I only use shampoos with cocamidopropyl betaine. For me it is the magic ingredient because it is not a sulfate but is strong enough to remove even a silicone. I found the low poos without this don't work as well for me. I also found prepooing with EVOO helps offset a lot of dryness associated with clarifying. My hair hates baking soda but other people get good results so you might want to try it but definitely don't get heavy handed with it. It that doesn't work you could still use your curl and shine in between clarifying. I dc after every shampoo since I clarify to restore the moisture. But I don't use p mask to dc. I use it sometimes to prepoo.