We’re not gonna lie: It’s probably one of the unsexiest shampoos you will ever own. Rarely does a cleansing shampoo boast about giving full, bombshell volume, nor impart a razor-sharp, Hollywood level shine that we all go nuts for. But we all knew that going in. A cleansing shampoo (which some also refer to as a clarifying shampoo) is proudly utilitarian—Spartan even, but increasingly necessary particularly these days, when non-daily hair washings are becoming a fact of life. Read on:
Oh-So-Satisfying: The Fun (and Fundamentals) of Using a Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Another fact: There’s something completely and utterly satisfying about the process of de-gunking, whether it’s during a spring clean, a viral pimple-popping video or yes, our very own hair.
Even better though is the aftermath. Having fresh, clean, bouncy, shiny strands gives both our hair and mindsets a healthy reset for the week, and gives you a tabula rasa for a new look.
Using a cleansing shampoo also rids hair of product buildup. This helps keep fine hair from getting weighed down and going limp. Since scalp is skin, it also benefits from a regular deep cleanse to free it from accumulated dirt and oils. At the very least, a cleansing shampoo and conditioner system, like Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner, also helps give both the scalp and tresses a much-needed break, because even your hair can use one from time to time!
1. Moisturizing Benefits
Anyone who’s ever tried a clarifying shampoo (or too many facials) can attest, there is a risk of going overzealous and actually feeling that “squeaky clean.” Some cleansing shampoos can leave hair dry, porous, and feeling like straw. This applies especially when used alone, without a conditioner. That said, the best cleansing shampoo and conditioner systems are those that clarify hair from dirt and buildup, while also hydrating and moisturizing the strand.
Be wary of too-heavy formulas that basically defeat the whole purpose. Try products that use lightweight conditioning to re-moisturize your locks. Also look for formulas that are gentle enough for everyday washing, to minimize the risk of over-stripping your strands. TRESemmé Purify & Replenish Deep Cleanse Shampoo gives the best of both worlds and is gentle enough for daily use (we also enjoy the Vitamin C extracts of lemon and grapefruit, not to mention that uplifting, invigorating scent—so zesty!). It’s best in tandem with Purify & Replenish Deep Cleansing Conditioner, which has aloe and pro-Vitamin B5, which lightly hydrates and conditions without adding heavy buildup.
We’re also big fans of Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo works to give your strands a deep clean but also maintain hydration and intense moisture.
Used as your regular system or even in rotation with other products, a gentle cleansing shampoo helps give your hair and scalp a clean slate. This shampoo will balance things out and keep residue flakes, limpness and greasiness at bay. Here’s to freshening up, folks!