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DIY Hair Care: Remove product build-up from your hair

If you are a hair product junkie like me you are familiar with the downside to this addiction – Build-up. It makes your hair look dull and lifeless. You can use a clarifying shampoo to sort out the problem but if you have colour treated hair I wouldn’t recommend this.

One of the quickest ways to remove product build-up from the hair naturally is to use Baking Soda. A baking soda hair wash cleans out the excess product, remove impurities, and cleanses your hair naturally.

All you have to do is put two tablespoons of baking soda into a cupful of warm water. Mix with a fork until the mixture resembles  a paste. Then apply the paste to damp hair. Massage and ensure even distribution. I wash it out immediately after massaging it in.

It feels weird  at first, especially when you are used to suddy shampoo. It feels a little gritty, exactly what you expect from putting baking powder in your hair I suspect :)

Take your time when rinsing to make sure the baking soda is completely washed out of your hair. You want to avoid any residue. You don’t have to follow with shampoo and conditioner as your hair should feel squeaky clean. That being said, I usually do. I’m not entirely sure what -probably because I’m a slave to routine.

Hair products work so much better after some clarification so I like to do this once a month to clear gunk out of my hair. Some people use baking soda as a shampoo. Personally I wouldn’t go that far but I’m happy with the effects once a month.

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  • vern

    Hi Amy,

    Can Balsamic vinegar be used to get rid of product buildup?

  • Michelle

    Amy
    The dye is supposed to be semi-permanent .. (famous last words), however. I had it dyed professionally in April and it was a lovely light brown but me being me tried to save money (as we all do) and thought I would try a box dye – bad idea ! So i’ve only put 2 box dyes on since then. I’ve read mixed reviews about colour b4 so i’m in two minds – have booked to see my hairdresser – dont want my hair to end up carrot colour ! Have certainly learnt my lesson .. ha !

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Michelle Much the same as myself haha Best to go the a professional all right. We have learned a lesson! :) Let me know how it goes

  • Racha M

    Hi amy , do i use a shampoo after i use the baking soda or do i skip straight to conditioner ? :) x

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Racha M That’s really up to you. Some people don’t and it’s not necessary. I like to use shampoo afterwards – maybe it’s just my obsession with routine though haha x

  • Michelle

    Hi amy – really good tip thanks. How did u get your hair back to a lovely blonde after it being brunette? Did it take long – I have used a box dye and am currently brunette however am natrually mousy blonde and want to go back but I’m scared it will go orange if I dye it with a similar colour.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Michelle It took a while all right :) Your right about the chances of it going orange. Is the brown dye permanent? If you dyed it recently you could try one of those hair colour removers from boots (colour b4 I think they’re called) I ended up not trying that because I had so many layers of dye haha My mum just started adding highlights every month or so. It took about 3months to get it back to it’s original colour. Pain in the backside to be honest!

  • EranR

    I want to try this sounds like a good alternative for coloured hair but do you recommend to do it before or after you have washed your hair with shampoo and conditioner?

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @EranR Good question – you could do it before or after. It shouldn’t make too much difference. Some people by pass shampooing all together

  • Jean

    Gonna try it tonight :D hope it works my hair is beyond lifeless lately

  • Elisa

    That’s great, thanks! I hate it when suddenly my favorite repairing conditioner stops working just because of the build up. I also find that hair dyes completely remove the gunk from my hair (of course, they’re so strong). I used a boxed hair dye on saturday and my hair felt completely clean and lightweight for 4 days!

  • Amina (innerbelle)

    ahh genius – ima give that a go and wait for ur update before i try the miracle whip lol

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