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7 Clarifying Shampoos That Will Recover a Bad Dye Job

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Home dye jobs are full of promise. You crack open that fresh box of "chestnut brown," and truly believe that the moment you saturate your strands, you'll be transformed. You imagine becoming a brand-new person with gorgeous shiny hair that everyone you meet will be inclined to compliment.

Of course, things sometimes don't go quite as planned when embarking on a DIY dye job. All too often we hear the horror stories of using the wrong toner, leaving the dye on too long, or just not liking the final result.

When faced with such dramatic hair dilemmas, you might momentarily feel like it's the end of the world. But before getting unnecessarily down on yourself, you should consider giving clarifying shampoos a try.

These shampoos, which are often labeled as "deep cleansing," are designed to strip away oil, dirt, and impurities, occasionally rinsing some color out along the way. As a result, they're a great option for those looking to fade their tresses until they have the time and money to head to the salon for a professional do-over.

Keep scrolling to discover seven deep cleansing haircare products that can help salvage poorly color-treated strands.

7 Clarifying Shampoos That Will Reset Your Hair

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O&M Original Detox Shampoo $32

Ideal for straight, wavy, and curly hair, this clarifying shampoo works to deeply cleanse both the scalp and strands. It's formulated with stimulating peppermint oil, cooling cucumber extract, and color-preserving jojoba esters, making it a refreshing experience for those with color-treated tresses.

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Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo $16

Made with deep cleansing sea water, soothing aloe vera, and hydrating honey, this clarifying shampoo will rinse unwanted color down the drain while making way for seriously shiny strands. While it's color-safe, it's designed to strip strands of excess, making it a must try for accidental dark dye jobs.

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OUAI Clean Shampoo $28

This gentle clarifying shampoo will quickly become your new best friend. It protects delicate, color-treated tresses by softly removing excess sebum and color build-up. At the same time, it pumps up the shine with a formula rich in smart keratin and hydrating tamarind seed extract.

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Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo $34

Your scalp needs to be regularly exfoliated (just like your face) in order to look and feel its best. This salicylic acid-infused formula will work like a charm to buff away dead skin cells and color build-up. Not only will it strip away the unwanted dye, but it will remove excess oil for a less greasy head of hair.

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Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo $26

Great for all hair types, this deliciously scented formula is designed to strip away dirt and impurities to rebalance the scalp and strengthen and restore healthy strands. What's more, it's made with avocado and argan oils, so it will deeply hydrate hair in the process.

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Klorane Shampoo with Centaury $20

If ultra-brassy tones are your concern, this anti-yellowing clarifying shampoo will be right up your alley. It's made with botanical blue pigments which help neutralize the unwanted color while amplifying bright blonde and silver hues.

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Hush Gunk Remover Kit $38

This shampoo-like cleanser is the best bet for seriously bad DIY dye jobs. The two-step process works to break up build-up and refresh the scalp for a healthier head of hair in a single rinse. To really unhinge the excess color and oils, use the spiky pink scalp brush for an even deeper cleanse.

Next up: learn about the best shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair.

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