What is a clarifying shampoo and will it help hair loss?

There are so many shampoos on the market today, all vying for our shampoo dollar so it’s easy to become confused by all the brands and so-called treatments.  There’s a product for just about every #badhairday. Frizz, dryness, oily, stringy, unruly, too curly, too straight, heat treated – you name it there’s a shampoo for everything! So we thought we’d cut through some of the hype and answer one question we get a lot: What is clarifying shampoo and will it help hair loss?

For most women who have fine, thin or thinning hair, the never ending quest for the perfect hair products seems endless. We spend more money on hair products than our luscious-locked girlfriends and yet, we seem to find it so hard to find much out there that really makes a noticeable difference.

There’s a lot of buzz around so-called hair thickening shampoos. I’ve tried them all and I’ll bet most of you have too. For me, all they succeeded in doing was making my hair dry, frizzy and brittle. So you could say I was a little sceptical when I was challenged to test out a clarifying shampoo.

Price wise, clarifying shampoos seem to be around the same price as everything else and against my better judgement, I bought a supermarket brand! Since I have been a convert to chemical free shampoos like the Carelli brand, it was a big move for me to buy a supermarket brand of clarifying shampoo. But I have to admit, I was happy with the supermarket shampoo price tag.

So what is a clarifying shampoo?

Clarifying shampoos are the super deep cleans your hair and scalp need from time to time. If you are someone who is using a lot of products like sprays and mousses to boost hair volume, then you will no doubt have some product build-up.

Healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp. I often use the analogy of a garden needing great soil to grow healthy plants. The constant use of hair products can cause a build-up of product residue which can stay on the scalp and clog up the follicles which can lead to reduced functioning follicles.

Let’s think about our facial skin for a moment, you are probably careful about cleansing your face and removing makeup on a daily basis because you can see and feel the build-up of product on your skin. Well, our scalp is just as important – especially as it is the fertile ground required for hair growing.

So here’s where a clarifying shampoo comes in. Clarifying means to become clear or to become free of impurities. So with a clarifying shampoo, we are removing the impurities from our hair and scalp.

It isn’t something you would use every wash, and for some women it could be too drying, especially if you are already washing your hair regularly or not applying a huge amount of styling products.

Even if you don’t use any styling products your hair can still become dull from a build up of residue from your regular shampoo and conditioner, so no matter what your hair type, it’s still a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo every now and then.

I tried the Herbal Essences Drama Clean Clarifying Shampoo and I like it a lot. I use it once a week and it really helps to keep my hair feeling clean. I also use a squirt of Carelli Recovery Oil in my conditioner which helps to keep my hair and scalp from drying out.

If you have a clarifying shampoo that you like leave a note in the comments and let us know what you think of it.


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