6 Best Clarifying Shampoos

The 6 Best Clarifying Shampoos

A good clarifying shampoo is non-negotiable, so we’ve put together a list of the best clarifying shampoos on the market . We love reviewing the best shampoos and while not designed for everyday use, clarifying shampoos are perfect as a once-weekly treatment to completely strip your hair of any gunk or residue. They work perfect with a moisturizing shampoo.


PRO HAIR TIP: Use a clarifying shampoo before using new hair product for the first time. This way you can properly see how your new product works. If you don’t use a clarifying shampoo, your hair will likely contain remnants of old product which will affect your overall style. 😉

The 2 Week Diet


To help you find the best clarifying shampoo for your hair, here are our six top picks. These are not in any particular order, so please review all six and then choose the best one for you.


1. Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo may be dirt cheap, but don’t underestimate it. This simple shampoo might just be the holy grail of clarifying shampoos. It completely strips away any grease or product build-up, leaving you with hair that is more squeaky clean than Taylor Swift. However, considering it packs quite the clarifying wallop, it’s crucial that you follow up with a rich and ultra hydrating conditioner.



PRO HAIR TIP: If you have especially dry hair, you will want to limit your use of a clarifying shampoo to once every two weeks or even once a month. However, if you are using lots of moisturizers and heavy products, you will want to use one of these clarifying shampoos once a week.


2. Moroccan Oil Clarifying Shampoo

This gorgeously scented gem might be the best clarifying shampoo for anyone whose hair tends to be on the drier side. It efficiently strips away any residue or gunk, but leaves you with silky, soft-to-the-touch hair. Moroccan oil has long been the best choice for dry locks. Its presence in this product ensures a clarifying experience that won’t leave you with dried out hair.


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PRO HAIR TIP: Try experiments with how often you use your clarifying your shampoo. Sometimes people can get turned off from their shampoo because they are either using it too often, or not often enough. If you aren’t happy with your shampoo, it may not be the shampoo but how often you use it.


3. Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Two

Paul Mitchell might just be the reigning king of clarifying, which is why two Paul Mitchell products found their way on to this list. The Clarifying Shampoo Two is ideal for those with oily hair who need an extra punch of de-greasing action. It efficiently sucks the oil out of locks without drying them out, which makes it the only shampoo on this list that is suitable for daily use. Furthermore, the Two shampoo effectively diminishes oil production, meaning that hair will become less and less oily over time.



PRO HAIR TIP: For super oily hair, these Paul Mitchell Shampoos are your solution! If you hair isn’t super oily and you just need a clarifying shampoo to strip your hair of the product you use, try one of the other shampoos on our list.

The 2 Week Diet


4. Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three

The Two clarifying shampoo might be designed for oily hair types, but the Three is suitable for just about anyone. It’s also the absolute, undeniable, ultimate “I’ll-throw-myself-off-a-bridge-if-they-ever-stop-making-this” clarifying shampoo of choice for swimmers. Absolutely nothing will suck chlorine out of the hair quite like the Three clarifying shampoo. If your favorite mode of exercise is doing laps at the pool or if you enjoy plenty of pool time during the Summer, the Three shampoo is a product that you must have in your beauty arsenal.



PRO HAIR TIP: Finding the best shampoo can be a challenge. Your hair can change overtime. So make sure you are up for trying new products to adapt to your changing hair.


5. Joico K-PAK Clarifying Shampoo

Despite having a name that reminds us of that awful Kevin Spacey alien movie – this product is frequently raved about by industry experts and YouTube hair gurus. The K-Pak clarifying shampoo manages to strip away gunk and impurities without sucking away moisture.  While it will clarify your hair, it won’t make your hair feel like it’s been stripped. It keeps it bright, shiny, and moisturized! Especially if you use the Joico conditioner. This is the best clarifying shampoo for hair purists who are looking for salon quality in the comfort of their own shower. Plus, the packaging is great and the pumps make getting the shampoo a breeze.



PRO HAIR TIP: You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great hair. Don’t think a high price means high quality. Some of the best products are well within your budget. That leaves you more room to splurge on other fun stuff! 🙂


6. Pureology Purify Shampoo

Most women with color-treated hair assume that clarifying shampoo is simply off the table. After all, plenty of well-meaning women have washed with a clarifying shampoo only to see their hair color wash right down the drain. Luckily, the Purify shampoo is designed specifically for women with color-treated hair. Yes, if you have color treated hair you can use a clarifying shampoo. It will provide all the gunk-removing benefits of a clarifying shampoo while leaving your color perfectly intact. If you have color treated hair you should also read about our top picks for color treated hair, here!



Final Note

There is a common misconception that clarifying shampoo is bad for your hair. However, by doing your research, (which you are by reading this article) you will learn which clarifying shampoo is best for you. We sincerely hope this article helps you find the best clarifying shampoo for you! If you have a clarifying shampoo that you love and didn’t make our list, please let us know in the comment section below. You can also contact us directly by clicking here.

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16 thoughts on “6 Best Clarifying Shampoos

  • September 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Hi, nice share. I have used suave and Paul Mitchell product, they worked very well for me.

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  • June 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    This list is on point with the Suave’s Clarifying Shampoo. It does the job well and at a very affordable price.

    • December 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

      The ‘Suave’ has cheap and damaging ingredients. Since our skin is our biggest organ, it easily absorbes harmful (& even carcinogenic chemicals). Some of the worst chemicals used in beauty products are banned for use in foods, because they are harmful & dangerous, yet surprisingly, are allowed in beauty products. Not only are these chemicals harmful when absorbed by the skin, but they are also really bad for your hair. Some of the worst are; Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Aluminum Laurel Sulfate, any ‘Parabens, e.g. Methylparaben’, Sulfates, etc.

  • June 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    What about for daily (Paul Mitchell Two) swimmers (Paul Mitchell Three) with coloured hair (Pureology)? Help!!

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  • January 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    can you tell me where I can buy the cheapest clarifying highlighted shampoo for highlights

  • May 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Where I will buy Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo ????

  • May 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    i have thick curly hair and my hair has dandruff and gets oily on a daily basis. what shampoo should i use for my hair and should i be using conditioner?

  • June 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I use GKhair pH+ clarifying shampoo once a week. It completely strips out any dirt, buildup, residue and other impurities that are held up both on my scalp and in my hair due to the styling products. Perfectly cleanses my scalp and hair leaving a soft and fresh look. 😉

  • June 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The best I have ever used is the GKhair pH+ clarifying shampoo. This shampoo opens the hair cuticles and removes excess styling products, dirt, residue and any other impurity build up. Ideal cleansing for dreadlocks. I usually used it for my oily and greasy hair and it works really very well for me. 🙂 <3

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