There are thousands of shampoos flooding the market today. So how do you take a call on which one to invest in? Moreover, what are the different types of shampoos and what are their benefits? Let’s have a look at one of the buzziest terms in haircare – clarifying shampoos. Traditional shampoos are fabulous for daily use, but what do you do when you have excess buildup? You turn to clarifying shampoos. Read on for everything you need to know about clarifying shampoo (including if you need to use one).
What are clarifying shampoos?
Clarifying shampoos are scalp and hair cleansers with slightly different formulations from basic shampoos. These are 80-90% water and contain a heavy amount of surfactants. While every shampoo cleanses hair, clarifying shampoos can wipe off any dirt and bacteria buildup to thoroughly clean the scalp. Surfactant, a soap-like ingredient gets rid of grease, impurities, the residue of hair products or dirt and dead cells from your skin and hair. Three common surfactants are used in most of the clarifying shampoos in the market.
Ammonium-sodium lauryl sulfate: This provides the deepest cleanse and is super helpful for very oily hair. This is ideal for extreme hair care products and intense build-up.
Chlorides or bromides: This is milder than the first one and helps to make hair soft.
Cetyl-fatty alcohols: These have the mildest cleansing effects but get the job done, nonetheless.
Are clarifying shampoos safe?
Experts recommend clarifying shampoos every once in a while. If used only once or twice a week, it could do wonders. However, due to its deep cleansing qualities, this could be disturbing for some people.
If you struggle with dry hair, clarifying shampoos could increase frizziness in your hair. It can also increase dullness in dry hair. Additionally, it might not have any benefits for colour treated hair. Coloured hair has special requirements and clarifying shampoos do not possess the ingredients and properties to fulfil those.
And finally, people with severely dry scalp or skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, dermatitis or any skin issue should consider their decision to invest in a clarifying shampoo. It could aggravate dryness and increase irritation.
Clarifying shampoos are marvellous to keep your hair healthy. They get rid of any bacteria and build up that could potentially turn into an infection and keep your scalp at its best. But, this could go south if you use them too often. The best way to include these in your routine is by switching up your shampoo every once in a while and picking a clarifying shampoo once a week.
Our all-time favourite Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo. It is a fab pick if you want to give clarifying shampoos a shot. It removes all traces of dirt and gunk while leaving your hair squeaky clean and soft. It’s enriched with ethically sourced Australian tea tree oil and organic coconut oil to kill bacteria, germs and moisturise your tresses. Plus the earthy scent of vetiver lingers in your tresses.