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.
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:
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.
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.
Rinse With Apple Cider Vinegar
Many hair products can disrupt the natural pH of your hair and thus, negatively affect the condition of the scalp. Taking the DIY approach, you can use apple cider vinegar to clarify product buildup. “It helps restore your hair and scalp to its natural pH,” says Minwell. But you never want to put it on your hair straight from the bottle. She advises using a four-to-one ratio of water to apple cider vinegar when rinsing hair with this ingredient.
Try Using Lemon Juice
Minwell likens lemon juice to apple cider vinegar, noting that they have similar pH values. “Just like ACV, you must mix with water before use,” she advises. The acidity of lemon juice can help get rid of dandruff and other buildup, cleansing your scalp just as a shampoo would. Simply allow the mixture to sit on the hair for about 10 minutes, comb it through, and rinse it out when the cleansing process is finished.