Does clarifying shampoo remove keratin treatment from your hair? Yes, totally!

straightened hair woman with doubt gesture

  • If you use clarifying shampoo immediately after a keratin treatment, you will remove the keratin completely.
  • Therefore, you should wait three weeks to use clarifying shampoo after you get a keratin treatment. And in that case, you should only use it once a fortnight.
  • Now, if you want to remove a keratin treatment because you find your hair either too oily or too straight, you can use clarifying shampoo once or twice a week. But here it’s important you also use moisturizing treatments to avoid drying out your hair.


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At this point, you’ve already learned that  clarifying shampoo completely removes keratin if you use it immediately after applying the treatment. 


Why? It’s because it takes several days for the keratin to settle inside your hair and between each hair cuticle. And since clarifying shampoo has a lot of cleansing power, it will completely sweep away the keratin before it finishes settling into your hair.

So, all that’s left for me to ask is this: what do you want to use clarifying shampoo for after your keratin treatment?

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If your hair was damaged and you got a keratin treatment to repair it, it doesn’t make sense to use clarifying shampoo. You’d undo all the good the keratin did to your hair.

In short, your hair will lose out and so will your wallet. You will have wasted your money.


Now, it may be that after your keratin treatment, you don’t feel comfortable with your hair. Or you might feel the treatment has gone wrong. Why? Well, keratin leaves your hair straighter. And then it can feel heavy and motionless. It can even feel extra greasy.

Can you use clarifying shampoo to remove the keratin treatment because its effects weren’t what you expected?


Yes, you can.  All you have to do is wash your hair once or twice a week with the clarifying shampoo. 


In this case,  I suggest that if you use clarifying shampoo to completely remove the keratin treatment, apply a keratin or oil mask once a week.  Because the clarifying shampoo will leave your hair dry and weak.


How to properly use clarifying shampoo on keratin-treated hair

woman applies clarifying shampoo to roots on keratin-treated hair

 My professional advice is to use clarifying shampoo on your keratin-treated hair once every two weeks. 


I also recommend you only use it if your hair and scalp are extra oily or if you use styling products like gels or styling creams often.

Because although clarifying shampoo deeply cleanses the hair, it also removes moisture and nutrients. Therefore, clarifying shampoo is not something you should use often.

  • Wet your hair with warm water to open the hair cuticles.
  •  Apply the clarifying shampoo to your scalp and roots,  where natural oil and styling hair products usually accumulate the most.
  • Massage your scalp gently.
  • Spread the shampoo to your lengths and ends.
  • Rub it through for a few minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
  • Apply conditioner to give back to your hair the hydration that the clarifying shampoo took out.



If you want to completely remove a keratin treatment, you can use clarifying shampoo once or twice a week. However, you should always deeply moisturize your hair after you use it.

If you want to keep clarifying shampoo in your hair care routine for your keratin-treated hair, use clarifying shampoo once a fortnight.

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