Using the right products on your natural hair is essential. Knowing what products to buy and when to use them can make all the difference between a flaunting a gloriously healthy mane and battling a head full of unruly straw. If you want to cause hair envy everywhere you go, one of the best tools to keep in your arsenal is a great quality clarifying shampoo.
So what is a clarifying shampoo?
Clarifying shampoos exist to do one thing: clarify your hair. They offer a deep cleanse that rids the hair and scalp of build-up from products or dirt. They often have specific chosen ingredients that can wash away any residue that aren’t present in a typical shampoo. Think about it like makeup remover, but for your hair. You’ll finish a clarifying session feeling a fresh bounce and shine in your coils.
What do I buy?
As with every purchase for your natural hair, choose a respected brand with quality ingredients. Investing in a premium product up front will make an unbelievable difference down the line. Our rule of thumb is that if it is cheaper than Elmer’s Glue, it’s probably not a good option.
One of our favorite products is the Oribe Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo. This shampoo uses real volcanic ash to exfoliate the hair and scalp without stripping away natural oils and sebum.
Another great product is the Clarify. Shampoo from Form Beauty (a subsidiary of the awesome black-owned brand Walker and Co). Its carefully crafted ingredients are gentle on the scalp and it uses a unique needle applicator to apply shampoo to difficult-to-reach roots.
How often should I clarify?
About once a week, or whenever you feel like you have product buildup, skip using your regular shampoo and use your clarifying shampoo of choice. Make sure to still use conditioner after applying the shampoo. It’s also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo right before you do a deep condition.
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