This One Product Will Change Your Hair

Hairspray, leave-in conditioners, and even natural oils can leave residue on your hair that weighs it down and leaves it looking dull. But it's an easy fix: all you need is a clarifying shampoo.

If your hair is looking listless, the solution could be as easy as a quick wash—but, this time, don't reach for your usual shampoo. A clarifying shampoo can help to remove product buildup, hard-water minerals, and chlorine from your hair, resulting in shinier, healthier, and even more-voluminous strands.

"Once the hair shaft and follicle are free from this buildup, your hair and scalp are better able to absorb nutrients and moisture needed for health and vitality," says Lorean Cairns, founder and creative director of New York City salon Fox and Jane. Consider this your tool for achieving the cleanest mane ever.

"If your hair is very long, naturally dry, or over-processed, use clarifying shampoos minimally and focus on the root section of the hair only," says Cairns."If your hair is thick and you naturally produce a lot of oil, you may want to incorporate clarifying shampoo into your regular routine by using it as an alternate to your daily shampoo one time per week or two times per month."

When using a clarifying shampoo, always follow up with a nutrient-rich conditioner to keep hair soft and healthy.

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"This shampoo is light so it doesn't shock the hair, but it is highly effective," says Cairns.

Therapy Renew Clarifying Shampoo by AG, $16,

Greasy strands are no match for this clarifying shampoo, which minimizes oil production over time.

Shampoo Too, $9,

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If you swim in a pool often (or use a lot of daily hair products), this shampoo is for you. It's mild enough to use every day without stripping your strands of their natural oils.

Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo, $24,

Made with protein-heavy buckwheat extract, Davines' clarifying shampoo keeps hair strong while deeply cleansing it.

Solu Shampoo, $11,

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Looking for a touch of luxury? Turn to this mousse-like shampoo: volcanic ash has an absorptive effect when it comes to tackling grime and buildup. Plus, Oribe's signature bergamot and jasmine scent is positively intoxicating.

The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, $44,

A budget pick that gets the job done: use Neutrogena's clarifying shampoo once a week to remove 90 percent of buildup.

Anti-Residue Shampoo, $7,

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Greasy strands are no match for this clarifying shampoo, which minimizes oil production over time.

Clarifying Shampoo Too by Paul Michell, $16,

Before you apply a nourishing hair mask, use this shampoo to gently strip hair of hard-water minerals and product residue. Consider it a new part of your Sunday routine.

Sunday Shampoo, $25,

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Not only does this shampoo get rid of buildup—it also makes your color look even better. A lightening treatment brings out natural highlights and prevents brassiness in dyed blonde hair.

Clarifying Shampoo with Camomile and Cornflower Progressive Lightening Treatment by Christophe Robin, $34,

Fruit acids in this creamy shampoo help give your hair some added shine.

Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo by Redken, $16,

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