Why Everybody Needs Clarifying Shampoo
Written by: Matigan King
Updated: January 3, 2023
Our hair and scalp accumulate sebum (a natural protective oil), hair products, dead skin cells, sweat, and other buildup in the course of everyday living. Over time, the buildup can weigh our hair down, making it look dull or feel heavy.
Washing with a clarifying shampoo is akin to giving your scalp a detox: It’s not meant to be an everyday ritual. How often you use a clarifying shampoo depends on both your hair type and your lifestyle. Gwyneth, for example, uses the goop scalp-scrub shampoo several times a week. “It feels so good, and it leaves my hair so soft,” she says. Others might go for once a week, while people who have oily hair might even use it once a day.
As with everything, balance is key.
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Follow every shampoo (but especially clarifying shampoo, since it cleanses so thoroughly) with a really moisturizing conditioner and/or hair mask—using it only on the midlengths to the ends—for the softest, shiniest results.
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