Product Buildup = Lifeless Hair

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Is your hair limp, lifeless and flaky? If you answered yes, there's a pretty good chance you are suffering from product buildup. Product buildup occurs when certain non-water soluble waxes cling to your hair follicles, making it difficult for other products to soak into your strands. As much as we all love Eco Styler gel and pomades to achieve cute styles, using them too frequently can make your hair go limp.

We normally don't notice product buildup until it's gotten bad. Your conditioner clumps, you see white specs in your hair, your hair has an unusual amount of dandruff; all signs that it's time to clarify and deep clean your hair. There are a couple of ways to remedy this:

  1. Shampoo your hair every 2 - 4 weeks with a non-drying shampoo.  I personally prefer Yes to Cucumbers or Taliah Waajid's Black Earth Shampoo.  If you want a little extra cleansing, add a little baking soda to the mix.
  2. Do an apple cider vinegar rinse. 1 part ACV, 1 part distilled water (portions can vary based on your preference), spray into your hair and massage in. Don't be afraid to your scalp a good scrub! Follow up with a shampoo and a deep conditioning treatment.
  3. Baking soda wash. 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 cups of warm water. Scrub a dub dub and rinse.
  4. Monthly bentonite clay hair mask treatments. See video tutorial here.
The important thing to remember out natural hair is that it loves moisture but just like our bodies, it needs a deep scrubbing as well. Some people are anti-'poo and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you wish to obtain optimal strands, you have to embrace the 'poo on and follow-up with a deep condition to replace the moisture lost. Trust me, your strands will thank you.


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Jen McCleve
August 02, 2011 11:50 AM delete

Sometimes when I use too much gel, or hairspray it really can build up. I agree that a good shampoo is usually just what the doctor ordered. I always make sure that it's a curly hair shampoo though, so that I can keep my beautiful curls.