If your hair feels as if it’s not responding to styling products, moisturizers, and products that worked effectively, then it may be time to consider a clarifying shampoo. To allow the products you use for your curly hair to be effective, the hair must be able to absorb them, and if you have a layer of accumulated product residue or silicones sitting on top, then your curls won’t appear or perform as they should. The initial step in many curly ladies’ journeys towards better hair quality is to remove themselves from their shampoo bottles; however, occasionally, using a clarifying shampoo suitable for curly hair will make your scalp and hair lots of good.
CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS AND SULFATES
Clarifying shampoos might contain sulfates such as sodium laureth/lauryl Sulfate to eliminate the buildup of ingredients such as silicones from hair; however, they don’t need to. Some shampoos don’t contain sulfate and make use of gentler, non-sulfate surfactants like Cocamidopropyl betaine that, as per cosmetic chemical chemist Tonya McKay “can effectively remove most dirt, oils, and silicones from the surface of the hair.”
WHAT IS THE CASE WITH NATURAL SULFATES?
Although sodium laureth/lauryl Sulfate are considered the harshest sulfates with the highest drying properties and sulfates made from natural or organic sources, they don’t necessarily mean they are healthy for hair. According to cosmetic chemical chemist Erica Douglas, also known as Sister Scientist, “it ultimately does not matter whether the source of the alcohol is from a natural source or not, it is the sulfation process that makes the surfactant potentially harmful.”
Applying a clarifying treatment frequently can make it dry and irritant, so use them moderately. The frequency you should clarify depends on the degree of dryness in your hair and lifestyle factors like how often you swim or exercise or swim, the temperature in the area you reside, and whether you’re dealing with the hard water in your region.
If you decide to make use of sulfates in your clarification is your choice, and we offer two options for you!
Hair Story’s new wash (Deep”• Cleans curls with essential oils as well as fatty alcohols and not soaps yet still getting rid of grease and dirt. If transparency of ingredients is critical to you, then this is the product for you. The ingredient list lists “every single ingredient, even those in concentrations so low they would not typically be included (and are not required by law”>” and even lists each component’s EWG rating.
EDEN BODYWORKS PAPAYA CASTOR SCALP CLEANSER
Healthy curls begin at the scalp. This scalp cleanser made by EDEN Bodyworks helps your coils retain their moisture while maintaining the pH of your hair. It also helps remove dead skin cells and buildup, which hinder your curls from forming. If you are struggling with scalp issues, try this shampoo a shot.
BOUNCE CURL GENTLE CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
Curly hair loves how this Best of the Best award winner gently cleanses curls with pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes. If you are a fan of volume, this cleanser is what you need; the botanical extracts that make up this cleanser give the appearance of volume and texture in hair that is thin or fine.
KINKY-CURLY COME CLEAN MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO
An additional Editors’ Choice award-winning shampoo, the”Come Clean is a cleanser that doesn’t contain sulfate that’s gentle enough to be used for everyday use. Mandarin orange extracts white willow bark and sea kelp to help remove dull hair and buildup and help maintain your natural moisture.
CREME OF NATURE ARGAN OIL APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CLARIFYING RINSE
Although this shampoo is cheaper, it doesn’t contain silica, sulfates, petrolatum, or mineral oil here. This shampoo will help maintain your hair’s pH while also helping to protect the cuticle from breakage.
TRADER JOE’S TEA TREE TINGLE SHAMPOO
The name says it all tea tree tingles. Curlies are enthralled by the irritation you get from peppermint, tea tree, and Eucalyptus. The $3.99 cost also enthralls them. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s in your area, it’s available on Amazon, but you miss out on the price that is so attractive.
SUAVE NATURALS DAILY CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
Curlies are awestruck by this pH-balanced shampoo since it’s incredibly affordable and easily accessible. Although we wouldn’t suggest using it every day, it’s effective for cleansing on occasion to get rid of the buildup. It is possible to apply a deep conditioning treatment before and after using this to ensure that you arretainhe moisture.
SHEA MOISTURE JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL STRENGTHEN & RESTORE SHAMPOO
This shampoo was created to aid natural, chemically processed, heat-styled, and color-treated hair to flourish and grow. It’s got Jamaican Black Castor Oil that aids in growth and apple cider vinegar, which helps balance the pH levels of your scalp.
When mixed with water, the naturally occurring clay creates a negative electrical charge, efficiently removing the negative-charged buildup that has accumulated in the hair. Curly hairstyles mix bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar to make a highly absorptive homemade bentonite clay masque.
LORRAINE MASSEY’S LEMON AID
Lorraine Massey, the author of The Curly Girl Handbook and The Curly Girl Handbook, uses the moisturizing, neutralizing recipe to eliminate buildup from her curls, enhance shine and protect the hair from the hardness of the water. She says this recipe is “more clarifying and cleansing than any shampoo.” Mix the juice of a large lemon with whatever amount of conditioner you usually use, apply the mixture to your hair, and then wash it out. You can find more details on this method and other Lorraine’s go-to recipes in the book.
BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL CHARCOAL + TEA TREE SCALP TREATMENT
This sulfate-free shampoo clears your scalp and removes your scalp and hair from the buildup of products in the form of chlorine, hard water, and minerals, but it’s also designed to reduce irritation and itchiness on the scalp.
VO5 HERBAL ESCAPES KIWI LIME SQUEEZE CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
It’s another well-loved clarifier for the drugstore that NaturallyCurly has in its Curltalk forum due to its price of less than $2. It’s frequently mentioned in conjunction with Suave Naturals shampoo due to similar features, and it is a matter of preference when deciding between both.