Need a Clarifying Shampoo? Try These Top 5!

Have you ever gotten out of the shower and felt like your hair was still dirty? That’s because it probably still is. (Harsh truth.) If you have only been using your regular go-to shampoo to wash your hair, it’s time to step up your routine by using a clarifying shampoo! 


Top 5 Clarifying Shampoos Worth Trying


What is a Clarifying Shampoo?

How is it different from regular shampoo? After extensive research, we have concluded that clarifying shampoos are a type of shampoo designed to remove excessive buildup. This can include but is not limited to: gel, hairsprays, mouses, chlorine, dirt, and oil from styling products. They offer a deeper cleanse than your regular shampoo and will have your hair feeling healthy and fresh.

How and When to Use a Clarifying Shampoo:

Clarifying shampoos work wonders and do an extreme job at deeply cleansing the hair; therefore, it is important not to overdo it because it can leave your hair dry and dull. Think of your monthly visit to the hair salon. You want to have a deep hair cleanse maybe once or twice a month, depending on your activities. To use it, start by focusing the shampoo on your roots. You may as well do a little scalp massage—your scalp will thank you for it. Slowly spread the shampoo to the length of your hair as you go. Leave the shampoo on your hair for a minute, then rinse well and follow up with a conditioner. Bonus points if you follow up with a hair mask to help bring back the shine. Remember, this is supposed to be a relaxed at-home day. Take your time washing your hair and let the results speak for themselves.


Signs You Need a Clarifying Shampoo

You Wash Your Hair, But it Still Feels Dirty

You step out of the shower, and your hair still feels dirty and sometimes oily. That’s a sign that your hair needs more than a regular wash because it needs a deeper cleanse.

You’ve Been Swimming/Exercising

If you’re an athlete, a swimmer, a personal trainer, or just anyone that works out daily, you might want to reach for a clarifying shampoo to keep your scalp refreshed and balance ph levels.

You Leave In-Styling Products

We all love straightening or curling our hair, and most of the time, we leave the hairstyle on for the next day (maybe even a third day). If you’re guilty of doing this too often, do not worry because you’ll have a clarifying shampoo to eliminate all the product and residue buildup.

You’ve Been Using Lots of Dry Shampoos

We get it, you're a busy person, and you just haven’t had time to wash your hair, so you have used your dry shampoo more than you probably should. If this is the case, it is time to do a deep cleanse from all the buildup your dry shampoo has been causing.

You Feel Like Your Hair Just Needs Extra Life

From air pollution to having naturally oily hair to using hard water, factors in our environment damage our hair daily. Using a clarifying shampoo will keep your hair healthy and full of life. 



Benefits of a Clarifying Shampoo

It removes build-up, chlorine, and hair styling residue. It also restores natural ph levels in your scalp while adding volume and elasticity to your hair. You can use dry shampoo when prepping your hair for harsh chemical treatments like getting your hair dyed. It also prevents bacterial growth on your scalp and even helps lock in moisture, all while rejuvenating your hair’s freshness.



Our Top 5 Favorites Cab's Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo

Olaplex Nº.4C Bond Maintenance® Clarifying Shampoo

Nº.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo is formulated with a Broad Spectrum Clarifying System to remove product buildup, excess oil, hard water minerals, chlorine, and even heavy metals, and pollutants–all without causing dryness. It will optimize your hair repair results by removing more impurities that damage hair. Harsh clarifiers can leave the hair like a straw. Nº.4C is sulfate-free & pH balanced to maintain hydrated hair.

Moroccan Oil Clarifying Shampoo

Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo is a deep-cleansing formula that removes everyday buildup, restoring hair to a weightless, healthy balance. Rich in argan and avocado oils, keratin, lavender, chamomile, and jojoba extracts, this clarifying shampoo nourishes your hair while gently cleansing impurities. Color-safe. Sulfate-free, phosphate-free, and paraben-free. It can be used before a color, perm, or chemical treatment for the evenest results.

OUAI Detox Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo deeply cleanses away dirt, oil, and product buildup with detoxifying apple cider vinegar and hair-strengthening keratin. This concentrated shampoo will deeply cleanse away dirt, oil, and impurities. It also removes the buildup from styling products and hard water deposits. Leaves hair feeling refreshed and super clean. It has a floral scent and is good for all hair types.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo

Gently clarify normal to oily hair with this 97% naturally derived clarifying shampoo. Your hair will feel squeaky clean and shiny. The micelles gently remove product buildup and other impurities without disrupting the natural balance of the scalp and hair. White vinegar helps gently purify the hair. The shampoo features an invigorating aroma with notes of certified organic rosemary, peppermint, and spearmint, proven to energize, awaken the senses and improve focus.

Your go-to shampoo is great for keeping your hair clean whenever you’re in a rush. Your hair goes through a lot, and you might need a little bit more hair care. Keeping your hair clean and moisturized doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Instead, using a clarifying shampoo whenever your hair needs it should be a fun and relaxed process. Find a shampoo that works for you and let your beautiful hair thrive.

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