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What is Clarifying Shampoo?

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What is Clarifying Shampoo? What is Clarifying Shampoo? What is Clarifying Shampoo?
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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 been there. 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 how to clarify with shampoo as part of your hair care routine so your locks can look their best 24/7.

WHAT IS 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. That’s exactly what a clarifying shampoo, sometimes also referred to as a detoxifying shampoo, can help with! What does clarifying shampoo do? As you may have guessed, this shampoo essentially gives your hair an extra deep cleansing to rid it of any impurities, leaving it clarified and clean. A clarifying shampoo for curly hair can also help reset your curls by removing buildup, which helps revive your natural curl pattern.

Typically, clarifying shampoo (including clarifying shampoo for natural hair) is meant to be used anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the amount of buildup on your locks. 

You may be wondering what a clarifying shampoo will do to colored hair—will it remove permanent hair color? The answer is yes—and no. Using a clarifying shampoo on color-treated hair once a month is generally okay, but if you use one more frequently, your hair color may fade quicker than normal. While most clarifying formulas aren’t meant for colored hair, you may be able to find one that can be used on dyed strands. Still, you won’t want to overdo it.

OUR BEST CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS

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 CLARIFY WITH SHAMPOO

Want to add a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine? Follow the steps below (there are only two!) to clarify with shampoo the right way.

STEP #1: WASH YOUR STRANDS

There’s no preamble to this routine—it starts straight away with clarifying your hair. Make sure your strands are saturated with water, then it’s time to reach for your clarifying shampoo. Massage the formula onto wet hair, lather, then rinse.

STEP #2: 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 formulated with three refined clays. To use, apply to the lengths and ends of your hair after shampooing and leave on for a few minutes, then rinse.

3 TIMES YOU MAY WANT TO USE A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO

Clarifying shampoo isn’t supposed to replace your regular shampoo completely, 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 good 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-looking.

#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 want to clean your mane after a workout sesh, you may need to grab a clarifying shampoo after a hot summer day.

Next: This Is Why You Should Pre-Poo (And What You Should Use)

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