Here’s one hair myth we need to bust: that using clarifying shampoo for curly hair doesn’t work.
Not only is that just wrong, but the truth is even more surprising: if your curls have seemed lackluster and lifeless, using clarifying shampoo will bring them back to their curling glory.
So, how did we get here? How did people with curly hair start frantically searching for information about clarifying shampoo for curly hair? And how can we help them out?
Today, we’re going to get to the bottom of this so you can get the clean, curvaceous curls you deserve.
How Clarifying Shampoo Helps Curly Hair
One reason why your formerly curly hair might not have its same bounce is because of buildup.
Buildup is the result of living our everyday lives. It’s the residue from our hair care products, the pollutants from the air, the minerals from hard water, chlorine from pools, and so much more.
Now, while our traditional shampoo is supposed to help keep us clean, most are actually too gentle to get in deep enough to dislodge that buildup.
To restore your curly locks, you’ve got to free them from the everyday residue. With a clarifying shampoo, which includes surfactants that help to pull the impurities so they can be rinsed away, you have a solution.
The Truth About Sulfates And Clarifying Shampoos
One of the origins for this clarifying shampoo myth is that people believe the sulfates in clarifying shampoos will strip your curls of their curling power.
We have two things to say about that.
First, those sulfate-filled shampoos are designed to strip away some of the residue, they don’t penetrate deeply enough to affect your hair itself.
More importantly, though, is that not all clarifying shampoos use sulfates. That’s because sulfates have a whole host of other problems apart from their (fictitious) curl-squashing. Sulfates can leave your hair dry and lifeless. Plus, they’re derived from petroleum, so in addition to the potential negative effects on you, they affect the environment too.
Shampoos like My Moxy Clarifying Shampoo, however, don’t use sulfates. It’s still a clarifying shampoo, though, which means they’ll get rid of the buildup that’s been weighing down your curls and keeping them flat and dry.
Does Clarifying Shampoo Hurt Curly Hair?
Clarifying shampoos do strip hair of the residue that’s built up over time. Regular use, ranging from once a week to once a month, won’t damage the hair.
There are still several cases, though, where you should use caution. Not all clarifying shampoos work great with just-dyed hair, especially if you used a semi-permanent or drugstore dye. That’s because the surfactants that liberate your hair from residue will also unlodge those dye particles, too.
If you’re trying to make your hair color last a little longer, be sure to check on the bottle that your clarifying shampoo is for color-treated hair.
How To Use Clarifying Shampoo With Curly Hair
Using a clarifying shampoo with curly hair should be thought of as a two-step process.
The first step in the process is about restoring the bounce to your curls by getting rid of the residue that shouldn’t be there. Wash your hair, apply the clarifying shampoo, let it sit for a minute, then rinse until clean.
The next step is adding back the moisture that the clarifying shampoo tends to remove. This will nourish your scalp as well as your curls. After you’ve rinsed out all of the shampoo, use a regular conditioner or deep conditioner. If you end up using a deep conditioner, make sure to leave it in for the recommended amount of time.
As a general rule, clarifying shampoos are meant to be used about once a month. If you find your hair is getting greasier in between, that your curly hair doesn’t have the same bounce, or it’s too oily, try switching to twice a week.
How My Moxy Helps Clarify Your Curly Hair
My Moxy Clarifying Shampoo was specifically designed to be friendly for all hair types.
In addition to being sulfate-free, filler and additive-free, and free of ingredients harmful to the environment, it’s filled with raw, natural ingredients. By removing the residues that weigh down your curls, you’ll see the volume and bounce you deserve.
For a curly hair-friendly clarifying shampoo, click here to learn more about My Moxy.