Clarifying Shampoo

15 Best Clarifying Shampoos That You Need In 2021

Categories : Hair Care

Once in a while, everyone needs to use a clarifying shampoo. Why, might you ask? Here’s the thing, even if you wash your hair regularly with your normal shampoo, there still might be some stubborn build-up! Like, when you just wash your hair and find halfway through drying it there’s still bits of gunk or dandruff. How does this happen!? Sometimes you even tell yourself it’s cotton from the towel. But, is it? Honestly, by then, you’re probably just going whatever and finishing off your hair care routine! Sometimes these gunk can be left in there by your conditioner or even shampoo. So, to help deeply clean your hair and scalp, Beauty Insider has come up with a list of some of the best clarifying shampoos you need in 2021. 

What is a Clarifying Shampoo?

Now, you might be wondering what does a clarifying shampoo actually do? Is it some sort of magic shampoo that cleanses your hair? Well…sort of. Clarifying shampoos are formulated to help provide your hair and scalp with deep cleansing. Suitable for all types of hair, it can be used to help liven your hair as well! If you heat style your hair often, have coloured hair or use leave-in hair products, then it’s time to clarify your hair! But, you also have to be careful about which shampoo you use because clarifying shampoos can sometimes be quite stripping. Containing more surfactants in their formula, these shampoos are here for a thorough clean. Chelating agents such as EDTA can be a bit harsh on the strands and dry them out. So, assess your hair and look at the ingredient list before putting it in the bag.

1. Virtue Labs Refresh Purifying Shampoo


Targeting hair concerns such as damaged hair and split ends, the Virtue Labs Refresh Purifying Shampoo helps with detoxifying. It’s suitable for hair types such as coloured, oily, normal, dry and even curly hair! Infused with Alpha Keratin 60ku®, it helps gently remove impurities and excess oils. It also helps rejuvenate the hair and bring it back to a healthy state!

Price: RM119

Where to buy: Sephora Malaysia

2. Amika Reset Clarifying Gel Shampoo


With the Amika Reset Clarifying Gel Shampoo, it can help achieve a healthier scalp! Drawing out dirt and impurities like a magnet, it also gets rid of product build-up. As it provides moisture to your hair, its texture turns into a light, airy foam. Thus, it helps gently exfoliate and purge your hair of oil, sweat and dirt! Its formula also contains Indian Cress Stem Extract, which helps enrich the hair with vitamins. As well as containing antioxidants to help boost the flow of oxygen.

Price: RM102.69

Where to buy: Revolve 

3. Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo


Although similar in name to the Amika Rest Clarifying Shampoo, the Verb Rest Clarifying Shampoo is hydrating instead. It helps purify and remove build-ups in the hair for a clarifying relief. Since it contains aloe vera, honey and seawater, it provides deep cleansing while preserving hydration in the hair. 

Price: RM73.94

Where to buy: Revolve

4. OUAI Detox Shampoo


Next up is the OUAI Detox Shampoo that helps target concerns such as dull and dry hair. This liquid clarifying shampoo contains apple cider vinegar that deeply cleanses the hair. Removing build-up left by styling products, it also removes dirt, oil and impurities as well! Suitable for all hair types, come out of the shower feeling refreshed and with hair that is smooth and glossy!

Price: RM130

Where to buy: Sephora Malaysia 

5. Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

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The Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum is infused with both AHAs and BHAs. Its formula is micellar water-based and is gentle to help lift the dirt when rinsing your hair. Thus, it helps remove dead skin, excess oils, product build-up and pollution for a cleaner scalp!

Price: RM197.16

Where to buy: Revolve

6. Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Shampoo

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Moving on, we have the Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Shampoo. This clarifying shampoo is 100% vegan and contains multi-functional surfactant technology! Because of that, it helps to gently and effectively cleanse your hair. If your hair is exposed to hard or softened water, this shampoo can help maintain its vibrancy and health. Leaving your hair looking smooth and manageable! 

Price: RM147

Where to buy: Cosmetics Now

7. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) Triple Detox Shampoo

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Do you need some “Living Proof” you can achieve a perfect hair day too? Well, here’s the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) Triple Detox Shampoo! It helps remove the product, hard water and pollution build-ups. Feel fresh after a good detox! 

Price: RM115

Where to buy: Cosmetics Now

8. Sachajuan Anti-Pollution Shampoo


Helping to cleanse and protect your hair is the Sachajuan Anti-Pollution Shampoo. Its formula is innovative as it contains three unique and natural ingredients that help shield from environmental aggressors. Creating a barrier for the hair, its nourishing formula also minimises colour-fading. If you have frizzy hair, it can also help calm it down for improved shine!

Price: RM127.50

Where to buy: LookFantastic Singapore

9. Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo (Curl Essentials) 


This is for the ones with curly hair! The Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo is essential for curls! With a gentle yet powerful chelating formula, it helps cleanses and clarifies while retaining moisture. Its formula is also non-stripping and nourishes your curls for styling. It is also suitable for those with colour-treated hair.

Price: RM213

Where to buy: Cosmetics Now

10. Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo 

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Get ready for a new look as the Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo helps remove build-up! Getting rid of dullness and bringing brightness back to your hair will help make your hair shine. This shampoo also contains no GMO’s, is biodegradable and vegan.

Price: RM39.95

Where to buy: Fruugo

11. Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo

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This Daily Clarifying Shampoo from Suave Naturals is able to help cleanse your hair gently. When used with the Daily Clarifying Conditioner, it can help bring two times the moisture to your hair! Using this can help your hair shine naturally and beautifully. 

Price: RM70

Where to buy: Ubuy

12. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two

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The Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two can provide deep cleaning and remove dull build-ups! Suitable for daily use, it is also safe for hair treated chemically. Leaving your hair feeling soft and clean, it allows it to shine without drying it out! Formulated with extracts such as chamomile and aloe vera, it adds to the fullness of your hair too. 

Price: RM67.50

Where to buy: Lazada Malaysia

13. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

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Diving into French territory, we have just the shampoo for oily hair types. The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is a cream formulation. Even though it contains AHA’s and BHA’s it is also paraben-free! Ideal to be used as a detox treatment, this scrub helps balance and purify sensitive and oily scalps. Sea salt is also a natural exfoliant that helps remove impurities. 

Price: RM230

Where to buy: Sephora Malaysia

14. Moroccanoil – Clarifying Shampoo

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Suitable for all types of hair, the Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo helps with deep cleansing. It helps remove impurities and build-up while restoring the hair and scalp to a healthy balance. It also contains essential oils and leaves your hair feeling soft, smooth and purified!

Price: RM144.50

Where to buy: Lazada Malaysia

15. Curlsmith Vivid Tones Vibrancy Shampoo

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To end our list of best clarifying shampoos, we have the Curlsmith Vivid Tones Vibrancy Shampoo! Best for those with curly and colour-treated hair, it helps seal in cuticles and absorbs excess oils. As well as being super gentle, it helps your hair look shiny and vibrant! Formulated with lemon extract, it helps dissolve all the gunk building up on your scalp.

Price: RM113.11

Where to buy: 1Outlets

Author: Cherelle Lim | Date: 26th March 2021