In short, yes
The best clarifying shampoo will change your hair routine forever. But is it right for me, we hear you ask?
In short, yes: almost everyone should use a clarifying shampoo from time to time. Clarifying shampoos work to remove product build-up, hard water minerals, excess oil and grease and environmental pollutants from hair (to name but a few).
If you get the right one, it can be the best shampoo for dry hair, thick hair, fine hair, greasy hair… the list seems endless. So how do you go about finding the right one for your hair type?
How often should you use clarifying shampoo?
A little of this depends on your hair type. It’s recommended that if you have particularly dry hair, you shouldn’t use a clarifying shampoo more than a couple of times a month. Hair that is super curly also doesn’t require regular clarifying.
For all other hair types, using a clarifying shampoo once a week as part of your haircare routine keeps your hair from having that ‘weighed down’ feeling that you get from showering regularly in hard water or using too much product.
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Best clarifying shampoo for fine hair
If you have fine hair, you may worry that the harshness of a clarifying shampoo will wreak havoc upon your locks – but there’s no need to panic as it can be the best shampoo for greasy hair or limp, fine hair.
Opt for one of the more gentle formulas, like TRESemmé’s Cleanse & Renew Deep Cleansing Shampoo, which can be used a couple of times a week and is great at removing product residue from finer hair. It’s also serious bang for its buck, coming in at less than a fiver for 900ml. What more could you ask for?
Living Proof’s Full Shampoo is another excellent clarifying option here, specially designed for hair that’s a bit limp and lifeless. Give your hair a deep cleanse while simultaneously adding a bit of ‘oomph’.
Best clarifying shampoo for coloured hair
The eternal struggle with coloured hair is that you want to give your hair a good, deep clean, but equally you don’t want to strip any of the colour from your locks. What’s a girl to do?
About 75% of the time, clarifying shampoo shouldn’t be used on colour hair as it will strip some of the colour. No doubt you want to prolong your colour for as long as possible rather than wash it down the drain. But there are some formulas that are gentle enough to be used on dyed hair.
Even better some have been specifically designed to balance the needs of clarifying needs and coloured hair. Ion Colour Defence Clarifying Shampoo is one of the best on the market, working to seal in your colour while giving it a gentle but thorough cleanse. Because the last thing you want is to undo all the hard work of your colourist, am I right?
Best clarifying shampoo for dry hair
If you suffer with very dry hair, we wouldn’t blame you for worrying that a clarifying shampoo would only make the situation worse, but limiting your clarifying washes to a couple of times a month will give your hair enough of a deep clean, without leaving it looking and feeling like a haystack.
Never fear, because nourishing heroes Moroccanoil are on hand with a clarifying formula specifically for your hair type. Their CLARIFY Shampoo not only gives hair a thorough clean, removing all sorts of impurities, but it also contains argan and avocado oils to keep the hair soft and smooth.
Scroll through our round up below to find the perfect clarifying shampoo for your hair type.
Don’t panic, you can actually use this shampoo any day of the week. Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo is a once-weekly deep cleanse for hair, and is particularly good at getting rid of hard water build up, product residue and pollutants. You’ll actually need to use the excuse ‘sorry, I can’t, I’m washing my hair…’
Known for its moisturising properties, you can’t go wrong with a clarifying shampoo from Moroccanoil, providing a great balance of nourishment, hydration and deep cleaning.
Paraben, silicone AND sulphate-free, this clarifying shampoo works to deeply cleanse your hair and add bounce back into it. Unlike many clarifying formulas, it’s safe to use on coloured hair, too.
Designed to target pesky product build-up, Shampoo Two from Paul Mitchell restores your hair to its natural, light state. It’s also excellent if you struggle with greasy hair, regulating oil levels.
Unlike many other clarifying shampoos, this one from TRESemmé is gentle enough to use with every wash, so it’s great for the regular styling product user.
It’s a widespread belief that you can’t use clarifying shampoo on coloured hair, full stop. While some are a little gentler than others and can therefore be used once in a while on dyed hair, this shampoo from Ion has been specifically formulated for coloured styles. What’s more, it’s free of parabens and alcohol and works to seal in that colour.
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