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Gunky film on your hair and scalp? You got some flakes and some oil? Well, you probably think you need some dandruff shampoo, but you are probably wrong. More or likely, you have been using some type of hair product that we have warned you about in the past, you know, the cheap dollar store special kind of stuff. Basically this product has probably been leaving a residue that collects on your hair and scalp over time. Many of us don't expect it to happen, but it creeps up and then we are in a situation. We can easily miss this situation until the side effects kick in, and we realize something is up.
We will be the first to tell you, the key to taking care of this is to get on it prior to it becoming a huge issue, to be proactive about it, instead of reactive. Most of our clients have been using terrible shampoos, conditioners, and products; therefore, the first step before starting on a regimen that includes our 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, is clarifying and starting over from scratch.
There are many natural (and inexpensive) remedies out there, and there are also many expensive clarifying shampoos and products you could go buy. We are going to keep it simple and recommend some products that you may already have laying around the house, and that many people have used and claim work! A few old barber and hairdresser tricks we have up our sleeve, will now be in your realm of knowledge, and we believe they can help! For those who want to just buy something simple, we will share our top pick as well.
Okay, so how does buildup happen? Basically hair buildup and excess sebum (we will get to this in a minute) are two peas in a pod. Sebum is a substance that is produced by the sebaceous glands, and it is oily in texture and feel. Sebum is a necessary part of human genetics, and essential for your hair and scalp to function and grow hair the way you want it to. The bad new is that excess sebum leads to buildup, oily hair, and clogged up pores. This can, in extreme cases, lead to hair loss—something no gentleman (or lady) wants to think about unless they have no choice! Washing properly, brushing your hair, exfoliating your scalp, and generally keeping your hair tame and in check, are all ways you can prevent excess sebum.
Believe it or not, terrible shampoo also adds to this problem. So many store bought shampoos contain chemicals on the "not so nice" list that damage your hair and your skin when used consistently over time. It is best to use a quality products, crafted with your haircare actually in mind, not just dollar signs. Did we mention our 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner?
We have talked about silicone before and how it should be avoided at all costs. Many people talk about silicone as a "shield" or "protection" for your scalp and some kind of defense against your scalp absorbing harmful things. The truth is, maybe it blocks bad stuff, but it blocks good stuff as well. This often leaves your scalp lacking essential nutrients and moisture that are required for your scalp and hair to be healthy. The more one uses these kinds of products that contain chemical like this, the more likely they will experience clogged pores, product buildup, skin irritation, and other issues.
So, what are some ways to address this before you start using the good stuff like our 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner? We will provide a few options from something you can buy, to some stuff you probably have around the house and can give a go.
If you are looking for something you can purchase and find easily, we recommend micellar water. This product is used to deep cleanse, tone, and hydrate skin. Micellars are small clusters of molecules that attachment themselves to impurities, they then essentially dissolve them. This works in a similar to fashion to how dish soap works on grime and oil on pots and pans. These Micellar waters will remove dirt and oil from your hair and scalp, and easily rinse them away. You can purchase a bottle on Amazon by clicking here, or check the makeup section of your local convenience or grocery store. You can apply a few tablespoons to your hair and work through, then rinse. It may take a few days of treatment, but this will certainly help clean up that gunked up scalp!
When it comes to something most people have around the house, apple cider vinegar is a popular internet remedy. Combine one part apple cider vinegar and one part water (a quarter cup or so of each will do) and use it as a rinse after you use your shampoo. You can also apply to a spray bottle and use once in awhile in the shower, or just pour it directly onto your hair and scalp. Let it sit on there for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Some people claim is also helps detangle hair and close the cuticle, which leaves your hair feeling smooth and shiny. You can work this easily into your weekly or monthly routine.
Another easy homemade remedy is using baking soda. Mix a tablespoon or so into your regular shampoo and wash and rinse as usual. This will help breakdown buildup and give a light exfoliation to the scalp.
It isn't so obvious to some people, but the skin on your scalp is no different than the skin on your face or other parts of your body. Even though you have a bunch of hair, your scalp is made up of the same cells and glands as the rest of your body. This makes it extra important to care for your scalp as you would other parts of the body. You wouldn't skip properly washing your body for too long would you?
Cleansing your scalp and keeping your hair in good condition should be a priority, and does, in fact, require some dedication and care when choosing the right products and the way to do it!