Do you ever stare at the rows of shampoo and wonder what’s the big difference? Shampoo is shampoo, right? Not quite. There are several types of shampoo that provide distinctive results: volumizing to restore thickness, moisturizing for silky hair, smoothing to calm frizz, and clarifying shampoo to… Are you confused on what clarifying shampoo is? We can explain.
Clarifying Shampoo, Clarified
What is a clarifying shampoo? This type of shampoo cleanses the hair and scalp intensely. Its purpose is to detoxify the hair by removing accumulated product residue and sebum.
Do you tend to use mousse, hairspray, pomade, or other products to style your hair? Do you often use a flat or curling iron? Most importantly, do you feel like your hair is greasy, dull, and lifeless, even after washing it? Sounds like your hair needs to be washed with a good clarifying shampoo!
Which to Choose?
Several brands offer clarifying options, so what sets them apart? According to the EWG, self-care formulas contain dozens of ingredients that aren’t necessarily always healthy. 1-4 dioxane, for example, a solvent that is suspected of being carcinogenic to humans, can be present as a residue in many products, including shampoos.1 To avoid using harmful clarifying shampoos, consult the EWG Skin Deep® database and choose a product that carries the EWG VERIFIED™ seal of approval. This certification guarantees that the product complies with the strictest industry standards and that it does not contain any substances deemed of concern by this group of environmental and health specialists.
As a brand with EWG VERIFIED™ products on the market, we have two clarifying shampoos that are vegan, cruelty-free and made in Canada; making them the perfect solution for oily hair that lacks shine.
1. Leaves bar™ Detoxifying Shampoo
Made from plant- and mineral-based ingredients, this clarifying shampoo uses the power of nature to detoxify and revitalize your hair. Containing yellow clay, this shampoo works miracles to gently remove the accumulated sebum and residues that cause oily hair. Furthermore, since it’s formulated with jojoba oil, your hair will receive a natural boost in hydration! In fact, the precious oil helps repair damaged caused by chemical substances or heat while preserving the moisture barrier of the scalp. The leaves bar™ detoxifying shampoo is also enriched with Indian Cress and watercress leaves, which are not only known for their revitalizing and fortifying properties but for their content of vitamins and minerals as well. Think of it as a detox smoothie for your hair!
It gets better… it’s a bar shampoo! Not only is it easy to carry and use, but it also produces a rich lather that emits a delicate sea salt aroma reminiscent of ocean side relaxation. But why a bar shampoo you ask? Because we want to avoid the consumption of single-use plastic! This bar has a solid texture that can easily be packaged in biodegradable cardboard. In other words, this clarifying shampoo is designed to purify your hair and the planet.
2. Super leaves™ Clarifying Shampoo
Thanks to the detoxifying, hydrating and revitalizing properties from lemon leaf extracts, this shampoo effectively cleanse your hair while restoring its radiance. It also contains white tea leaf extracts that provide an invigorating sensation with every wash. Infused with the pleasant aroma of Earl Grey tea and cucumber, this hypoallergenic formula purifies your hair while reviving its natural shine. Wait, there’s more! You can use the 2L eco-refill for this shampoo and reuse your bottle as many times as you want to make your hair and the planet brighter with every use.
How to Use a Clarifying Shampoo
The nature of this shampoo is to purify the hair by eliminating all traces of impurities, so it’s best NOT to make this a daily routine, but rather once or twice a month when you feel your hair needs a hard reset. For best results, massage your scalp thoroughly, and before rinsing, allow the ingredients of this clarifying shampoo to activate for a few minutes while you sing along to your favourite song. Finally, finish your deep clean session with a gentle clarifying conditioner made with clean ingredients according to the EWG.
Still unsure if clarifying shampoo is the one for you? This article will help you find the right type of shampoo, no matter your hair type.