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Clarifying Shampoo, Everything you need to know about

The latest and new trend in beauty that performs the deepest cleaning of your hair with Clarifying shampoo.

The hair care routine is one of the most essential tasks to follow when it comes to keeping your appearance healthy and clean. Choosing with precision the right clarifying shampoo, the conditioner that suits your needs and the appropriate mask are requirements. It must be adapted to the thickness and condition of your hair.

But there are many occasions when choosing these products is one of the most arduous tasks since there are so many types of shampoos and conditioners that knowing which is the right one is almost a risky task. There is shampoo for every type of person.

The latest trends in beauty dictate that shampoos now clarifiers are the best choice for deep cleaning. These are steroid shampoos that cut the build-up of products and oils to leave hair looking radiant and clean. This type of shampoo is the same as that used in many hair straightening and keratin treatments, but do we know when to use a clarifying shampoo?

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The frequency with which this type of product should be applied should not exceed once a month since when the hair is purged of any trace of dirt. Its natural oils can lose properties and stop shining as they should.

To apply it, a routine must be established in which time plays a primary role. It is applied from the roots and in small amounts that form enough foam to spread progressively throughout the hair. Once this is done, it should be rinsed before using the conditioner. The result will be even better if you opt for a mask that recovers lost moisture and helps improve hair shine.

How to use a clarifying shampoo correctly?

The other day a friend was telling me how upset she was with her shampoo. She didn’t like the way she left her hair and she’d put good money on it. Every time she used it, she noticed that her hair was very dry and, in addition, not very manageable. When she showed it to me … HORROR! It was clear to me right away 🙂 It was a clarifying shampoo, or also known as a “drag shampoo”. My friend, I was using it as if it was a normal day-to-day shampoo, and that routine of frequent washing was leaving her hair awful.

When I told her what this type of shampoo was used for, and that using it 1 or 2 times a month was more than enough, she didn’t believe it 🙂

I will briefly summarize what I told her about clarifying shampoos.

What is a clarifying shampoo for?

Its function is to remove the accumulation and remains of products that remain over time in our hair.

In short, clarifying shampoo is used to remove the remains of conditioner, masks, fixing gels and oils.

Even regular shampoo itself, chlorine from swimming pools or saltpeter from the sea, leave their trace on the hair.

All this accumulation of products, with the passing of the days, is generating a film on our hair and scalp. This can prevent the products that you are using to care for your hair, and that has cost you so much effort to achieve, not working 100% and not giving you the results you expected.

But don’t worry, there is a solution.

If you notice the saturation with products, it is time to do a RESET.

To reboot from scratch, guess what? You need a clarifying shampoo 🙂

Once the wash is done, your hair will be ready to embrace the hair care routine.

Things to know about clarifying shampoos:

REMEMBER: This type of shampoo is not for use every day. It has a cleaning power greater than normal shampoo, and it also dries the hair much more.

After a deep wash, don’t forget to have a mask or a good conditioner on hand. Thus, you will return the lost hydration to your hair immediately.

VERY IMPORTANT:   If you have recently dyed your hair, it is better to allow a few weeks to pass before doing a deep wash. Some shampoos are designed to prevent color from washing off, but you know … Better safe than sorry;)

As a curious fact: A clarifying shampoo can be used more regularly, on normal scalp or hair with a tendency to oily.

Ah! If you do the coloring with henna, it is better not to use this type of shampoo or it will take all the color in the wash. On the other hand, its use can be good for you, if the color you have chosen does not convince you at all and you want to remove it;)

How many times should I use the clarifying shampoo?

This question is a bit tricky to answer. It will depend on each case, especially on the amount of hair care products you use.

So that you can feel around, I propose a couple of general guidelines:

If you use enough products to care for your hair, and also those that incorporate ingredients such as silicone, mineral oil or petrolatum, you will surely have to use a clarifying shampoo about 2 times a month.

On the other hand, if you are one of those who shy away from chemicals and use more natural products in your routine, once a month would be enough. There are those who extend it up to a month and a half.

As you can see, depending on the routine you follow, you can space out more or less clarifying washes. But above all, don’t wash with clarifying shampoo every day as my friend did;)

So … what shampoo do you recommend?

I have made a selection of 5 clarifying shampoos that you have heard about for sure. Choosing one is a bit of a matter of personal preferences and tastes. If you like those to foam more or less, with 100% organic ingredients, the aroma, texture…

My selection of shampoos from left to right:

Collection of clarifying shampoo
  • Faith In Nature Coconut Shampoo Hydrating. With organic coconut oil, vegan and at a great price.
  • Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse. Ginger, seeds and essential oils. For all types of curls and textures.
  • Cantu Avocado Hydrating Shampoo. For those who like to feel the foam on their hair.
  • Aunt Jackie’s Power Wash Intense Moisture Clarifying Shampoo. Apple cider vinegar and honey for all hair types and textures.
  • Solid Shampoo For Normal To Dry Hair. A sustainable alternative without toxic chemicals and without plastic.

If you have doubts about which one may be the right one for you, write me through the contact form and I will help you choose the most suitable one.

How to make a clarifying shampoo that will get rid of semi-permanent hair color?

You have decided to change your hair color with a semi-permanent dye only to find that it does not look so good. The great thing about semi-permanent color is that it doesn’t require the same level of commitment as permanent color, as it washes out in about four weeks. But if waiting for the semi-permanent color to wash out is not an option, and you need to change it right away, there are several shampoos you can do to remove the color from your hair.

Step 1

Mix equal parts bleach-free liquid laundry soap with a clarifying shampoo. Rinse your hair two or three times to fade out the dye. If it doesn’t fade enough, repeat it the next day. Letting your hair rest between sessions minimizes the damage that laundry soap can do to your hair.

Step 2

Mix one part baking soda with three parts dandruff shampoo. This combination strips your hair quickly, but it can be harmful, so use it sparingly.

Step 3

Mix one part liquid detergent with three parts white vinegar. Blue detergents work best. Detergent dries hair very quickly, so make sure to use a conditioner between applications. Repeat as many times as necessary to remove the color.

Step 4

Mix lemon juice and cream of tartar until it forms a thick paste. Apply it to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it off as you normally would. This can be repeated daily until you have reached your desired color level.

Step 5

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide with clarifying shampoo. Apply it to your hair and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it off completely and check to see if the dye is completely removed. If not, repeat it as many times as necessary.

What is clarifying shampoo for and why can’t it ruin colored hair?

First I want to clarify an important issue.

What in the USA is known as clarifying shampoo, in most Latin countries it is the deep cleaning shampoo.

But for the purposes of this article, I will continue to refer to clarifying shampoo.

Why should Clarifying Shampoo be used with care?

 Clarifying shampoo is used to remove residue build-up from the hair. It is made mostly with detergents, unlike traditional shampoos that in addition to detergents have keratin, perfume, etc.

Being almost pure detergent, it is much stronger than traditional shampoo. That is why it is used to deep clean the hair.

•             Most shampoos have 60% detergent, 20 or 30% cream, keratin and the rest is perfume and coloring.

•             The clarifier is 80% detergent and 20% colorant / perfume.

So can you imagine using such a product on freshly colored hair?

 The clarifying shampoo will sweep away everything in its path. With residues that are in the hair and with color residues that have not settled.

Have you ever washed the dishes?

Well, you probably use detergent. The detergent is the one that removes the remains of grease from the dishes and cutlery.

Now imagine using that same detergent, but on your freshly colored hair. You would be doing something similar when washing your hair with clarifying shampoo.

After five days the dye will be well established and there if you could eventually use the shampoo. However, is it totally necessary? Can’t you wait a little longer?

If you can wait more than five days to wash your hair with the clarifier, I recommend that you do so.

Suppose you used the clarifier on your hair. What precautions should you take into account before using it?

Can clarifying shampoo be used as soap?

Depends on what you are using the shampoo to wash. Shampoos are meant to get oil out of your scalp. Clarifying goes extra on removing oil. All shampoos are more expensive than body soap. STICK TO SHAMPOO FOR YOUR HEAD AND BODY SOAP FOR THE BODY.


Allow at least five days after applying the dye to use a clarifying shampoo

Do not use the shampoo more than once a week

After washing your hair with the shampoo, rinse it with plenty of water until the water runs clean

If you tumble dry your hair, apply a heat protection spray before doing so

If you did a cream bath, do not wash your hair with clarifying shampoo because it will clean all traces of hydration


So now you know.

Wait at least five days from when you dyed your hair until you wash it with the clarifier.

Otherwise, that beautiful color you have now could go down the drain. And with that, the money you have spent on your new look.

Do you still have doubts? Not sure if you can use a clarifier on your hair? Are you afraid that the shampoo will remove or ruin the color? Touched by an angel Salon is the best option for you to consult.

I just dyed my hair with a toner, if I use a clarifying shampoo, will it strip the color?

 Most shampoos for normal hair are designed to be alkaline.

Color-treated hair should not be washed in shampoo designed for normal hair because it is too alkaline and drying.

Clarifying shampoo formulas often have even higher alkalinity in order to be able to remove residues, such as product build-up or dirt.

Hair dyed with a toner, either recently or overtime, used is never washed with a clarifying shampoo or a formula with any type of high alkaline formulation.

A clarifying shampoo formula will strip the hair of color. It will also most likely cause dehydration to the strands leaving them dry and moisture-starved.

If you really want to damage color-treated hair, whether recently colored or not, wash hair in hot water with a full-strength clarifying shampoo. Use a hot blow dryer and hot styling tools and your hair color will be pretty much decimated.

Other formulas which will strip hair color, besides clarifying shampoo formulas include volumizing shampoo formulas.

The reason? They blow open the cuticle which encourages the color applied to the hair to be more easily washed away.

First and foremost, wait as long as possible after coloring hair to wet wash it. If you can wait at least 48–72 hours you’re well advised to do so.

Always wash colored hair in lukewarm water and select a shampoo formula designed to protect chemically treated hair. Even better, consider utilizing a diluted formula or one which is no-poo or lo poo.

Colored hair needs all the help it can get. Baby it in every way possible to extend the life of the color and to minimize damage to your strands in the process.

Best wishes to all

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