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True to its name, a clarifying shampoo gives your hair that natural clarifying spa treatment. It rids your hair from the build-up brought about gooey hair products, hair spray, hard water mineral deposits, or even chlorine, if you like to swim.


Some hesitate to use regular shampoo because of the threat of hair fall, hair breakage or dryness. So, what’s a girl to do if you don’t want to use regular shampoo? Take heart, as an alternative, you can use clarifying shampoo to take great care of your hair.

Clarifying shampoo for black hair helps you to get rid of dry, itchy, flaky, dandruff that is all over your scalp as well as the excess oil. The stubborn residue of mousses, hair gel, oils and other hair styling products can be washed away when you use clarifying shampoo every so often.

Once you stick with one type of shampoo exclusively for deep clarifying, you can stay loyal to that business. Hair tends to respond without having to switch from one brand to another. The only reason would need to change is because of build-up on  the hair shaft. As an example, if your normal shampoo is a deep moisturizing shampoo, then you might want to use different clarifying shampoo brands the fourth time you shampoo your hair.

Some people use it less frequently. See the video below for more information.

Benefits of Using a Clarifying Shampoo by Leslie Dupree


As advised by hair experts, clarifying shampoo for color treated hair must be used sparingly because it has a high concentration of surfactants compared to its water component. Another option is to use an amphoteric shampoo ~ think baby shampoo. Baby shampoo contains milder amphoteric surfactants like:

  • PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Lauroamphoglycinate

This type of shampoo usually provides the least cleansing.

As a best practice, when using Pantene clarifying shampoo or Neutrogena clarifying shampoo, you want to rinse it out thoroughly and use a hair conditioner right after applying it. Since this it aims to clean your hair effectively, it is formulated with a tiny amount of emollients and oil conditioner to strike a balance between regular shampoo and hair conditioner.

In fact, any shampoo with a heavier quantity of sulfates can be used in clarifying your hair. Just bear in mind that this substance can be detrimental to your hair when used excessively. The extreme use of products with high amount of sulfates can remove the natural oil produced by your hair.

Using it too much can be very drying and can lead to breakage. Again, when using clarifying shampoo, always rinse thoroughly and deep condition your hair immediately after shampooing. Remember that shampoo is not bad, but it is best when it is used sparingly.

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When To Use Clarifying Shampoo

One tell-tale sign also that your hair needs rescue is when it loses its natural curly twirl or when it stops being bouncy, if it is supposed to. Some women only decide to clarify their hair when they notice that their hair is starting to be lifeless. You can prevent this occurrence early on, if you already have an idea of what you should be doing before problems begin.

The Science of Black Hair suggests that the use of clarifying shampoos is best done in the following cases:

  • Is your hair dull due to constant use of styling gel, hair spritzers, hair conditioners? Have you over used finishing products such as hairsprays and moisturizers? If so, you have to keep in mind that these moisturizers are silicone-based and are not soluble in water. No wonder your hair feels gooey even after applying regular shampoo. It is, then, highly recommended to start detoxifying your hair with clarifying shampoos.
  • If your hair starts feeling oily, rubbing the shampoo into your scalp will help keep it clean and fresh. If your hair tends to be extra dry, subsequent use of pre-poo or deep conditioner will temper the dryness.
  • Swimming might be a great way to exercise, but it can be havoc for your hair whether in the swimming pool or at the beach. The chlorine found in swimming pools and the salt water at the beach can leave your hair with a residue. What’s worse, is if the sun is out and scorching during your swimming sessions, it can really dry out your hair. The best remedy to this is to use a clarifying shampoo afterwards.
  • When your favorite hair products are no longer effective, some experts believe that repeated use of the same product can cause your hair to be immune overtime. The silicone and additional oils cause build-up, preventing your hair from being smooth. Instead of ditching these products, stop using them regularly. Instead, use a clarifying shampoo from time to time too.
  • If your hair is easy to style and you’re not working with constant dry hair, then the use of a clarifying hair care product is recommended once a month (or longer) to give your mane a boost.

How to Use Clarifying Shampoo

Experts approve clarifying the hair when it is properly done. One way to do it is to comb your hair in sections, once wet. Wash in the same direction, so that your hair will not become tangled. Once it is covered with clarifying shampoo, leave it in for a few minutes and rinse.

And, finally, the best clarifying shampoo to me is Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo. It removes toxins, mineral and medicinal buildup with White Willow Bark and Sage. Also, the Pro-vitamin B5 and Biotin help to retain moisture and swell every strand of your hair.

She is an American entrepreneur, 5’ 2” with big hairy ideas and on a mission to extol the benefits of hair oil worldwide. She is also the co-owner of Obsessed Hair Oil along with her sister, Serena.