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The Best Clarifying Shampoo Brands

Updated 8 Jun 2017 2.2k votes 1.4k voters 155.0k views26 items

List RulesThe best shampoos for clarifying hair.

The best clarifying shampoo helps to clean hair thoroughly, removing all the built-up gunk that can accumulate on strands. Clarifying shampoos aren't usually for everyday use, but once in a while, detoxifying hair is necessary. Which clarifying shampoo is the best quality? Time to vote! And, if you have a favorite clarifying shampoo that isn't listed, please do add it -- others will thank you.

What is a clarifying shampoo? Over time, all those products you like to slather on your hair can really build up, resulting in dullness. The best shampoos for clarifying can help to remove all that nastiness, so your hair gets a fresh start. Clarifying shampoo can instantly transform drab, lifeless-looking hair into a shiny, bouncy mane. 

One thing to remember when choosing a good clarifying shampoo: Be sure to check whether it's approved for color treated hair, especially if you are using it as a regular cleansing shampoo. Nothing can strip color faster than a strong clarifying cleanser. So be careful if you have colored hair. If you're in doubt, try looking for great sulfate-free shampoos that also act as clarifying cleansers. Some of the best volumizing shampoos may also serve double-duty, clarifying and enhancing overall body.

While almost everyone can benefit from an occasional clarifying shampoo (usually once a week at most, or once a month), it's also important to find a high quality daily cleanser. If your hair is on the dry side, check out this list of the best moisturizing shampoos. Problems with dandruff? This list of the best dandruff shampoos might be of interest. And, if your hair is thinning, you might consider adding a shampoo for hair loss to your regular shampooing routine.
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