These 12 Magical Shampoos Will Give You All the Good Hair Days

Striking the balance between clean hair and hair that’s easy to style and looks healthy, is not always as easy as you’d think. For the most part, for styles to stay put they’ll need a little helping hand with things like styling creams or texture spray but these will often contain waxes and silicones to lock out humidity. The thing is, while that’s great for hold, these ingredients will also build up on your hair and scalp as they aren’t absorbed. Product build-up will leave strands looking and feeling lank and scalps flaky—not cute. To remedy this, you need an excellent hair and scalp cleanser. Clarifying shampoos are important for all hair types for multiple reasons. "Using a clarifying shampoo is especially effective BEFORE you put on a deep conditioning treatment,” says Samantha Cusick, Founder of Samantha Cusick London. "This is because the shampoo removes all the nasty build-up that gets caught up in the hair and means hair treatments can get into the hair more effectively.” 

A good clarifying shampoo will do more for your hair and scalp than any other shampoo type but should be used in tandem with other less potent formulas to keep hair healthy. If you have dry hair, using a moisture-boosting shampoo for your regular wash and then a clarifying shampoo every couple of weeks will stop hair from feeling stringy and tangled. For oily scalps or fine hair, hair can be refreshed in between washes with dry shampoo but if you can’t help washing your hair daily, then make your clarifying wash once or twice a week to avoid affecting the quality of your hair. If your hair is damaged or chemically-treated then opt for a strengthening shampoo for your regular wash and limit clarifying shampoos to a couple of times a month for the healthiest hair.


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In the past, finding the best clarifying shampoo has been tricky. Formulas would often contain such a high concentration of detergent that while it was effectively cleaning your hair and scalp, they would also strip colour and all natural oils from the hair, leaving it literally squeaky clean and often very dry. Now, clarifying shampoos formulas have evolved that still leave hair feeling soft and easy to manage post-wash. Here are the ones that give all the good hair days.


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Best Clarifying Shampoos

Redken Amino-Mint Scalp Shampoo

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

Olaplex No. 4c Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo

Aussie Shampoo Mega for Everyday Cleaning

Pattern Cleansing Shampoo

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strengthening Shampoo Bar

Davines Solu Clarifying Shampoo

The Ordinary Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Body and Hair

Ouai Detox Shampoo

Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Megastrength+ Dandruff Control Shampoo