What is a clarifying shampoo? All your doubts clarified!

There are different kinds of shampoos available in the market and each one promises to be best for your hair. Depending on our hair type and problems, we pick a particular one whether it is anti-dandruff, for damaged hair, to control hair fall, etc. There is also something called the clarifying shampoo which can be useful for certain hair problems. Dr Shuba Dharmana, a celebrity cosmetic dermatologist, explains what this type of shampoo really does.
What is a clarifying shampoo?
Our hair and scalp can get dirty pretty frequently due to various factors including pollution, usage of hair products, ill haircare, etc. While a normal shampoo helps remove all these, sometimes, it is not enough. Also, your shampoos and conditioners leave a slight residue behind after the wash. A clarifying shampoo helps make your scalp and mane squeaky clean. 

Why we need a clarifying shampoo?
Product build-up in the hair from using styling products like gels, mousses, sprays, etc can leave the hair greasy.

People who oil their hair frequently also find hair to be greasy and difficult to wash off with a normal shampoo.
Some people have scalps which produce excess oil naturally causing the hair to look greasy very frequently.
Swimming can also leave chlorine deposits in the hair which can lead to product build-up and weigh it down.
Hard water is another reason that leaves hair heavy and dull.
In these instances, a normal shampoo may be too mild. A clarifying shampoo gets rid of the excess build-up and residue. It also strips the hair of all oil.

Who should use a clarifying shampoo and how often?
It is a good idea for people who find their hair greasy and weighed down with product build-up to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month. The frequency of use should depend on how greasy it feels. People with coloured hair, curly hair should clarify less often as the hair shaft is more sensitive. 

The hair feels lighter and cleaner after using a clarifying shampoo. But if you still find your hair to be greasy even after using a clarifying shampoo twice a month, you can opt for scalp peels that your hairstylist might do to get rid of heavy build-up.

Some clarifying shampoos available in India
Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo
Aubrey Organics green tea clarifying shampoo
Keratin Therapy clarifying shampoo
Clairol Herbal Essences 
You may find some of these in supermarkets while some may be available only online as they are imported from other countries.

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