This shampoo is so amazing.
I've been living in an area with extremely hard water for about two years now, and it has been taking a toll on both my hair and my skin. After trying several "normal" shampoos, I looked up my problem online and found out that I needed a chelating shampoo instead. A chelating shampoo, such as this one, works to remove the mineral deposits that hard water leaves in your hair (whereas a clarifying shampoo strips your hair of dirt and oils).
The very first time I used this, my hair was transformed. It was silky, soft, shiny, voluminous and had bounce to it. I hadn't seen my hair look like that in years!
I've seen some people on here say that it was too harsh for them, because they used it once a week. This shampoo, unless you have serious buildup problems with minerals, would be better used once every two weeks, and is optimal when followed by a deep conditioning treatment right after. It also might seem like a lot of money for a shampoo, but think of this as more of a treatment...if you use it once every two weeks, it lasts a really long time. When I used it at that rate, a bottle lasted me for a year. If hard water is wreaking havoc on your hair, try this shampoo. Just don't over do it :)
(OH, and another tip: don't leave this shampoo sitting in your shower, if water gets into the bottle the shampoo will try to remove the minerals and it will get lumpy)
I wanted to use this specially because I get a lot of build-up on my scalp and not only was it weighing my hair down, but other products were no longer effective. I heard a lot about this product and it is rated pretty much the best in its type (I may try the Redken once after I finish this bottle - which will take forever since I use it pretty sparingly).
First use - I found that it did not lather AT ALL. It was sort of like running conditioner through my hair without the creamy feel. However, it went through my bushy, knotty hair very easily and my hair felt cleaner than it had in ages (the last time I felt the same way I was using baking soda as a hair cleanser for the first time). I applied the L'Oreal Mythic Oil masque after that, but I can't say it was more effective. Not sure whether I can blame Joico for that. Mythic Oil feels great when you're applying but after you dry your hair, there's no difference. I was hoping it would make a difference THIS time.
Second time - it lathered quite well surprisingly. My hair felt dry - as it always does - but less bushy and flyaway.
I only use it once a week max as it contains sulfates (as some others have mentioned, that's surprising in a shampoo that's supposed to REMOVE build-up). I'm going to use it before my next colouring job to see if the colour applies better but I am hesitant to use it after colouring in case it strips colour.
This isn't just for product buildup, but also for hard water buildup. If you have white spots on glasses and in the shower, you have hard water. This can dry out your hair, and really do a number on it. Instead of reaching for the conditioner, give this a try, it made a tremendously good difference in my hair, it's so much softer, but full of volume. I've tried other clarifying shampoos, but I don't think they do anything for hard water. By the way, I think the current version is called Clarifying, but it still has the same ingredients and is still chelating. Highly recommended.
this was a decent clarifying shampoo for once a week. however, maybe i did not need it once a week? maybe i only needed it for once every 2 weeks? because after the second time using it, my hair looked like it was in bad condition haha. it got rid of build up though! also VERY drying, i do not know if this is with all clarifying shampoos? The only non-drying one was the pureology one that i tried....USE a good hydrating conditioner after!
I use an organic/natural shampoo all month long but I have incorporated this shampoo into my routine about twice a month.
I love organic but when I use hair products my hair starts to seem a bit heavy after a while.. I wanted something that would really clarify my hair and this does the trick.
I used to use redkin products religiously but my hair became dry, frizzy, dull and unmanageable. So of course I would add more products to fix those issues without ever stopping to think that perhaps it was my shampoo that was the problem.
I switched to an organic shampoo and even from the first wash my hair already became softer and more shiny. After a week it was hardly frizzy anymore and so smooth. I have been organic for 2 years now and no longer need to use products that add shine and cut down friz and make hair sleek.
After using Joico Chelating Shampoo, my hair is more bouncy and really light. Its also really really shiny. On the down side I need to wash my hair sooner the next time as it gets oily quicker and I had forgotten how much shampoo burns when it gets in your eye.. haha... the worst my organic shampoo can do is make my eye feel minty fresh... it also feels a little drier.
I wouldn't use this product more often as I feel my hair may become damaged again but I will definitely be sticking to this routine for now as it seems to be working for me.
This is one of my favorit shampoos its gentle enough to be used on VERY VERY damaged hair yett it really removes hard water mineral buildup styling product build up cones everything , oh did i mention the smell is to die for<33 cant believe i havent reviewed this yet ive been using it for 4+years
This stuff is amazing. I moved house and I wondered why my hair was so awful. It felt lank but dry at the same time. I contemplated getting it all cut off. Anyway, it dawned on me that I had moved from an area with soft water to one with hard water. I love Joico products so when I saw they did this chelating one, I bought it. It's great! One wash and my hair sprung back to life. The rest of my Joico products now feel like they are really sinking in and doing their job - while my roots feel bouncy again. The smell of the actual shampoo is lovely, I'd say a bit coconutty? But I do have to say that when I was lathering my hair, it gave off a pretty nasty ammonia-like smell. My hair itself didn't smell, just the air in the shower. I guess it's down to a chemical reaction with my overprocessed hair? Anyway, don't let this put you off, this product is fab!
Best clarifying shampoo I've tried hands down so totally worth the money. I don't use any products on my hair so I only use this once a month to get rid of residual cones and bring back intense shine. It does leave everything squeaky clean and so the frizz is an issue but within the next wash (using one n only Argan oil shampoo and conditioner) the problem is sorted. In love with the smell and richness of it and it is far cheaper than other high brand chelating shampoos. Will absolutely repurchase!
Oh my god, I love this stuff! Ever since I moved to a location that has hard water, my hair has been looking like sh*t. It's been so dry and frizzy, nothing has helped and we don't have enough money to get a water softener system. I've been coping by trying all different types of hair products in hopes of improving my hair. Usually something might work for the first time and then after that, it's downhill again. My hair just felt so dry and rough, hated my hair after a while. I've tried clarifying shampoos to try to get rid of the build up but it just dries out my hair even more. This stuff really works without drying my hair! I almost feel like my hair starts out fresh every time I use this. It gets rid of all the gunk from product build up and whatever the hard water is doing to my hair. Now I feel that my conditioners actually work because it sinks into my hair rather than just sit on top of build up. This is expensive ($13) but for a salon product that actually works, it's worth it.
This is an awesome chelating shampoo. I have tried many, and they all have left my hair dry, tangled and crisp but this surprised me as it is so gentle yet effective... Not one knot after rinsing!