Today we’re taking a look at this under-appreciated hair category. Sure, we all love a serum or a blow-dry lotion, a high shine spray and a glistening gloss, but how many of us get excited about our shampoo? Well, you should! It’s about time you showed your shampoo some love and got clear on the subject of hair-clarification!
What is a clarifying shampoo?
Also known as detoxifying or purifying, you’re probably starting to get the picture now, right?
We’re all familiar with the old detox, retox pattern! Well, your hair is no different to your body or your skin in that respect. It needs to take a little breather every once in a while. Strip it back to basics, remove those stubborn chemicals and slippery silicone that have built up. The gunk and goo that goes hand in hand with having a good hair day!
Oils, mousses, sprays and dry shampoos are guilty as charged when it comes to depositing residue. Throw into the mix a summer holiday with a couple of days spent dipping your mane attraction in a chemically treated chlorinated pool and a clarifying shampoo could turn out to be a real-life hair-saver. That’s where N4 Clarifying Shampoo comes to the rescue.
Regular shampoos are designed to gently cleanse. They have a lower level of surfactants and a higher level of moisturizing agents. Hence why hair feels shiny and smooth afterward. Clarifying shampoos, on the other hand, are all about deep cleaning. More surfactants and less moisturizing properties.
Let’s delve in deeper and discover the top instances where N4’s Clarifying Shampoo can come in handy.
1. To get rid of the build-up caused by using conditioning treatments and styling products
Everything looks and feels better if you start with a squeaky clean base. How often do you treat your skin to a deep cleansing facial or re-boot your diet with a juice cleanse? It doesn’t mean that you can’t go back to slapping on the foundation or eating your favorite foods again. Pressing the reset button does us all good though. The same goes with your hair, and by regularly incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your hair care routine, you will reap the benefits.
2. Preparing your hair for color
Here’s a little hair industry secret. If you’re going for a color change or a touch-up, using a clarifying shampoo before you have your color applied will give it the best chance of depositing better and looking cleaner and fresher. You should wash your hair one to two days before your coloring appointment to ensure that your scalp still has the natural oils it requires to protect from irritation.
3. As a booster for fine and lackluster hair
If you have the kind of limp hair that seems to stick to your head no matter how regularly you wash it, then adding a N4’s Clarifying Shampoo into your haircare mix might allow you to go big for a change! The light yet deep cleansing texture will give a bit of extra volume and va va voom to limp locks.
4. As a pre-masque treatment
Think about your facial routine for a minute. Chances are you’d first exfoliate before then applying a prescriptive face masque. Well, the same principles apply when it’s time to give your hair extra TLC. That nourishing and restorative weekly deep-conditioning treatment is going to work a heck of a lot better if your hair stands are free of gunk!
So why don’t you consider this new ritual; clarify then deep-condition. It’s a match made in good hair heaven and will soon revitalize and return your hair to a silkier, softer and shinier state.
5. To knock back brassy tones in blonde hair.
Bleaching hair makes it more porous, which means it’s more susceptible to absorbing yellow tones from environmental factors. Just think about what we surround ourselves with every day? City pollution, mineral deposits in our daily shower, cigarette smoke, and residue from styling products. If you want to retain those killer Queen icy blonde locks then introducing N4’s Clarifying Shampoo to give those brassy hues the big heave-ho.
6. Ridding your hair of damaging chlorine and water deposits
Nobody wants green hair! Not even mermaids. Chlorine can be so damaging to your hair and really disrupts the color. Short of wearing a swimming cap, which isn’t happening on holiday (or quite frankly anytime they’re so frightful) then a weekly or monthly clarifying shampoo can be a real SOS for your color.
7. Taking your hair back to basics
When all else fails, and you find yourself slap bang in the middle of a never-ending hair horror story, go back to where it all began. By removing product build-up you really can start again and have your hair happy ever after!
Clarify to give your hair a clean slate and a fresh head start.