What is a clarifying shampoo? A clarifying shampoo is geared specifically towards deep cleaning your hair. Over time, product builds up on the hair. This build up can weigh your hair down, causing it look lifeless, and clog the pores on the scalp. A good clarifying shampoo will cleanse your hair, removing oils, product, sillcones, minerals, waxes, without stripping your hair.
Why should you clarify? Think of product build up as a barrier. When you deep condition or moisturize your hair, your efforts are less effective due to that barrier. The moisturizing or protein agents in conditioners or moisturizers are not able to penetrate into the hair and work to the best of their abilities.
How often should you use a clarifying shampoo? I try to clarify my hair once every 6 weeks.
When not to clarify? Do not use a clarifying shampoo too soon before applying relaxer to your hair. Clarifying your hair too soon before applying a relaxer may increase the risk of burns and irritation. I’ve clarified my hair 1 week before relaxing without experiencing irritation or burning but I would not try to push it closer than that.
Alternatives to a clarifying shampoo? If clarifying shampoos just aren’t your thing, you can also deep clean your hair with baking soda. Baking soda is mildly abrasive, which helps it scrub off buildup on your hair and scalp. It also absorbs excess oils without stripping and drying out your hair.
- Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda into a cup.
- Once in the shower, add 1-1.5 cups of water and swirl to dissolve.
- Carefully pour a small amount onto your scalp, and massage in.
- Repeat until all areas of your scalp have been cleaned.
My current clarifying shampoo is Paul Mitchell’s Shampoo Two. It deep cleans my hair without leaving it feeling stripped, but I want to try something a bit gentler. I’m currently looking to trying either Kenra Clarifying Shampoo or Nexxus Aloe Rid Clarifying Shampoo.