As a professional stylist I often hear people complain about flat lifeless hair. What I tell them is that hair gets a build-up of ‘stuff’ in it. By stuff I mean hair product, minerals from hard water and chlorine. Once a week or so depending on how much build up you get in your hair you need to use clarifying shampoo to completely strip out all the build-up. The best clarifying shampoo for your hair will depend on the type of build-up you have.
Here are five reasons you may need to use a clarifying shampoo.
1. To get rid of product build up (wax, hair spray, and shampoo remnants)
Silicone based hair treatments such as waxes and sprays coat your hair, and if not completely stripped out they build up on top of each other causing duller and heavier looking locks. It’s a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build-up of silicone based shampoos and conditioners and hair styling products (including dry shampoo). After using a clarifier you will notice how your favourite shampoo brand will work a lot better.
2. To Ensure Your Colour goes on Evenly.
Using a clarifier before getting your hair colored means the color is more likely to stick to the hair properly rather than to the build-up. It is best to use it day or two before your color treatment to allow your natural oils to come back. This will protect you from scalp irritations.
Once you have dyed you hair though try to find a sulphate free shampoo to ensure your color doesn’t fade.
3. To Clean Oily Hair
Had enough of limp hair? A clarifying shampoo will strip all that grease giving your squeaky clean hair. Make sure you condition your roots though or spray leave in conditioner for styling to make you don’t over dry. Alternate the clarifying shampoo with several of your regular shampoos. Don’t be tempted to use a clarifier all the time either, constantly stripping your hair will cause an over oil production.
4. Pre Hair Masque
If you were going to give your skin a deep moisture masque you would exfoliate it first to get rid of dead skin and dirt and open your pores right? Well if you are going to do a hair masque the same thing applies. The masque will work better if it does not have to fight its way through oil, product and grease. Your hair will look even shinier.
5. To get rid of hard water deposits or damaging chlorine.
If you hair has taken on a greenish blueish tinge (especially blond hair) then you may be suffering from chlorine (if you are a swimmer) or mineral deposits from water (if you live in a hard water area). There are clarifying shampoos that are especially designed for removing chlorine from your hair such as Ultra Swim Clarifying shampoo.
A clarifying shampoo is a great way to just strip everything nasty out of your hair and start from scratch with styling or moisturising.