Ursula Stephen Shares Her Thoughts On Living Proof’s New Clarifying Detox Shampoo

The celebrity hairstylist and Living Proof Ambassador talks to BrownStyle Magazine about the recently launched product that promises to keep hair bouncy and healthy!

Ursula Stephen On Living Proof’s Newest Launch Clarifying Detox Shampoo
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Pesky build up can block amazing things from coming your way in life. And yes, the same applies with hair! Product build up can seriously make your natural locks appear oily, dull, and heavy. This is because when we apply our favorite styling products and leave-ins, the ingredients often mix together with our natural oils to cause pesky build up on the scalp. 

In general, curly or thicker hair is prone to build up as these hair types require more products to maintain. That’s why it is super important to find a cleaning shampoo that can properly care for your tresses.

When we heard the news that celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen became a Living Proof Ambassador, we reached out to the hair pro to learn about the brand’s new clarifying shampoo that promises to leave hair bouncy and shiny. Find out what she had to share about her experience with the product! 

Living Proof’s Clarifying Detox Shampoo

Living Proof’s Clarifying Detox Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that’s formulated to deeply cleanse hair by removing product buildup, pollution, excess oil, and heavy metals deposited from hard water. The goal is to keep hair cleaner, longer. 

Living Proof’s Newest Launch Clarifying Detox Shampoo
Photos courtesy of Living Proof

“Living Proof’s products really work,” Ursula tells us. “I think that goes back to their process of gathering expert insight when creating the products. As a stylist, I find it important for brands to gather real life feedback in order to create the best products. Living Proof is doing that. I’ve worked with them for some time now and they make quality products. I was involved in the formulation and creation of their Curl Collection and during that process, I was able to spend time with them in their offices and lab to ensure the collection would really suit the needs of curly clients.” 

Ursula explains to our readers that she’s currently loving the Clarifying Detox Shampoo, which launched in January 2024. 

“It doesn’t leave hair dry, which I LOVE,” she shares with enthusiasm. (Writer’s Note: I can confirm that while testing the shampoo, I experienced the same thing. My hair has never been more silky, cleansed, and hydrated at the same time.)

Ursula goes on to explain, “It is a balanced product for the hair. Most of my clients have curly hair, which really benefits from a detox shampoo to wash away products that may weigh down and affect the natural bounce and definition of curls. It really cleanses the curls without the harsh extremes– leaving the hair soft and shiny post-wash day. It creates a clean and balanced foundation for curls to thrive!”

Ursula recommends using your favorite collection in addition to Living Proof’s Clarifying Shampoo to completely upgrade your hair game. She explains, “Use the Clarifying Detox Shampoo once a week! That is the sweet spot for use. I also would pair with one of their hair masks as well. If you have curly hair, try the brand’s Curl Conditioner.”

To level up your curls, Ursula Stephen recommends finding products that enhance your natural hair texture. “I’m biased towards the Curl Collection because I helped formulate it, but I highly recommend trying it. We really created a styler for each curl type to help style and enhance your tresses. More importantly, starting with a clean slate on your hair is helpful so prepping with the Clarifying Detox Shampoo is a great start,” the celebrity hairstylist shares.

My Personal Review Of Living Proof’s Clarifying Detox Shampoo

As women of color with diverse hair types, discovering the most suitable shampoos that work best for us usually requires trial and error before we find success in our go-to products. Due to the thickness and fullness of my hair, I’ve noticed that a lot of shampoos often make it feel heavy, leading me to either wash it daily or experience subpar results. 

Typically, I see clarifying shampoos as harsh, stripping, and drying. However, Living Proof’s Clarifying Detox Shampoo was the exact opposite. After using the gentle formula, my hair was deeply cleansed without stripping essential oils. In fact, it provided a powerful, yet gentle reset for my hair. 

While testing Living Proof’s line of hair care essentials in addition to the Clarifying Detox Shampoo, I found myself washing my hair less, styling my hair less, and using less Dry Shampoo than usual. 

I followed up shampooing with the brand’s frizz collection, which I can’t live without it. The collection on its own compliments my hair effortlessly!  

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited and condensed for clarity.  
Since falling in love with the lifestyle of fashion and beauty at an early age, Erika Pisano has worked in public relations since 2015.

Erika is passionate about empowering people and sharing her knowledge in the beauty and wellness industry. She writes about anything that can help people feel beautiful on the inside and out. In her spare time, Erika enjoys writing, yoga, cycling, researching ingredients for skincare products, and binge-watching teen dramas on Netflix while sipping a refreshing cup of iced matcha lattes. She also enjoys keeping up with the latest trends on TikTok.