Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo

Hask — Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo Review

I was recently in the market for a new clarifying shampoo and decided to go with Hask since I was already enjoying their Monoï Coconut Oil Deep Nourishing Conditioner (samples of which I’ve received twice in subscription boxes).

From Hask:

Check your (hair) baggage at the door with HASK Charcoal with Citrus Oil collection!

Hair weighing you down? It’s time for a detox! Introducing HASK Purifying Charcoal Collection – a complete line that features a Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner that are formulated to give you a deep clean and bring hair back to life.

Whether you rely on dry shampoo to maintain your weekly blowouts or reach for sprays and gels regularly, overdoing it with product can create build-up that weighs your hair down and can seriously cramp your style. Charcoal, a hero ingredient derived from coconut shells in the Philippines, acts as a magnet and attracts and removes impurities – like product build-up – so you are left with hair that is full of body and shine. For an extra boost of radiance, HASK purifying charcoal combined with vitamin C-rich lemon and grapefruit oils, invigorates and clarifies hair without stripping away any moisture.

At the moment, there isn’t a great selection of sulfate-free shampoos at the drugstore, so it’s wonderful to find one that is easy-to-find and inexpensive. (I also like the L’Oréal Ever* line). A bonus with Hask is that the packaging is pretty swell, too:

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo

The ingredient list (lifted from Ulta.com):

Water/Eau (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl betadine, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Glycol stearate, Charcoal powder*, Citrus paradise (grapefruit) peel oil, Citrus medical limnonym (lemon) peel oil, Hydrolyzed soy protein, Panthenol (vitamin B5), Dimethiconol, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Dicaprylyl ether, Decyl glycoside, Glyceryl oblate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Perfume (Fragancia) (*Activated charcoal/Charbon active).

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo, ingredients

My hair is thick and pretty straight, and I don’t usually put much product in it (aside from the occasional heat protectant spray), so I don’t have a lot of use for a clarifying shampoo. However, I have recently been trying to use up some silicone-containing conditioners, so I wanted to get a clarifying shampoo to help remove build-up.

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo contains activated charcoal as an active ingredient, making it a sort of Brita water filter for your hair. Activated charcoal is typically used for purification (like in aforementioned water filters, decaffeination, poisoning treatment, and fish tank filters), as it readily adsorbs many organic impurities and some inorganic substances, as well. As the usual silicones (e.g. dimethicone) used in some conditioners are organic compounds—meaning they contain carbon—it seems reasonable that activated charcoal would help to remove their build-up.

The shampoo has a light feel to it—the texture is a clear-ish light gel in a soft grey shade, and it contains fine particles of activated charcoal. The scent isn’t as citrus-y as the product name would have you believe, but it smells fresh and the fragrance isn’t too strong.

It also lathers up surprisingly well for a sulfate-free formula, though when my hair was especially oily from a very hot day, it couldn’t remove all the oil with just one shampooing. Overall, though, my hair always felt cleaner and lighter, yet not stripped of moisture, after using this shampoo.

As I said earlier, I don’t often need a clarifying shampoo, but I’m happy to keep this one around for when I do. It’s tough to beat at this price point! (I paid under CA$8.)


Hask — Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo contains 355 mL and retails for US$5.99 / CA$8.99.

Hask was first introduced to the European market in 2012. The products are cruelty-free and made in the USA. The brand is owned by New York, NY, USA-based Inspired Beauty Brands (Allegheny Pharmacal prior to 2012), a private company with other brands like Jhirmack and Nutra Nail.


5 thoughts on “Hask — Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo Review

  1. Using this today and I really like it! I just love how my hair feels when I use this.. Feels light and clean!👍🏻


  2. I actually took activated charcoal capsules when I got back from Japan when my tummy issues wouldn’t subside. It works really well to filter crap on my tummy! 😛
    I’ve been seeing Hask all over blogs lately and this is the one product I’m most interested in. I love me some clarifying shampoo! I rotate my shampoos to prevent build-up. Where did you buy this? Online or in a store?


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