For me, a fortnightly cleanse with a clarifying shampoo is an essential part of my hair care regime. I hardly ever use product on my hair as I wear the hijab outdoors, but even so, I do notice a flaky silica residue on my scalp deposited, I assume by my shampoo. When my regular brand was discontinued in the UK I had to find a replacement asap.

After a few hours online researching the disappointingly few clarifying shampoos available in the UK, I made a shortlist of 3 that seemed easily accessible. It was therefore even more disappointing that even the larger Boots or Superdrug stores only stock one or two clarifying shampoo variants. The only one on my list that was available in Boots was the Tresemmé Cleanse and Renew Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

Price: £5.24

Volume: 900ml

IngredientsAqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-10, Parfum, Sodium Sulfate, PPG-12, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 61570

Usage: Apply a 10p piece sized blob to hair at the roots and lightly massage the scalp. Then lightly squeeze the shampoo from roots to ends and rinse well with lukewarm water (or cold water if you can handle the chill factor).

The Good

No silica. A definite plus. I have seen shampoos marketed as deep cleansing shampoos that still include silicone-based ingredients. I’m sceptical as to how deep cleansing they really are if they just deposit a further layer of silica on your scalp.

The Bad

Ingredients-wise, it’s still loaded with a few unnecessary chemicals, sodium laureth sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine.  All they do is help the shampoo lather. Neither have any real benefits, but are common in shampoo formuale as lather is part of the classic image that shampoo marketing has sold us since the year dot.

The Verdict

Simply put, it works. Firstly, I have noticed that my roots are less brittle, and I have less breakage at the root. The hair shedding I now have is just part of the natural hair cycle.

Secondly, when dyeing my roots, the colour is taking better to the hair and is penetrating the hair and not just sitting on the surface. This was a big problem for me when skipping clarifying shampoo prior to colouring my hair or having a root retouch.

I do get day-two dryness and so the best way for me to use it is to wash with it before re-colouring my hair, and then once coloured, re-wash with a colour seal or colour protect shampoo. The Tresemmé Cleanse and Renew Deep Cleansing Shampoo does what it says on the tin, so it’s a thumbs up from me… for now.