Why Use A Clarifying Shampoo Instead of a “No Poo” Product? - Crown Worthy

Are “No Poo” Cleansers Better?

In the salon I use clarifying shampoos instead of “no poo” or “cleansing conditioners”.  Clarifying shampoos remove product build-up off the hair and scalp.  Your deep conditioners will penetrate into the hair when a clarifying shampoo is used because there is a clean palette to start with.

“No poo” products or “cleansing conditioners” condition your hair, but don’t remove excess oil, excess bacteria, dirt, perspiration, or product build up off the scalp which can increase scalp disorders such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and dry scalp. Make sure the clarifying shampoo used has a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 which is the same pH of your hair. This will avoid tangles and excess stripping of the hair and dryness.

If you use a no poo product because you have allergies or sensitivities to ingredients found in many shampoos, find a shampoo that does not have these ingredients that may be harmful to your skin.

Mineral oil/Patrolium, Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)/ Sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), DEA/ TEA/ MEA, Parabens.

I recommend Malibu C Un-Do-Goo Clarifying Shampoo because it cleanses really well and will not strip the hair. Malibu C Un-Do-Goo Clarifying Shampoo is sulfate free and prepares the hair for the conditioner by removing oil and build up  of the hair and scalp.

I recommend these three shampoos if you have a scalp disorder and need a shampoo that will remove flakes, reduce itch and cleanse the scalp with out leaving the hair dry.

  • Malibu C Scalp Wellness Shampoo is recommended for those who want a sulfate free shampoo. Malibuc.com says the shampoo has these ingredients.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide DIPA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Menthol, Panthenol, Mentha Viridis Leaf Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glucose, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Polyquaternium 10, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate

  • Nioxin Scalp Recovery Shampoo can be used for Seborrheic Dermatitis.  The ingredients are listed as follows on Drugstore.com.

Active Ingredients: Pyrithione Zinc 1%

Inactive Ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Zinc Carbonate, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Mentha Piperita Oil, Menthol, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Lecithin, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Biotin/Folic Acid/Cyanocobalamin/Niacinamide/Polypeptide, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment

  • Kera Care Dry Itchy Scalp Shampoo has these ingredients. According to Drugstore.com

Active Ingredients: Pyrithione Zinc – 1 % (Anti-Dandruff, Anti-Seborrheic Dermatitis)

Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DIPA, Distearyl Phthalic Acid Amide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-28, Glycol Stearate, Menthol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Lamium Album Flower Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Hedera Helix Leaf, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower, Allium Sativum Bulb Extract (Garlic), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Chamomillia Recutita Flower Extract (Matricaria), Leaf, Hypericum Perforatum Flower, Stem Extract, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

If your hair feels a little dry after you use a clarifying shampoo and that is because your hair is free of product build up.  When the hair feels dry after using a clarifying shampoo, it simply means you need to use a deep conditioner to restore moisture in the hair.  I recommend using a deep conditioner under a steamer, hooded dryer, or heated up treatment cap for 20 minutes.

Deep Conditioners that will restore moisture in your hair:

  1. Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
  2. Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm
  3. Nexxus Hummectress
  4. Kera Care Humecto Crème Conditoner
  5. Mizani Moisturefuse ( for extremely tangled hair, recommended for natural hair as a deep conditioner, very heavy for relaxed hair as a deep conditioner)

Click on one of the two links to see where you can find out information and purchase a heat cap or a steamer, which can be used at home.


What clarifying shampoo’s do you use or recommend?






2 replies
  1. Victoria
    Victoria says:

    I use KeraColor Cleanditioner and Malibu Undoo Goo!! Great products. And YES, if your hair is DIRTY then please WASH it with Shampoo!! The important thing to mention is, that when you use a NO-POO product, make sure you wet your hair and thoroughly massage your entire scalp with your fingertips. Really get under the hair to the skin of the scalp and scrub don’t scratch. By doing this, you will loosen any dead skin, debris, products from the scalp and hair to start rinsing it away. Apply the NO-POO product starting in the pony tail area down to your ends and then up to the scalp to distribute. Rinse well.


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