Have you ever felt like your regular shampoo just isn’t getting rid of the product build-up in your hair? Or you prefer washing your hair once or twice a week, but need a really good clarifying shampoo? Well you’ve come to the right place...Let’s get down to the basics and answer a few simple questions we get asked all the time:
Q: What is a clarifying shampoo?
A: Clarifying shampoo's are unlike your everyday products. It gets rid of the toughest product build-up and even strips away environmental dirt that we don’t even know we have in the hair! For all of you dry shampoo lovers (we can’t lie, this is also us…) or product junkies - this product is for you!
Q: How do you use a clarifying shampoo? Is it just like a regular shampoo?
A: It’s not a product that should be used as a daily shampoo. In order to get the most out of this product, you want to make sure you’re really massaging it into your scalp where most of the product is built up and then work it through the rest of the hair afterwards. Leave in for 2-3 minutes and rinse out. For a super deep cleanse, repeat this process.
Q: How many times a week do you use it?
A: If you have normal hair, use 2 to 3 times a week depending on how often you wash your hair. If you have extremely dry or curly hair, use 2 to 3 times a month.
Now after answering a couple basic questions, let’s dive right into some of our favorites. Click the images below to shop:
Color-Safe Clarifying Shampoos
A definite favorite out of the bunch! While it’s free of parabens, sulfate and phosphate, this classic is perfect for color treated hair. It is rich in argan and avocado oils, making it the perfect shampoo to purify the hair and nourish all at the same time. (This one is our top favorite!). It's deep cleansing formula removes everyday build-up, restoring your hair to a weightless, healthy balance. Why have dull, greasy, limp hair when it can be healthy, and free of residue!
ETHICAL PRICE: $28.00
While AG's Renew is also excellent and safe for extensions and synthetic hair, this clarifying shampoo is perfect for swimmers. It gently removes chlorine and product build-up all with a color safe revitalizing formula. Renew leaves your hair with a "renewed" manageability, even for the most stubborn of hair.
ETHICAL PRICE: $16.95
A sulfate-free deep cleansing shampoo is not an oxymoron. This 100% vegan shampoo is infused with rosemary, tea tree oil and witch hazel clarifies from root to tip while still preserving your hair color. Plus, is also gently removes impurities and clarify from the scalp to give you an all around cleanse! Do you also love a good lather? Then Pureology's Purify Shampoo will not disappoint...
ETHICAL PRICE: $30.95
With it’s refreshing blend of citrus and mandarin, Unite's Weekender Shampoo will give you that deep cleanse your hair needs without stripping out all of your natural oils. Our favorite part about this product is that you can leave it on for about 5 minutes for a quick protein strengthening (This is also another favorite). Use this shampoo once a week to make any day feel like the weekend!
ETHICAL PRICE: $31.00
Aside from our color safe clarifying shampoos, we do have other options for those of you who don’t color color their hair or just prefer something more basic. See below for some of our favorites:
Non-Color Safe Clarifying Shampoos
Much more then just a simple cleanser, Milkshake's Normalizing Blend Shampoo is a real treatment for the hair and is unique in its amazing benefits for the scalp and hair. Its formula contains active plant ingredients and essential oils that cleanse deeply yet gently, removing sebum and oily residue. The PERFECT shampoo for men and women with greasy hair who want to eliminate sebum and that greasy looking appearance of the hair!
ETHICAL PRICE: $24.95
These clarifying shampoo's are classics. Shampoo Two has a color-safe formula that cleanses oily hair and scalp, leaving your hair feeling fresh and shiny. It deeply cleanses away build-up without stripping out the much-needed moisture in your hair.
ETHICAL PRICE: $9.95
Looking for something a bit more intense? Shampoo Three is for you! Remove all product build-up, chlorine and minerals from the hair with Shampoo Three. This deep cleansing shampoo washes away impurities while keeping your strands strong. It is a great shampoo to use on swimmers or product junkies.
ETHICAL PRICE: $9.95
Are you a product junkie and need a hair detox? Do you shampoo your hair once a week and want a formula that goes deep? It's times like this when Joico's K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo becomes your new best friend. Unlike most clarifying shampoos, Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo doesn't suck the life out of delicate hair, but leaves it moisturized and shiny, while providing a unique smooth slip for wet combing. It is the perfect choice for everyone - including hard-core swimmers. Their lightweight formula won't overwhelm fine hair, yet is rich and nourishing enough to impact thicker strands; even those exposed to chlorine, minerals and hard water!
With the right product knowledge and adding a clarifying shampoo to your haircare routine, you’ll be on your way to beating product build-up in no time.
Say hello to squeaky clean hair!