It only takes one short visit to Target, Sephora, or CVS to pick up on the fact that charcoal has recently made a pretty big name for itself with beauty lovers. The ingredient is everywhere - in skincare products and hair products.
When it comes to hair, many people don't want to see sulfates and parabens in their products - but there are still plenty of products that dry out your hair and do more harm than good.
Charcoal shampoo has recently emerged as a natural alternative to traditional hair care products. But why exactly is it so popular - and what are the real benefits behind it? Girl, let me tell ya.
The Real Benefits
Charcoal has the unique ability to cleanse your hair of fine particles. Over the day, toxins and environmental pollutants gather in your hair - particles so small it's easy to forget they're there. In addition to sweat and styling products, all these pollutants can clog the hair follicles on your scalp - leading to flat and dry hair.
It's also great for relieving redness, oil and dandruff from your scalp. Most shampoo ingredients contribute to the clogging of pores over time, which prevents the scalp from producing natural oils to keep it from getting dry. Dry hair? No thanks! In the long term, it can affect hair growth as well. But have no fear - the magical wonders of charcoal are here!
I discovered charcoal shampoo later than I would have liked - but I'm so glad I finally found it! One day, I was chit-chatting with my friend about how frustrating it is for me to find a dry shampoo that actually works with my hair. All the dry shampoos I've tried either weigh down my hair or make it more oily - which is kind of the opposite of the point, right?
She then told me about something I wasn’t prepared for - charcoal dry shampoo. I thought it sounded really strange at first - but I thought that since I felt like I'd tried everything, I might as well give this a go as well.
She showed me her charcoal dry shampoo, and right away I saw the magic behind it. I was shocked. And sold. I kept on using it, and my hair was loving it.
Bye, Bye Toxins: How to Use Charcoal Shampoo
Ok first, let us all keep in mind charcoal shampoo is not your average shampoo - it can't be used daily.
Charcoal traps toxins like a magnet, so it's great for a deep clean. And it really helps get rid of any product buildup - and since it's completely natural, it won't add any chemicals to your scalp or hair.
But because it's such a strong cleanser, you shouldn't use it every day. Once a week or twice a month is perfect.
Long Hair, Don't Care
Remember when we mentioned that conventional shampoo ingredients, pollutants, and sweat can clog hair follicles? Charcoal can clear hair follicles of that buildup - and that actually helps your hair grow healthily.
That's right - since the activated charcoal is helping get rid of toxins that make your hair flat and lifeless, your hair can go back to its natural bounce. Now, your hair can be so big it’s full of secrets. (Mean Girls anyone?)
I hope your hair loves charcoal shampoo as much as mine does! If you wanna find out more about how to keep your hair healthy, check out this article on how to eat your way to healthy hair, skin and nails. And join me on Instagram - I'm always posting tips, tricks, and products I love.