There’s nothing I love more than a good clarifying shampoo. As someone who washes their hair at most three times a week, one of those washes needs to be a clarifying wash to remove excess oils and product. I can’t stress enough how amazing it feels when your hair is just clean. Not stripped and dry, but clean and lightweight. While I currently have a favorite, I figured I should use the samples I have from all the boxes I’ve gathered. This brings us to today’s #SampleSunday, the Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo. We’ll take a look at what the brand claims the product does, a brief look at the ingredients and then my thoughts.
Starting with the brand claims, Number 4 states the Clarifying Shampoo is a, “weekly deep cleansing therapy that doesn’t strip moisture or color.” Additionally, the Number 4 says this is “…nutritive to scalp, hair and shower decor. It is the perfect go-to product for anyone desiring a deeper clean without sacrificing condition.” Number 4 also states this can be used weekly or daily to remove build-up or oils. Another note, this shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens and is vegan and gluten free.
So now, let’s jump into the ingredients and then go over my general thoughts on using this product. Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Water, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Gluconolactone, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Giant Kelp) Extract, Ribes Grossularia (Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Yogurt Extract, Arctium Lappa (Greater Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Purple Mangosteen) Peel Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Roselle) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate) Leaf Extract
As you can see, the lower end of the ingredients list contains a lot of extracts which may or may not be good depending on your sensitivity. These extracts include kelp for shine, sunflower oil for a high source of Vitamin E, gooseberry for growth and retaining color and quite a few other extracts. Additionally, there’s a lot of added fragrance, so again, keep that in mind.
Is this product good for a deep cleanse? As someone who doesn’t actively search for SLS-free products (even though I know they’re better for my hair), I feel it does a decent job. Sometimes the lack of suds makes it seem like you’re not getting the most clean, but that’s all psychological. However, this product is definitely gentle for everyday use and doesn’t further dry out my already dry/chemically-treated hair. Below is what the product looks like along with some water added. I love the herbal scent, but it just doesn’t replace my favorite clarifying shampoo.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the value of the product. The Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo* retails for $32/8.5oz. This equates to about $3.75 per ounce. Overall a decent deal. There’s quite a few other clarifying shampoos on the market that are less expensive, however those may not be vegan or gluten free.
So would I recommend the Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo? I would if you’re specifically looking for a gentle shampoo that’s free of certain ingredients or want something vegan. However, if you’re looking for a deep cleaning shampoo and don’t mind sulfates, parabens or require something specific like a product being vegan, then maybe not. It is a good daily shampoo, so you guys/gals out there with oily hair may in fact love this. Those with any sort of intense chemically-treated hair may also love how gentle it is. However, if its been a couple (ok, maybe three) days and need to feel cleaner than Outkast (so fresh and so clean!), you may want something else.
Have you tried Number 4 products? If so, which are your favorites? Also, what are your thoughts on SLS-free shampoos? Share in the comments!