Why You Need To Add Clarifying Shampoo to Your Hair Routine
Just like your weekly skin detox and your quarterly juice cleanse, a “clarifying shampoo cleanse”, should be a scheduled activity embedded into your routine.
Clarifying shampoos are in the business of cleaning-house, and that is its primary purpose. Shampoos, in general, can offer a range of benefits, from moisturizing to silver toning, to thickening, and more - but with cleaning your hair, it only gets you half of the way. Clarifying shampoos, also called purifying shampoos, are more targeted towards cleaning hair thoroughly. Here are a few things you need to know to get started.
#1 Get rid of the gunk
All that build-up from styling our hair every day with wax, mouse, hair spray, etc, can take its toll. Left unattended, it can lead to clogged hair ducts, dandruff, and itchy scalp. Shampoo alone might not be efficient enough to clean it all out, given that most daily shampoos try to balance cleaning and moisturizing. Clarifying shampoos are formulated to remove the gunk that’s accumulated over time. Bed Head for Men by TIGI Wise Up Scalp Shampoo: Cleansing Solution with Charcoal and Caffeine, ₱ 950, for example has activated charcoal that acts like a molecular vacuum where a network of pores catch impurities.
#2 It removes heavy build-up of conditioners, masks, and moisturizing oils
We are all about moisturizing your hair, inside and out, but too much of a good thing can lead to some serious hair concerns. Conditioners often leave a residue that makes hair shiny and soft to the touch, leave hair dull and weighed down. If you think your hair has gotten all clumpy even after a good shampoo, then consider getting on a cleanse. Bed Head by TIGI Recharge Shampoo: High Octane Shine Shampoo, ₱ 1,200, lathers up nicely to remove pollutants and sweat to reveal super reflective shine.
#3 Using it depends on how much you need it
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how often you can use clarifying shampoos. It’s more about knowing the state of your hair and what it needs. If you can feel it weighed down, unable to get rid of styling products, or you want to jump-start a new hair routine, then the clarifying shampoos cleanse should be in your calendar.
#4. ...but you actually don’t have to use it every day
As mentioned earlier, clarifying shampoos are not specifically designed for daily use because of how effective it is at stripping your hair, its natural oils included. The best way to determine how often you need it is really by closely observing your hair. Still, a small set of clarifying shampoos are formulated for everyday use, like Davines Essentials SOLU Shampoo: Clarifying Solution Shampoo for All Hair Types, ₱ 1,090, which is specially formulated for particularly heavy users of styling products or those preparing for a perm. So yes, some clarifying shampoos can be used every day, but only for a specific set of needs.
#5 Not all clarifying shampoos are made the same
As you have probably guessed, not all clarifying shampoos are made the same. Although all of them aim to clean thoroughly, some minor differences make them suitable for specific needs.
For example, if you’re looking to find a clarifying shampoo that also cleanses dandruff and scalp flakes, try Davines Naturaltech Purifying Shampoo: For Oily or Dry Dandruff Hair, ₱ 1,085. It’s gained some rave reviews, and with a recommended use of at least once a week for 6 weeks, it offers some great mileage per bottle. *
Are there other great uses for clarifying shampoos?
Other than giving your hair a squeaky clean, clarifying shampoos are great at lending some bounce and body to your hair. It does so by removing oils that may weigh it down, like a natural volumizer.
It is also great to use with masks, so you can top off your cleanse with a powerful one-two punch of thorough cleaning and ultra-moisturizing.
Finally, another clever use for clarifying shampoos are for removing sweat, chlorine, hard water deposits, and salt-water from hair, so it’s good to keep it handy on long vacations.
So next time you're scratching your head over, well, an itchy scalp, consider injecting a clarifying shampoo cleanse into your routine. Your hair and scalp will thank you for it.
*Depending on the amount used.
*Prices are subject to change