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Hair · March 23, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Clarifying Shampoos

What Is Clarifying Shampoo?

Clarifying shampoos deeply cleanse the hair and scalp by removing unwanted residue like hard water minerals, chlorine, and product buildup. Using ingredients like eucalyptus and tea tree oil (which have antiseptic properties), witch hazel (to boost shine), and coconut oil (to condition), these shampoos leave your hair squeaky clean without stripping it of its natural oils.

Which One Should I Use?

All hair types can benefit from using a clarifying shampoo. If you dye your hair, try Oribes The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, a mousse formula that uses detoxifying volcanic ash to rid your hair of product buildup without dulling your color. For a non-lather cleanse thats mild enough for everyday use, go with R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo; it cleans and conditions at the same time, keeping your natural oils intact. If you like suds, check out Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo or Davines SOLU Shampoo, which are both antiaging and rich in antioxidants.

How Often Should I Use It?

Your hair texture and styling habits will determine how often you should use a clarifying shampoo. If your hair is curly or especially dry, you'll want to limit clarifying to a few times a month. If youre one to use lots of heavy conditioners and oils that aren't water-based, then incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your routine a once or twice a week can give your hair a refresh. Once youve found your ideal shampoo, remember to follow up with a mild conditioner (like Oribe Essential Antidote Replenishing Conditioner) to keep your hair looking shiny and flake-free all week long.

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Bethel Hailu-dejene

Birchbox intern, self-proclaimed epicure, hip-hop enthusiast, and recovering hair product junkie.