Cleansing Shampoo: The Unsung Hero of Hair Care

Is there anything better than ending a long, hard week with a refreshing shower? Doing so with a deep cleansing shampoo, that's what.

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:

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.

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Clean hair typically has a fresh, healthy-looking sheen and some natural volume.

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 Conditioneralso helps give both the scalp and tresses a much-needed break, because even your hair can use one from time to time!

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Achieve health and high shine with cleansing shampoo. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

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.

Perfect Formulas

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!

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