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What’s the difference between a clarifying shampoo and a regular one? In a nutshell: it’s a stronger shampoo. If you’re a curly-haired gal or following the beloved Curly Girl Method, you’ve probably read that sulfates are bad news for hair – especially curly hair. Sulfates primarily act as a foaming agent in shampoo formulas. Some people, especially curlies, feel that sulfates leave your hair feeling dry and you risk losing a lot of moisture you’ve worked so hard to put into your hair.
However! It’s totally safe for even our curlies to use a sulfate shampoo (as required) to clarify or deep-clean their hair. We’re always looking for the best hair care advice, so let’s break it down!
Regular shampoo does clean your hair, but most contain cheaper sulfates and sodium which are found in most cleaning products – like dishwashing liquid. Cheap sulfates are guilty of drying your hair and scalp, causing some women’s hair to produce even more oil to overcompensate. Have you ever felt that the more you wash your hair, the greasier it gets? That’s sulfates, friends!
Basically, clarifying shampoo has fancier & better quality sulfates. The better the quality & strength of the ingredients; the more build-up and impurities it will remove. Clarifying shampoos usually contain anionic surfactants, too. This is an ingredient used by manufacturers that provide most of the detergency and lather in shampoos. Amphoteric surfactants also decrease the irritancy of shampoo formulations. You want to look for these words on the label to ensure that you’re buying a good clarifying shampoo: “Ammonium lauryl sulfate; ammonium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl sulfate; sodium stearate and alpha-olefin sulfonate.”
We know that it sounds a bit complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it! You’ll be a squeaky-clean pro in no time. Here’s Byrdie’s 14 best Clarifying Shampoos to give you some options to get started.
You can re-set your hair with a good clarifying shampoo as often as you feel your hair needs it. We suggest doing a clarifying wash once a month and adjusting this according to your hair’s needs. You’ll feel the difference immediately as all those nasty impurities and build-up disappears down the drain where it belongs. It’s the best feeling!
Simply lather your hair like you would a regular shampoo, but leave the clarifying shampoo in your hair for at least 30 seconds so it gets a chance to really eat away at the impurities and nasties. Then rinse and follow the rest of your hair care routine. That’s it!
This could depend on your hair entirely. In general, It works a bit like a hair detox. Your hair might be a tiny bit drier or frizzy after a clarifying wash, and we recommend replacing that moisture lost with products used in the rest of your routine such as a deep conditioner. An added bonus is that you won’t have to wash your hair as often anymore if you’ve been struggling with build up!
Once in a while is totally okay, important for your hair and scalp health, and even Curly Girl Method approved! Clarify your hair as needed. We recommend starting with once a month and adjusting according to your hair’s needs. You’ll soon start to understand how your hair feels and when it needs to be clarified. Say hello to fresher, cleaner and bouncier hair this season.