Everyday our hair faces a barrage of chemicals and other harsh ingredients as we layer it in shampoo, conditioner, heat protection sprays and much, much more. This can strip the hair of its natural oils making it dry, limp and more prone to breakage so, to prevent all of this, what exactly can you do? Well, to answer this question today I’ve had a look at a few simple steps to remove product build-up from the hair.
4 signs of product build up
Before I discuss how to remove product build up, when it comes to this issue let me first explain what you should be on the lookout for.
1 – Hair is lifeless - heavy, limp, lifeless hair often indicates that there is product build up
2 – Lacks definition - if your hair is curly product build up means these will lose definition
3 - Hair is dry – the harsh ingredients in many shampoos can strip the hair of their natural oils and so as a result, the area becomes dry
4 – Suffering from dandruff – product build-up can dry out the scalp and so it is a major cause of dandruff.
Try a clarifying shampoo
If you’ve looked into tackling product build-up you’ll know that it is often recommended you try a clarifying shampoo to combat the problem but what exactly is this and why might it help?
Well, a clarifying shampoo removes product build-up and oil so effectively gives your hair a detox. Here at Jan de Vries we are all about taking a natural approach to hair care and so that’s why we don’t just recommend any old clarifying Shampoo, we recommend Green People’s Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo. This contains a mix of natural ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado and bergamot and has absolutely no SLS/SLES, parabens or artificial fragrances. Together this helps to nourish the hair and leaves it feeling soft and looking refreshed.
To give your hair a complete detox I’d recommend using Green People’s Clarifying Vitamin Conditioner after the shampoo as this should leave it feeling shiny and revitalised!
Make an apple cider rinse
Ok, so we’ve had a look at what products may help remove build-up from the hair but what home remedies can you try?
Well, a popular option is an apple cider rinse which you can make with 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar and 1 cup of cool water. To apply the mixture simply wash your hair as normal and then pour over the solution, taking care to cover all sections of hair. This helps to remove build-up but it also encourages shiny, smooth hair too – just remember to rinse thoroughly afterwards!
If you want to avoid the lingering smell of vinegar you could mix the solution with coconut oil which also happens to be very good for the hair as it acts as a moisturiser.
Remember though, an apple cider rinse is not suitable for those with coloured hair as it strips this away so have a look at some of our other home remedies if you use dye or highlights!
Create a baking soda solution
This is another simple way to tackle product build up – simply mix 2 tablespoons of baking powder with 3 cups of water in a large jug. Once the baking powder has dissolved completely, shampoo your hair as normal and then pour over the solution. Afterwards make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly in order to get rid of dirt and excess oil.
Try lemon and lime juice
A mix of lemon, lime and water will draw out those impurities in your hair so this is another good option if you feel your hair is suffering from a build-up of shampoo and conditioner. Again, just shampoo, rinse with the solution and then condition to prevent dryness.
Tips going forward
Once you’ve removed the product build up from your hair you’ll need to prevent the problem from occurring again so here are my top tis going forwards:
Wash hair thoroughly – once you’ve put shampoo and conditioner, rinse your hair for at least five minutes to get rid of any trace of product.
Use less – if you use fewer products there’s less possibility of a build-up occurring.
Work shampoo throughout your hair – product tends to accumulate around the scalp so work shampoo through to the ends of your hair to prevent this.
Use less hairspray – these can be hard to wash out so opt for mousse and oils to style the hair instead.