How to Properly Use a Clarifying Shampoo

There is a time when your hair feels greasy, weighed down, and limp even after washing it. No matter what you do, it still looks untidy? Well, then it’s probably time to clarify.
All of the mousses, gels, hairsprays, and even your regular shampoo and conditioner can leave residue on your hair and scalp over time.

A good clarifying shampoo can help remove all of the above and give your hair a beautiful, shiny, healthy-looking fresh start. Those deep cleansing shampoos are designed to remove dulling residue that can cause bad hair days. Clarifying shampoos leave your hair refreshed, shiny, and full of bounce.

Hard water in your area and the chlorine in swimming pools also contribute to buildup by depositing hard water minerals and chlorine residue in your hair. To remove these deposits you need a chelating shampoo which is a bit stronger than a conventional clarifying shampoo.

How Do Clarifying Shampoos Work?

Clarifying shampoo contains a higher proportion of cleaning agents than your regular shampoo and doesn’t contain any conditioning agents. The majority of clarifying shampoos on the market contain acetic acid, a mild, acidic chemical compound that is known for its descaling 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 helps remove the buildup in hair that makes it feel oily, weighed down, and unmanageable.

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When Do You Need to Clarify?

If you use a lot of 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.

3. Your strands are breaking/splitting more than normal (because the water/moisture can’t penetrate inside).

4. Your hair lacks shine and is hard to style.

5. You are a regular swimmer and your hair turned green.

Lovely girl after washing her hair with a clarifying shampoo

How Often Should You Use a Deep Cleansing shampoo?

That will depend on how much styling product you use on a daily basis.

If you use a lot of styling products, swim frequently, and/or live in an area that has mineral-rich water, you should consider clarifying your hair couple times a month.

If your hair has a tendency to be oily, you should consider using a gentle, clarifying shampoo every time you wash it.

If you live in an area with soft water and use hair products in small quantities, you only need to clarify when your hair starts to show the signs of product build-up. The majority of people only need to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month. 

If you have mineral deposits in your hair from using hard water, you need to use a chelating shampoo. Chelating shampoos are formulated to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can build up on your hair

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. Also, make sure to use a clarifying shampoo that is safe for colored hair

However, if you want to get rid of a bed hair dye job, a harsh clarifying shampoo can help you fade unwanted hair color in a few washes.

Clarifying shampoo can strip away the natural oils, that keep your hair and scalp well-moisturized. Always use a rinse-out conditioner after washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo to restore lost moisture and help with detangling. However, if you clarify your hair prior to receiving a chemical treatment you may skip the conditioning step, depending on the treatment you are going to receive.

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