6 Best Clarifying Shampoos For Your Hair

If we look at the typical life of our hair over a month, we’ll see it goes through much more than we think. Intensive treatments, a color touch up, sporadic days of dry shampoo applications, not to mention regular shampoo-ing and conditioning.

Then, there’s the build up of styling products we constantly apply. Heat protection sprays, relaxing creams, coatings of hair spray… even the most healthiest looking locks will be slightly suffocated. This product build-up combined with the Summer heat (especially if you have recently been on holiday) can lead to dull, greasy, lack-lustre hair, and even more so for colored hair. Those rich, warm browns or vibrant blonde shades you once were sporting now seem slightly off-color and dowdy, instantly in need of refreshing.


Welcome to the world of Clarifying Shampoos, relieving your hair from the first wash. If you haven’t used this type of shampoo before, have a read below at some of the key highlights.

Why Clarify?

Clarifying shampoos deeply cleanse both the hair and scalp by removing unwanted residue like product buildup, hard water minerals and chlorine. Regular swimmers or those who have returned from a holiday will know that Chlorine has instant effects on your hair, from faded color, extreme drying, and even a change in hair color tones. Some of the ingredients regularly found in clarifying cleansers include tea tree oil, eucalyptus and coconut oil, which leave your hair squeaky clean without stripping it of its natural oils.


Which Clarifying Shampoo is for me?

If you have colored hair which has been wrecked from the daily elements, environmental factors and product build-up, a clarifying shampoo infused with citrus properties is great for brightening and refreshing dull locks. Also, look out for those which include scalp exfoliating as one of their main aims. The beauty of clarifying your hair is to thoroughly cleanse your scalp and keep it as fresh and clean as possible, which starts with an intense scalp exfoliation.

How Often Should I Clarify?

Your hair texture and styling habits will determine how often you should use a clarifying shampoo. Dry, curly and frizz prone hair doesn’t usually need as much clarifying as hair which can feel quite heavy and is prone to oilyness. Dry/Curly hair can be clarifyed a few times a month, but hair that regularly battles grease or uses heavy styling products can benefit from a clarifying shampoo twice a week. Once you’ve found your ideal shampoo, remember to follow up with a mild conditioner which don’t weigh the hair down and encourage the product build up straight away.

Here’s our top clarifying products:

  1. June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Shampoo
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    June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Shampoo

    Neutralize your hair with this deep cleansing shampoo, formulated with Lemon Extract to help reduce greasiness. This refreshing citrus shampoo thoroughly cleanses and clarifies oily hair and also gives the scalp a deep cleanse. Removes product build-up to leave the scalp squeaky clean and the hair soft and shiny. Paraben, preservative, petrochemical, sulfate and fragrance free.

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  2. Phyto PhytoApaisant+ Intelligent Shampoo 6.7 oz
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    Phyto PhytoApaisant+ Intelligent Shampoo 6.7 oz

    This Intelligent Shampoo from Phyto is one of our best-sellers, especially for those who look to deeply cleanse and refresh there scalps (it’s great for scalp irritations too!). This gentle cleansing and clarifying shampoo helps to eliminate build-up and soothe irritated scalps. Packed with Linden Blossom and Passion Flower to soothe and Tea Tree Oil to purify.

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  3. ARCONA Green Tea Cleansing Base Shampoo 8oz
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    ARCONA Green Tea Cleansing Base Shampoo 8oz

    An ultra-mild refeshing shampoo which contains no harsh surfactants to clog follicles. Loaded with Green Tea, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, and Nettle, this clarifying shampoo provides an intensively clarifying treatment to recapture highlights and protect the hair. Great for faded hair color or hair slightly destroyed from the elements. With Karite and Shea Butter to provide deep conditioning.

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  4. DCL SA Scalp Therapy Shampoo
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    DCL SA Scalp Therapy Shampoo

    This fresh, exfoliating scalp therapy shampoo is formulated with maximum strength salicylic acid to help shed dead cells to relieve the scalp. As well as exfoliating to encourage the removal of product build-up and grime, it successfully soothes all itching, scaling and flaking of dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp and seborrheic dermatitis. Mild enough for daily use. Gently clarifies the scalp and regulates excess oil production, while cleansing and nourishing hair to leave it soft, shiny and manageable.

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  5. Rene Furterer Fioravanti Clarify and Shine Rinse
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    Rene Furterer Fioravanti Clarify and Shine Rinse

    Clarify and add that glossy finish at the same time! This Fioravanti Clarify and Shine Rinse has been specially formulated with active plant ingredients that work synergistically to restore shine to even the most lackluster locks. This rinse revives ancestral traditions of vinegar rinses to create exceptional shine.

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  6. Ds Laboratories Radia Shampoo 6oz
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    Ds Laboratories Radia Shampoo 6oz

    A great option for those who fear their hair is always ‘dull’, this Radia Clarifying and Softening Shampoo removes chemical buildup and detoxifies hair while it softens hair strands. Hard metals built up from the water are removed, whilst hair is left softened, luminous and fresh.

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