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Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo before now! It’s been my go-to clarifying shampoo in my hair product arsenal for years.

To get my hair to do what I want I tend to max out on hair products from time to time. (Don’t we all?) A little extra hairspray to get that perfect ponytail to stay put… Hair paste to makes your bangs sit just right… Or hair serum that you know is full of silicones, but you just can’t live without!

You probably notice that your hair seems lifeless, dull, and weighed down sometimes and no matter what you do it just won’t perk back up. Switching shampoos doesn’t even work!

That’s where Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo comes in. Every few weeks or so you need to get rid of the buildup on your hair from the products you use. Neutrogena Anti-Residue is formulated to remove up to 90% of dulling residue build-up caused by shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.

It’s highly concentrated so you only need to use a little bit. I squirt a dab out and mix it with a small amount of water so it spreads evenly through my hair. One bottle will last you forever, so it’s a great, well-priced investment. After you cleanse with Anti-Residue Shampoo, just condition as usual. Your hair will be free of buildup and back to its shiny, bouncy self!

Some people may need to shampoo with Neutrogena Anti-Residue weekly, some every other week or monthly. It just depends on your hair type, how many styling products you use, and how much buildup you have. But be sure not to use this shampoo daily because it’s too stripping.

And speaking of stripping your hair, Ty Tradelius reminded me in the comments section to discuss clarifying shampoo and color treated hair. (Thanks!) Here’s the deal: If your hair is lightened or highlighted, shampoo can’t really strip your color, so you’re good to go with a clarifying shampoo. In fact, clarifying  will help counteract mineral buildup and brassiness, which can make your hair look dull and dark. If you notice a change in tone, switch to a violet shampoo about once every two weeks as discussed yesterday.

For those of you who dye your hair darker, the mere act of shampooing your hair strips color over time, especially if you have demi-permanent color which is meant to wash off. Therefore, you might want to clarify less frequently and cleanse with gentle, “color safe” products on a daily basis, which will help slow the fading process. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo can be found at major retailers and drugstores like Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and more.  Price: $5.99

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