Neutrogena Anti-Residue: The Only Clarifying Shampoo You'll Ever Need

In 1980 a new Honda Civic only cost $5,000, Blondie was a new band on the radio, and Neutrogena launched one of the first clarifying shampoos on the market. While older products can’t always compare to the modern science that goes into new formulations, we’d argue that in this case, the classic option is far superior.

Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo ($6) is a simple but strong, pared-down cleanser that’s the hair equivalent of restarting your computer. The thick lather removes product and environmental build-up with one wash, leaving your locks light, bouncy, and—believe it or not—a lot shinier. Daily shampoos are designed to cleanse hair without stripping all the oil from your scalp—a good thing for maintaining healthy hair—but also one that requires a weekly deep cleaning to avoid the build-up of things like dry shampoo, mousse, and hairspray. The scent is incredibly fresh—a mix of citrus and green apple—and the formula is free of dyes and colorants. So you might not use the same amount of mousse you did in the ‘80s, but don’t worry, you’ll still reap all the benefits.