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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
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
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.
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 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.