How To Remove Product Build Up From Hair And Scalp
Scalp build up could be a potent cause behind dandruff, itchy scalp, flakes, hair fall and a gamut of other hair problems. Hence, it is desired that you prevent scalp build up in the first place. And if at all you find that debris has already piled up on your scalp, start making arrangements to remove them as early as possible.
Too much build-up from hair products and minerals in hard water can make your hair appear dry, brittle, and drab. Natural hair rinses are easy to make and use only two simple ingredients. When used alongside your usual shampoo an conditioner, natural hair rinses not only remove all that build-up, but also make your hair appear soft and shiny. This article will give you four simple recipes to try, using ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.
How do we get product build up on hair and scalp?
Product build up can accumulate on scalp and hair from a variety of sources. For instance, it can be iron and calcium deposits from hard water or sebum secretion on the scalp. Frequent use of hair gels, hair waxes, hair sprays and styling creams could also initiate build up on your scalp and hair. The interesting fact is that even shampoos and conditioners tend to accumulate as product build up.
How to detect scalp build up?
How can you determine if you have build-up on your hair shafts or your scalp? Start looking for one or more among the following list of symptoms:
- Itchy and dry scalp
- Greasy hair
- Hair that feels heavy and tends to clamp easily
- Hair that is difficult to be styled
How to remove scalp build-up: homemade treatments
Removing product build up should be a part of your regular beauty programme. Did you know that hardened sebum and clogged hair follicles form a major reason behind hair loss and retarded hair growth? Try out the following treatments to do away with scalp build up at home:
STEP 1- Baking soda treatment:
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 cups water and mix well until baking soda is dissolved. Spray it generously on scalp and massage until it forms a slippery texture. Wait for five minutes and then, wash off with running water.
STEP 2- Apple cider vinegar treatment:
Mix ½ cup ACV with ½ cup water. After cleansing your hair, gently rub the mixture on wet hair and scalp. Use the remaining solution as a hair rinse. Wring out excess liquid and then dry your hair with your bath towel. If the smell is bothering you, you can rinse it out with water.
These homemade treatments help in breaking down product build up from your scalp gently and effectively. Do this once every 2 weeks.
Gather your ingredients
Putting vinegar in your hair may sound strange, but the vinegar helps remove build-up. It also balances the pH of your hair, smooths down the cuticles, and leaves your hair feeling soft and silky. Keep in mind, however, that this rinse is not recommended for color-treated hair, as it may cause the hair dye to fade or run. Here is what you will need to make this rinse:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- 1 cup of cool water
- A cup, mug, or bottle to hold the rinse
Prepare the vinegar rinse
Pour the water and vinegar into a cup, mug, or bottle. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Stir the vinegar and water with a spoon to combine the ingredients. If you are using a bottle, you can simply close the bottle and shake it.
- If you have longer or very thick hair, then double the amount: 2 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 cups of water.
Consider adding some essential oils to your vinegar
Instead of using plain vinegar, you can add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of vinegar. Shake the vinegar to mix the oil in, then use this vinegar in your rinse 1 to 2 tablespoons of infused vinegar per cup/225 milliliters of water instead of the regular vinegar. Do not use this infused vinegar undiluted in your hair. Not only do essential oils help mask the strong odor of vinegar, but they can also be beneficial for your hair. Here are some essential oils that you can use, depending on your hair type:
- If you have dry hair, you can use any of the following oils: lavender, myrrh, and peppermint.
- If you have normal hair, you can use any of the following oils: chamomile, clary sage, and lavender.
- If you have oily hair, you can use and of the following oils: basil, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, and ylang ylang.
Wash your hair with some shampoo
Take your favorite shampoo and wash your hair as you normally would. You are doing this in order to remove most of the dirt and oils. You may also follow up with some conditioner, although the vinegar rinse will be enough to make your hair look smooth and shiny.
Pour the vinegar solution over your hair
Tilt your head back and close your eyes tightly. Pour the vinegar-water over your head, so that it runs from your hair line, down your hair, and to the ends. Do not let the vinegar-water get into your eyes. It will sting and burn a lot.
Massage your scalp
Gently run your fingers through your hair and over your scalp. You might feel and see some soap bubbles forming in your hair. This is normal, and means that the vinegar-water is working. It is removing all that build-up that has accumulated in your hair.
Consider rinsing your hair with cool water
The cold-temperature will help seal the hair cuticles. You can also leave the vinegar rinse in your hair. Don’t worry, the strong smell will disappear once your hair dries.