Most curlies have a love-hate relationship with shampoo so many are leery of even considering the notion of using a clarifying shampoo despite its wonderful uses. Clarifying shampoos work harder than regular shampoos and are necessary when you have severe build-up of products, dirt, pollutants, or minerals from hard water. They are necessary even if not for regular clarifying and sometimes we need to be reminded of that.

Curly hair is fragile and prone to tangles so many of us have forsaken sulfate shampoos, due to how our hair behaves after using it, in exchange for botanical shampoos that tend to be gentler to our tresses. Despite our need to keep some oils and moisture in our strands, we still may need a clarifying shampoo from time to time, especially if you have been using heavier product. With the warmer weather approaching, it’s essential to use them after swimming in the pool and the ocean.

There are telltale signs when a clarifying shampoo, mud wash, or ACV rinse is necessary and by not listening to them you will be doing more harm than good.

Signs That It's Time to Clarify