- Is limp and lifeless
- Looks dull
- Doesn't want to hold a style
Who needs a clarifier?
Some people need clarifying cleansers more than others. You're more likely to need one if you use a lot of product each day and/or heavy products. Oil-based products, especially those containing an ingredient like petroleum (a real no-no when it comes to good hair ingredients) will quickly adhere themselves to the hair and they can be difficult get rid of completely, even with the most diligent shampoo. Clarifiers are designed to remove this buildup that regular cleansers often don't. Since black hair requires moisturizing shampoo, chances are your usual cleanser is leaving some residue behind.
You'll also need clarifiers if you swim often, whether or not you use a lot of products. Pool chlorine and other chemicals need to be thoroughly removed in order for your tresses to remain healthy. However, even the most frequent swimmers shouldn't overdo it when it comes to these cleansers.
How often should you use one?
Because clarifying shampoos are so good at removing buildup, they also tend to be drying, which is why anyone with black hair should use these products very sparingly. If you're a heavy product user, once or twice a month (maximum) is acceptable. If you rarely use heavy products, you can use one even less, perhaps every other month or so. No matter how much you put in your hair, don't risk excessive dryness or breakage by overusing a clarifying cleanser.
After clarifying, your hair should feel light, clean and refreshed. It will probably not feel as smooth as it does after using a quality moisturizing shampoo, so follow up with conditioner. Although not a product for every day, having a quality clarifying cleanser in your hair care collection is a good idea for anyone.