8 Shampoos That'll Help You Wash Your Hair Less
Expecting a shampoo to clean your hair isn’t asking for much, but just like purging your closet at the beginning of each season, sometimes your hair is also in need of deep cleanse, too. Enter clarifying shampoos. They’re spiked with ingredients that completely clear the dirt, oil, chemical, and product buildup that inevitably gathers on your strands and scalp from styling products — especially if you ride out your last hair wash with dry shampoo. And the best part? These formulas do all of the above without stripping your hair of its essential natural oils or drying it out.
Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite clarifying shampoos for those times when your hair needs a deeper clean.
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Fekkai Salon Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
Apple cider vinegar is more than an ingredient in your homemade salad dressing recipe, it works wonders on hair, too. Because it's acidic, it can help restore shine and is a great scalp exfoliant. That's why Fekkai bottled it up and turned ACV into a clarifying shampoo. Scented by green apple and pear, it's void of ACV's notoriously pungent smell.
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
If you've been layering on the dry shampoo to put off washing your hair, this Neutrogena one is your best bet when you finally lather up. It clears hair of the product build-up and residue that's been weighing it down.
Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo
When your hair needs a detox, Oribe's shampoo gets rid of the dirt, oil, and product residue without stripping hair of its essential oils. It's powered by a gentle, but effective blend of botanicals that strengthen hair on top of cleansing it.
L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo
Just like your favorite clay mask purges the junk that's living in your pores, this shampoo lifts all of the impurities out of your hair. It's also formulated to keep your hair and scalp balanced by absorbing the excess oil from just your roots while hydrating your ends.
Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Two
If you find that your roots are consistently oily, this Paul Mitchell shampoo gets rid of whatever excess moisture you're currently dealing with while working to minimize oil production over time.
Ouai Clean Shampoo
Don't write off Ouai's shampoo as simply Instagram fodder. Yes, the bottle is pretty and extremely 'grammable, but it's very good at cleansing damaged, overworked hair, plus repairing it. It has keratin in its formula, which bond with the hair cuticle to mend and smooth it.
Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo
For recently colored hair, Christophe Robin's shampoo washes away buildup and excess pigments from the dye you used.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo
A cleansing oil for your hair, this shampoo turns into a rich foam that cleans hair without sucking out all of its natural moisture.