5 Reasons To Use A Clarifying Shampoo for Natural Hair

5 Reasons To Use A Clarifying Shampoo

5 Reasons To Use A Clarifying Shampoo for Natural HairSometimes co-washing is not enough.  Shampooing with a clarifying shampoo monthly will rid your hair and scalp of build-up helping your achieve your goal of ‘long hair don’t care’.  Check out these 5 Reasons To Use a Clarifying Shampoo monthly.

By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom re-published with permission from BlackGirlLongHair

In the natural world, we talk a lot about using gentle methods and gentle products because in general, hair that is curly or kinky curly responds well to these two processes. Many people avoid clarifying products at all costs and this is actually a good thing as these type of products are designed to fully strip off any oil on hair. This is not say that clarifying products do not have their uses, they actually are quite useful  in getting rid of build up and creating a clean surface on hair. Here are 5 instances when a clarifying shampoo may come in to play:

1. You intend to switch to using milder products (sulfate free/silicone free)

If you have made a decision to start using milder products such as sulfate free shampoo or silicone free conditioner, you may get a better result with these milder products if your hair is completely clean to start with. This is especially true if you have been a regular user of silicone based styling products (serums, gels ).  Using a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any deposits on your hair from your previous styling products and any dirt attached to the oil allows your hair to be able to  work more effectively with the mild products.  Immediately starting to use a mild shampoo may not be a good idea as it may not be able to effectively clean the hair to allow the mild conditioner to work well.

2. Build up: Your see residue (whitish) on your scalp after washing

A very clear sign of build up is a whitish residue on the scalp (usually clear at the temple/forehead area) immediately after rinsing off shampoo and conditioner. This residue is a sign that the wash has not been effective and therefore a clarifying shampoo would help to ensure that the scalp and hair gets properly clean.

3. Build up : Your hair is getting progressively drier  and no longer responds to conditioning or moisturizing products

Another sign of build is that hair no longer responds to conditioning/moisturizing products AND it is getting drier. The reason for the AND in capitals is that some people can experience a switch where their hair stops wanting moisturizing products as it can stay moist on its own. This is often due to adopting products and a washing routine that suits the hair. However, the case for build up is made when you are following your normal routine (for example 1 weekly shampoo and conditioner and a mid week co-wash) and that work for months but suddenly you find yourself needing to co-wash every other day for the same result. It is possible that a clarifying wash may help to get rid of any build up that may hinder your products from getting their full effect as happened several months back.

4. You have been strictly co-washing

If you have been strictly co-washing for a while and you use styling products such as oils, moisturizers and gels, you are at risk of getting build up as conditioner is not really an effective long term cleanser. Performing a clarifying wash every so often helps to prevent build up formation.

5. You are a heavy oil user

If you are using a lot of oil (oiling hair daily, regularly using heavy butters and oils e.g shea butter, castor oil, doing regular oil rinses/hot oil treatments etc) or have naturally oily hair, you may find that mild shampoos simply are not able to clean your hair sufficiently.  Some people are able to skip out on using conditioner as a result and therefore avoid build up. However, if your hair needs conditioner, you may find that without the occasional clarifying shampoo, you may develop build up issues.

Ladies, how often do you do clarifying shampoos? How do you know when your hair needs one?

17 thoughts on “5 Reasons To Use A Clarifying Shampoo

  1. Yessena B.

    Can bentonite clay still be used to replace shampoo, or should a clarifying shampoo still be used every once in a while?

  2. Lauren

    I prefer to use a bentonite clay wash biweekly with the ACV rinse. if I do decide to use a shampoo I do use a sulfate-free shampoo and I dilute it. Is this okay?

  3. Princess

    I’m currently transitioning my hair from relaxed to natural. I wear my hair in protective styles. I use clarifying shampoo and a moisture boosting shampoo every 2 weeks. My scalp feels clean everytime I wash it.

  4. jessicadodds11

    I don’t use a clarifying shampoo, because before I was natural it dried my hair. I just assumed the same when I became natural. This was extremely helpful Tamara. I couldn’t figure out why my hair would not hold moisture anymore. I will most definitely try this. 🙂

    1. Tamara Post author

      In this post Clarifying is a type of shampoo that removes product build-up and debris that other shampoos or method of cleansing your hair leave behind.

  5. Mary Ware

    Hello Tamara! Great post as usual. I use my all time favorite GKhair pH+ clarifying shampoo once a week to remove styling products, dirt, residue and other impurities buildup from my hair. I leave it 1-3 minutes in my slightly wet hair to get the best results. An ideal cleansing for dreadlocks. I’d highly recommend this shampoo. 🙂 ❤

  6. Erica

    This December will be two years since I had a perm. My braid outs come out okay but they only last for maybe two days. Do u have any advice to keep my waves longer????


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