How to Know If You Should Use a Clarifying Shampoo

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Nexxus's Clean and Pure Nourishing Detox Shampoo might be lightweight, but it brings major results. "It’s great for removing buildup in your hair, especially for those who like to layer products throughout the week," says hairstylist Lacy Redway, who is an ambassador for the brand. "Also, it helps rebalance the pH in your hair and hydrates it. "This works well for those with color-treated hair as it helps [keep] your color from getting dull," says Redway of Kenra's Clarifying Shampoo. "It’s also great for removing buildup or if you’re in an area that has hard water and do not have a filter in your shower. " For an extra layer of protection, add it once a week to Kenra’s Color Maintenance System to remove color-dulling deposits.

Twisted Sista Luxurious Clarifying Shampoo is designed for textured hair, so it's got ingredients to keep it from over drying. "Some clarifying shampoos can leave your hair dull and strip its natural oils, but this formula is infused with ingredients like [moisturizing] avocado, almond, and coconut oils," says Redway, who suggests it for those with type 4 hair.

No matter what your hair texture is like, hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew recommends the Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo. "It’s deep cleansing, removes everyday buildup, and restores your hair and scalp to a healthy balance," she says. Another plus?

This pick from Lawless is pH-balanced and hypoallergenic, too. "Clarifying shampoos contain strong cleansing ingredients to fully remove dirt, oil, and residue from previous hair products," says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. "While effective, they may cause dryness of the hair and the scalp.

Star ingredients include honey (to soften and smooth hair) and peppermint oil (to exfoliate dry scalp and promote healthy hair growth). "I like this shampoo because it uses volcanic ash and sea kelp extract to do the cleaning," says Weller of Oribe's The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo.

The Camille Rose Clean Rinse Moisturizing and Clarifying Shampoo is another one of Redway's faves for type 4 hair. "This formula is infused with a ton of oils to leave your hair hydrated, shiny, and manageable," she says.

Cosmetic chemist Ginger King says that many clarifying shampoos use chelating agents like EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, which latch on to metal ions that may be in your water. "[Their] function is to 'chelate' (form a bond with) metal ions in water so that the water is softer and better for the hair," she says.

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