Clarifying Shampoo for Better Hair

Clarifying shampoo is a really important product that I don’t think is talked about enough.

I didn’t even know it existed until a year or so ago. When I finally heard about it, and that it helps your hair when it’s in sad shape (ie. dry, limp, heavy), I was pretty excited.

Who doesn’t want a hair boost?!

When you’re using deep conditioning masks all the time, it can really weigh on your hair and it won’t look it’s best.  Sometimes, the more you use, the drier your hair start to look (which is exactly what you’re not going for).  So, instead of using another deep conditioning mask, that will just further the look you are trying to get, you should look to clarifying shampoo.

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream

I like to think of it like exfoliation, in that you don’t need to exfoliate every day, but it’s still important to do a regular deep clean to remove any excess (skin, dirt, oils, etc.).  The same goes for clarifying shampoo.  You get all of this build up in your hair from products (way too much dry shampoo in my case), to pollution and dirt.  Where regular shampoo usually does the trick for that, it’s important to take it a step further with clarifying shampoo.  This makes your hair so clean and it gets rid of any buildup.  I like to use it once every 2-4 weeks.

Redken Clarifying Shampoo

I asked my hairdresser about it, and she says that she uses a clarifying shampoo once a week.  She said that she uses tons of products on her hair on an everyday basis so she probably needs to use it more than most.

The only one I’ve tried so far is the Redken brand and I love it ♥  (You can find it at Ulta)  It smells so good and I really look forward to the times when I can use it.  I think any clarifying shampoo will do fine.  This bottle is about 10 fl oz and it lasted me and my husband about a year or so.  He loves using it too.

It smells so good and just makes my hair feel squeaky clean.  My hair is more voluminous right after I use it, and just looks bomb.  I usually get an extra day out of my hair in between washes when I use this.

Clarifying Shampoo

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That is just a little hair trick that is so easy and beneficial.  Let me know if you use clarifying shampoo and what brands you like.  I’m super interested!

I’m also really curious about people who use the ‘no poo’ method.  If you’ve done it or are currently doing it, I’d love to hear about it.  Has it changed your views on shampoo?  Did you try it and then get over it?  I tried it once, but it really dried out my hair.  I think I might have used way too much solution.  Any tips would be great!  Comment below or shoot me an email at

♦ Stephanie


Hair Essentials

These are 2 hair essentials that I love using on my 2nd or 3rd day hair.

I can’t wash my hair every day.   I just can’t.

If I do, my ends get dried out and my roots get greasy fast (It would be great if those 2 flip flopped).  By not washing every day, it saves my hair some damage, and I think it’s helped with the grease problem too.

I have a few tools, to help me get through 2nd day hair, that I always have on standby > > > Dove dry shampoo and spin pins.

Dry Shampoo & Spin Pins

Let’s start with the dry shampoo:

I’m not talking about any dry shampoo (because there are about a billion posts out there on it), but more specifically Dove’s dry shampoo.  I’ve been using dry shampoo for about 8 years now.  I started with Pssssst! and it changed my world.  I actually love the Psssst! brand that you can find at the drugstore.   It comes in 2nd place for me.  But Dove is the best!  The spray is strong and really absorbs the oils, while giving great texture to my hair.  I will even use it on clean hair when I want to add some body.  And I love that the smell is not overpowering.

The strong scent of most dry shampoos is my main problem with them.  Especially that new paraben free Herbal Essences dry shampoo.  Gag!

The Dove has a fresh smell and the product works great.  It’s also the most budget friendly of all the dry shampoos.  So that’s an added bonus :)

Now for spin pins:

Spin pins are fantastic.  1 spin pin does the work of about 15 bobby pins.  You just throw your hair up and twist it into a bun and then you screw the pin in.  I will use 2 and cross them like a plus sign +

This is great for when it’s time for the messy bun or a ballerina bun.  Just throw a bun up on your head and spin those babies in.  I can put them in first thing in the morning and I won’t have to redo my hair all day.

I also love to use them to get my hair out of the way when I’m cooking or lounging on the couch.  They don’t do any damage to your hair (which most hair ties and bobby pins can do) and they hold everything in place.

Dry Shampoo and Spin Pins

You can find both of these products almost anywhere.  I’ve seen them at Walgreens, CVS, Target, the grocery store, and I’ve even seen spin pins at the Dollar Store < < If you find them there, I would recommend stocking up on them.

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Do you have any hair products that you use every day that are ‘must-haves’??  I’ve already talked about my other hair essential, the Tangle Teezer, that I’m still passionately in love with it.

♦ Stephanie


This little dime has definitely added to my hair game.  Especially when I was trying to grow out my hair and wanted to avoid breakage at all costs.  It’s very gentle, while still getting the job done.

  Tangle Teezer

My hair is super fine and tangles easily.  If I don’t keep up on it during the day (which I usually don’t) it can become a nightmare situation when I’m about to jump into bed. Whenever I use the Tangle Teezer, it makes it soooooo much easier to detangle.  And it’s definitely a bonus that it never rips my hair out.  The bristles are plastic and very bendy, so it’s nice and easy when working through the hair.  It can be used on wet or dry hair.  When I get out of the shower I will either use my trusty wide tooth comb or the Tangle Teezer (I go through my hair once and usually don’t mess with it again until it’s air dried).  After that I am loyal to the TT…can’t stop, won’t stop.

Tangle Teezer

Here’s Sephora’s description for it:

Tangle Teezer is an innovative tool that painlessly and easily removes tangles and knots as it styles and dries hair. The uniquely designed teeth flex and flick as they glide through hair, minimizing breakage, splitting, and damage. With patented technology, it adds shine and reboots style on the go. Ideal for use on wet or dry hair, it can be used for all hair types, especially fragile or color-treated hair, extensions, weaves, and the fine, tangle-prone hair of children.”

Plus, it’s great to massage your scalp every day (I’ve heard it promotes hair growth, so why not give it a shot?).  At the end of the night I love to really get in there with this bad boy.

I found mine at Ulta about a year ago for around $10 and this was my only color option at the time.  But after checking out their website, the colors/patterns seem endless.  I think pink and black are pretty standard at Ulta and Target these days.  And Sephora has a lot of fun designs (that come with a cover for the bristles too!).  The next time you are out and about, I would definitely recommend grabbing one of these.

Has anybody else tried this out and love it as much as I do?  Is it similar to the Wet Brush?

♦ Stephanie