Most people have heard
the old wives tale "that you should change your shampoo from time
to time as it "builds up". This is not entirely untrue as
some products (those with cheaper ingredients) do often leave a film on the surface of the hair and scalp that can
build up over time. Then there is also the obvious over use of styling products!
The first signs of product build up are your hair looking or
feeling lifeless, or when you comb or brush it you get a flaky powder
along the hair shaft, this is not dandruff, its more likely to be a
Buildup occurs when:
- Certain products like non-water
soluble waxes are used to style the hair.
- 2 in 1 shampoos are used continuously.
- Certain shampoos
cause buildup due to the type of cheaper ingredients they
use to give instant combability. These can form a film on
the hair or you may have to use a large amount to make your
hair feel clean also resulting in buildup.
- Hair sprays applied too close
and in too strong a concentration to one area e.g. the fringe,
leave a flaking powder on the hair after brushing.
- If gel is applied in a blob
it cannot spread through the rest of the hair causing build-up
on that spot. We sometimes find that wetting your hands before
getting the gel out of the pot and mixing it can solve this
To cure a build-up
- Use a special purifying shampoo
to remove previous products.
- Change your habits; apply spray
further away from the hair approx. 15cm or 6", work gel around
your wet hands before putting it through your hair.
- Try a
- Separate your 2 in 1 shampoo
and conditioner by getting a good old fashioned 2-step process.
- Use professional products, as
the ingredient quality is where the money is spent not on
expensive TV ad campaigns.
- As a general rule, use less
than you think, resulting only in a shape that won't last
as long. Too much will leave the hair sticky or heavy and
hard to work with.
- When applying any product to
hair always pop it onto your hands first then work it around
them. This will spread the product so that as you put it into
the hair you won't get patches of too much.
- A good tip from a hairdressing friend, is to use a dilution of bicarbonate of soda to rinse your hair and remove hair spray build up.