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Let’s Talk : Product BuildUp In Your Hair

Let’s Talk : Product BuildUp In Your Hair


Do you even know what that means? Well, I didn’t either. Apparently, when you use too many products in your hair and don’t take the proper measures to remove them correctly, you end up with what is known as product buildup in the industry. Unless you’re one of those women that doesn’t use anything in her hair (I envy you, truly) you probably have buildup and don’t even know you do.

So, how can you tell if you have it? And better yet, how do you get rid of it? I first noticed I had it when my friend Kristen told me I did. She was blow drying my hair (she’s an awesome hair stylist and has an awesome fitness blog, see it here) and there was tons of steam rising off of it (which I ignorantly believed was just from the heat of the dryer). Turns out, that’s all the access product burning off your hair. Fast forward to last summer when I was filming a video on how to wash your hair with my friend Taylor. He started off by using a clarifying shampoo on me before using a shampoo more tailored to my needs.



Rahua Shampoo, Aesop Classic Shampoo

“I could feel that you had a lot of buildup in your hair,” he explained. “I tried using the regular shampoo, but it wasn’t lathering very well—that’s the buildup fighting with the cleanser.”

Taylor went on to use Rahua’s shampoo on me before diving in with what I usually use, Oribe. The results were that my hair not only felt cleaner and healthier, but I was using less of my shampoo and conditioner. “When you start with a clean base,” Taylor told me, “you don’t have use as much product. The shampoo is able to do what it was really made to do.”

I asked Kristin what else I could do to get my hair clean and besides using a clarifying shampoo, she said there’s a few at-home remedies that work wonders. “One way you can do it is to ‘burn’ the product out of your hair by drying it,” she said. “Or try an apple cider vinegar rinse which will also help to break down the product that has built up.” To do this, mix equal parts vinegar with water, spritz on your hair, leave on for a few minutes, and then rinse out.

No matter which method you decide to use, the results will be shiny, more manageable hair that doesn’t get greasy as fast as it was. I made the decision to cut way back on the amount of products I use in my hair and along with using the Aesop Classic Shampoo my hair has never been better.


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