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it’s time to hit reset: how to clarify your hair

Have you ever noticed that your hair doesn’t seem to appear clean and still feels greasy no matter how many times you wash it? Does your hair feel more limp, lifeless, or weighed down than normal? Chances are you need to hit the reset button and reach for a clarifying shampoo.

We’re here to guide you on how to clarify your hair and break down what clarifying shampoo does and how often you should use it.

what is clarifying shampoo?

Firstly, what is a clarifying shampoo? Putting it simply, a clarifying shampoo is designed to remove build-up on your hair and scalp. A number of things can cause build up on your hair including styling products like hairsprays or dry shampoo, minerals in hard water, and chlorine. These can all cause your hair to feel and look dull, limp, and greasy.

Using a clarifying shampoo is a great way to give your hair a fresh start and help restore its shine and softness.

what does clarifying shampoo do?

A clarifying shampoo is like a detox for your hair; it cuts through the residue and oils, leaving your hair and scalp super clean. There are many benefits of a clarifying shampoo:

  • Removes residue and build-up: Clarifying your hair thoroughly removes build up from styling products, conditioner, air pollutants, dead skin, chlorine, and minerals.
  • Revitalizes and refreshes: Clearing impurities can help dull hair appear full of life again.
  • Boosts volume: A clarifying shampoos can bring the bounce back to your hair with just one wash.
  • Rebalances natural pH: Restoring your hair and scalps natural pH balance helps to promote healthier hair.
  • Preps hair for colouring: Removing product and mineral build-up from your strands will help your hair to effectively absorb hair dye and colours.
  • Eliminates green chlorine tint: Clarifying shampoo can remove the greenish tint from chlorine that many swimmers struggle with.

who should use clarifying shampoo?

All hair types can benefit from clarifying shampoo, especially those who use a lot of styling products, are prone to greasy hair, or regularly swim. Be cautious if you have freshly dyed hair or are trying to make your colour last longer. Clarifying shampoos can strip the dye away and cause your colour to fade faster. We don’t recommend using on dyed hair, but it can be used before a colour treatment.

PSA: If your hair is prone to dryness, we recommend only clarifying your hair when necessary.

how often should you use clarifying shampoo?

So, how often should you clarify your hair? That all depends on what your hair goes through each day! If you use few hair products or have soft water, you may only need to clarify once a month. If you use a lot of styling product or have hard water, you might find it beneficial to clarify weekly.

Generally, we recommend anywhere between once a week to once per month when you feel that your hair needs an extra-deep cleanse.

Here are a few signs to look out for that might suggest it’s time to hit reset and clarify your hair:

  • Dry or itchy scalp
  • Greasy hair or hair that doesn’t feel clean after washing
  • Weighed down or limp hair
  • Curls lacking definition
  • Products don’t work as well anymore

how do you clarify your hair?

Follow our steps on how to clarify hair and give your scalp and hair a total refresh. Only good hair days from here!

step one: purifying pre-wash

Help break down product residue and detoxify the scalp by using a pre-shampoo treatment to double cleanse your hair. The reset pink charcoal scalp cleansing oil is an invigorating pre-wash that banishes build-up for a healthy, hydrated, and happy scalp.

How to use: Section dry, unwashed hair and apply to roots. Massage to distribute and wait 3-5 minutes. Add water to transform into a milky lather, then rinse thoroughly.

step two: clarifying shampoo

Show your hair the TLC it craves with amika’s reset exfoliating jelly shampoo. This clarifying shampoo acts as a magnet to slough off dirt, oil, and gunk. It deep cleans, purifies, and rebalances even the most oily, itchy, and sensitive scalps.

How to use: Slide the targeted applicator directly onto wet scalp and hair, working from scalp to ends. Massage into the scalp, then rinse and follow up with your favourite amika conditioner.

And that’s our guide to clarifying shampoo and how to clarify hair. Now it’s time for you to hit the reset button!

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