How Often You Should Use A Clarifying Shampoo?

You see, regular shampoos are more of surface cleaners. They will get rid of the visible buildup but will often not work on the dirt that clings to your hair.

That way, you end up with a visibly clean head, but underneath, there is a layer of dirt. Thus, using this shampoo is necessary if you want to avoid greasiness and other problems associated with dirt buildup.

While this shampoo is beneficial to the health of your hair, it can also have devastating effects when used often. Some people have experienced dryness after using this shampoo over an extended while.

For people with dry heads, you cannot use this often and expect to get away with it. You have to realize that people’s heads are different. So instead of giving you an umbrella answer as to the frequency of use, I will be more specific in this guide.

You should keep some things in mind when using this shampoo. These factors will enable you to determine when and if you need to clean your hair intensely.

  • The first is your hair type and its texture. For most people, this is not a problem. They have figured this out and have had stylists reiterate the same. So I believe you are likely to know where you lie.
  • Secondly, there is the issue of color. Where you have color-treated your hair, using this shampoo is not advisable.
  • Thirdly, you have to understand the condition of your head. Many people go wrong with this. The truth is that you can have dry hair, yet your skin is oily. You need to separate the two if you wish to keep them healthy at all times.
  • Finally, you should think about how you want to style your hair and how this affects the oiliness or lack thereof of your hair. Understand these factors, and you will have an easy time choosing a shampoo that works for you.

From here, all that remains is to understand how often you can use the product in question. Before we get into this, I should make one thing clear. While this shampoo is fantastic, it does not take the place of what you regularly use. Instead, it is a measure to keep your head clean and hair healthy. But it is not an everyday product. It is like exfoliation. I have oily, sensitive skin, and I have to exfoliate once in a while to get rid of the buildup. However, I do this once a week. Any more than this will strip my skin of natural oils and leave me with dry and sensitive skin. The same goes for this shampoo. It is excellent –but in moderate usage.

We will cover this based on hair type as follows:


I would advise that you use the shampoo every four washes. That means that you use the regular product four times before reaching for this intense cleaner. However, that will depend on your hair type and texture, and I will get into this more.


If you have fine hair, then you know how vulnerable it can be to breakage. It has a small diameter, and each follicle has an oil gland. Also, you have more hairs per square centimeter on your head. Thus, you end up with tons of oil glands that secrete sebum onto your skin. In this case, you are likely to experience greasiness even when you regularly wash your head. Now, this is where people go wrong. They think that the way to deal with the oiliness is to wash their hair intensely. This measure only leads to more sebum production, aggravating the problem. Each time the skin feels dry, the oil glands will get to work. Now, how do you work with this volatile environment?

For one, you should avoid sulfates in all your hair products. These ingredients will dry out your hair and lead to more oil production. Find a mild product and use it three times or less a week. You can then supplement this with this shampoo once a week.


Medium hair is more like normal hair, so either term works in this case. If you have this kind of hair, you are quite lucky when it comes to washing needs. This hair requires low maintenance owing to the balanced oil secretion. You can make do with washing your hair twice a week, and you will not experience dryness. That is, of course, if you use sulfate-free products. You can clarify your head once a week. If you are daring, you can get away with two weeks if you do not use tons of styling products.


I have a friend who has this thick mane, which makes me oh so envious! And here is the thing – she can wash it once a week without damaging the hair. You see, with thick hair, it takes a while before oils can move from the roots to the tips. By the time you notice greasiness in such hair, a week has probably passed. If you have such hair, you can wash it twice a week. Note that you should not wait too long before washes as you could clog hair follicles and encourage dandruff production. Also, thick hair stores more dirt than fine and medium hair. As for clarifying, you will do fine with two times a month to open up those pores and release excess oils.


This hair type is vulnerable to drying, more so when you use a shampoo with sulfates. The last thing you want to do is to overwash such hair as this can cause dryness, flaking, and itching. Two times a week should be enough. If you need more washes than this, consider using a dry shampoo between washes. Also, go for hydrating shampoos that will add moisture to your hair. Clarifying is still essential, and you should do so twice a month.


If you have wavy hair, you know a lot about how easily hair can dry out and break off. You also know how easy it is to look gorgeous without lifting a finger. It is a two-sided sword. It takes a while for the oil to move from the head to the tips. It owes to the many bends along the strands. In your case, co-washes are ideal as they will aid in moisturizing the strands. Also, these processes are fast and low-maintenance. Clarifying should take place no more than twice a month.


Kinky hair looks great. You wear that ‘I woke up like this’ look and turn heads wherever you go. I will not lie- I have tried coiling my hair a lot of times to pull off this style. The coils make it hard for oil to travel from the roots to the tips, and thus, dryness is likely. Also, the coils create an environment that is suitable for the accumulation of dust and dirt. If you are not consistent with washes and clarifying, you can end up with clogged follicles. Wash your hair twice a week, followed by clarification twice a month, and you will be okay.


Over time, relaxed hair becomes porous, and this creates an ideal environment for the accumulation of buildup. In this case, it would be best to clarify your hair and close the cuticles. When choosing what product is right for you, look into neutralizing products that will also eliminate chemical deposits. Clarification should take place twice a month.


I know that it can be hard to care for damaged hair as it calls for gentle handling. The question is- should you use an intense shampoo on such hair? Well, the answer is yes. If you fail to do so, you will encourage the accumulation of dirt that will only make the situation worse. Use regular shampoo once a week and clarify once every month. In both cases, use gentle products with mild ingredients.


If you want to maintain that beautiful color on your tresses, the key lies in avoiding water. But you can only do this for so long. It helps to wash your hair less often and to use color-safe products when doing so. Clarifying should only take place on a need-to basis. That means you can do it when you are due to go in for a color treatment.


Blonde hair looks great – until it gets brassy tones. To avoid this loss in aesthetic value, use a shampoo intended for blonde hair each week. In this way, you can prevent oxidation and keep that color popping. This technique works for both natural and color-treated-hair blondes.


This hair is highly porous and will take in a lot from the environment. Thus it can discolor with ease. Use a deep-cleaning shampoo once a week to avoid this.

While deep-cleaning your head is important, you should consider the effects of the same. That said, all the best!

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