You probably already know that limiting the number of shampoo sessions you partake in each week offers a slew of hair-enhancing benefits, including helping to extend the life of your hair color, preventing breakage, reversing split ends, and reducing frizz. Then, there’s the so-called “No Poo,” method, in which anti-shampoo advocates take this approach to the next level and avoid the stuff altogether.
While we’re impressed by such an extreme commitment, for the majority of people, forgoing shampoo for all eternity isn’t exactly a desirable way of life. Fortunately, if you’re merely looking to cut back on shampooing and switch to a once-a-week washing routine, using a clarifying shampoo can make the transition go much more seamlessly. Clarifying shampoos will help your hair stay grease-free for much longer compared to the results you’d reap from a normal or hydrating option, and they’ll also keep your scalp healthy, fostering accelerated hair growth to boot.
I personally only wash my hair once a week (unless I’ve been working out, that is), with the hopes of delaying the fading process of my pricey blonde highlights, and to be honest, because I’m also just lazy. With that being said, because my tresses only get washed each Friday, I make sure my shampoo sesh is aggressive enough to keep my hair looking and smelling clean for the entire week. This means using a “harsher” shampoo that’s capable of going to town on a week’s worth of product buildup, oil, and sebum my locks and scalp have accumulated over the workweek is paramount.
In fact, I even give my hair a “double cleanse,” if you will, using a clarifying shampoo to target grime and grease, followed with a second wash using my beloved violet shampoo to combat brass. The one downsides to using a clarifying shampoo is that they can be drying on your hair and they can fade color-treated hair faster, but we’ve found a few options that won’t destroy your colorist’s work or leave your feeling brittle.
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1. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
This classic, no-frills anti-residue shampoo blasts away the buildup created by your favorite dry shampoo and the grease leftover from last night’s sweaty spin class. It instantly banishes this buildup and restores shine and volume to your strands with just one use. This super-effective shampoo can be a bit drying though, so use with caution if you have compromised or brittle hair.
2. OUAI Detox Shampoo
This concentrated shampoo includes apple cider vinegar as an ingredient, which is known for its detoxifying elements. This clarifying formula gets rid of hard water and product build-up. It’ll give your tired hair a much-needed boost. Just remember to use a nourishing conditioner after.
3. Davines Solu Shampoo
Infused with buckwheat extract, this deep-cleaning shampoo effectively removes build-up from styling products, excess oil, and dead skin cells on the scalp without leaving your locks feeling brittle.
4. Kenra Clarifying Shampoo
Is hard water or deposits dulling your hair? This clarifying shampoo is ready to tackle all kinds of build-up while restoring your colored hair to its original brightness. It’s also designed for swimmers, blondes, and people with gray hair.