For those who purchased the Activated Charcoal supplement recommended in Farmgirl Beauty Secret #61, another great way to take advantage of this clarifying and detoxifying supplement is to use it as a scalp treatment! If you have oily, irritated or dandruff-prone scalp, Activated Charcoal is a godsend. Simply open capsule by pulling the 2 ends of capsule apart and pour content on dry scalp. Massage the charcoal powder into scalp and leave on for atleast 10 minutes (or for as long as you can withstand it. It’s not uncomfortable, your scalp just looks black!). Shampoo and condition as usual. Whenever I do this treatment, I am left with squeaky clean hair and AWESOME volume at the roots. It’s also oddly satisfying to see the charcoal tint rinse out of my hair and down the drain. Those with dark hair can also use charcoal powder as a dry shampoo when you massage a tiny bit onto scalp and brush hair to distribute. For those with light hair colors who are using this as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment, start by using only a portion of the capsule to make sure the residue isn't so intensive that it darkens your hair (any residue you see is temporary, which can be removed by a more thorough cleansing/conditioning process).
I got inspiration for this when I was given a sample of an expensive Japanese charcoal shampoo. While it did contain “charcoal extract” and I enjoyed the sample, the charcoal ingredient wasn’t particularly high on the ingredient list and they added iron oxides to give the shampoo that dramatic, glossy black shade (this tells me they skimped on the charcoal). By using the Activated Charcoal supplement, the cleansing and volumizing effect was dramatically increased, and at a fraction of the cost to boot! This treatment also turns any shampoo into a clarifying shampoo, so there’s one less bottle in the shower to clutter space.
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