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How to Remove Buildup From Hair

By Margrit Bradley | Hair Care | Rating:

There are a lot of things that can build up on your hair and cause it to feel weighed down and heavy. When you build up on your hair it can be very difficult to style it and can often have an appearance of being dull and dirty even when you've just shampooed. One of the things many people do not know about buildup on here is that they can be caused by external or internal additives. For example, not only will using specific hair products cause buildup but taking certain medications will also result in residual buildup. The good news is there are a lot of things you can do to help rid your hair of this buildup, making it much more manageable and healthy looking.

Fluctuate Hair Care Products

Many of the more expensive hair care products contain waxing ingredients to help promote shine and softness. These ingredients are wonderful when it comes to giving your hair healthy and finished look. However, these ingredients can easily build up on your hair over a prolonged period of time. For this reason, many stylists suggest alternating between your favorite top-of-the-line shampoos and some inferior, cheaper brand. The reason for this is that lower costs shampoos contain a higher alkaline content, meaning they have stronger soap properties. Using these will strip your hair of most of the buildup that is present. Keep in mind, these particular shampoos will also strip your narratives natural oils, diminishing shine and leaving your hair dry and brittle. This is why the shampoos are not recommended for daily use.

Using Astringent

For many years stylists have no power of using astringent on the scalp and hair in order to remove buildup. Unfortunately, not a lot of people, who are not in the profession of cosmetology, know about this. The way to use and astringent in order to remove buildup from daycare, is to use a rattail comb to create small sections throughout the head. Take a cotton ball and soak it with some astringent, such as Seabreeze or witch hazel. Start with one section, focusing on the scalp first and then working the cotton ball down through the end of the hair. Repeat this step until all of the hair has been saturated with the astringent. Rinse your hair, shampoo and condition as normal.

The Power of Baking Soda

In addition, baking soda can be used as an antacid, and yes to remove buildup from your hair. The best way to use baking soda to remove buildup from your hair is to use equal parts baking soda your favorite shampoo to create a paste. The amount of baking soda and shampoo you use to create this paste will depend on the length of your hair. For example, if you have long hair, you want to use a higher quality of baking soda and shampoo. A good amount for long hair would be 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 2 tablespoon of shampoo. You can use a small jar in order to make sure ingredients or you can simply pour your two ingredients in the palm of your hand, using your index finger to mix them. Once your paste is ready you will simply use it to shampoo your hair as you normally would. Leave the paste on your hair for about 5 min. and then follow with your favorite conditioner once you have rinsed the paste out.

Clarifying Shampoos

There are numerous shampoos on the market that have been designed specifically to remove buildup from your hair. He shampoos range in price from two dollars a bottle to $20 a bottle, depending on the maker of the product. In some cases when you pay more, you are actually paying for the labeled brand name. It is always important to keep in mind that higher price does not mean higher quality. However, in some cases you do get what you pay for. Clarifying shampoos are used in the same way any other shampoo is used, the major difference being that you do not use clarifying shampoo on a daily basis. These shampoos are intended to be used no more than once a week.

Avoiding Buildup in the First Place

As mentioned earlier there are many things which cannot be helped that cause buildup in the hair, such as the use of certain medications. However, there are just as many things that cause buildup which can be avoided. Keep in mind, when purchasing hair care products, that anything which contains oils and waxes will cause buildup. When you are purchasing products, it is better to look for ingredients like hydrolyzed proteins. Hydrolyzed protein basically means that the protein molecules are small enough to penetrate into the hair cuticle. Using products that contain hydrolyzed protein will help to condition the hair without causing unnecessary buildup.

Hair is free buildup will appear much softer and shinier, as well as being much easier to manage. This is why it is so important to learn effective ways to not only avoid buildup in the first place, but also to remove it once it has accumulated. Remember not to use any of the above methods more frequently than once a week as this will dry out your hair.





Margrit Bradley

Margrit Bradley is a licensed cosmetologist and hairdresser. With more than twelve years experience, Ms. Bradley furthers her education by attending classes, workshops, and beauty shows. She also loves to read and explore new information and write on interesting topics. 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gonna try this method for removing buildup on my hair. Sounds too easy.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by Nancy Phillips)
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    I agree with everything I've read in your article. I am a hairdresser of 45 years but have in the last year been having trouble with one client’s hair holding a perm. It will be great when she leaves me but within a few weeks it's straight. I truly believe by feeling her hair when she came in for color that her hair has a serious build-up. It just has that feel. She uses good products but I'm beginning to think it's too much of a good thing. I set her an appointment to redo the perm but before I do I'm going to do a serious clarifying of her hair & may not have to redo the perm, I'm hoping. Thanks for good insight into hair.
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by Ella)
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    I have always had a problem with perms and color due to the medication I'm on. The hair salons told me they had to "strip" my hair for it to take. I finally stopped having anything like that done, but I had my hair colored again this year. The color didn't hold. I told them the next time about the medication and having to strip it first, and they looked at me like I had two heads. Was there a product used years ago that stylists today don't know about, or were they just using clarifying shampoos?
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by Charlene)
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    I have not had a hair cut in over 8 years. I keep trying to tell my Dr.s, family and friends that my hair is sticky, waxy and it feels like I have a hat on my head. No one will listen. They say it's in my head! LOL yes, the hair has been growing and has been twisting on to itself. I've been using bar soap to wash my hair. So frustrating that people don't believe me.
     


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