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The Best Clarifying Shampoos

The Best Clarifying Shampoos
Schané Flowers
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For most people, shampoo is little more than a bathroom necessity to clean their hair every few days, but shampoo is, in fact, an often wildly underestimated product. The basis for a great hairdo starts with clean, soft, and shiny hair, and the best product to help deliver these is a clarifying shampoo.

What is a Clarifying Shampoo?

Clarifying shampoo doesn't necessarily sound like a beauty must-have, but it should be in every shower and bathroom across the country. We all know our hair needs to be cleaned to look healthy and lustrous, but clarifying shampoo goes a few steps further than your average shampoo.

Every day our hair is subjected to particles of pollution, minerals in hard water, and chemical build-up from products such as conditioners and hairsprays, and our hair strands will grab and hold onto these. Over time, hair can start to look oily, limp, and unhealthy if we continue using only normal shampoo and conditioner to wash our hair. In fact, these products only add to the build-up!



That's where clarifying shampoo comes in. Designed to give both hair and scalp a deep cleaning experience, it helps to remove the build-up in hair using ingredients that purify, helping to remove excess oils, sebum, skin, and pollutants, leaving only soft and silky hair.

How often should I use a clarifying shampoo?

Clarifying shampoo is not like ordinary shampoo; it is designed to be used less often as a cleaning boost rather than everyday washing.

Those with thinner hair types may want to use clarifying shampoo more than their thicker hair counterparts as build-up on thinner hair is much more noticeable. Once a week can help to deep clean on thinner hair and once a month on thicker hair.

Environmental factors can also have a large impact; those in cities may find hard water or pollutants can leave hair feeling lank, while swimmers may experience a build-up of chlorine or excess saltwater for open-water swimmers. In these cases, users may opt to use clarifying shampoo much more often to remove harsher build-ups.

Clarifying Shampoos vs. Dry Shampoos

There are quite big differences between dry shampoo and clarifying shampoo; the main being the consistency of the products. Clarifying shampoo is a wet liquid that deep cleans the scalp and hair strands, removing all build-up; dry shampoo, on the other hand, is a spray-on powder that helps to absorb excess oil in the hair to help freshen the scalp but which can also lead to build-up and must be washed out later.

The Best Clarifying Shampoos

Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo (7.4oz)

Formulated with sixteen pure plant extracts; eleven essential and carrier oils; and a potent, active dose of 2.3% pure peppermint oil, the shampoo works as a local anesthetic to soothe scalp tension, stimulate circulation, and leave your scalp feeling tingly fresh and clean.

ESPA Purifying Shampoo 295ml

Those with less oily, more sensitive scalps may find some clarifying shampoos a little too harsh for their hair type. This can be down to certain oil eliminating ingredients in more traditional clarifying shampoos, but ESPA Purifying Shampoo helps to moisturize while cleansing, reducing itching or irritation. Using jojoba, olive, and coconut oils, ESPA removes build-up while soothing and moisturizing dry hair and scalps, creating bouncy, nourished hair.

June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Shampoo

June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Shampoo is both preservative and paraben-free and has an irresistible lemon extract to help purify and cleanse the scalp, leaving a beautifully clean citrus scent to hair.

Mane 'n Tail Gentle Clarifying Shampoo 355ml

Mane 'n Tail has been a celebrity favorite for years, used by the Kardashians, Jennifer Anniston, and Sarah Jessica Parker to maintain the look of their incredible hair. Now they have added a clarifying shampoo to their range, which helps to strengthen and revitalize hair, leaving it silky soft and glowing with shine.

Color Wow Dream Filter Treatment 200ml

Color WOW Dream Filter Treatment has become a go-to product for those who color their hair and it's easy to see why. Using their breakthrough technology, this wonder product removes particles that actively dull color such as metals present in our environment through pollution or water. Chlorine, iron, copper, calcium, and magnesium are just some of the metals deposited in our hair daily that discolor hair strands. Color WOW Dream Filter Treatment helps to remove these gently, boosting your color for longer.

Phyto Detox Clarifying Detox Shampoo

We love a brand that creates amazing products while actively promoting cruelty-free beauty. Phyto Detox Clarifying Detox Shampoo is a powerful yet gentle cleansing shampoo that is also a PETA certified cruelty free brand.
Schané Flowers
Content Writer
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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!