How To Get Rid of Hair Buildup

It could take time to get rid of hair buildup. The first step is realizing why you have “junk” in your hair in the first place.


Hair buildup could occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is just not rinsing your hair out well enough after using a shampoo or conditioner.

Another cause may be just using too much hairspray, gel, or other sculpting products. Not rinsing out a hot oil treatment could also result in accumulation of substance on your head.

Of course, natural grease and dirt can be the reason. This is a sign you may not be washing it enough. It could also be because you are using the wrong kinds of shampoos or conditioners.

Signs of Buildup

Oftentimes you can tell if your hair is accumulating shampoo, conditioner, or other treatments. The main sign is that heavy feeling you get when you wet your hair. The strands of it just feel weighed down, and this of course is particularly the case if you have longer hair.

Removal Advice
Hairspray and hair product build-up can be removed. The easiest way to do so is use a high-quality deep cleansing shampoo. It is important to choose a trustworthy brand of deep cleanser or the situation could become worse.

If you need advice about how to take care of your hair and scalp you may want to consult a professional stylist. Usually a product made with a strong enough formula of safe ingredients to remove the residue on your hair or scalp would be recommended.

Why is this necessary? It simply is because hairspray, gel, mousse and similar hair styling products cling to each strand and even the roots and scalp. Water alone is just simply not strong enough to eliminate the problem.

Removing grease is done in a similar way as removing other substances, as described above. Again, using the right product is recommended and recommendations are made usually professionally. You can also research online and offline product reviews.

Further Guidance

A variety of hair buildup removal topics are further explained below. Use the advice that most applies to your situation.

  • For daily hair washing-Washing your hair every day is one way to keep the grease and buildup at bay. However, you are advised to perhaps at least leave one day between washings in order to not dry out your scalp. Otherwise, split ends, dandruff, and other problems could occur.
  • Use the right cleansing products. For instance, certain shampoos or conditioners are made for either dry or oily scalps, or thick or thin hair. Reduction of dryness or grease can restore proper balance and thus buildup is eliminated.
  • Use moderate amounts of shampoos. If you use too much it could strip away the natural oils of your hair and scalp. It could damage your hair in a variety of ways, such as cause split ends.

Additional Advice

You can use white vinegar to get rid of dirt, oil, and product buildup. At the same time, this natural cleansing substance can strengthen and shine your hair.

Furthermore, white vinegar can be combined with other scents such as rose hips, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, and calendula. These substances help you get rid of the scent in your hair.