Rated 4.54 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Wish I had found this sooner!
I am a product tester and reviewer. Sometimes that means trying out products that leave build up on my scalp, which I had mistaken as dandruff. I was using a popular dandruff shampoo that not only didn't really work very well, but was causing my hair to fall out! So today I went to Ulta looking for something new. After trying to find something that I hadn't already struck out with, I selected this one. I feared that the whole charcoal thing might be a gimmick, if I'm honest, but I tried it tonight and it is far from a gimmick.
First of all, I need to get out of the way that I absolutely do not like the smell. It's not right lol. It isn't gross, but it isn't really pleasant and I'm a huge fan of citrus so that kind of caught me off guard. That is okay, however, because it performs so well.
I had so much scalp buildup that I would scratch my scalp and get creamy-ish white gunk under my nails. Yes that is disgusting, and I assumed it was dandruff and have spent years now trying to get rid of it. Years, okay? Gross.
So I lathered up with this shampoo, made sure to really work it into my scalp, and when I pulled my hands away to see what the lather looked like I could actually see bits of that stuff that was previously stuck to my scalp all over my hands. I'm absolutely certain it was NOT the shampoo, shampoo is not semi solid like that. I rinsed, and ran my hands through and it was still coming off my scalp onto my hands. Given the amount of build up, this didn't surprise me and I washed again. This time it rinsed completely clean. I kind of scratched a bit and got nothing, NOTHING, off my scalp. The shampoo got rid of every bit of it.
This shampoo did a great job. I also used the conditioner with it and my hair feels silky, smooth, and most importantly it feels clean. It's dry now and no amount of scratching at my scalp has turned up anything.
I will be sticking to this. Realistically I am not going to stop testing new products, so this is perfect.
Most Helpful Critical Review Use with caution!
I bought with the conditioner because I swim a lot during the summer with my kids. I wanted something to get the chlorine out of my hair after a day in the pool. I love the smell and the texture is nice, and it lathers well, but it does dry my hair out significantly. Even when using with the conditioner I have to do an extra conditioning with a different product while in the shower to help with the dryness. I also have to apply like a hair oil or the like to help with texture of my hair out of the shower. I believe that the intended use may be for hair more oily or with a lot of build up from other products. Not sure it was the best choice for after swimming because chlorine is also very drying :)
I keep using because I don't mind the extra TLC I have to give my hair after use.
Reviewed by 249 customers Does what it's supposed to
Hair Trainer from Texas
I have hair trained my hair to go 2 weeks without washing so when it's time to wash I have to clarify my hair. This shampoo does a good job it doesn't completely strip my hair or scalp and with me going so long between washes I use this shampoo twice on my scalp and rinse through my ends. It leaves my scalp &hair feeling nice and clean.
MamaToAB from 94510
I suffer from SD, and was hopeful to find something that is decently priced, smells good, and would help. Well, it was all except the latter. It's not horrible, but just not for one with SD
this product saved my hair!
claira from albuquerque
for the longest time i thought i had dandruff due to dying my hair countless times, but all along it was just product buildup from cheap shampoos! i thought i would try this one out since it had a ton of good reviews and i do not regret it at all! this shampoo got rid of all the buildup on my scalp and makes my hair feel shiny and strong. not exactly a strong smell but it has a mild citrus smell to it which i enjoy. overall an amazing product!
Lolo from NYC
Gentle on hair and makes my hair feel clean. Doesn't stop your hair so you can do a second shampoo wash with your usual shampoo after
Absolute must have item
Amber from Phoenix
Like some other reviewers, all other shampoos or products leave a layer of gunk on my scalp. This is the only shampoo that cleans it away. I have thick coarse curly hair. I usually mix this shampoo with Hask Unwined color protector shampoo. The conditioner is a bit drying so I mix that as well because it does not add gunk to my scalp. I could not live without this shampoo. I hope they never discontinue it.
This shampoo makes my scalp and hair feel good!
Angie from Florida
I have fine hair, and a bit of an oily scalp. My scalp gets irritated, especially if I don't wash it every day. This product makes my scalp feel clean and also removed build up. I have heard you should only use "clarifying" shampoos once a week, but I find this good for daily use. I have tried so many different shampoos but always come back to this!
Almost 5 stars
Erose90 from usa
I am a coarse, curly, natural dirty blonde who took a huge risk about a year ago dying my hair bright blonde. Due to the work of a poorly skilled colorist who left the bleach on way too long, my hair began to melt away. Literally! In desperation I spend hundreds on deep conditioners that only seemed to make things worse. Then I realized there was such a thing as TOO MUCH protein and promptly looked for a clarifying shampoo to undo the damage. This does the trick and my hair is finally soft and manageable. I must note that I follow this shampoo with a protein free moisturizing conditioner. The combination has done wonders and I receive many compliments! My only complaint is that I am not a huge fan of the smell, but it's not awful, just a bit masculine?
D sol from Pennsylvania
I love this stuff and it smells amazing. Cleans so well. All of Hask products are fantastic.
Would definitely buy again.
Carol from Lake in the Hills, Il
I bought the Rusk Charcoal because my hair is oily and frizzy and I really needed a change from the anti-frizz shampoos and conditioners because my hair was just getting to greasy looking. So I started doing some research and found this and I liked the price. So I bought and tried and loved it!! I do have bangs and they start to get oily by the end of the day, but that is just how my hair is. This shampoo lathers great and has a really nice smell. I will purchase again and do recommend it.
Haven from Florida
I have an oily scalp, with color treated hair that needs moisture on the ends. This shampoo takes care of it all! My hair is left feeling very clean Without drying it out. My hair is very manageable and nourished after using Hask Charcoal Shampoo. I wish they would bring back the conditioner too! This is the best shampoo I've found in this price range, and I would definitely recommend!
It's the only shampoo I would use!
No nickname from Chesterton in
It's a excellent clarifying shampoo!
Love this shampoo
Amy from California
My hair feel clean after I used it. It does feel like it dry out your hair but in a good way, like detox. I use it once a week and after I shampooed I will use deep conditioner. I also like the smell.
Izzy from FL
I wear so much dry shampoo and other products in my hair. this shampoo does a great job of cleansing without stripping my hair of moisture.
Tried to like
Allie19 from Ohio
I tried to like this but my hair gets oily so fast after using it. It smells good and lathers well, but for this reason I can't use it.
Amy from Arizona
I ordered this online and wow it smells awful. Doesn't seem to be doing anything good for my hair either
Trashed our hair
Jenn from Olympia, WA
I bought this for me and my daughter since it had good ratings and was safe for natural and colored hair. Well, she has highlights and gave it a try, when she got out of the shower her hair was beyond dry and trashed. I spent the next 2.5 hours combing conditioner through her thick hair trying to bring it back to life and get a brush through it. When I tried it on my natural hair I noticed a very similar experience with it drying out my hair quickly making it very brittle feeling.
To sum it up, don't buy this one. Spend the extra money on a different clarifying shampoo.
Drying in a good way
Catie T from Boston, MA
This will dry out and get all the funk off your scalp, but use with caution, this can dry out your scalp if you use too often. I use this every 3-4 washes and follow up with a thick conditioner or hair mask. This is good if you use it right.
DebK from Shawano, WI
Love how clean my hair feels and I love the fragrance
My new hair detox favorite!
Ritza from Morris County, NJ
I use 2x a week and the scent is always a treat!
BEST SHAMPOO EVER!!
Krazy from Nashville
Seriously best shampoo ever & it's so hard to find anywhere else. Wish I could just get repeat of it delivered to my door. Some of the other Hawks have chemicals but this one doesn't
I love it!! BUT why don't have the Conditioner?
Zolecita from Maryland
I really want the ULta sell the conditioner, please sell the conditioner! Is a Great product and cheap!!
Netta from Tulsa, OK
I was skeptical of this product due to the price but i was pleasantly surprised, I have super fine light blonde hair and I was looking for a clarifying shampoo that would brighten my highlights without all the harsh chemicals. After just one use my hair is super soft and looks shiny and freshly died. I am loving this shampoo!
Will be buying again
Millie J from FL
Never used this product before. As a curly haired lady, using multiple products, my hair needed some clarification. Could feel that hair was stripped and needed additional conditioning. I don't mind, since I did a mask afterwards.
This shampoo is the best!!
Maddie from St. Augustine, FL
This shampoo keeps my oily hair under control and it's so affordable!!
Can't beat it for the price!
Dee from Missouri
I definitely wouldn't recommend for a daily shampoo it does dry my hair out right after shampooing that's what is supposed to do strip the hair but then I use a hair mask after wards omg my hair is silky soft . This is a really great product for product build up in your hair I use lots of product and I noticed my hair was looking very thin (I have thick hair ) this just brought my hair back to life ! Would recommend and would buy again !