Over the last decade, dry shampoo has gained a lot of popularity because of its convenience and it has become a must-have in our beauty stash. It has made our greasy second and third day hair look more presentable without a proper wash. It also extends the life of our blow-out and saves hours of styling time each week. When you apply dry shampoo, it sucks up oil and grease from the hair, but product buildup gets deposited on the hair and scalp, leaving a dry shampoo/oil combination to sit on your hair. After a while, the buildup of this combo will be so potent that it will block hair follicles, leading to possible hair loss and less hair growth. So, no matter how convenient a dry shampoo may be, it is a fact that it causes product buildup, making hair dull and lifeless. Those of you who are addicted to dry shampoo, we will tell you ways to get rid of dry shampoo buildup to keep your hair in the best condition possible.
1. Use a Clarifying Shampoo: Using a clarifying shampoo is the most simple method to get rid of excess dirt and residue from the scalp, but do not replace your everyday shampoo with a clarifying shampoo as it will dry up your hair if used regularly, so use a clarifying shampoo just once in a month.
2. Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar: The pH of the scalp is around 5.5, just like the rest of the skin. But, frequent usage of dry shampoo can disrupt the natural pH and lead to a lot of hair problems. Rinse your hair with a 4:1 ratio of water to apple cider vinegar and this will clear out your scalp and restore its natural pH.
3. Lemon Juice Rinse: The acidity of lemon juice can help get rid of dry shampoo buildup and dandruff, cleansing your scalp just as a shampoo would. So, make a mixture of lemon and water and rinse your scalp and hair with it. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, comb it through, and rinse it out.
4. Exfoliate Scalp with Baking Soda: If your hair gets weighed down due to constant usage of dry shampoo, try using baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda, water, any conditioner. Scrub your scalp using this mixture and it leave it on for 10 minutes. After the stipulated time, rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
5. Give the Dry Shampoo a Break and switch to Proper Shampoo and Conditioner: Dry shampoo is not real shampoo, so never replace it with regular shampoo and conditioner. It’s only for days when you are in a rush or when it’s too cold outside, or just when you are plain lazy. Regular shampoo would refresh and clear your hair of all residue and dirt, so treat your hair to the goodness of water and regular shampoo.
6. Keep Hair Detangled: Although simply brushing your hair isn’t a solution to clean scalp build-up, keeping your hair detangled makes a noticeable difference as there will be less knots for residue to cling on. Brush your hair twice in a day to prevent hair breakage and scalp irritation.
With your scalp and hair clean of dirt and residue, your hair will have a natural bounce and shine to it. So, give dry shampoo a break, clear out dry shampoo build up, and flaunt your mane with aplomb.