If your hair continues to feel dry after consistently applying moisturizers, oils, and styling products, it is a sign
that your curls need to be cleansed. I know it sounds backwards, but when your curls don’t seem to absorb any of the
products you are applying, clarifying shampoos are necessary to remove the severe build-up of product, dirt, and oil
in order for your strands to absorb moisture. Sometimes moisturizing shampoos or cleansing conditioners do not cleanse
effectively enough.

Clarifying shampoos should be used sparingly in a curly hair regimen, as they can dry out your hair and strip it of the necessary
oils, but if you are using heavy products or notice your hair has become limp or lifeless, it may be time for a thorough

Don’t get me wrong; some curlies have eliminated shampoos because they no longer use a lot of heavy products that contain
ingredients like silicones and even mineral oil. If your freshly washed hair feels sticky or coated, you should try
a clarifying shampoo.

What is a clarifying shampoo?

The main ingredients in many clarifying shampoos are surfactants. Surfactants are used to remove dirt and oil from the hair.
Many clarifying shampoos contain tea tree oil, peppermint oil, or eucalyptus oil for their cleansing and anti-bacterial
properties that help to aid scalp conditions. Here’s our top 20 clarifying shampoos.

20 Gentle Clarifying Shampoos

Sabrina Perkins

Sabrina, founder of seriouslynatural.org and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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