Neutrogena® The Anti-Residue Shampoo


4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars72%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars1%
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Get ready to instantly remove up to 90% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners and styling products. After using our clarifying shampoo, your hair will feel fully cleansed.

This non-irritating top-rated clarifying shampoo cleans your hair and instantly rinses away residue. You only need to use it once a week before going back to your favorite shampoo. It’s also made for all hair types, even color-treated hair.


Wet hair thoroughly.
Massage shampoo into hair, lather and rinse well.
Repeat if necessary.

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While Neutrogena® strives to keep ingredient lists on this website as accurate as possible, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, reliable, up-to-date, and error-free. Please refer to the ingredients list on the product packaging for the most accurate list of ingredients.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Fragrance, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol

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  • Would this be safe to use on colour-treated hair?1 Answers
  • Does it help with oily hair 3 Answers
  • I have never used a clarifying shampoo, but I just bought...4 Answers
Neutrogena® The Anti-Residue Shampoo
Neutrogena® The Anti-Residue Shampoo
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Jessica W.
148 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I have fine, but wavy hair that's oily at the crown and dry at the roots. I put a bunch of product in it, especially dry shampoo to attempt to go between washes. Even after showering, my hair often feels really oily still at the crown. I tried this shampoo to remove all of those excess oils. I use it once a week, and while it does the job, it also leaves my hair feeling overly gritty and damaged. There's also a lot of sulfate in it, so it's not ideal (especially for fine hair). It smells like a chemical based shampoo, and again, it technically does the job of removing all the residue, but it left my hair feeling really damaged. 
Alex k.
Smyrna, GA
106 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Ok this is magic. Don't use it every day, but if you're using lots of other products in your hair (styling, whatnot) or if you're just not using that high quality of a shampoo (hey, life happens and cheap shampoo happens. I've definitely been stuck without my gold standard for a week or two) This product magically removes it. Just FYI: it doesn't foam up well, and I often do two washes with it when I use it. Also you DEFINITELY need a conditioner and/or a detangler after this
Alyssa H.
Reading, PA
337 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
This is a great clarifying shampoo! Ive tried others but always go back to this one. First off the price is great and it lasts quite a bit too and its available at walmart and many other stores and even comes in a bigger size now too. I use it every other week and it effectively cleans my hair of all build up and oil. It defidently makes my regular shampoo work better too. My hair feels lighter after using this but not stripped. It doesnt dry my hair out either like some can. I have oily roots but dry ends and doesnt make my ends feel brittle. I always follow with a hair mask after clarifying every other week too to help retain moisture to my hair, i only put conditioner and hair mask on my lengths tho since i have oilier roots. I reccommend anyone try this clarifying shampoo exspecially before other pricier ones.
Lauren S.
145 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I use this product right before I'm ready to color my hair to strip buildup and residue off and leave the follicles ready to receive the color. It makes the color take so much better, and seems to last longer as well. It's powerful enough to leave my hair squeaky clean without drying out my scalp.
Mandy C.
West Allis, WI
250 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
5 stars.. is not enough for this shampoo. I would honestly give this 100 stars, it saved my hair! I moved to the city a few years ago, and the only downfall.. the water. I get my hair trimmed every other month, I️ get it colored, and treated just as often. I’ve always washed my hair every other day, to every third day. I would wash my hair, style it, and it would look SO greasy, it actually brought me to tears. My hair is LONG so after 40 minutes of drying and styling, and then seeing what I️ thought looked like pure grease.. it was getting real annoying. I called my hair stylist and she said it had to be the water, get an anti residue shampoo. So i researched and found a bunch of brands, but this one stood out because even in my teenage years, Neutrogena was king at fighting skin problems. It’s been 3 years now, of using this shampoo!! It is absolutely magical. It pretty much eliminates every product that’s in your hair while you’re using it, sometimes it takes two washes but I have never been so happy with any product in my life, I even buy it as gifts for friends. I love high end products, and that’s mostly what I own, but I would trade them all in for this shampoo if I had to! Hair saving miracle.
Jacqueline A.
Port Richey
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have very long hair that I out up often so my scalp gets oily. This stuff is amazing! It leaves no residue behind and clarifies my hair beautifully without making it look dull! Highly recommend
Lacy J.
183 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This product is AMAZING. Most probably don’t like the smell but I LOVE it. I feel like my hair smells fresh for days. You can instantly feel the difference in cleanliness for your hair. It is not technically safe for colored hair but I use a tinted conditioner immediately after. Will continue to use this product... I absolutely love it.
Kennedy W.
south bend
92 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Walmart
This is a really effective shampoo. I use hairspray and a few other products on my hair daily and using this once a week gets rid of all the buildup from my products. I will say it was an interesting smell but it absolutely works.
Tiffany C.
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have a major problem with oily hair and this always works out for me! It lathers very nicely and smells great. I have tried other clarifying shampoos for oily hair and nothing else compares to this. I have always been very satisfied with how well it works!! Definitely recommend for anyone with the same problem!
Maria B.
322 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a really great shampoo for people struggling with oily hair! I use this once a week ( the rest of the week I use my regular shampoo) and it helps to make my hair feel and look fresh. Also seems to make it less greasy for the days to follow. The scent is a bit strong but for me it is easy to get past!
Lucy B.
35 reviews
I didn't realise Neutrogena made shampoo! Is this any good for wavy hair?
Lea D.
marlborough, MA
9 reviews
Does this product have any affect on the body and volume of your hair??
Bianca B.
Watsonville, CA
61 reviews
Do I still shampoo and conditioner right after I use this or just this product that day?
Joanna A.
Kissimmee, FL
123 reviews
Do you add this shampoo too you normal shampoo or do you shampoo this only?
Does this product really work? Do you see or feel a difference?

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