deep clean rinse vs clarifying shampoo: what's the difference?

like a cold brew coffee and a cold glass of bubbly, both are great, but there’s a time and a place where only one will fit the bill (say, at 7am when you roll out of bed). that’s not unlike a deep clean rinse and a clarifying shampoo - we’re big fans of both but for different reasons.

for the uninitiated, a deep clean rinse is a lightweight formula designed to remove excess buildup without stripping your hair of its natural oils. it purifies and revitalises your hair, making it perfect for regular use.

in contrast, a clarifying shampoo is a more intense cleanser to remove stubborn residue, impurities, and buildup. this type of shampoo is particularly useful if you have oily hair, use a lot of styling products (guilty), or live in an area with hard water. think of it like a three-day juice cleanse after a big weekend.

deep clean rinse: what sets it apart?

deep clean rinses, like springsclean deep clean rinse, offer a gentle yet effective cleanse for curly hair types, including wavy, curly, coily and tight textures. springsclean has been formulated to refresh and revitalise your scalp and hair without stripping away the natural oils that keep your hair healthy and shiny.

wondering, ‘can you rinse your hair every day’? like most things in life, it’s kind of complicated. springsclean can be used once per week or whenever a deep clean is required (maybe you overdid it with styling products again?).


clarifying shampoo: the powerhouse cleanser

when your hair needs a serious clean, reach for a clarifying shampoo. clarifying shampoos are a category of products that contain cleansing ingredients that work to remove stubborn buildup, residue, and impurities. unlike a deep clean rinse, which is designed specifically for curly hair, clarifying shampoos can be used by all hair types, especially those with normal to oily hair.

however, some clarifying shampoos should be used sparingly. overuse can strip your hair of its natural oils, which can do more damage to dry or colour-treated hair. to dip a toe in the clarifying pool, try normal persons daily shampoo. it’s a daily shampoo that deeply cleanses to remove product build-up and excess oil to refresh and balance the scalp without totally stripping your strands. it's the goldilocks of clarifying shampoos.

please note: if you have coloured strands, regular use of normal persons shampoo can strip colour and speed up fading. sound like you and your doo? rather than daily use, we recommend using this product only when your strands need a deep, satisfying clean.


choosing the right product for your hair type

picking the right cleanser depends on your hair type and specific needs. here are some tips to help you make the best call:

  • you have… curly hair: if you have a head of waves, curls or coils, springsclean deep clean rinse is your go-to. it effectively removes excess oil and buildup without stripping your hair, while adding a hit of hydration to your hair to support natural curl shape and improve manageability for easier styling.
  • you have… oily or product-laden hair: if you have oily hair or go heavy on the products, a clarifying shampoo is essential. sub in normal persons daily shampoo to combat buildup in-between your regular shampoo routine.

the takeaway

the deep clean rinse vs clarifying shampoo debate is pretty simple if you let your hair type lead the way. pick the product best suited to your mane and healthy, happy, balanced strands await…

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