The other night I decided that it was time to clarify my hair after not doing it for a while, and I realized that I have never written a post about clarifying shampoo…
So, What Is Clarifying Shampoo?
Clarifying shampoo is a stronger shampoo that is designed to cleanse the hair of any buildup.
Why Should I Use Clarifying Shampoo?
If you use hairspray, hair product, etc. on a daily basis, then odds are that you should be clarifying from time to time. There are some shampoo / conditioners even that coat your hair with wax, silicone or other chemicals that need to be removed with a clarifying shampoo. Beyond that, your hair could have buildup from hard water. Either way, when your hair has a lot of build-up, it will become hard to comb or style, and will look dull, lifeless and/or greasy. Clarifying is also part of maintaining a healthy scalp for healthy hair growth.
How Often Should I Clarify?
This all depends on your personal situation. For instance, if you use a lot of products and/or have hard water, it is recommended that you clarify 1-2 times a week. If you swim in a pool with chlorine on a daily basis, you should probably do it more often. On the other hand, if you don’t use a lot of products and have soft water, you can get away with 1-2 times per month.
How Do I Use Clarifying Shampoo?
You use it pretty much like regular shampoo. You just have to make sure that you spend a few minutes working it in. If it doesn’t lather too much, feel free to rinse and repeat. To give it a little extra “kick” you can let it sit for 5 minutes or add a pinch of Baking Soda to the shampoo. Just make sure you use a little extra conditioner when you are done, since odds are that the clarifying shampoo doesn’t have as many conditioners as regular shampoo does.
What Clarifying Shampoo Do I Recommend?
One of the best clarifying shampoos out there is the Redken Cleansing Cream. I love this stuff since it doesn’t leave your hair feeling too dry when you’re done.
Is there anything I left out about clarifying shampoo? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below.