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What is Clarifying Shampoo?

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What is Clarifying Shampoo? What is Clarifying Shampoo? What is Clarifying Shampoo?

Does your hair sometimes look dull, flat, and borderline oily even after you’ve washed with your go-to shampoo and conditioner? We’ve all had this happen. What do you do when your shampoo just isn’t cutting it? This is where a clarifying shampoo comes in. If you have yet to learn about this popular hair care product, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for everything you need to know about adding a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine so your locks can look their best 24/7.

WHAT IS A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO?

Over time, your hair collects a buildup of dirt, oils, styling product, and residue from your shampoo and conditioner. This buildup can cause your hair to look oily and weighed-down even after you’ve done your best to cleanse it. And that’s exactly what a clarifying shampoo, sometimes also referred to as a detoxifying shampoo, can help with! A clarifying shampoo—as you may have guessed—is a shampoo that essentially gives your hair an extra deep cleansing to rid it of any impurities, leaving it clarified and clean. Typically, clarifying shampoo is meant to be used anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the amount of buildup on your locks.

OUR BEST CLARIFYING SHAMPOO

Now that you know more about what a clarifying shampoo is, you may be itching to get your hands on one for yourself. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to instantly purify oily roots while hydrating dry lengths. The rebalancing shampoo will leave your mane looking beautifully fresh and clean from root to tip.

HOW TO USE A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO IN YOUR HAIR CARE ROUTINE

Want to add a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine? Follow the steps below to do just that!

Step #1: Use a pre-shampoo

Before you use your clarifying shampoo, you’ll want to cleanse your strands with a pre-shampoo hair mask. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask is a one-of-a-kind purifying hair mask that absorbs oil and impurities on the scalp, leaving you with fresh, clean hair. To use, apply the mask onto your roots section by section making sure to fully cover your entire head. This step is meant to be done to dry hair before shampooing. Leave the mask on for five minutes, then rinse while gently massaging the scalp to ensure all of the product is washed away.

Step #2: Wash your strands

It’s time to reach for your clarifying shampoo. Massage the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo onto wet hair, lather, then rinse.

Step #3: Condition your mane

To complete your clarifying hair care routine, you’ll want to follow your shampoo with a conditioner. While it may be tempting to skip conditioner when you’re used to having oily-looking hair, it isn’t a great idea. After all, cleansing and conditioning go hand in hand! So, go ahead and grab the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner, which is also formulated with three refined clays. This rebalancing conditioner will instantly purify oily roots while hydrating dry ends, leaving your mane looking beautifully fresh and clean from root to tip. To use, apply to your locks after shampooing and leave on for one to three minutes, then rinse.

3 TIMES YOU MAY WANT TO USE A CLARIFYING or detoxifying SHAMPOO

Clarifying shampoo isn’t supposed to completely replace your regular shampoo, so when should you use one? Below, find three instances where you may want to make use of a clarifying shampoo.

#1. AFTER A WORKOUT

If you’ve been working up a sweat, chances are there is quite a bit of excess sweat and oil built up on your scalp. This is especially true if you’ve been on a workout streak (go you!). While hitting the gym has plenty of health and beauty benefits, a sweaty workout does call for a clarifying shampoo to keep your strands clean and healthy.

#2. AFTER A SPECIAL OCCASION

Special occasions often call for using lots of hair spray or hair gel to keep your strands in shape. If you’ve recently loaded up your locks with hair styling products, you may need a clarifying shampoo to get completely clean.

#3. AFTER A SUPER HOT DAY

We mentioned sweat after an intense workout, but sweat after a super-hot day is totally a thing, too. And just as you’ll want to clean your mane after a workout sesh, you may need to grab a clarifying shampoo after a hot summer day.

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