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Homemade Hair Build Up Remover Recipe





By Tiffany Moore


Hair wax, gel, mousse and spray. You probably use them on a regular basis to hold and shape your locks to your liking and create different looks for a variety of different occasions. But the downside of hair styling products (especially cheap, lower-end ones) is they can leave a residue on your hair and scalp that can get really sticky or gummy when mixed with scalp sebum.



If not thoroughly removed from time to time, too much buildup of residue on scalp left behind by hair care products is bad for both the health and quality of your tresses in the long run. Not only will it strip your glossy mane off its natural shine and moisture, causing it to become dreadfully dull and weak, it also weighs strands down and leaves them feeling heavy and flat.



Furthermore, some “high-shine-enhancing” hair grooming products such as anti-frizz hair serum and smoothing conditioners contain silicones – dimethicone (also called simethicone) – that are notoriously hard to wash out and can quickly accumulate at the roots even with regular shampooing. As a result of overuse and improper cleansing, they can clog hair follicle pores and make it difficult for new hair cells to grow. In some cases, excessive residual product buildup may even contribute to premature hair loss.



There is a huge plethora of hair residue removal products to choose from for your hair type and they come in various price as well as quality ranges. Swiss Formula St Ives Build-Up Remover Shampoo, which is available for a reasonable price at most drugstores is an absolute bargain buy. It detoxifies hair of impurities and gently get rids of product residue while leaving you with salon-worthy hair that exudes a refreshing fruity fragrance.



If you have extra fine hair like me, I would definitely recommend the slightly more expensive but well-priced Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. Use a little bit of the mild clarifying shampoo treatment only once a week (or every other week, depending on your hair type and how much residue is in your hair), and you will fall in love with your locks all over again – beauitfully soft and bouncing with vigor!



Alternatively, create an acidic finishing rinse using natural ingredients from your kitchen cupboard for pennies. Beer, lemon juice, baking soda and apple cider vinegar can be used to make your own homemade hair buildup remover that will correct your hair’s pH while removing residue from styling products.




How to Remove Residue from Hair




To use beer to get rid of heavy hair buildup, just lather 1 bottle of dark beer over wet hair and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes. After the beer treatment, shampoo and rinse thoroughly with cold water.


Or, add 6 tablespoons flat beer to 1 cup warm water and pour the mixture over your crowning glory as a final rinse. Beer has proteins that can actually help repair damaged cuticles and not to mention, will also add noticeable body and lustrous shine to dull hair as well.





Lemon Juice


If you don’t have leftover beer at home, try this simple home remedy to get residue buildup out of your hair. Grab a lemon (or lime) and roll it firmly between your hands or around on the countertop a few times to get the most juice out of the fruit. Then squeeze lemon juice into 1½ cups water and pour through hair after you are done with shampooing and rinsing. Wash out after 5 minutes or so.



Lemon juice is high in citric acid that does a stellar job of removing excess residual product buildup while being a mild natural acid that gently bleaches dark hair. In addition, lemon juice can help pull out the metals – copper – from chlorinated swimming pool water that tint blonde hair green.





Baking Soda


Baking soda is also great for lifting buildup and impurities out of your hair naturally. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with your shampoo (the amount you would normally use) in a bowl until well combined. Apply it onto your hair and massage into scalp, and then rinse completely with cool water. Use it once a week.



The other method of using baking soda on hair is rub it into wet hair before you wash out with shampoo.





Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar hair rinse remains the top favorite among a vast majority of eco-conscious beauty chicks looking for a natural way to remove styling product buildup. Simply add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to about 1½ liters distilled water. To use, shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Then pour 2 cups or about 500ml over your scalp and let mixture saturate hair. Finish up with a cold-water rinse.



This homemade vinegar hair build up remover recipe allows up to about 3 uses. You can keep the apple cider vinegar hair rinse in the refrigerator and use every 2 weeks to clean your hair.



To protect the outer layer of your tresses and boost hair shine, combine 1 teaspoon vinegar with 2 tablespoons extra vigirn olive oil (or coconut oil ) and 3 egg whites to create a fortifying hair mask. Gently massage onto hair, paying attention to the ends and put a shower cap over it. Let it work for somewhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour before shampooing.



Protein-rich eggs and Vitamin E-rich olive oil gives heavily-stressed hair a deep conditioning treatment in addition to removing product buildup.




Take note: Lemon juice,baking soda and vinegar have been known to react badly with colored hair and hence should not be used on hair that is dyed. Also, use your homemade hair build up remover at least once week for best results.


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