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Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
I work very long hours which means a ton of product is used in my hair due to me being lazy and wanting to spend a few extra minutes in bed instead of messing with washing and blow drying my hair each morning. So, dry shampoos and hairsprays and other products are used bet on my hair between washes during the week and that stuff just needs to be clarified. On the weekend I use this product to get all the junk out of my hair and it is wonderful. A little goes a long way. I purchased this back in December and I am only half way through the bottle by just using it once a week. It smells amazing, my hair is so shiny and clean without feeling stripped. I have used other clarifying shampoos but they just take all the oils out of my hair and turn it into a hot mess.
I really recommend this product, but not to use on a daily basis. Just use as a clarifying shampoo on an as need basis.
Received a free sample of this from Ulta (with the matching conditioner) and tried it a week ago.
CLAIMS: A great blowout starts with super clean hair. On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo is enriched with activated charcoal to purify and thoroughly cleanse both the hair and scalp-absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. It removes product buildup without stripping or drying out hair, while vegetable protein strengthens and reinforces chemically treated or damaged hair. Gentle enough for all hair types and textures. Cheers to charcoal!
LATHER: Lathered nicely, not too many suds, distributed through my fine hair easily...
SCENT: SUPERRRRRR strong charcoal scent,... And it does linger in your hair after drying. I personally didn't mind this, but if you hate the scent of charcoal, this product would be too intense for you.
OTHER INFO: Formulated without parabens, sulfates, & phthalates. This product is never tested on animals, and is safe for color-treated and keratin-treated hair.
RESULTS: Just okay in my opinion. It did visibly clean and clarify my hair, but my 'do got greasy and dirty within 2 days (as it usually does). So this didn't extend the clean time of my hair at all, which was a tad disappointing. This did live up to the claims of not stripping my hair of moisture, so that was pretty great...
My hair looked healthy, shiny, and overall cleaner. It did its job, but,... I don't know, this shampoo just didn't WOW me. It was good, but not my favorite. Would try again, but wouldn't buy.
OVERALL GRADE: 3 / 5 stars
Daddyswitlgirl from LA
I followed the directions exactly and cried during my first shower because of how much hair I had lost. I was devastated. Then today it happened again. Panic and more heartbreak. Decided to start to question anything that I could think of that was new in my life. Started to research and found that I am not the only one this has happened to. Yeah this is so going back to the store.
Aren from Phoenix, AZ
I needed shampoo that would clean my hair and scalp from build up. This shampoo did exactly what I was looking for. I am becoming a fan of a lot of DryBar products.
kw022 from Michigan
I had a lot of buildup in my hair, it wasn't drying fully and it looked oily the day after showering. It felt gritty and was very weighed down. After the first use of this shampoo my hair feels completely different! It's so silky and my hair dried much faster. The shampoo lathered easily too. Would definitely recommend to anyone with buildup!
HelenaofPhoenix from Phoenix, Arizona
If I haven't washed my hair in a few days, and my hair is especially gross, this stuff really strips the gross out of my hair. It cleans so well, and also does a good job of nourishing my hair. It doesn't take much to get a good lather going. I wouldn't use this every day, but if you want to *really* clean your hair, use this. It's amazing.
PDH from Westminster,CA
I've used many, many clarifying shampoos. They haven't done much. I use a charcoal cleanser on my face every day which I love and I hoped this would work the same way on my hair. Well, it definitely does! My hair feels clean and soft and I'm sure all the buildup has been washed away. I use it twice a week, and my search is over!!!
Nikki from Westchester, NY
Love Dry Bar products. They smell fantastic and my hair feels really clean after using this. I use it 1-2 times a week along with the conditioner.
Nicole from North Carolina
I received a free sample of this shampoo and the matching conditioner. It cleaned my hair perfectly fine, but the smell is EXTREMELY overpowering and lingers (unlike some shampoo smells that fade shortly after washing) so much that it gave me a headache and made my eyes itchy from the proximity to my head My husband could smell my hair across the room and thought I changed to a new, stinky perfume. He said it was so strong that sitting next to me was causing him to not be able to breathe. The smell isn't bad per se, but it's so strong and lingering that it is a huge problem. I do not recommend buying this shampoo if you are a) sensitive to smells, or b) plan to wear your own perfume and don't want a nasty mixed scent.
Sessy from Chicago
I tried this shampoo for a few months. This shampoo left my hair dry and tangled. I couldn't get my fingers through my hair, even after I put a ton of conditioner on my hair. The reason I bought this product was because I was told my issue was product build up, so I tried it, along with an Apple cider vinegar wash, only once, and my hair was still awful. I went to my hair salon and my stylist told me that it wasn't product build up, my hair was extremely dry. She did a hair mask on me, and my hair was like new. The 'On the rocks' shampoo and conditioner did not work for me, but everyone's hair is different. I have 2b, medium porosity, medium thickness, medium density hair. Hope that information helps. Now I'm looking for a new shampoo and conditioner that works.
Debra from IL
This stuff is terrible. Thank goodness I had gotten a smaller size to try it before spending so much money on something that left my hair dry, broken, lackluster, and all around dull. First complaint...getting the product through my hair, as soon as I put it in and started to rub my hair instantly knotted. Thinking the conditioner would help with that I put a bunch in...NO HELP at all. I was pulling out handfuls of knotted hair during and after my shower. I had to put so much leave in conditioner to get my tangle teezer brush through my hair and it still had tons of hair in the bristles. I then gave it to someone else who struggles with greasy hair...they had the same complaints. NEVER AGAIN!!!!
Nessa from Laurel, MD
I had been fighting a greasy mess for about two months. I tried various shampoos but when I would dry my hair it would look like I dipped my head in a bucket of oil. I would have to spray a ton of dry shampoo in my freshly washed hair in order to get it to look okay. Then after some research I decided to give this a try and it restored my hair and cleansed it so well! My hair is actually clean and has tons of volume. Thank you dry bar for giving me my hair back!
Lydia STL from Saint Louis, MO
I wanted something gentle to clean my scalp and remove the residue from everyday Shampoo. Yes friends! Your shampoo is leaving residue in your scalp and hair. I tried this product and am amazed at how clean my scalp is. My hair is so shiny and soft. Lots of volume. I used a deep conditioning mask from Hask afterwards. I honestly think that the conditioner adhered better to my hair because all the impurities from my hair had been removed. I also color my hair so I am thinking the color will adhere better too.
CamoMom from Baton Rouge, LA
I have the oilest, thin, flat, fine, and straight hair. I need this shampoo & the conditioner together to deep clean my hair otherwise I would have to wash everyday.
ojbug from Portland, OR
I bought the travel size first to make sure I'd like it..and oh did I LOVE it. Absolutely amazing product, works very well - lathers well, cleans well, smells UH-mazing. I'd use it everyday, if I could. Went back and purchased the 33L and my shower couldn't be happier :)
Lynn the runner from TX
Smells great and doesn't strip the hair like some clarifying shampoos.
Samantha from Atx
This is a great clarifying shampoo! After one use my hair was super shiny and felt very clean! I had to go ahead and get the conditioner because I loved this so much ❤️
Km12 from Gilbert, AZ
I bought this based on the good reviews and I'm impressed! It smells great and made my hair SO soft! I bought the smaller bottle of shampoo and conditioner because it's a bit expensive but I can see if lasting a long time if I'm only using it twice per week.
MsProductJunkie from Livermore
This made my scalp feel amazing! It also gave my hair a TON of volume- which I wasn't expecting. I bought the small bottle since I only need to deep clean my scalp once or twice a week. But I loved it so much I'm thinking about buying the bigger bottle! One thing I will say is that it did make my hair feel a tiny bit dry but all that means is that it did it's job deep cleaning & removing old product build up! I paired it with the Dry Bar Detangler & my hair felt refreshed and silky once again so don't be scared to deep clean your hair every once in a while it's great for scalp health.
RM from FL
Love this product! Made my hair feel squeaky clean. It has left my hair glossy, soft, and easier to style. Dont think it has an overwhelming smell which I liked. Will definitely be purchasing more in the future.
Patti from West Columbia Texas
I just started using this shampoo and I love how my hair looked after using it. I will Definitely buy again
Mary from Pennsylvania
I just bought this shampoo a couple of days ago, after months of thinking about it. I don't know what I waited for, or why... I have used it once and I can already see a big difference in my hair. I have very thick, straight hair that gets naturally oily. I only wash my hair once every other day or every 2 days with sulfate free shampoo for this reason, but even then my hair usually just has this flatness, and it just looks dull and weighed down. As soon as I got out of the shower after my first use of this shampoo, my hair looked so much different. It looks healthier, and lighter. It doesn't have that heavy feeling at the roots. And it smells so good! I'm in love! I'm going to use this once a week going forward. I got the small bottle in case I wouldn't like it, but I love it! I will be buying the larger size in the future.
Kathy from Philly
I got a sample of this and wasn't going to bother trying it, but I'm so glad I did. The smell and texture(low lather) remind me of the Neutrogena clarifying shampoo which I can no longer find.
I know this doesn't add volume, but by removing all of the product in my hair, my hair actually looks like it has more volume. It's fluffier LOL. Heading to Ulta to buy a full size bottle.
Sam from Auburndale Florida
I got this as a free gift. Tonight I used it and I have not stopped talking about it or touching my hair. Im in awe! The amount of residue that was on the bottom of my shower was shocking! My hair isnt
even dry yet and I can already tell
a HUGE change has happened. My hair feels lighter and the smell isnt bad like the other reviews i have read. Soon as i post this review im purchasing the full size shampoo and conditioner. If you jabe been on the fence about buying this, dont be. You wont be sorry!! This is my new holy grail clarifier..my mind is blown!!!
Stbrooks23 from Fayetteville, NC
I found this after searching the internet on how to cure my all of a sudden insanely greasy hair. It was between this and Bumble and Bumbles Sunday Shampoo, however, B&B was not safe for color treated hair. I was bummed about not being able to use B&B but after reading some reviews I decided to give this a try and I am SO happy that I did. My hair has not felt this good in such a long time! I can never seem to get my hair to feel like i've just left the salon- until now. You only need such a small amount because it lathers so well. The smell isn't great, but it's not bad either. My hair is now so soft, added shine without making my hair look or feel greasy, and it actually feels clean and isn't harsh on my dry scalp. I now swear by this stuff! I love it so much I went and picked up more of their shampoos and conditioners. I'm a happy camper!
DesiBau from San Antonio
When I can't find this product I'm literally looking online to find its nearest location. I don't think I'd love this as much as I'd do! I know it says to use twice a week which for some people, if you're using it to often, yea.... it's gonna dry out your hair. This product is magical if you follow the usage instructions you should be golden!
IvonneG from Chicago, IL
I bought this shampoo upon the recommendation the 2 DryBar specialists at Ulta Oakbrook when I told them I needed to find a new shampoo that left my hair clean without damaging it. Both my daughter and I have used it and love it! They were right-my hair hasn't felt this clean and protected for a long time. Thanks!