What Will Take Build-Up From Shampoo Out of Hair?

Bring your hair back to beautiful by removing shampoo buildup.

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If you’ve gone a bit overboard with the shampoo, you may be suffering from product buildup. Not only does buildup make your mane feel and look gross, it also makes it more difficult to style. The buildup is lurking in your locks and weighing down your hair, which makes it nearly impossible to work with. Give your hair a fresh start with some home remedies to get rid of the shampoo buildup.

Effervescent Tablets

You know those fizzy tablets you use for an upset stomach or heartburn? Well, they have another use, too, and that is to remove the gunk from your strands. The carbonation in the tablets when they hit the water helps to dissolve the buildup. Toss two or three effervescent tablets into 2 cups of water. After the tablets have completely dissolved, pour the water over your hair, using your fingers to work it into the strands. Wait for five minutes before rinsing your hair. Want some added clarifying benefits? Rinse with carbonated seltzer water rather than regular water.

Baking Soda

Grab the go-to product when it comes to household messes and use it to clean up your strands: baking soda. Mix equal parts clarifying shampoo and baking soda into a bowl. Yes, it might sound counterproductive to use clarifying shampoo to remove shampoo buildup, but the clarifying type is designed specifically to strip the gunk from your strands. Smother your hair with the baking soda and shampoo mixture. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse and condition your hair as usual.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix 1 1/2 cups of cold water and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar to make a rinse to remove buildup from your hair. After you’ve shampooed and rinsed your hair, pour the mix through your mane. Use your fingers to really work it into your hair. Don’t rinse it out and don’t condition your hair — just let your hair air dry completely. And don’t worry, the vinegar smell dissipates quickly.

Dish Soap

You surely have dish soap in your house, so if your hair is in need of shampoo buildup removal, this will do the trick. Hop in the shower and get your hair wet with water. Use the dish soap in place of your regular shampoo to wash your hair. Scrub your scalp and strands really well to effectively remove the buildup. Rinse your hair well and condition as usual.

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