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11 Best Clarifying Shampoos to Give Your Hair New Life

Clear your head, stat
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So, what exactly is a clarifying shampoo, and why do we need them? Well, products like conditioner, shine serum, hairspray, etc. tend to create buildup on your hair and scalp, which leads to dullness, frizziness and heaviness. Environmental factors like pollution and mineral deposits from hard water can also contribute to the aforementioned lackluster hair -- so, enter clarifying shampoo. You see, a well-deployed clarifying shampoo can take care of all that, leaving you with a clean (not to mention shinier and more voluminous) slate. They're not something you should use every day, since they can be harsh, especially on drier hair -- but they're something you should consider using anywhere from weekly to monthly, depending on your hair type and how much product you use.

If you're new to the clarifying shampoo game, read on -- we've compiled a list of several of the best clarifying shampoos at every price point.

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Apple cider is a fairly popular home remedy for removing buildup from your hair -- so it's quite the logical ingredient for this popular Frederic Fekkai clarifying shampoo. To go along with the whole apple cider theme, it's deliciously scented with apple and pear -- and it'll leave your hair feeling lighter and smoother without overstripping it.

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Davines Solu Shampoo, $26
To know Davines is to love them. They're made exclusively from natural ingredients, usually sourced from farms in their home country of Italy, and their minimalist packaging is to die for. Their Solu Shampoo uses a rich yet airy foam to deep-clean hair without taking out too much moisture, and it works for all hair types. The formula also features antioxidant-rich buckwheat to further pamper your hair.

In case you were wondering about the "two" in its name, Paul Mitchell actually has multiple clarifying shampoos. One of them focuses more on chlorine and mineral deposits, while this one removes oils and product buildup -- while still being safe for color-treated hair.

Clarifying shampoos have a tendency to dry out hair if overused -- which is what makes Moroccanoil's take on the product so exciting. Since it's made with lots of moisturizing argan and avocado oils, as well as strengthening keratin, this shampoo won't leave your hair feeling too stripped or (the horror!) straw-like.

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