The Best Clarifying Shampoos For Your Curls

By Sabrina Perkins
If your hair continues to feel dry after consistently applying moisturizers, oils, and styling products, it could be 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 for removing the severe build-up of product, dirt, and oil, which are preventing your strands from absorbing 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're using heavy products or notice your hair has become limp or lifeless, it may be time for a thorough cleaning. Don’t get me wrong: Some curlies have eliminated shampoos that no longer 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. Even better, the cleansing and anti-bacterial properties of these oils aid scalp conditions. Click through for more clarification on our top 20 clarifying shampoos.