Scalp buildup not only sounds icky, but it can be quite itchy and uncomfortable for your scalp as well. When you skip washes in between and instead use dry shampoo a lot, or if you’re someone who uses a lot of hair styling products, scalp buildup is inevitable. Usually, your scalp sheds flakes which is totally normal. However, when you couple that with excessive product use like hair styling gels, dry shampoos, mousses or hairspray, you get scalp buildup. Washing your hair in between using dry shampoos and styling products is a great way to get rid of the buildup. However, although your favorite shampoo and conditioner may be used to get rid of dirt and buildup completely, it doesn’t get the job done 100%. Even your shampoo and conditioner contributes to scalp buildup. Just like how your skin needs exfoliation, so does your scalp.
To help get rid of the grimy gunk piled up on your scalp, check out some of these tricks to get an idea on how to get rid of scalp build up.
- Opt for The Best Clarifying Shampoo
- Exfoliate & Scrub Away
- Detangle Those Tangles
- Try This Homemade Clarifying Shampoo: ACV & Baking Soda
Opt for The Best Clarifying Shampoo
The shampoo and conditioner you usually use can contribute to buildup on the scalp, due to the harsh ingredients present in it. This, coupled with the daily use of hair products and the natural shedding of flakes, oils, and sweat from your scalp can lead to a greasy, flakey and grimy mess on your head. The best way to fix this is by using a clarifying shampoo every once in a while. Clarifying shampoo contains around 90% water and active ingredients. It’s like your regular shampoo but on steroids. It’s best to use it every once or twice a month otherwise, it can suck up all the oils from your scalp leaving your hair and scalp extremely dry. A clarifying shampoo can penetrate through the greasy and flakey mess and get rid of those oils, sweat, dirt and other product buildups. Give it a try. There’s no particular way to use it; you just use it like you would any shampoo when you wash your hair, it should get the job done. And don’t forget to use a good conditioner after using a clarifying shampoo.
Exfoliate & Scrub Away
You know how by the end of the week your skin desperately needs a good exfoliating and scrubbing, the same goes for the skin on your head a.k.a. your scalp. Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of the oily, grimy and flakey buildup on scalp. It helps remove the dead skin and oil buildup on your scalp, while at the same time promotes new growth of skin cells and hair as well. It would help if you tried exfoliating every once or twice a week. Be it for your skin or your hair. Before trying out any home remedy for dark circles, try to exfoliate your skin, you’re skin will look refreshed and healthy.
However, you don’t want to go overboard with exfoliating or else it might strip away all the natural oils from your hair, leaving your hair and scalp brittle, rough and dry. A great way to scrub your scalp is after you’ve washed your hair with shampoo—mix two tablespoons of brown sugar and two tablespoons of your hair conditioner. Comb your wet, just-shampooed hair and section it off. Apply the scrub to every section and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off with some warm water when you’re done.
Another great scrub I personally love using is a sea salt scrub. You’ll find sea salt used in many clarifying shampoos due to its natural exfoliating and dirt removing properties. Sea salt not only gets rid of the excess buildup and dirt, but it also gets rid of the dead cells that may cause hair loss. Mix 4 tablespoons of sea salt with two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon juice mixed with sea salt removes the dirt and grease buildup while the olive oil will prevent your scalp from completely drying up and will maintain the natural oils present in your hair.
Rinse Up With Some ACV
ACV’s are trending and quite amongst beauty bloggers for a reason, and one of those reasons is, it helps get rid of build up in scalp. It’s one of those ingredients you can easily find in a lot of clarifying shampoos because apple cider vinegar is known to act as a clarifying agent. Many a time, the products and shampoos you use on your scalp can mess up the pH of your scalp, disrupting the internal environment in your scalp. This can cause hair loss and excessive product buildup. ACV’s helps restore the natural pH on your scalp, and its acidic content can help break down all that grease and dirt buildup.
Remember, due to its acidity, ACV could be quite irritating to your skin or scalp which is why I always recommend diluting it with some water and keeping the ratio to 4:1, i.e. 4 cups of warm water with one cup of ACV. After you’ve shampooed your hair, use this diluted ACV mixture onto your scalp by massaging it in a little. Leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing it off.
Detangle Those Tangles
Invest in some really good comb and get to detangling those knots from your tresses. You might wonder what tangles and brushing your hair have to do with a buildup on scalp. But see it this way. Tangled hair and knots are an excellent way for those product buildups and flakes to cling onto your scalp and tresses. You can’t exactly brush away those excessive buildups, but you could prevent the flakey buildup by keeping your tresses as smooth and brushing through your hair as much as possible. Trust me, you’ll see the difference, and you’ll love it. Plus, brushing your hair is known to stimulate hair growth, and it doesn’t exactly hurt to try.
Try This Homemade Clarifying Shampoo: ACV & Baking Soda
I recently came across this DIY remedy, and it actually works! If you need a clarifying shampoo but aren’t in the mood to step outside to get one, try out this DIY instead. This is one of those great home remedies for psoriasis of the scalp or any type of scalp buildup. It’s natural, chemical-free, really easy & fun to make and it’ll get rid of those buildups, leaving your hair silky, smooth and soft. Baking soda is a great exfoliator and clarifying agent. When you couple it with ACV, you’ve got a powerful, natural and homemade clarifying shampoo. Mix two tablespoons of baking powder, and a tablespoon of any mild shampoo. You can use any best cruelty-free shampoos in the market, that is mild in nature. Apply this DIY shampoo on your hair to help get rid of the buildup. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off your hair with some cold water. Since baking soda is highly alkaline, it can mess with the natural oils and pH of your hair, leaving your scalp and hair dry, itchy and frizzy. To balance out the pH, rinse your hair and scalp with the ACV mixture. That is 4 cups of water with one cup of ACV. It’ll restore the pH and leave your tresses bouncier, softer and buildup free!
Taking care of your tresses and hair can be a lot of hard work but, it’s totally worth it when you have buildup free and healthy hair. At Auraat, we like to test out a lot of DIYs and homemade recipes for your hair, cause your hair needs healthy nutrition and natural ingredients just as much as your body does. Give these tips & tricks a try for a buildup and gunk free, healthy and natural hair.
Stay safe, stay healthy and scalp-buildup free!