Why Everybody Needs Clarifying Shampoo

Why Everybody Needs Clarifying Shampoo


Why Everybody Needs Clarifying Shampoo

Written by: Matigan King

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Published on: September 22, 2022

woman washing her hair

Our hair and scalp accumulate sebum (a natural protective oil), hair products, dead skin cells, sweat, and other buildup in the course of everyday living. Over time, the buildup can weigh our hair down, making it look dull or feel heavy.

Washing with a clarifying shampoo is akin to giving your scalp a detox: It’s not meant to be an everyday ritual. How often you use a clarifying shampoo depends on both your hair type and your lifestyle. Gwyneth, for example, uses the goop scalp-scrub shampoo several times a week. “It feels so good, and it leaves my hair so soft,” she says. Others might go for once a week, while people who have oily hair might even use it once a day.

As with everything, balance is key.

  1. For the Occasional Itch or Flake


    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Balancing Shampoo
    goop, $60
    SHOP NOW

  2. For Softness and Shine


    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

    goop Beauty
    G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo
    goop, $55/$38 with subscription
    SHOP NOW

  3. For Your Bounciest-Ever Hair


    Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

    Rahua
    Voluminous Shampoo
    goop, $36
    SHOP NOW

Follow every shampoo (but especially clarifying shampoo, since it cleanses so thoroughly) with a really moisturizing conditioner and/or hair mask—using it only on the midlengths to the ends—for the softest, shiniest results.

  1. For Breakage-Prone Hair


    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Conditioner

    Grown Alchemist
    Nourishing Conditioner
    goop, $49
    SHOP NOW

  2. For Moisture and Gleam


    Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque

    Innersense
    Hydrating Hair Masque
    goop, $30
    SHOP NOW

  3. For Softness and Bounce


    Crown Affair The Ritual Conditioner

    Crown Affair
    The Ritual Conditioner
    goop, $38
    SHOP NOW

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