Have you ever had those days when, even after washing your hair, it feels greasy, weighed down and limp – and no matter what you do with it, it still looks untidy? Well then it’s probably time to clarify.
All of the mousse, gels, hair spray and even the moisturizers in some shampoos and conditioners will leave build up on your hair. Hard water in your area and the chlorine in swimming pools also contribute to buildup by depositing minerals in your hair. A good clarifying shampoo can help remove all of the above and give your hair a beautiful, shiny, healthy looking fresh start.
How Do Clarifying Shampoos Work?
Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove dulling residue that can cause bad hair days, leaving hair refreshed, shiny and full of bounce. The majority of clarifying shampoos on the market contain acetic acid, a mild, acidic chemical compound that is known for its de-scaling capabilities. Acetic acid is also contained in vinegar, which is used to de-scale household appliances, etc. In the same manner, the acetic acid contained in clarifying shampoo removes the buildup in hair that makes it feel oily, weighed down and unmanageable.
How Do I Know if I Need to Clarify?
If you use a lot of heavy hair care products, your hair will benefit from clarifying shampoo. Following are 4 obvious signs of buildup:
1. Your favorite shampoo doesn’t seem to be cleaning your hair as well anymore.
2. Your hair still feels greasy after washing it.
3. Your hair’s breaking/splitting more than normal (usually because the water/moisture can’t penetrate it any longer due to build up).
4. You are a swimmer and your hair is exhibiting a green tint.
How Often Should I Use a Cleansing shampoo?
That will depend on how much you put your hair through on a daily basis. If you use a lot of styling products, swim frequently and/or live in an area that has a mineral rich water, you should consider deep cleaning your hair a couple of times a month. If your hair has a tendency to be oily, you should consider using a gentle, clarifying shampoo every day. If you live in an area with soft water and only use a small amount of hair products, you only need to clarify every couple of months or when your hair starts to show the signs of product build up, etc. For the most part, most people only need to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month.
If you color your hair you shouldn’t use a clarifying shampoo more than once a month and never within the first few weeks of coloring. Clarifying color treated hair too often will make your hair color fade faster.
What are Good Clarifying Shampoo Brands?
Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Two and Three
Paul Mitchell’s clarifying shampoo Two deeply cleanses oily scalps and hair, leaving your hair looking shiny, refreshed and full of bounce by minimizes oil production, gradually reducing excess oil in the hair. The brand’s clarifying shampoo Three removes impurities, including chlorine that leads to build up, minimizes future buildup and strengthens the hair.
Pureology Purify Shampoo
Pureology’s purifying shampoo is specifically designed for use on color treated hair, removing all the buildup while leaving your hair color intact.
Neutrogena Anti-residue Shampoo
This gentle clarifying shampoo helps remove residual build up, hard water minerals, environmental pollutants and other impurities that are some of the common causes of tired looking hair.
This beautifully scented clarifying shampoo is for those whose hair leans toward the drier side. It effectively strips away residue without drying your hair out, leaving it feeling soft and silky, thanks to the Moroccan oil in the product.
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo
If you have dry, damaged hair and constant oil buildup on the scalp and at the roots, then do try this nice, citrus scented shampoo. It’s gentle on the hair works on all hair types, safely removing hair styling product and mineral build up, leaving your hair looking fresh, soft and shiny.
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Medical Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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