African-American hair is typically coarse and produces lots of oil, so it can sometimes be hard to manage. Add a bunch of buildup onto that and your hair can be downright defiant. Don’t spend your cash on pricey products from the salon that are made for clarifying. Try some natural home remedies instead to remove the buildup and leave your hair soft and free of impurities.
What Kind of Buildup Forms in Hair?
Buildup in your hair doesn’t typically just come from one source. It can be from minerals such as iron and calcium found in hard water or from natural oils that are produced by your scalp. Buildup can also be caused by using hair products. This doesn’t just mean waxes, gels, creams and sprays but also shampoo and conditioner. You can help control some of the buildup that forms in your hair by using a water purifier in your home if you have hard water and chilling out a bit on the hair care products. Use smaller amounts of gel and wax and if using hairspray, hold it at least six inches from your head when spraying. But no matter how much you try to control the buildup, a bi-weekly treatment to clarify your hair will help to remove any gunk that’s still lurking in your locks.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may not smell too hot, but it will leave your hair squeaky clean and buildup-free. And the vinegar smell quickly dissipates so you don’t have to worry about your hair smelling rancid. Mix 1 1/2 cups of cool water and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a container. If you have really long hair, double the recipe. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, pour the mixture slowly through your mane. Use your fingers to really work it into each and every strand. Gently wring out your hair to remove the excess liquid, but don’t rinse it out of your hair. Dry and style your hair as usual.
You may have heard of using baking soda to brush your teeth or soothe your skin in the tub, but it also works at getting the buildup out of your hair. That tiny orange box that sits in your fridge is somewhat of a miracle for your hair, too. Mix equal parts baking soda and all-natural shampoo in a bowl to make a paste. Wet your hair with warm water and work the paste into your strands. Use your fingers to scrub your scalp gently. Leave the mix in for five minutes before rinsing and conditioning your hair.
Green Tea and Lemon Juice
Make a homemade clarifier to remove buildup with two natural ingredients: green tea and lemon juice. Fill a small pot with 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil and add four green tea bags. Take the pot off the heat and let the tea bags sit in the water for about one hour until the water becomes lukewarm. Squeeze the juice of one whole fresh lemon into the tea and stir it up. After washing your hair, pour the tea mixture slowly through your strands. Wait five minutes, then rinse your hair with cool water.