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Easy Tips on Preventing Product Buildup

Some — but not all — low-priced products give your hair that silky feeling and light-reflecting gloss by coating the shaft with a wax, which doesn't always wash off completely. The result is a buildup that can keep hair from absorbing color or holding styles, dandruff, and breakage. During this time of year, piling on serum, spray, gel, cream, and mousse to protect hair from the wind and dry air can actually make it even drier.

According to New York City stylist Antonio Prieto, a common cause is using a larger quantity of styling products than recommended, especially if the product has alcohol high on its ingredient list. His solution? Use a clarifying shampoo and higher-quality stylers, especially ones with water soluble ingredients. Try washing hair with Bumble & bumble Sunday Shampoo ($18 for eight ounces), which removes residue, hard water minerals (another cause of dullness), and pollutants, or Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo ($23 for eight ounces), which rinses out buildup while nourishing with apple, verbena, rosemary, and kukui nut oil. Those with color-treated hair might stick to an even more natural shampoo, since it probably won't include stripping sulfates, like EO Clarifying French Lavender Shampoo ($6.59 for eight ounces).

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
You can also use apple cider vinegar on your hair before you shampoo and it gets the build up out and gives you tons of shine.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
PANTENE! -Just Saying
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
PANTENE! -Just Saying
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
thank you sooo much for the tip, Bella! I get the worst build-up...
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
Neutrogena's Anti Residue Shampoo is also a great option. I can't believe how clean my hair feels after I use it.
emalove emalove 8 years
I use the Pantene one too, I think it definitely makes a difference. I bet this Bumble one is fabulous.
ecogirlie ecogirlie 8 years
I've been using Pantene Clarifying Shampoo to get rid of buildup, especially before dying, like this post says to get rid of buildup that prevents the color from absorbing. Works good for me!
nancita nancita 8 years
Oooh I was just wondering about this the other day. Thanks!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I know I have hard water in my apt, I hate what it does to my hair.
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