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Can A Clarifying Shampoo Work For Balding?

The quick answer is yes! Clarifying shampoos clean and remove oil, dirt and contaminants that can block follicle pores and enhance balding. Also, clarifying shampoos that use zinc inhibit balding causing DHT.

Hair thinning and balding has many causes. Aging is a contributing factor as it causes the growth cycle of hair follicles to slow down. There are several illnesses that can cause thinning or balding as well, such as thyroid or skin disorders. Heredity also plays a part, particularly for males, in determining how much hair will be lost and the age at which a person will begin losing hair.

Hormonal changes, such as those occurring with pregnancy or menopause can also cause hair loss. Finally, sometimes oil, dirt, and dead skin cells can cause a disruption in the growth cycle of hair follicles, causing thinning or balding. A clarifying shampoo can help with this problem.

Clarifying Shampoos

Clarifying shampoos are formulated with deep cleansing ingredients to strip out everything that doesn’t belong in hair. This includes mineral build up from hard water, pollutants from the air, and chlorine from swimming pools.

Their main or primary usage, however, is to rid hair of the many products used when styling it. These products include leave in conditioners, gels, waxes, mousses, and hair spray. Many styling products contain ingredients, such as polymers and silicone, which coat each strand of it as well as the hair follicles. They are typically used a couple of times a month to eliminate the buildup of styling products on hair that can leave it dull and unhealthy looking.

Clarifying Shampoos for Baldness>

Your hair follicles produce oil called sebum that coats the length of each hair strand, sealing in moisture and protecting it from dirt, heat styling, and the elements. This is a natural process that keeps both the scalp and your hair moisturized. However, if too much oil builds up in the follicles, the oil will trap dead skin cells and dirt in the follicle. If the hair follicle is clogged, the cycle of that follicle’s hair growth can be impacted, causing it to grow more slowly or not at all. Although the many hairs on your head are in different stages of growth, clogging of many follicles by oil and debris can cause a noticeable thinning or loss of hair.

While a regular, daily-use cleanser will help remove some of the dirt and oil from your hair and scalp, it may not be able to deep clean the clogged follicles that could be causing your thinning or balding. A shampoo that "clarifies" contains surfactants, which are ingredients that are known for their deep cleansing ability. The surfactants will rid the scalp and follicles of clog-causing dirt, dead skin cells, and oils by using ingredients such as Zinc or Zinc PCA.


To rid your hair follicles of clogs, begin treatment by massaging a clarifying shampoo into your scalp and through your hair twice per day. The ingredients in the shampoo will cleanse your scalp, and the massaging action will help stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth. After a week or so of everyday use of the clarifying or balding shampoo, use your regular shampoo for six days, and use the clarifying shampoo on the seventh day, and repeat each week. Although it will take some time for new growth to be visible, you may notice a decrease in the amount of loss.
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