Clarifying shampoos seem to carry a certain mystique. Many people aren't sure what these products do, let alone how often they should be used ... if at all. This article answers FAQs about clarifying shampoos.
Clarifying shampoos seem to have an air of mystique surrounding them. In reality, these products do a very simple job. Find the answers to your questions about clarifying shampoos below.
What's a clarifying shampoo?
A clarifying shampoo is a shampoo that provides intensive cleansing. In comparison with normal shampoos, clarifying products usually contain a higher concentration of detergents and other cleansers.
Additionally, clarifying shampoos are unique in their lack of film-forming additives. Many regular shampoos deposit a shine-promoting active or conditioning film on your hair in addition to cleansing.
The only aim of a clarifying shampoo is to remove residues from your hair. There are several substances that may leave a residue on your hair, including:
- Hard water deposits
- Silicones, found in hair oils and waxes
- Fibres, found in hair-volumising products
- Plastic-based polymers, waxes, and texturising ingredients, found in hairsprays and gels
- Chlorine picked up from treated swimming pools
Regular shampoos rarely remove 100% of the residues that are left behind from washing and swimming. If these residues are left untreated, they build up over time, resulting in hair that looks dull and greasy and feels heavy and lifeless. A clarifying shampoo makes your hair fresh, glossy, and bouncy again.
We recommend integrating one of the following clarifying shampoos into your haircare routine:
- Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo
- Green People Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo – Detox & Shine
- Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo
How often should I use a clarifying shampoo?
The answer to this question depends on your answer to the following three questions:
- Does your hair tend to be dry or oily?
- How often do you use hair treatments such as oils, hairsprays, gels, and texturisers?
- Do you dye your hair? If so, did you colour recently?
Firstly, the general condition of your hair determines how often you should use a clarifying shampoo. Oilier hair types are better suited to regular use of a clarifying shampoo.
Even if you don't swim or use a lot of hair products, clarifying shampoos help remove excess oil from your hair and scalp. If you have naturally oily hair, it's helpful to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month.
If you have dry hair, you should be cautious in your use of clarifying shampoos. A dry scalp produces fewer natural oils to protect hair and create shine.
Clarifying shampoos can worsen dryness by stripping what little oil is present. If you have naturally dry hair, you should use a clarifying shampoo just once every month or two.
If you use several hair products that promote build-up, i.e. hairsprays, hair gels, and texturisers, you may need to use a clarifying shampoo more frequently. Always follow a deep-cleansing treatment with a regular or intensive conditioner.
Replenish tresses after a clarifying treatment with one of the following products:
- Kérastase Masque Thérapiste
- Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy – Extreme Restoration Masque
- Kusco–Murphy Intensive Treatment
Finally, if you dye your hair, you should note that clarifying shampoos may increase the rate at which your colour fades. For this reason, we don't advise using one within a month of colouring.