If your hair has become less manageable, is tangling more easily, and feels heavy and greasy, it may need some detoxifying. "When you use a lot of heavy styling products -- such as gels, waxes, and hair sprays -- it can build up on the hair, making it look dull and feel as if there's a residue that won't wash off," says Elaine Mitchell, senior creative director at Sassoon Salon New York City Uptown.
The solution may be to switch from your usual shampoo to a clarifying version. These deep-cleaning formulas strip away buildup that accrues from hair products, environmental pollutants, and chemicals such as chlorine.
Tips for Best Use
Although these shampoos do a great job of ridding hair of unwanted residue, they need to be used sparingly since they can deplete essential oils and cause hair dye to fade.
"Clarifying shampoos are strictly cleansers," says Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City. "They don't offer any conditioning or damage protection." A deep cleaning once every couple of weeks is usually all that's needed.
A technique that works in a pinch is to apply a moisturizing shampoo to dry hair and work it in before rinsing. "It will help lift out some of the deposits that are left there," Mitchell says.
Products to Try
1. Davines Solu Refreshing Solution ($19, amazon.com)
2. Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo ($2, amazon.com)
3. Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo ($23, amazon.com)
4. Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo ($20, amazon.com)
5. Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo, ($5, amazon.com)