5 tell-tale signs that you're due to use clarifying shampoo

We already know that we need to exfoliate and/or have a facial regularly. All that dirt, oil, dead skin, and makeup builds up on the surface, even if we already use facial wash everyday. It's the same with our hair. We use shampoo whenever we take a bath, right, but we also need to "deep clean" our tresses like we do our face. Not a lot of people know that!

Which begs the question: what should we use to "deep clean" our hair? Answer: clarifying shampoo! This type of shampoo is usually meant to be used only once or twice every week, to remove whatever residue is left by our shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. The formula has more intense surfactants to help wash off the gunk, and has no conditioning ingredients that may deposit even more gunk. 

Love this Celeteque Clarifying Shampoo (P200), it works and it smells nice n' clean. 

A clarifying shampoo can thus feel drying, which is why we should limit its use to once or at most twice a week. It's the same reason we're cautioned against using exoliators regularly.

So! When do you need to use clarifying shampoo? What are the dead giveaways? Here's five!


  1. Your scalp feels greasy and oily even if you shampoo everyday.
  2. Your hair is limp, like overcooked spaghetti. It's hard to get volume outside of blow drying and teasing! 
  3. The strands of your hair feels somehow thicker, like it's coated with something you can't seem to wash off with your regular shampoo.
  4. Your hair looks dull and lifeless, even though you're using your best oils and shine serums.
  5. You're getting small bumps or even pimples around your hairline, your chin. This may not happen to everyone, but this happens to me sometimes! I'm tipped off by the fact that I haven't used anything new, but I'm still growing bumps on my face. The culprit is usually my hair - technically, what's on it.


If you experience these five signs in spite of not changing your hair routine, you're most likely due to use some clarifying shampoo. :) I use the one from Celeteque once a week since I prefer to use hair oil instead of conditioner. I also use a volumizing spray regularly and that contributes to the build-up.

Aside from Celeteque, I love the Kérastase Cristalliste Shampoo and the Sebamed Repair Shampoo for clarifying purposes. Celeteque is the most affordable one though, at only 200 bucks!

Hope this helps, guys! Tell me, do you clarify?