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Bye Bye Build-up: Tips for a clean scalp

Curlies know these words all too well, and the reason that it’s not our favorite is far from mystery. 🔍

In this article, you’ll find out why. 

Product build-up. What is it? 🤔

Product Build-Up

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Product build-up is the progressive layering of leftovers on the scalp which come from commonly used products such as gels, conditioners, creams, and shampoos. 

This means that even though you already rinse off the products during your wash days, a portion of them remains on your scalp and this is what causes the build-up. 😱

It is even more common to curlies because we tend to use a lot of products and shampooing every day isn’t advised. 

Aside from products, natural oils and dead skin cells also build up on the scalp. All of these could create scalp flakes which aren’t only nasty but uncomfortable as well. Aside from flaking, build-up also usually cause itchiness, redness, and crusty skin. 🔍

Can build-up cause hair loss? Yes, because the accumulation of build up could suffocate our roots which is where the hair grows. 

Tips to remove product build-up 👩🏽‍🦱🍃

Because product build-up is common among curlies, there are several ways to fight it which have been tried and tested already in the community.

Such methods include the following:

Apple cider vinegar rinse 🍎

Apple cider vinegar for build up hair

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Curlies shared with us that one thing they use is apple cider vinegar. 

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and pH levels. It’s acidic enough to exfoliate the scalp. It also lowers our scalp’s PH level and restore the balance which help the scalp and hair become healthier. 

How to prepare: 

  1. Mix 1/2 cup ACV with 1 cup water in a spray bottle or water bottle. Because vinegar has a strong smell, you can lessen it by adding a few drops of essential oils of your choice. Start with a little amount of ACV and gradually increase it according to how your scalp responds.
  2. Apply the mixture to your shampooed scalp. With your fingers, gently massage everything in. Allow it to sit for three to five minutes to allow the combination to release the product accumulation.
  3. Rinse it all afterwards with cold water. You may condition your hair to replenish moisture. Dry and style as you wish. 

Shampoo + Scalp Brush 👩🏽‍🦱

Avocado and Tea Tree Shampoo

This isn’t really a new method but more of the proper way in cleansing your scalp. 

The trick is in using curly girl-approved shampoo like the Avocado and Tea Tree Shampoo which contains Tea Tree, a natural anti-bacterial agent that can effectively help fight dirt and build up. 

You can also use additional tools like a Scalp Brush which are made with strong bristles and great in removing product build-up.

Other product recommendation: Zenutrients Tea Tree Shampoo


Other tips to avoid maintain clean scalp 🍃:

  • Avoid products that are heavy in oils and silicones. These tend to cause more build-up. 
  • Use gels less frequently especially when you have low porosity hair because products don’t usually pass the layer of the cuticle but they remain on the hair shaft. 

Not sure what your porosity is? Take this quiz here. 

These are just some of the tips in taking care of your scalp. Curl care isn’t just about getting great locks but it’s also keeping it healthy from the hair all the way to the scalp. 

Got any other tips for us? Share with us in the comments below!

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