Upon hearing the word charcoal, we are usually reminded of a summer barbecue or even a cozy fireplace during the coolest winters. But ever since charcoal peel-off masks and toothpastes started flooding our Instagram feeds, we’ve been obsessing over this detoxifying ingredient. Despite looking alarmingly grimy, activated charcoal has proven to be a total beauty hero and for good reasons. Activated charcoal has been ruling the beautyverse for quite some now and we’re all aware of the many wonders it can do to our skin but did you know this ingredient provides some incredible hair benefits too?
Acting like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt, oil, and other nasties, charcoal is basically great for hair.
Charcoal is the beauty ‘it’ ingredient that’s well worth the hype and is often present in detoxifying products meant to allow the hair a reset moment. It’s super useful for oily, grease-prone hair and hair that’s laden with product buildup. It absorbs excess sebum and keeps the hair root and shaft from looking weighed down and flat.
DIY To Create A Clarifying Scrub
You can use an activated charcoal powder to make your own DIY hair scrub. Just mix two tablespoons of activated charcoal powder with a base like a coconut oil. Massage the mixture onto your scalp, left to sit for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. For a faster alternative, try adding some activated charcoal powder to a gentle shampoo and shake it well before use.
Oily scalp? We got you. Greasy hair can be a bit of a faff. We know that but charcoal can remedy itching oily scalp and has proven to be helpful for those of us with scalp acne or a super oily case. So however oily your scalp is, this DIY will make your hair happy, trust us.
DIY Hack To Treat Oily Scalp: Mix baking soda with warm water. Use 1 teaspoon baking soda per cup of water & add 1/4 teaspoon of activated charcoal. Stir it well and then apply the paste to the wet or dry scalp, leave it one for 15-20 mins before rinsing it off with cold water.
Go big or go home. Yes! Charcoal can also be used as a volumizer too! It can help with thin, flat flat, oily hair and scalp by stacking the hair and making it appear thicker and have more volume. Get in on the larger-than-life trend with the easy-peasy hair hack.
DIY Hack For Voluminous Hair: You can mix the charcoal in your regular shampoo or get a ready-made charcoal shampoo. For satisfactory results, let the shampoo sit in your hair for 2-3 minutes. By removing the toxins that impede hair growth, activated charcoal gives you healthier, voluminous hair!
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