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How to remove hair build-up and residue naturally

Are you interested in learning how to remove hair build-up and residue naturally?  I have been trying to figure out how remove hair build-up and residue naturally myself.  My hair has really had a major build up of chemical products and was really heavy and I was unable to style it even after washing it.  I asked my stylist and she gave me two great tips.  I love that they are both frugal and best of all they REALLY work!

How to remove hair build-up and residue naturally

She told me to mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda into my shampoo and wash my hair as normal with the paste.  She said I could also wet my hair and rub the baking soda in and then shampoo.  I chose the first option and it worked great!  I just mixed up enough for one shampoo and washed.

She also mentioned doing a vinegar rinse.  I mixed up 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of cold water and after I did the baking soda mixture shampoo I used the apply cider as a rinse.  I did not rinse my hair with water after I just left the apple cider on my hair and then towel dried and then blew dry my hair.

I was a little concerned my hair would smell like apple cider but after drying it there was no smell!  In addition not only was the hair build-up and residue gone my hair was left so shiny!  I am so happy with it!

I purchased a plastic condiment bottle after season and used that for my apple cider rinse.  It actually holds 2 rinses so I just leave it in the shower.  I do the baking soda and apple cider once a week and it is working great!

Have you ever tried either of these methods to remove hair build-up or residue?

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  1. I haven’t tried them but will. I have product build up too! If you take the same ingredients and pour some baking soda in your kitchen or bathroom drains and then follow with vinegar it will deodorize them and keep them from getting clogged up. My plumber told me that one!

    1. I am going to try the shampoo and baking soda to night. I have used the vinegar rinse a number of times. As for the Baking soda and vinegar in the drain I have been doing that for years. You can also soak stained dishes in the mixture and it works wonders.

  2. When i buy baking soda i always get some for my bathroom.. It does wonders with hair.. especially when you use product 🙂

  3. Yes, I’ve used them both. Also, you can just mix some table salt with your shampoo and it works as well!

  4. I’ve heard of those, but haven’t used them. I instead purchased a natural shampoo and follow the directions… shampoo, rinse, repeat. You use about a quarter size amount of the shampoo and massage onto scalp. Don’t worry about getting on the hair as much. With massaging it onto the scalp it pretty much covers your hair. After that rinse it out completely. Then do again. The second time you will get a much thicker lather. If needed, you can repeat a third time and the lather will be even thicker. This was advice from a hair stylist. It works great for me since I have to have natural shampoo.

  5. A baking soda & water paste also work as a face cleanser for exfoliating once a week.
    For deep hair conditioning of dry hair, once or twice a month. Put olive oil on your hair then cover with a dryer warmed towel for 30 minutes. Wash as usual.

  6. I’ve been doing this for awhile now. You can also “graduate” to all baking soda. There are a lot of chemicals that aren’t too good for you in most shampoos. It’s hard to get used to not having lather though.

    I also add sea salt to shampoo and it works just as well.

  7. As a hair stylist myself this is a frugal way of clarifying your hair. My only recommendation would be to rinse the vinegar because baking soda and vinegar’s ph balance is different from your hair you go want to make sure you condition afterwords to restore the moisture. Also if you spend slot on coloring your be Cautious because this is also mixture that pulls or strips color right out of hair .

  8. I use baking soda, honey, and a bit of water to make a paste and that’s my “shampoo.” The vinegar and water (I do 50/50 and rinse with water afterwards) is my “conditioner.” It’s called “no-poo.” My hair feels clean and the dandruff I had horrible problems with is gone… not to mention it’s much cheaper and none of the nasty chemicals!

    1. Just watch out… one day I was no-pooing in the shower and the vinegar got onto some scratches on my arm. It was burning and I had to lean forward to grab the shower head. When I leaned forward, the vinegar ran into my eyes and burned even worse. I felt like I was in a sitcom.

  9. I have used to “no-poo” method in the past…using baking soda/water to wash hair and the vinegar rinse…took about 10 days for my hair to get used to, but it works great!!

  10. When I use the Baking Soda shampoo, I get a dusty white haze left in my hair, I suppose from the Baking Soda. Turns my black hairbrush bristles white. I tried it for 4 days in a row and still had the same issue. Day 3 and 4 I made sure I rinsed to extremes after. I also followed shampooing with the Vinegar Rinse. My hair is black and I have a lot of build up. Been using a “clarifying” shampoo that works, but is very harsh on your hair not to mention the chemicals. Any one else have this problem or know how to resolve it?

    1. JC: we have the same problem, CORRODED PIPES! No amount of rinsing will get my thick black hair wet or clean since there’s an electrolytic reaction that happens from mixing metals in the plumbing. Brittle, bushy hair with oily roots & a dry acne riddled scalp! The acidity of straight apple cider vinegar or lemon juice works great to get the gunk off but can leave hair sour smelling and stringy. Hard water spots on your dishes and shampoo bottles? Add lots of salt, it works as a water softener. A bath loaded with epsom salt seems to alleviate the stickiness of the grime deposited on skin & hair from the rust & minerals in hard water even if you’re one of the few without CORRODED PIPES. Also, try Nexus Chelating shampoo.

    2. Only use the clarifying shampoo once or twice a week. If it is too harsh still, ask your hair stylist what they use in the salon. Make sure to get all the products and only use those products the day you feel like you have build up accumulating as the salon products can get very spendy. So using them only once or twice a week will be budget friendly. 🙂

  11. my hair is really long and i want to do this but i also need to condition my hair after i shampoo. should i shampoo, condition then try this or is that counterproductive? i guess my concern is that my hair will be tangly and whatnot

    1. I have long hair too. Mine is fine and curly. My scalp gets oily, but the ends get dry. I just tried using baking soda followed by a vinegar rinse twice this week. I was actually able to comb it in the shower fairly easily with a wide-toothed comb the first time. I didn’t try the second time. Both times I felt the need to follow up with my usual conditioner which is an all-natural leave-in conditioner called Beautiful Curls by Alaffia (I usually get it at whole foods). The conditioner didn’t seem to defeat the purpose. My hair came out better than ever. I’m not sure if you would have the same results with your conditioner, depends on what you use. I think something that is leave-in so is already formulated to be light, yet hydrating would be best.

  12. So cool! I’ve been using organic shampoos / conditioners for several years now and find the residue they leave make my hair heavy and greasy. The only thing that took care of the problem is the Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo, but I don’t love all the chemicals it has. I will definitely this natural solution!

  13. I have this right now. In the past neutrogena clarifying shampoo has done the trick but not this time. I have tried everything from baking soda, A.C. Vinegar, even blue dawn dish detergent and nothing has helped. I can’t get ahold of my hair stylist either. What do I do?

    1. I know i’m answering way late, but I’ve had this same problem. For anyone else who does: Try wetting hair, applying a baking soda / shampoo paste and leaving it on for 15 mins. If my styling product build-up is especially bad – this is the only thing that works.

  14. It works realllllllly well. My hair was so unmanageable I cried. I use extremely good shampoo and condition. I never could understand why my hair was like this. After googling I found this! I am so excited I have told everyone I know! I mixed the baking soda with water. Then did the rinse with apple cider. Then shampoo and condition! My hair wasnt dry and it was actually shiny!

  15. Very impressive!! It worked extremely well for me also. My hair has never felt better!! Going to keep doing this. No more conditioning!

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