Can you please explain the difference between a clarifying and co-washing shampoo? Also, when should I use a clarifying shampoo vs. a co-washing shampoo?
A clarifying shampoo is used to remove buildup. Clarifying shampoos can also be used after swimming and prior to chemical services such as a coloring treatment. If you use stylers such as heavy creams or gels, I would suggest to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month. Clarifying shampoos depending on the pH level, can be harsh and strip the hair of its natural oils. They may also leave the hair feeling drier than normal. When using a clarifying shampoo always use a conditioning moisturizer or a deep conditioning treatment to replenish moisture back into the hair and follow-up with a leave-in conditioner before styling.
A co-washing shampoo also known as a conditioning shampoo does not strip the hair of its natural oils like some clarifying shampoos. Co-washing shampoos are designed to add moisture while gently cleaning the hair. This type of shampoo also improves the manageability of the hair while making your natural hair easier to detangle. It also restores moisture, elasticity and strengthens the hair shaft. Remember co-washing products are not the best option when you need to remove product build-up. Clarifying shampoos work best when you are experiencing build-up on the hair and scalp.
TNC TIP: After several uses of co-washing and your hair become limp or has a filmy coating, this maybe an indicator that a clarifying shampoo is needed.
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