For decades shampooing of hair is a process associated with your regular full body cleansing ritual. One would at least shampoo to ensure their scalp is clean, fragrant and purportedly oozing lustre. However, this isn’t quite the case.
Whilst in theory that is what a shampoo should do however in reality your regular choice of shampoo may in fact be contributing to the contaminants in your hair. Even following a thorough rinse down, the hair collects shampoo and conditioner residue which eventually weighs your hair down and what was once the perfect solution to giving your hair that much needed vitality, the same solution is doing nothing of the sort. This is where a Deep Cleansing Shampoo would come into play.
What is a Deep Cleansing Shampoo?
Similar to your regular shampoo but with a formula that contains deep cleansing properties. A shampoo that is not necessarily used on a daily basis (bar some) and one that strips your hair and scalp of stubborn impurities. As Menuka Rai Ghosh of Wella Professionals tells Vogue:
“You wash your face with a face wash every day but still use a mask or a scrub once a week because you know you need an extra push to get rid of dead cells and clean your pores which your regular cleanser won't do. The same concept applies to clarifying shampoos.”
We often use a variety of products in our hair, be it for cleansing, styling, nourishment etc, and it is factually evident that most of these products contain some form of silicones which latch onto the hair. Unless treated, this build-up eventually increases creating a barrier which doesn’t allow your shampoo to give your hair that lustre it once did. This is why it is often the case where people wonder why their shampoo no longer works or their hair has become immune to its benefits. We often accuse the manufacturers of cheekily altering formulas however this is not necessarily the case.
In order to eradicate this residue build-up and other contaminants, we need to introduce a deep cleansing shampoo into our regime. As mentioned previously, this shampoo is not intended for daily use with the exception of some formulas that the manufacturers shall direct accordingly. They are often used as and when required with no right and wrong prescription as to how often they should be used and are often introduced alongside other shampoos of choice in your hair care protocol, switching to deep cleansing when required.
Deep Cleaning Tips
- It is common practice to leave the product on for at least 2 minutes before rinsing.
- One should work the product in thoroughly ensuring the base of your scalp is also lathered.
- For longer hair, it is imperative you cover the tips also.
- For those using hair styling products, maybe introduce a deep cleansing formula more often.
- Using a deep cleansing shampoo daily (unless stated on the bottle) can misbalance your hair and scalp thus resulting in dry and damaged hair.
- If you are unsure of how often you need to use a deep cleansing shampoo, a rule of thumb would be twice a month or a once every week if you use a lot of hair styling products.
- Whilst theory and knowledge is great, it serves no purpose if the right solution is not offered. This is why at Elegant Gents we have hand-picked 5 of the best deep cleansing formulas:
Patricks SH2 Deep Clean Shampoo 250ml
Key reason for recommendation: Independently reviewed by our customers as being a brilliant formula to break down the most stubborn hair styling products plus the introduction of Patricks Recovery Compound or PRC (combination of damage reduction and vital protective technologies exclusively engineered by Patricks) which is a perfect addition to a stripping formula.
Recipe For Men Deep Clean Hair Shampoo 250ml
Key reason for recommendation: Unlike most Deep Cleansing Hair Shampoos, this non-aggressive product contains moisturising properties and ingredients such as Betaine which infuse the hair with essential nutrients leaving it clean and invigorated. Whilst it breaks down impurities, it does not leave your hair vulnerable to dryness.
L:A Bruket Shampoo Lemongrass 250ml
Key reason for recommendation: An organic formula enriched with lots of goodness such as Vitamin B, aloe vera, oat extract and more. Another deep cleansing formula that can be used regularly, attributed to its essential oils from lemongrass and rosemary. This product is also available in other organic variants
Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Shampoo & Bodywash 350ml
Key reason for recommendation: This product has versatile properties. It is often frowned upon when mentioning a one product-fits-all i.e. a shampoo/bodywash in one, however this amazing formula by Blind Barber is the perfect answer. Meticulously concocted with purpose in mind containing a custom spirit blend and aloe vera to deep cleanse the hair and body whilst the addition of juniper berry and hops extract help breakdown build-up and unwanted contaminants.
La Roche-Posay Kerium DS Anti-Dandruff Intense Shampoo 125ml
Key reason for recommendation: A very soothing formula and one that has been listed for those that have issues with dandruff. The Kerium DS by La Roche-Posay deeply cleanses and relieves the scalp from intense itching. With micro-exfoliating properties allowing a more targeted and even application. Administering the product is usually limited to no more than twice a week for the first 4 weeks.