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Using Clarifying Shampoo For Cleaner Hair And Scalp

Shampoo formulations include ingredients for improving the condition of your hair by eliminating dirt, debris and odour effectively. They also help relieve irritation and itch, fight oiliness and keep your hair beautiful and bouncy. But have you ever felt like your shampoo isn’t getting the job done? There may be occasions when your hair still feels greasy after you’ve just washed it, and when it seems like the dry shampoo and other styling products you used the day before are still clinging to your scalp.

It’s often the case that shampoo alone is not enough to clean out all dirt and product residue, especially now that most shampoos try to balance moisturising and cleaning. If you’re looking to remove oil and product build-up from your strands, clarifying shampoo will leave your scalp extra clean. Read on to understand the deep-cleansing effect of clarifying shampoo and why you should add this to your hair care routine.

Getting To Know Clarifying Shampoos

The build-up from styling your hair every day with hair spray, mousse, wax, gel, or dry shampoo will take a toll on the health of your scalp and hair. Ignore it and it can lead to dandruff, clogged hair ducts and irritation.

If you notice your scalp becoming itchy even after washing, it’s because of the build-up of oil, dirt and residue from your conditioner and shampoo. This build-up can also cause your hair to look heavy, dull and flat.

That’s where your clarifying shampoo comes in. Its primary purpose is to give your hair and scalp a deep clean while giving your hair some body and bounce. In addition, it can act as a natural volumiser by removing oil that may be weighing your hair down and making it look lifeless.

Clarifying Shampoo Versus Regular Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo formulas trap impurities and wash them away, leaving your hair feeling fresh and light. They also help lift away mineral deposits from hard water, chlorine and other chemicals that may stick to your hair.

What sets clarifying shampoos apart from your regular shampoo is the level of surfactant they contain. Surfactants are ingredients designed to get rid of grease, impurities and residues that accumulate on your hair and scalp over time.  Surfactants found in clarifying shampoos include cetyl-fatty alcohols, chlorides or bromides and ammonium-sodium lauryl sulphate.

Although they deliver an incredible deep-cleaning effect, sulphates tend to dry out hair and strip away natural oils from your hair. For this reason, some brands of clarifying shampoo use chelating agents instead, as these clean the scalp without stripping it of oils as sulphates do.

A regular shampoo, on the other hand, contains mild cleansing agents that focus more on making the hair shiny and smooth rather than thoroughly cleaning it. Regular shampoos contain more nourishing properties, that will leave your locks healthy-looking and glossy, but they have fewer surfactants. Most regular cleaning shampoos may also have hydrating or moisturising components that make them suitable for everyday use.

Is Clarifying Shampoo Good For Colour-Treated Hair?

A common concern of those with colour-treated hair is that clarifying shampoo might remove their hair colour or cause fading. Here’s the litmus test: if your colour-treated hair feels dull, heavy, limp and greasy even after washing, then it is time to clarify. Clarifying shampoo will not remove your hair dye in a single wash, but it’s inadvisable to use this type of shampoo more than once a month. Always check the label for confirmation that the clarifying shampoo you’re holding is suitable for dyed or colour-treated hair, as some formulas can change your hair colour.

Should You Use A Clarifying Shampoo Every Day?

There is no denying that clarifying shampoo can be a great addition to your hair care routine. However, keep in mind that clarifying shampoo is not designed for daily use, so don’t use it as you would your regular shampoo. For those who regularly use styling products and heat treatments, experts recommend using a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks, otherwise once a month is sufficient.


Your hair needs a deep clean every once in a while, which is why investing in a good clarifying shampoo is a sound idea. Consider it a monthly beauty treatment for healthier hair and scalp. Not only does it get rid of all that unpleasant build-up on your scalp, but it also allows your styling products to work better.

A healthy scalp is the basis of great hair, and no one knows more about that than Vinci Hair Clinic. Book yourself a complimentary consultation appointment and begin your journey to better hair today!