Have you noticed your scalp being extra oily, flaky and itchy this season? If the answer to this is ‘yes, then it’s time to take matters into your hand’s girls. One of the main reasons for this is scalp buildup. Before you get all alarmed, you must understand that scalp buildup is absolutely normal. When dead skin cells, sebum, sweat, dirt and hair products accumulate on the scalp, they form a crusty layer.
To avoid this build-up and keep your scalp healthy, here are five easy and fool-proof tips you can incorporate into your routine to get rid of scalp build-up in monsoon.
- 01. Switch to silicone-free products
- 02. Go for an ACV rinse
- 03. Exfoliate your scalp
- 04. Always detangle your hair
- 05. Keep them covered
01. Switch to silicone-free products
Silicones are a common ingredient found in most hair care products. It coats your hair in a nice layer to make it look shiny and lacklustre. While silicone isn’t harmful per se, it’s difficult to rinse off with water and leaves behind a nasty buildup on the scalp — something that we’re looking to avoid in the first place. Your best bet is to use a silicone-free shampoo like the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo. With no paraben, silicones or dyes, this shampoo is vegan and cruelty-free and, with regular use, ensures less buildup in your scalp. The Australian tea tree oil and organic coconut oil in the shampoo helps to detoxify, clarify and soothe your scalp while removing the build-up. Follow it up with the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Conditioner to make your hair smoother, shiner and tangle-free. Also, the aromatic vetiver works like magic to calm your senses.
02. Go for an ACV rinse
The versatile apple cider vinegar is also effective to help get rid of scalp buildup. Giving your hair an ACV rinse can help kill the bacteria on your scalp and break the buildup’s crusty layer. All you gotta do is dilute apple cider vinegar and cold water in equal proportions and use it after shampooing your hair. Gently massage this mixture on your scalp before rinsing again with cold water.
03. Exfoliate your scalp
Like your skin, your scalp needs to be exfoliated to get rid of the dead cells and buildup, which causes the itchy, irritating feeling on your scalp. You can make a hair scrub at home by simply mixing half a teaspoon of brown sugar with one teaspoon of avocado oil and a few drops of tea tree oil. The coarse texture of sugar works greatly to exfoliate the scalp, while the tea tree and avocado oils work to cleanse the buildup and nourish your scalp.
04. Always detangle your hair
Besides being irritating, the knots in your hair also end up trapping dirt, oil and product residues in them, which in turn ends up on your scalp and causing buildup. By simply combing your hair before washing, regularly using a conditioner and applying TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Hair Serum to your hair can help keep them knot-free. The camellia oil in the serum helps control the frizz and makes your hair smooth, shiny and tangle-free. So, just apply to your lengths while your hair is still damp and then gently untangle your hair using a wide-tooth comb.
05. Keep them covered
Sweat and dirt are some of the main reasons for scalp buildup, so it is important to protect your tresses from them. Try tying your hair up in a pony or braid while working out to prevent it from coming in contact with sweat. Also, cover your tresses with a bandana or scarf when you’re out and about to shield them from environmental aggressors like dust and pollution.