day, I started my no-poo journey.

No-poo is essentially not using shampoo. Instead, you “wash” your hair with conditioner. 


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The book made it clear that it would take a little bit for your hair to adjust to this way of washing -- and it was true. At one point, I almost gave up on it. My hair was used to the shampoo, conditioner, and many products that it didn’t’ even know how to react to this change.

Eventually, it got better. The beautiful curls quickly emerged, and caring for my hair became much more manageable, not to mention that I also felt much better about having curly hair.


I’ve had hair down to my waist and super short (currently like this) hair. And in all these styles, I’ve used the no-poo method.


All hair types benefit from clarifying rinses

Now, regardless of whether you use shampoo or conditioner or other products, your hair does build up from the ingredients.


Lavender, rosemary, geranium, and lemon are wonderful clarifying oils. (I will give you recipes for these and other essential oils for hair) However, if you're pregnant, you shouldn't use rosemary. An essential oil rinse is so very easy to do. Mix the drops of essential oils in the vinegar and water and give it a good shake.


I use only natural hair products (I shop from here, here, and here primarily), and I find that using clarifying oils on my hair achieves much more beautiful results than if I didn’t use them.


I’m going to teach you how to make your and share three different recipes for all hair types.

Chemicals found in hair products that are toxic

I could do an entire blog post on the amount of toxic chemicals found in beauty products and hair products. But just to give you an overview, here are four common ingredients found.


Parabens (such as propylparaben, benzylparaben, methyl- paraben, or butylparaben) are used as preservative. The downside is that they disrupt the hormonal system and are also  linked to breast cancer.



Formaldehyde (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, bronopol, or imidazolidinyl urea) released through preservatives and can cause damage to your DNA.



Sulfates are preservatives that can greatly damage your hair (hence the need for even more hair products), cause skin irritation and also affect your respiratory system. 



Fragrance which can cause allergic reactions to your respiratory system and skin and is linked to cancer.


There are many many more chemicals that should really make you want to be careful about what you put on your hair and body. 

My Hair Care Routine

I wash my hair about every other week (with conditioner only), but I do wet my hair daily and leave conditioner (regular conditioner, not “leave-in”)  on my hair. 


And for clarifying, I use essential oils. I’ve also use vinegar and also have used lemons. But, most of the time, it’s essential oils.


Once a week I do a clarifying rinse and its the ultimate self-care. 


An essential oil rinse is so very easy to do. Mix the drops of essential oils in the vinegar and boiled water and give it a good shake. After wetting your hair, simply tilt your head back and rinse your hair.


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3 Recipes to Clarify Your Hair


Simple Clarifying Essential Oil Rinse for Normal Hair


I absolutely love this rinse. It’s refreshing and clarifies normal hair.


Blend all the ingredients and do a final rise with it after conditioning your hair. Rinse well.


Clarifying Hair Rinse for Dry Hair

Having dry hair means you’re not producing enough sebum, which gives your hair a protective layer. A hair rinse is beneficial to remove any residue hair products and also to increase hair protection.


Blend all the ingredients and do a final rise with it after conditioning your hair. Rinse well.

In addition to doing a hair rinse, I also recommend making your own hair nourishing conditioners that you leave on. For this I suggest using 1 oz of jojoba oil with 6 drops of sandalwood essential oil Use a small amount and leave on your hair after your rinse.


Greasy Hair Clarifying Rinse

Even with greasy hair you still need conditioning and for sure a clarifying rinse. This rinse is fabulous for refreshing your hair



Blend all the ingredients and do a final rise with it after conditioning your hair. Rinse well.


For each of these rinses you would make them the day you’re using them.  But, another self care that I do for myself is keep a mister of aromatherapy that I spray both in my room and also can use on my hair or body.

And DYI hair rinses smell amazing too!

Last night I did a rinse on my hair and my daughter commented about how nice the bathroom smelled. And it sure did! Not just the bathroom but the aroma of geranium essential oil drifted through the house…lovely.



With kindness,
Giselle Baumet

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